THE GIFT, Installed, Part 2

February 17, 2009  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd, Field Notes

I’m obsessed with the how and where people are installing their Gerz gift portraits, and the relationships they’re having with the portraits.

The outdoor installs are great (from funderbolt):

Some are naming theirs (“She looks like an Ashley to me”):
the gift portrait

anna leah says:  I’ve had a blast with this experience. I especially loved seeing the participants walk through the street with portraits in arms. As for mine, I’ve named it “Consuelo”. I’ve had a challenging time and this face says to me, “There’s still hope for you chiquitita.” Now that’s a gift!


Plus (“installed” on Missed Connections?):

“OK, so we never met but both of our photographs were part of that exhibit at the Moma called the Gift. I went back yesterday and thought I was going to get a picture of myself (and was thinking what was I going to do with a large photo of myself) Instead they all gave us a random photo and I got yours..

If this is your photo and you want it let me know…”


  1. Jeff (a.k.a. funderbolt) Says:

    Wow, I can’t believe I made it onto the SFMOMA blog. And I too am obsessed with way people are installing their “gifts.”

  2. Suzanne Says:

    Hi Jeff—yours is one of my favorites. Snow! It’s some distance the picture has already traveled. Thanks for posting up your install shots–

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