NEW NEW NEW: Please welcome our summer columnists

June 15, 2010  |  By
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Olivetti in your pocket? Edigio Bonfante, _Poster_, 1953. Lithograph mounted on canvas.

Olivetti in your pocket? Edigio Bonfante, _Poster_, 1953. Lithograph mounted on canvas.

Hey everyone, I’d like to take a moment to welcome three new columnists to Open Space for the summer-into-fall season. Til now we’ve been running a five-person cohort of columnists, with a new group starting every four months or so. Now, we’re going to try staggering our groups, so that they have some overlap between them, adding three here, two there, and one again, etc.

Brandon Brown is a poet, translator and curator. He’s written for Open Space before, back in the long-ago summer days of June Alexanderplatz, when a group of us spent a month watching Berlin Alexanderplatz, the “Mount Everest of Modern Cinema” and talking about it online. Brandon writes critical prose about contemporary rap at http://brandonbrown.blogspot.com.

Brion Nuda Rosch is an artist, curator, and educator. Many of you will already be familiar with his curatorial projects Hallway Bathroom Gallery (now Hallway Projects), Paper Awesome!, which he organized last February for Baer Ridgway Exhibitions (just downstairs from where I sit typing), and his visual reference blog Something Home Something.

Lynne McCabe is a multidisciplinary artist who is a recent graduate of the Social Practice program at CCA. Her current project, She Works Flexible Now is located in her home in Berkeley. Lynne’s artistic endeavors there include child-rearing, performance, project research and development, and a fireside discussion forum. She’s a fantastic conversationalist & I’m glad she’ll bringing that energy here.

I had a stellar evening out with these three a couple of weeks back and I know they’re all planning very exciting and very different kinds of engagements than we’ve seen before on Open Space. They share an interest in living rooms, hallways, and bathrooms as art & performance spaces, and all will be investigating various issues of  how it is possible to say what you say, and how you say it, with regard to art and art issues. Do watch the blog.

To reiterate the Open Space editorial model: Our writers write and produce their work for the blog in an editorial free-zone: that is, no one at SFMOMA sees their posts before they go live. Our columnists are encouraged to write about all things visual culture in the Bay Area and beyond, and they can write about SFMOMA if they wish, but they’re never required to.  Do help our new bloggers feel welcome! And drop into  the comment boxes when you can.

12 Comments

  1. Brion Nuda Rosch Says:

    To display my enthusiasm for Open Space I would like to refer to the lyrics of the 1982 hit performed by The Pointer Sisters “I’m So Excited”

    Tonight’s the night we’re gonna make it happen
    Tonight we’ll put all other things aside
    Get in this time and show me some affection
    We’re goin’ for those pleasures in the night

    I want to love you, feel you, wrap myself around you
    I want to squeeze you, please you, I just can’t get enough
    And if you move real slow I let it go

    I’m so excited and I just can’t hide it
    I’m about to lose control and I think I like it
    I’m so excited and I just can’t hide it
    And I know I know I know I know I know I want you

    We shouldn’t even think about tomorrow
    Sweet memories will last for long long time
    We’ll have a good time, Baby, don’t do worry
    And if we’re still playin’ around boy that’s just fine

    Let’s get excited, we just can’t hide it
    I’m about to lose control and I think I like it
    I’m so excited and I just can’t hide it
    I know I know I know I know I know I want you, I want you

    I want to love you, feel you, wrap myself around you
    I want to squeeze you, please you, I just can’t get enough
    And if you move real slow I let it go

    I’m so excited, I just can’t hide it
    I’m about to lose control and I think I like it
    I’m so excited and I just can’t hide it
    I know I know I know I know I know I want you

  2. Frank Lostaunau Says:

    I’m looking forward to what the new writer have to say! Congratulations!

    Perhaps you will consider Black, Asian, Latino, & Native American writers sometime…it might make for an interesting change.

  3. Brion Nuda Rosch Says:

    Frank, I agree. I would love to see Guillermo Gomez Pena writing here in the future, his piece at SFAC right now is very relevant. Who would you like to see here?

  4. Suzanne Says:

    Y’all could take a look at the roster of the last year, it’s not totally white. Or totally man. Or totally 30 year olds, or all straight people, or all not-straight people, etc. Nor is it only artists, or arts writers, or critics, or curators. But yes, who would you like to see writing & doing things here?

  5. Megan Z Says:

    I think I know what I’m singing next week at Karaoke. Thanks Brion!

  6. Frank Lostaunau Says:

    http://salempress.com/store/samples/notable_latino_writers/notable_latino_writers_richard.htm (Richard Ridigruez)
    http://salempress.com/store/samples/notable_latino_writers/notable_latino_writers_gary.htm (Gary Soto)
    http://www.nativewiki.org/Leslie_Marmon_Silko (Leslie Marmon Silko)

    The above writers are well known and they might bring another flavor to this already excellent blog.

  7. Anne Walsh Says:

    Welcome new crew! I’ll be reading.

  8. Frank Lostaunau Says:

    If this lady ever passes through, you may want to invite her to SFMOMA for a blog interview: http://www.nativewiki.org/Nora_Naranjo-Morse

    Nora Naranjo is from Santa Clara Pueblo and she’s a sculpture & poet. Any of the above, Richard Rodriguez, Gary Soto, Leslie Silko, and Nora Naranjo would present fascinating commentary.

    Perhaps a one time only offer on a special topic of interest selected by the other writer/bloggers for the summer.

  9. Frank Lostaunau Says:

    http://www.creativityexplored.org/whats_new/happenings/2010/04/where_are_we/ There are some interesting people connected to CREATIVITY EXPLORED who are fascinating.

  10. Frank Lostaunau Says:

    http://www.nmai.si.edu/subpage.cfm?subpage=about The National Museum of the American Indian has some very interesting curators. It would love to read what one of the summer bloggers might come up with in a long distance call interview.

  11. Brion Nuda Rosch Says:

    Wow, Frank – so many suggestions, Thank you! I recently included many artists from Creativity Explored in Paper!Awesome! at Baer Ridgway Exhibitions. And just recently I’ve been hired by the organization and look forward to posting some of my day to day activities with the artists and staff here on Open Space in the coming months.

  12. Frank Lostaunau Says:

    Thank you for including Creativity Explored artists! They are a wonderful organization and the artists are the sweetest artists in the world!

    Have a wonderful summer and be safe!

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