Archive for 2010

Vakantie!

12.24.2010  |  By
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Dear everyone, Open Space is going on holiday and will return to posting on January 3. Before I sign us off for a well-deserved winter rest, I want to take a moment to say thank you to the many, many people who contributed to Open Space in 2010. I am honored to be able to continue to work with so many brilliant, passionate, and articulate people.

To the 56 columnists, guest writers, Collection Rotation contributors,  SFMOMA curators, and SFMOMA staff who’ve written, produced, and labored on the front side of the blog:

Darrin Alfred • B... More

75 Reasons to Live: Kaja Silverman on Robert Rauschenberg

12.23.2010  |  By
Filed under: One on One

 

Kaja Silverman, art historian and film theorist, on Robert Rauschenberg’s Cy + Roman Steps (I – V) (1952).

NEWS: We’ll be revisiting the 75 Reasons to Live talks on the big screen on Tuesday, January 4, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Join us!

Remember the end of Manhattan, when Woody Allen asks himself what makes life worth living? Last ... More

75 Reasons to Live: Lisa Robertson on Eva Hesse

12.23.2010  |  By
Filed under: One on One

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Poet Lisa Robertson, on German artist Eva Hesse’s Sans II (1968). “Identity is the state’s authority.”

NEWS: We’ll be revisiting the 75 Reasons to Live talks on the big screen on Tuesday, January 4, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Join us!

Remember the end of Manhattan, when Woody Allen asks himself wh... More

75 Reasons to Live: Rachel Rosen on Eadweard Muybridge

12.23.2010  |  By
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Rachel Rosen, director of programming for the San Francisco Film Society, on Eadweard Muybridge’s Panorama of San Francisco from California Street Hill (1877).

NEWS: We’ll be revisiting the 75 Reasons to Live talks on the big screen on Tuesday, January 4, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Join us!

Remember the end of Manh... More

To Various Persons Talked to All at Once

12.22.2010  |  By
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Because this is my last post for 2010 I wanted to reflect on a few photographs I took when I was living in San Francisco. Having been away from the Bay Area for almost two years now, there are certain moments I recall vividly, in full color and in 3-D, if you know what I mean. One such moment was when I was taking pictures at Southern Exposure in 2... More

The Way the Wild, Wild Art World Works

12.22.2010  |  By
Filed under: Essay, Field Notes

The photography exhibition New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape was originally presented at the International Museum of Photography of the Eastman House, Rochester, New York, in 1975. It marked the emergence of a different kind of art photography, one that was difficult, cerebral, political, deadpan; it extended the landscape/cityscape tradition into the suburbs, concentrating on the destruction of the land in the name of development. Without this movement, there might not have been a Center for Land Use Interpretation, for o... More

ParaSites: SC13

12.22.2010  |  By
Filed under: Field Notes

One of my favorite haunts in San Francisco is the San Francisco Antique and Design Mall, tucked away near the end of Bayshore Drive near Industrial, just before it reaches over into Visitacion Valley. It’s one of the few places in the city where, once inside, one can truly feel like they’re on vacation, or at least in another, much sma... More

Maple Jesus (Part 2)

12.22.2010  |  By
Filed under: Projects/Series

I don’t drink coffee, so let’s have a beer… My posts are always collaborations and are presented in two parts. Part 1 is a summary of a shared experience with my collaborator(s). Part 2 is a response often in the form of a project created specifically for this blog.

After a three-week bout of pneumonia, it’s good to be back ... More

The End of the Internet

12.21.2010  |  By
Filed under: Field Notes

Winter Solstice 2010

4.30 AM, BERKELEY—Later today, in the hours between total lunar eclipse and the longest night, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will be discussing an Order (drafted by its chairman and Obama appointee) which spells the end of the Internet as a common carrier, and will allow “paid prioritization” by big capitalist firms. For the arts community and cultural workers, not to mention commoners everywhere, the implications are serious indeed. The lockdown of image banks is already well advanced; the historian of San Francisco, Gray Brechin, admits that the cost of illustrations for his Imperial San Francisco — once freely accessible in the State Library — would now be prohibitive.

We have lived through the opening military-socialist phase of the planetary telecommunications system, whose infrastructure required public subvention and state action far beyond the ability of private capitals — cold war informatics and telemetry, DoD-fun... More

Sandra Phillips: “Fragility”

12.20.2010  |  By

The exhibition The More Things Change samples SFMOMA’s collection to present a range of works made since 2000, offering a selective survey of the art of the last 10 years and a thematic and psychological portrait of the decade. Some common themes emerge: fragmentation, fragility, entropy, metamorphosis, reconfiguration. The exhibition itself ... More

Visitor Flickr Photo(s) of the Week

12.17.2010  |  By
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Penelope Umbrico’s 5,377,183 Suns from Flickr (Partial) 4/28/09 is on view through January 16. This installation comprises 1,440 prints of photos of the sun taken by Flickr users, and the title of the work refers to the number of results returned for the Flickr search “sunsets” the day the artist produced the work. You can read more about the work at the artist’s website. I thought it would be fitting to make our own collection of pictures from Flickr of people in front of Suns from Flickr.

A big THANK YOU to t... More

2010 SECA Art Award: MAURICIO ANCALMO, COLTER JACOBSEN, RUTH LASKEY, and KAMAU AMU PATTON

12.16.2010  |  By
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SFMOMA and assistant curators Apsara DiQuinzio (painting and sculpture) and Tanya Zimbardo (media arts) have just announced the 2010 SECA Art Award winners. For those more far than near, this prestigious biennial award honors Bay Area artists who are working independently at a high level of artistic maturity but who have not yet received substantia... More

Kenny Dorham’s Cousin Is an Artist

12.15.2010  |  By

It’s often overlooked in the Bay Area, but the music scene and the art scene have always been closely connected. At 65, artist Mildred Howard knows that as good as anyone. She is also a good example of someone who has had numerous opportunities to move or relocate, but for her the music and family has helped keep her here. She is one of the quiet... More

Collection Rotation: Margaret Tedesco

12.13.2010  |  By
Filed under: Projects/Series

[Our regular feature, Collection Rotation. Every month or so I invite a someone to organize a mini-“exhibition” from our collection works online. Please welcome artist and curator Margaret Tedesco.]

BETWEEN TWO

For Remy Charlip, his AIR MAIL DANCES, and for Jill Johnston (1929–2010)

I am a thief and I’m not ashamed. I steal from the best wh... More

After “Riot Show”

12.13.2010  |  By

Below, curators Sharon Lerner and Xiaoyu Weng provide some thoughts on the “Riot Show” event, organized on December 2, 2010. Find the preview post, by Joanna Szupinska and yours truly, here.

On December 2, Julian Myers and Joanna Szupinska presented, as part of Open Space Thursdays, “Riot Show,” Myers’s archive of recordings of cr... More

In Search of Christopher Maclaine 12: The THE END Tour – A Work in Progress 10: PAUL B

12.12.2010  |  By

This is the 12th of a multipart series unofficially conjoined to the publication of Radical Light: Alternative Film & Video in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945–2000, and the accompanying film series currently being presented by the Pacific Film Archive and San Francisco Cinematheque (in partnership with SFMOMA).

With my friend Brian Darr, pro... More

Happenstand Stats: Days of the Week (or Scheduling Your Next Event)

12.12.2010  |  By
Filed under: Field Notes

For the past year and a half I’ve been batch contributing listings for one-time events such as lectures, screenings, and workshops to Happenstand.com. These events are compiled at the outset of each season for the Pickpocket Almanack’s master calendar, the jumping off point for the 5 faculty who select events from across the Bay Area to construct courses. In the process I became curious about some of the statistics that might be available through mining the Happenstand database, the best visual arts calendar in the Bay Area.

In conv... More

Visitor Flickr Photo of the Week

12.10.2010  |  By
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Thanks to Autumn Peterson for snapping this shot of an ambitious museum visitor and Claes Oldenburg’s Geometric Apple Core.

We choose the Flickr pictures of the week from anything tagged “SFMOMA.” You tag, too!

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“You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave” – Hotel California

12.08.2010  |  By
Filed under: Field Notes

When I moved away from San Francisco two years ago I thought I would go to New York, meet like-minded artists and find my place among the wide-eyed bohemians in the East Village. Among them, I thought, I would finally be able to work uninhibited and purely, immersed in a thriving, electric world of creative and brilliant people. In my fantasy every... More

John Davis on Unknown, Untitled [Six California mug shots]

12.06.2010  |  By

Our “One on One” series features artists, writers, poets, curators, and others, from around the country, responding to works in SFMOMA’s collection. You can follow the series here. Today, please welcome artist John Davis, who also works for the museum part-time as a film projectionist.

MYTHOLOGY IN FACT

I was initially drawn to t... More

In Search of Christopher Maclaine 11: The THE END Tour – A Work in Progress 9: PAUL A

12.05.2010  |  By

This is the eleventh in a multipart series unofficially conjoined to the publication of Radical Light: Alternative Film & Video in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945–2000, and the accompanying film series currently being presented by the Pacific Film Archive and San Francisco Cinematheque (in partnership with SFMOMA).

With my friend Brian... More

Visitor Flickr Photo of the Week

12.03.2010  |  By
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Thanks to Ron, aka Cuzinyung, and his wife, April, for this great series. I love how April interpreted Robert Therrien’s Untitled (Bent Cone)!

We choose the Flickr pictures of the week from anything tagged “SFMOMA.” You tag, too!

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On “Riot Show”

11.30.2010  |  By
Filed under: Essay

On Thursday, December 2, at 7 p.m.,  Joanna Szupinska and I will host a screening and discussion of “Riot Show,”  my archive of recordings of crowd violence at rock concerts, in the Koret Visitor Education Center at SFMOMA. Looking forward to that event, Joanna and I talked through the origins and various forms of the project over the years, ... More

Juliana Spahr and Stephanie Young on Nicholas Nixon’s The Brown Sisters

11.29.2010  |  By

Our “One on One” series features artists, writers, poets, curators, and others, from around the country, responding to works in SFMOMA’s collection. You can follow the series here. Today’s post is more “Two on Several” than “One on One”: Every year since 1974 the photographer Nicholas Nixon has made ... More

In Search of Christopher Maclaine 10: Stan Brakhage Interviewed, 1986

11.29.2010  |  By
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This is the tenth in a multipart series unofficially conjoined to the publication of Radical Light: Alternative Film & Video in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945–2000, and the accompanying film series currently being presented by the Pacific Film Archive and San Francisco Cinematheque (in partnership with SFMOMA).

In my intro to this series, I described my initial encounter with Stan Brakhage in 1986, and the brief interview about Maclaine my collaborators in what would become the Austin Film Society and I w... More

Found Images from Public Desktops

11.25.2010  |  By
Filed under: Back Page, Essay

I am interested in how we can use random stimuli to inspire thought and synthesize notions that might otherwise never come together. I’ve always understood the I Ching that way: it merely enables us to gather our thoughts in reaction to its pithy, suggestive text. I used to know some poets who for a time tried writing while having several ra... More

Happy Thanksgiving

11.25.2010  |  By
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I’m very fond of this picture, and so make it my holiday offering to you. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! (SFMOMA has another autochrome beauty by Emile Bruguière, by the by. It’s of the Lick Observatory, and you can see it here.)

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Maple Jesus: In Brooklyn with Gretchen Bennett and Emily Hall (Part 1)

11.24.2010  |  By
Filed under: Projects/Series

I don’t drink coffee, so let’s have a beer… My posts are always collaborations and are presented in two parts. Part 1 is a summary of a shared experience with my collaborator(s). Part 2 is a response often in the form of a project created specifically for this blog.

I was in New York last week conducting studio visits with a couple of artists we’ll be exhibiting in 2011 at the SFAC Gallery. On a free night I hooked up with Emily Hall, a truly amazing writer who regularly contributes to Artforum and works as an editor at MoMA... More

Notes from The Gauntlet

11.23.2010  |  By
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“The Gauntlet” is what my partner, Cliff Hengst, and I have long dubbed the block of Capp St. between our apartment and our art studios in the Mission. On any given day you can find — through the obstacle course of trash, rotting food, feces, needles, and other junk — random personal ephemera: scrawled notes, posted messages, discarded f... More

Irruptions of the Marvelous

11.22.2010  |  By
Filed under: Field Notes

Mark Dion, the environmental and conceptual artist, has a major exhibit in the Bay Area for the first time in more than a decade. His latest project is on view at the Oakland Museum until March 6th next year.


Dion’s trademark gesture is to go “backstage,” as the sociologist Ervin Goffmann would have put it, to the sites of production of official and institutional knowledge. His practice is to make art that reveals the heterogeneous context of discovery. The making and presentation of knowledge turns out, upon investigation, to b... More