Archive for March, 2011

UK Budget Cuts will have San Francisco impacts

03.31.2011  |  By
Filed under: Field Notes

Following a weekend when nearly 500,000 protestors were reported on the streets of London to voice their opposition to the UK government’s massive budget cuts, Arts Council England (ACE) has announced this year’s funding recipients.

The UK Guardian offers extensive coverage, including a table comparing last year’s to this year’s funding per organization and a map of arts organizations who completely lost funding. You can even download the raw data, if you’re skeptical about the spin inherent to information graphics, or you’d like to create your own. (This is a historic year for UK budgets, but this amount of coverage in non-arts news outlets would be welcome every year, I think, in the UK, as well as here regarding the NEA.)

I’ve been very lucky to have exhibited and produced artwork with organizations who received funds from ACE. In my travels in the UK, I was absolutely astounded with the vibrance of contemporary art across the country, from ... More

Palimpsest 5

03.30.2011  |  By
Filed under: Projects/Series

“Palimpsest i.e. a parchment from which one writing has been erased to make room for another.” H.D.

In Memoriam
Akilah Oliver 1961–2011

go

often now when i imagine life i think of what should

be finite, the guise of limitability, the desire for stop

are there greeters there [are you one] when we

former ghosts arrive

is this sea deceptive, as if alive or an

actor, the world masked

in my own way there was a time when i stumbled

over a tense: says/said

now, bereft, in anticipation of how night collapses

into its own effluence i conjugate o... More

Positive Sign #6

03.30.2011  |  By
Filed under: Projects/Series

Positive Signs is a weekly series of interpretive diagrams, quotes, and speculations on creativity, optimism*, and the lives of artists, published every Wednesday through June.

*Notwithstanding brief forays into the nature of space, stuff, experience, and cognition.

Next Wednesday: Positive Signs #7 & 8 on the relationship between flow and happiness.
See all Positive Signs to date.

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T2

03.30.2011  |  By
Filed under: Field Notes

Airports are, potentially, an ideal venue for art. There are captive, often repeat audiences with plenty of time on their hands (especially when planes are socked in by fog). But of course, there’s also the fact that public spaces, particularly airports, have certain conditions attached that may not always foster the most adventurous creative end... More

Do Physical Objects Have the Right to Exist?

03.29.2011  |  By
Filed under: Essay

This may seem like a facetious question, but I’m really quite serious. Naturally, I’m not talking about the plastic soda bottle you’re kicking down the sidewalk or the paper cup you should be composting, but about physical items that are part of the cultural and historical record. The way we think about preserving cultural record... More

John Zarobell: Working with Anna Parkina

03.28.2011  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd, Essay

Media and genres collide and merge in the work of Russian artist Anna Parkina, and her works on paper — on view now — reflect on the changes in Moscow since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Today, assistant curator John Zarobell on working with Anna on her current New Work exhibition.

On February 25 SFMOMA opened New Work: Anna Parkina, an exh... More

S.F. Cinematheque presents Radical Light – In Search of Christopher Maclaine: Man, Artist, Legend at SFMOMA this Thurs @7p.m.

03.28.2011  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd, Projects/Series

Regular readers of Open Space will surely have stumbled over one of my Maclaine posts — and if not, for shame! There are seventeen already, fer gawdsakes…  Now, after over a year of intensive research (preceded by 25 of contemplation) the semi-full story is about to be presented in a theatrical setting. Asked by S.F. Cinematheque‘s a... More

Rhyme & Reason: Jude Gabbard y Muñoz responds to the Collection (Part 2)

03.24.2011  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd, 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.

A few weeks ago I sat down with my good friend, local fashion designer Jude Gabbard. We had a great conversation that ended with a promise to do a collaborative project engaging SFMOMA’s collection. The first step was for me to choose five works from the co... More

Palimpsest 4

03.24.2011  |  By
Filed under: Projects/Series

“Palimpsest i.e. a parchment from which one writing has been erased to make room for another.” H.D.

“In Iraq the new moon’s position in the sky is horizontal. In Sumer this appearance of the Moon resembled the crown or horns of Inanna. Correspondingly the shape of the ubiquitous boats, called in Sumerian mà-gur, the primary mode of transportation through the marshes of the delta, still copy the crescent shape of the new moon. Nanna was thought to ride the crescent moon-boat of heaven on its monthly course.”

Betty De Shong Meador, Ina... More

Erin Hyman: What Wine-Speak Says About Us

03.24.2011  |  By
Filed under: Essay

Designed in collaboration with renowned architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the exhibition How Wine Became Modern explores the visual culture of wine. It includes historical artifacts, architectural models, design objects, artworks and installations, including a “smell wall,” to probe many aspects of wine culture. Today, welcome Erin H... More

Your Student Loans Are Totally Killing You, Dude

03.23.2011  |  By
Filed under: Field Notes

Go to art shows in San Francisco and you’ll hear people brag drunkenly about how much sex they’re having. You’ll hear all about who’s dating who, who cheated on who and so forth. But what you won’t hear is people bragging about how much money they’re making from their art. The ugly truth is that most artists in San Francisco carry an outrageous amount of student loan debt yet nobody wants to talk about it because, well, it’s unpleasant.

So people talk about other things instead – Sex. Parties. Drugs. Music. Shitty jobs. Survival. Art. Facebook. In fact there’s an endless amount of things to discuss and almost anything is more interesting than debt. Besides, in ... More

Positive Sign #5

03.23.2011  |  By
Filed under: Projects/Series

Positive Signs is a weekly series of interpretive diagrams, quotes, and speculations on creativity, optimism* and the lives of artists, published every Wednesday through June.

Text, from bottom of pyramid to top: Training, expectations, resources, recognition, hope, opportunity, reward.

*Notwithstanding brief forays into the nature of space, stuff, experience, and cognition.


Next Wednesday: Positive Signs #6: The Nine Elements of Flow. See all Positive Signs to date.

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Apsara DiQuinzio: Subject to Change, the Case of Ophiuchus

03.21.2011  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd, Projects/Series

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. The exhibition is also an unusual collaboration among all five curatorial departments at the museum, and over the course of the year, Open Space will present texts from each of the 10 curators.


In the news recently, many of us learned a surprising thing: there is a 13th zodiac sign, known as Ophiuchus, or the ... More

In Search of Christopher Maclaine 17: The THE END Tour – A Work in Progress 15: CLIMAX B

03.21.2011  |  By

This is the seventeenth 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 frie... More

Faster Than a Speeding Bullet! More Expensive than a Diamond-Encrusted Skull!

03.20.2011  |  By
Filed under: Essay, Field Notes

Yes, that’s right – the F-22 Raptor can literally fly faster than a speeding bullet! Think about that. While an average bullet flies between 500 and 1,000 mph, the Raptor is capable of flying at speeds between 1,200 and 1,500 mph. Since the F-22 is one of the fastest aircraft flying today, it is also one of the most expensive. According to the the Government Accountability Office the F-22 costs $361 million per per jet. All those millions in tax dollars translate into an airplane that is super stealthy, supersonic and almost invisib... More

A handful of the works that surface via an SFMOMA collections keyword search on “Japan”:

03.20.2011  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd, Back Page

Please consider donating to any of a number of organizations supporting earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster relief efforts in Japan.

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Creativity Explored and THE MASTERS

03.18.2011  |  By
Filed under: Back Page

The developmentally disabled artists at Creativity Explored have been drawing their own renditions of SFMOMA artworks for years, and the organization’s current exhibition The Masters features thought provoking interpretations of beloved and well-known works from SFMOMA’s permanent collection. We’re excited about the exhibition and... More

Palimpsest 3

03.17.2011  |  By

“Palimpsest i.e. a parchment from which one writing has been erased to make room for another.” H.D.

this is not a poem

only a day to remember

I say the war is over…

the war is over…

H.D., “May 1943,” Collected Poems: 1912-1944

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Window, National Lawyers Guild [photo: NC]

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5 Questions: Douglas McGray

03.16.2011  |  By
Filed under: Conversations

[Five questions to SFMOMA artists, staff, or guests. Today we hear from Douglas McGray. Douglas is editor-in-chief  of Pop-Up Magazine,  a writer (The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, This American Life),  a senior fellow at The New America Foundation, and adviser for The Atavist. Tomorrow night Pop-Up Magazine presents Sidebar: Wine! ... More

Positive Sign #3 & 4

03.16.2011  |  By
Filed under: Projects/Series

Positive Signs is a weekly series of interpretive diagrams, quotes, and speculations on creativity, optimism* and the lives of artists, published every Wednesday through June.

*Notwithstanding brief forays into the nature of space, stuff, experience, and cognition.


Next Wednesday: Positive Sign #5: Seven Elements of the Social Milieu Necessary for Creative Contributions. See all Positive Signs to date.

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Collection Rotation: Adrienne Skye Roberts

03.14.2011  |  By
Filed under: Projects/Series

Our regular feature, Collection Rotation. Every month or so I invite someone to organize a mini-“exhibition” from our collection works online. Today, please welcome writer, curator, and former Open Space columnist ADRIENNE SKYE ROBERTS. ]

Each day my father conducts conversations in anticipation of death. In August of last year he began working... More

Visitor Flickr Photo of the Week

03.11.2011  |  By
Filed under: Back Page

Daniel G. Marchand caught Robert Arneson’s No Pain (1991) spying on a museum visitor.

“We were visiting the museum and having a coffee in the [rooftop garden] when I noticed this woman reading her newspaper, being watched by the “head”. I just had to get to ground level and capture the moment.”

Thanks Daniel!

We choose... More

Survival Through Touching

03.10.2011  |  By
Filed under: Essay

I’m an archivist of what I call ephemeral films — films made for specific purposes at specific times, not intended for posterity. These include industrial and advertising films, home movies, and the occasional educational film. A few weeks ago, I drove down to Hollywood to move some film into our cold storage vault. Since we don’t ha... More

Shadowshop: Recipe for Boiling Water

03.10.2011  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd, Conversations

On rare occasions an event—a talk, a blog post, an exhibition—raises an issue that had been slowly making the local water hotter, but gone unremarked. Suddenly with this event the pot is boiling and everyone has something to say. It makes for a lot of fun; such is the case with Stephanie Syjuco’s Shadowshop, a “temporary, alternative store ... More

Palimpsest 2

03.10.2011  |  By

“Palimpsest i.e. a parchment from which one writing has been erased to make room for another.” H.D.

“Romantic as it is, I still believe it’s the role of the artist — to question and redefine.” Aaron Levy

I first met Aaron Levy because of Marjorie Welish. The Slought Foundation in Philadelphia was organizing an event around her work as ... More

Reno and Russia with Jude Gabbard (Part 1)

03.09.2011  |  By

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.

My collaborator for the next two posts is San Francisco based f... More

Positive Sign #2

03.09.2011  |  By
Filed under: Projects/Series

Positive Signs is a weekly series of interpretive diagrams, quotes, and speculations on creativity, optimism* and the lives of artists, published every Wednesday through June.

*Notwithstanding brief forays into the nature of space, stuff, experience, and cognition.


Next Wednesday: Positive Signs #3 & 4 on inspiration and what makes life full. See all Positive Signs to date.

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Red Eye

03.09.2011  |  By
Filed under: Field Notes

The second I got my turn at the box office for a Sunday night Sundance Kabuki screening of Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, Thai director Apicatpong Weerasethakul’s latest, Palme d’Or winning film sold out. It’s heartening to see that the work of an uncompromisingly peculiar filmmaker and artist filling the art house in the same m... More

Bohemia of Finances (pt. 4)

03.08.2011  |  By

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 continue to transpire. Occasionally I will post discussions with artists and curators about the economics of their practice, today an e-mail conversation with the amazing American writer Eileen Myles.


BB: Thanks, Eileen, for having this discussion about money, art, and writing! I’m first of all interested in how you’re “making a living” these days.
EM: I wa... More