by Chris Jones
Ah, what a shame. Don Fisher, founder of Geranimals for adults clothing chain, The Gap, has decided to take his fancy looking modern art collection and go home. Readers may recall that plans to build a museum at the site of the Presidio's Main Post bowling alley in which to house the Fisher art collection have generated quite a lot of controversy from locals, not to mention the National Park Service. The entire Main Post is an historic landmark, built in a variety of architectural styles that can be seen at basically every military base up and down the West Coast. Unfortunately, it was the opinion of many that Fisher's flashy looking museum complete with giant ass metal sculptures, simply wouldn't be a good fit for the neighborhood. Even Supervisor Michaela Alioto-Pier, in whose district the Presidio is located, complained that the modern art loving throngs might cause significant impacts to traffic as they descend like locusts upon the new museum in a desperate search for "cultcha." Apparently, Alioto-Pier is back pedaling now, because, like, losing a whole museum out of one's district? Doh!
For what it's worth, Fisher has not given up on founding a museum and has announced that he and his wife, Doris, are perhaps interested in looking for sites outside San Francisco to house their art collection. Hrmmmmm. Looks like the Fishers may be trying to steal a page from the York Family playbook, owners of the soon to be Santa Clara 49ers. Perhaps the city should offer the Fisher's the site in Hunter's Point that Jed York laughed at before taking his football team and heading south. That way the Fisher art collection gets to stay in town and everyone can be happy. Really, the Don and Doris Fisher Modern Art Museum of Daly City just seems to lack a certain cachet, no?