Five Questions

September 9, 2009  |  By
Filed under: Conversations

[New series. The same five questions to SFMOMA visitors, artists, staff, or guests.  Let's see what happens with these over time. Enjoy!]

John

John on the 4th floor landing

Name/ Place of residence/ Occupation/ Hobby?

My name is John, I live in San Francisco, California. I am a full-time film student and I’m a full-time cyclist too.

Do you collect anything?

I collect Vonnegut books. I have quite a few now, a whole shelf full.

If you could invite any artist to dinner, who would it be and why?

I would love to have dinner with Miranda July. She seems really adventurous and really full of life and I’d love to have a conversation with her.

If you could steal any artwork in the world to have up in your house, what would it be?

It would be Boy with Pipe by Picasso. I know at one point it was the most expensive painting in the world. I’m just saying that for reference. But I think it’s a beautiful painting.

What’s your favorite tool?

Camera.

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Bonnie

Bonnie in the SFMOMA offices

Name/Place of residence/Occupation/Hobby?

My name is Bonnie. I live in Berkeley, California. I’m the research manager in the fundraising department at SFMOMA. My hobby is organization.

Do you collect anything?

Yes, way too much stuff. I collect things with owls on them, things with turtles on them, teddy bears, ugly dolls, things that are blue… I collect too much.

If you could invite any artist to dinner, who would it be and why?

Oh, man, that’s tough. I think I would invite Gustave Baumann. He was around the turn of the century or a little bit later and he lived in New Mexico and he did these beautiful, colorful woodblock prints. But he also made puppets. He was busy 24/7 with stuff and I’d like to know how he did that.

If you could steal any artwork in the world to have up in your house, what would it be?

I really liked Martin Puryear’s blue circle. I don’t remember the name of it. But that I would love to have.

What’s your favorite tool?

Sewing machine.

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Sue

Sue in the Atrium

Name/Place of residence/Occupation/Hobby?

My name is Sue. I live in Castro Valley. I’m a graphic artist and my hobby is acting and singing.

Do you collect anything?

I do collect art, to a minor extent. I collect paintings and sculpture, both abstract and representational. The way I determine whether I’m going to buy a work of art by if it won’t let me leave the gallery or store without it. It really speaks to me and I don’t ever buy art because it goes with a chair or anything like that.

If you could invite any artist to dinner, who would it be and why?

Oh my goodness. Well, just having seen her work, I think probably Georgia O’Keeffe. I just think she’s a fascinating person with a rich history. I love her art and she’s a woman and very independent, successful woman artist.

If you could steal any artwork in the world to have up in your house, what would it be?

It would probably be a post-impressionist, like a Van Gogh or a Cezanne or a Gauguin. Something like that.

What’s your favorite tool?

Any kind of tool? Oh my gosh, my Macintosh. I’m a graphic artist and it’s a very important tool in my profession. Plus, it’s fun and I’m definitely a Mac person as opposed to a PC person.

3 Comments

  1. Viv Says:

    oooo, i like this new series! excited to read more of ‘em ( &/or participate :) ).

  2. shapiro Says:

    great new column.

  3. Charissa - The Gifted Blog Says:

    Hi Open Space!

    I’ve been tracking your blog since I worked at MOCA. Very cool – I especially enjoyed the employee art show photos (perhaps from last year?).

    Through a gift from my parents we recently became SFMOMA members! Wanted to let you know I turned your membership envelope into a project for my blog: http://thegiftedblog.wordpress.com/2009/09/23/tutorial-tryout-bagelope/

    Many thanks to your graphic design and membership departments. : )

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