Archive for October, 2010

Visitor Flickr Photo of the Week

10.29.2010  |  By
Filed under: Back Page

The Flickr universe just got a little smaller.  Back in August I posted a Flickr Pic of the Week by Chris Gruhl, a.k.a Shadowgolem.  I loved Chris’s image and associated text because he took an artwork he didn’t particularly appreciate and he used his creativity to make it more to his liking:

Anne Bast, SFMOMA’s intellectual pro... More

Introducing Fillip

10.27.2010  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd, Field Notes

Fillip contemporary art journal in conversation tonight in SFMOMA’s Koret Center (2nd Floor) starting at 7pm.
Kristina Lee Podesva, Editor and Jeff Khonsary, Publisher. Hosted by Joseph del Pesco.

http://fillip.ca

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Creativity Exploring the Museum

10.27.2010  |  By

Creativity Explored is a nonprofit visual arts center where artists with developmental disabilities create, exhibit, and sell art. The center provides studio artists with opportunities to visit Bay Area museums, galleries, and local artists’ studios. Creativity Explored studio artists are accompanied by an art instructor to experience and participate in the Bay Area arts community. On October 14th, they went to the SFMOMA, a popular destination amongst the artists.

I accompanied Andrew Bixler, Whitman Donaldson, Vincent Jackson, Melody Lima, ... More

Darrin Alfred on Fernando and Humberto Campana’s Favela Chair

10.25.2010  |  By

[Our "One on One" series features artists, writers, poets, curators, and others from around the country, responding however they wish to a collection work of their choosing. You can follow the series here. Today, very pleased to welcome Darrin Alfred, associate curator of architecture, design, and graphics at the Denver Art Museum. ]

Not long after S... More

In Search of Christopher Maclaine 6: The THE END Tour – A Work in Progress 5: CHARLES B

10.24.2010  |  By
Filed under: Projects/Series

This is the sixth 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 fri... More

I don’t drink coffee, so let’s have a beer…

10.24.2010  |  By
Filed under: Essay, Projects/Series

When Suzanne Stein invited me to become a blogger for Open Space my first thought, outside of being complimented, was how I would add one more thing to my crazy life. If you don’t know me, here ya go. For 40+ hours a week I’m the Director/Curator of the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery. We produce 9 exhibitions a year in three locations, s... More

Curved Space

10.22.2010  |  By
Filed under: Back Page

These first four images are from a collaborative curatorial project I did with the German photographer Matthias Geiger a few years ago. I’ve always liked this group. Then I heard Michael Arcega speak on Monday night, and he talked about his interest in pidgin languages. He put the Phillipines National Anthem, which is in Tagalog, through a computer Word file to get it “translated” into proper English, which of course came out as a pidgin English. (He then had an opera singer sing the new version). As a NY Times crossword addict, I thought... More

Design Is (not) Dead! Long Live (the discussion around) Design?

10.21.2010  |  By

The event is now over. Thanks for coming! Hopefully the discussion was interesting and thought-provoking enough that you’d like it to continue it here in the Open Space online world. Please post any additional insights, unanswered questions, lingering thoughts, and overall criticism, and I will add my own recap and post-event thoughts in the com... More

5 Questions: Carolyn Eames

10.20.2010  |  By
Filed under: Conversations

[Five questions to SFMOMA artists, staff, or guests. Carolyn Eames, who has worked at SFMOMA for 25 and 1/2 years, retires today. Carolyn started in admissions in 1984 when SFMOMA was still located on Van Ness Avenue. When the museum moved to its current Third Street location in 1995, she joined the Operations Department as the museum’s receptionist. It would be hard to imagine anyone else knowing as much as she does about SFMOMA. Carolyn, everyone here will miss you tremendously, and we wish you all the best!]

Do you collect anything?

I colle... More

Art Publishing Now

10.19.2010  |  By
Filed under: Field Notes

You may have missed the Art Publishing Now summit and fair at Southern Exposure this month, but you can still get an overview of publishing activity in the SF Bay Area. These one- to two-minute videos offer capsule introductions to a handful (15) of the people behind the print (or web) in the SF Bay Area. Two longer conversations recorded before the event, with Stretcher and Art Practical, are included at the end. For more information on the weekend, or to visit the archives, click over to the APN website.

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Public Service Announcement

10.19.2010  |  By
Filed under: Back Page

ARTHUR ALLAN was recently commissioned to do a Public Service Announcement for Yerba Buena Gardens. The announcement aired this past weekend at an event held in the gardens and was attended by Mayor Gavin Newsom.

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Design Is Dead! Long Live Design?

10.18.2010  |  By

(This Thursday, October 21st, at 7 p.m., I will be hosting an Open Space Thursday event — “Design Is Dead! Long Live Design?” — in the Koret Visitor Education Center at SFMOMA. More details are here.)

This past spring I was part of a search committee charged with finding the next chair of Graphic Design at the California College of the Art... More

Collection Rotation: Tyler Green

10.18.2010  |  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 none other than TYLER GREEN to Open Space for this month’s iteration. Welcome, Tyler!]

For years SFMOMA’s paintings and sculpture collection galleries effectively began in 1906, wit... More

In Search of Christopher Maclaine 5: The THE END Tour – A Work in Progress 4: CHARLES A

10.18.2010  |  By
Filed under: Projects/Series

This is the fifth 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 ... More

Reading: The Boho Dance

10.14.2010  |  By
Filed under: Back Page

Computer reading/animation of an excerpt from the The Painted Word by Tom Wolfe. Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1975; reissued by Picador, 2008; ISBN-13: 978-0-312-42758-0.

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The Social Network

10.14.2010  |  By
Filed under: Projects/Series

Sometimes during my tenure as blogger, I will go see Hollywood blockbusters with people and document, in impressionistic fashion, our experience.

I went to go see The Social Network (2010, dir. David Fincher) with the poet and SFMOMA Community Producer Suzanne Stein. We saw the film at the Metreon and then talked about the movie. We talked about it on BART, and then over a beer at Doc’s Clock.

We both thought The Social Network was a really good movie, and we both thought it was funny that we thought it was so good. We talked about the narr... More

Cindy Keefer on Jordan Belson, Cosmic Cinema, and the San Francisco Museum of Art

10.12.2010  |  By
Filed under: One on One

[Today’s post is from Cindy Keefer, archivist and curator, Center for Visual Music. She’ll be here this Thursday introducing that evening’s screening, Jordan Belson: Films Sacred and Profane.]

Jordan Belson is an enigma and a legend of the experimental film world. He has produced a remarkable body of over 33 abstract films over six decades, richly woven with cosmological imagery, exploring consciousness, transcendence, and the nature of light itself. His films have been called “cosmic cinema,” and the imagery is not terrestrial — it is of skies, galaxies, halos, suns, stars, auroras. He works with a vocabulary of film images he’s created since the 1940s, but does not use compu... More

In Search of Christopher Maclaine 4: The THE END Tour – A Work in Progress 3: WALTER B

10.10.2010  |  By
Filed under: Projects/Series

This is the forth 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 Darr, pr... More

5 Questions: Rebecca Solnit

10.06.2010  |  By
Filed under: Conversations

[Five questions to SFMOMA artists, staff, or guests. Rebecca Solnit is a San Francisco-based writer. Her forthcoming book Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas reimagines traditional map-making to chart not just space and place but people and time in 22 inventive maps. SFMOMA is issuing six broadside copies of seven maps, and collaborating with Soln... More

Lindsey Westbrook on, well, Foster City

10.04.2010  |  By

[For the last couple of years we've been posting “One on One” pieces from SFMOMA curators or staff. Now the column will feature artists, writers, poets, curators, and others, from around the country, responding however they wish to a collection work of their choosing. You can follow the series here. Today, we are very pleased to welcome Lindsey ... More

In Search of Christopher Maclaine 3: The THE END Tour – A Work in Progress 2: WALTER A

10.03.2010  |  By
Filed under: Projects/Series

This is the third 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). This Wednesday even... More

Bohemia of Finances (pt. 3)

10.01.2010  |  By
Filed under: Conversations

In “I Dreamt I Was a Nymphomaniac,” Kathy Acker somewhat wryly describes the art world as “the bohemia of finances.” Still, questions of money and capital in the art world do transpire. Occasionally during my tenure as blogger at OPEN SPACE, I have posted discussions with local artists and curators about the economics of their practice. Tod... More

Spectacular at Sports

10.01.2010  |  By

This past spring during New York Amory Week I found myself locked out of my Brooklyn sublet. Calling on another friend in town from San Francisco, I was happy to discover him and a new acquaintance at a local watering hole across town at three in the morning. He had shared a cab from Chelsea with a stranger who turned out to be Amanda Browder, the ... More