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Click: Best photographs of January 2012

From SFMOMA's new XXL size to a peculiar sighting at the California Academy of Sciences, the month's best photographs.

WHEN:
3:23 p.m.
11/22/11

WHERE:
California Academy of Sciences,
San Francisco

Up on the (living) rooftop, reindeer pause—looking, in this case, as if they just arrived from the North Pole. Meet Miles and his buddy (whose name was still being decided by contest at press time), the two reindeer that the California Academy of Sciences “hired” for its second annual “’Tis the Season for Science” exhibition. (That’s entomologist David Kavanaugh dressed as Santa in the background.) Eighteen and seven months old, respectively, the two critters love munching on graham crackers, carrots, and the greens atop the museum’s apparently edible roof, which they’ll be pruning until January 16.

Photographer:
Jeff Chiu 

WHEN:
12/01/11

WHERE:
151 3rd St.
,
San Francisco

Improbably rising in crepe paper–like folds, the SFMOMA expansion (pictured in this rendering), with its huge glass facade, ground-level free galleries, gardens, and multiple entrances, seems an elegant form of taking art to the street. The new space, designed by architecture firm Snøhetta and slated for completion in early 2016, will house the extensive Doris and Donald Fisher collection, acquired in 2009, as well as many of the 28,000 other pieces SFMOMA owns. Attached to the old building, the expansion is kind of like a guest
cottage—for someone whose friends number in the millions.

Rendering:
Courtesy of SFMOMA

When:
10:30 a.m.

11/13/11

Where:
Between Wilder Ranch State Park and UC Santa Cruz

It all started with a playful argument between friends over which was better: Star Wars or Star Trek. To prove their loyalty to the Force, Erikka Robeck (left) and Greg Hoffman went so far as to dress as a Sith and a Jedi for their engagement photo—but they’re not such
fanatics that they wouldn’t let their fierce-Trekker friend take the shot. A marriage between the dark (Sith) and noble (Jedi) orders would never have played out in the movies, but this time, life will trump art.

Photographer:
Michael Buchanan