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Friday, Apr 11, 2014 - Canvassed | Art & culture

San Diego Museum of Art is smelling sweet

I popped by SDMA's Art Alive affair this morning and got all kinds of great photos; you only get to see the one

By Kinsee Morlan

Interpreting artwork as floral arrangements seems a bit like dancing about architecture. Representing the other-worldliness of a Salvador Dali painting with a bouquet of flowers is no easy feat, and yet, some of San Diego's most creative florists have gone and done it again.

The San Diego Museum of Art's annual Art Alive event is here, making the museum smell as sweet as can be today through Sunday evening. For a behind-the-scenes chat with one of the florists who's been participating in the event for more than a decade, listen to a podcast I put together a few years back.

There's all sorts of extra programming during the floral affair, including a lecture by Jennifer Steinkamp, whose digital floral piece at MCASD back in 2011 remains one of the most awe-inspiring, fully immersive installations I've seen to date. Here's an insightful little Q&A I did with Steinkamp while her piece was on view.

I swung by SDMA early this morning. With my 1-year-old in one hand (Fridays are my day off, but I typically just end up dragging him along to things I didn't get done during the week) and my camera in the other, I took dozens of gorgeous photos of this year's floral interpretations of the works in the modern and contemporary art wing. For various reasons involving my crappy laptop (the one I'm trying desperately not to throw across the room right now), the only photo you get is the Dali. You'll have to go to the show to see the rest. 

 
 
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