Archive for April, 2012

A Queer Tour of the Permanent Collection: Robert Gober

04.27.2012  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd, Projects/Series

Last fall I taught a course called “Queer Modernism” at California College of the Arts. As a class project, my students traced a queer itinerary through the permanent collection at SFMOMA, culminating in a queer audio tour of the museum’s holdings. Each student first wrote an introduction to queer art at SFMOMA, explaining the interest of our queer intervention: How does looking at art through a queer lens show familiar works in a new light and, more generally, change our understanding of modernism and its canons?

We used the term “quee... More

Diary of a Crazy Artist: Is Ross Mirkarimi Really the Batman?

04.26.2012  |  By
Filed under: Projects/Series

OK, I can’t resist: when did Ross Mirkarimi stop beating his wife?

Or did he beat his wife? Or is she an abuse victim too afraid to come forward, heroically rescued by her neighbor?

People want to know!!

I mean, it’s not every day that the writer of a female superhero comic book called Huntress just happens to be the neighbor of the newly elect... More

Toma las Calles! Take It to the Streets! An interview with Melanie Cervantes of Dignidad Rebelde

04.26.2012  |  By
Filed under: Conversations

If it is true that there has never been a movement for justice without the arts, and I believe it is, then the recent history of movement building in the Bay Area exists in part through the work of Melanie Cervantes and Dignidad Rebelde, the collaborative project of Cervantes and Jesus Barraza. If you have ever attended a protest in the Bay Area organized by a coalition of social justice organizations and activists or the Occupy movement, you have seen their work: bold digital and screenprints depicting community members demanding justice and a... More

APR 24

04.24.2012  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd

Collection Rotation: Jaime Cortez

04.23.2012  |  By
Filed under: Projects/Series

Our regular feature Collection Rotation. Each month someone special organizes a mini “exhibition” from our collection works online. Today, please welcome artist and writer Jaime Cortez.

“A thing with feathers”

To curate this online show, I sifted through images on Artscope, SFMOMA’s interactive art-browsing tool. It is qui... More

Wayne Koestenbaum at SFAI

04.20.2012  |  By
Filed under: Field Notes

On Wednesday, April 11th, Wayne Koestenbaum spoke at the San Francisco Art Institute as part of the Visiting Artists and Scholars lecture series curated by Glen Helfand. That afternoon, on the other side of the city, and with one eye on the clock, Kevin Killian visited my Fundamentals of Creative Reading class at San Francisco State. To transmit th... More

Diary of a Crazy Artist: Carleton Watkins – Casualty of the 1906 Earthquake

04.18.2012  |  By
Filed under: Projects/Series

While Abraham Lincoln was dealing with the Civil War, Carleton Watkins was leading a mule train around the Yosemite Valley, photographing some of the most spectacular images ever made of the American West.

In fact, some of those photographs helped convince Congress to preserve the Yosemite Valley. The bill that they passed was signed by Abraham Lin... More

A Queer Tour of the Permanent Collection: Jess

04.15.2012  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd, Projects/Series

 

Last fall I taught a course called “Queer Modernism” at California College of the Arts. As a class project, my students traced a queer itinerary through the permanent collection at SFMOMA, culminating in a queer audio tour of the museum’s holdings. Each student first wrote an introduction to queer art at SFMOMA, explaining the interest of our queer intervention: How does looking at art through a queer lens show familiar works in a new light and, more generally, change our understanding of modernism and its canons?

We used the term ... More

Descriptive Acts, Part Three

04.12.2012  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd, Projects/Series

In Tris Vonna-Michell’s GTO: hahn/huhn, variation 1, viewers are invited to pore through various media that resemble the documentary evidence of a Cold War–era detective story. Slides of hazy black-and-white images — buildings, shapes, scenery — and typed sentences appear in rotation on an old slideshow screen. Pin boards exhibit photocopied... More

APR 10

04.10.2012  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd

Missed Connection: Descriptive Acts

04.10.2012  |  By
Filed under: Back Page

Easter Parade

04.09.2012  |  By
Filed under: Field Notes

Once I finally saw through that Easter Bunny scam, I determined never again to put my faith into any of the known rites of spring — that’s Easter, Passover, Nowruz, and Major League Baseball by my watch. But time heals all wounds. And with the arrival of a world class spring equinox event so close to my house that even I — who drives four... More

5 Questions: Alejandro Cartagena

04.09.2012  |  By
Filed under: Conversations

[Five questions to SFMOMA artists, staff, or guests. Alejandro Cartagena is a photographer from Monterrey, Mexico. His work is on view in the Photography in Mexico exhibition through July 8. This Friday he speaks live on the web for Rooftop TV. Blue Bottle Coffee also created a flight of ice cream inspired by Cartagena's photography. Yum!]

Do you co... More

5 Questions: Daniela Rossell

04.09.2012  |  By
Filed under: Conversations

[Five questions to SFMOMA artists, staff, or guests. Photographer Daniela Rossell lives in Mexico City. Her series Untitled (Ricas y Famosas) is on view in the Photography in Mexico exhibition through July 8. You can watch Daniela and others speak live on the web this Friday as part of Rooftop TV.]

 

Do you collect anything?

I collected erasers as a child. Erasers as replicas of all sorts of things — sushi, ice cream, animals, etc. It has been the collection I have taken the most seriously in terms of dusting it off and having it on pro... More

5 Questions: Pablo Lopez Luz

04.09.2012  |  By
Filed under: Conversations

[Five questions to SFMOMA artists, staff, or guests. Pablo Lopez Luz is a photographer living in Mexico City. His work is on view through July 8 as part of the Photography in Mexico exhibition. Pablo, Daniela, and Alejandro will be speaking live on  the web this Friday as part of Rooftop TV.]

Do you collect anything?

I have a photography collectio... More

Two Serious Ladies

04.06.2012  |  By
Filed under: Field Notes

On March 5th I attended the artist talks/conversation between Catherine Lord and Moyra Davey at UC Berkeley as part of the “Still Pictures” lecture series on photography, curated by Anne Walsh. I came to the event an admirer of Catherine Lord — I love her cancer memoir The Summer of Her Baldness, and a couple of years ago I managed to ... More

Diary of a Crazy Artist: I Just Love Werner Herzog

04.06.2012  |  By
Filed under: Projects/Series

Through clouds of grayish-white marijuana smoke I would listen to this guy go on and on about how pretentious Werner Herzog was. He would take a deep hit from his bong, hold it in his lungs as long as possible, then release a long plume of smoke that would go halfway across the room. “Werner Herzog is an asshole,” he would say in a fake German ... More

Finally

04.06.2012  |  By
Filed under: Back Page

Opening Day!

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The Definitive, Final, Never-to-Be-Revised History of Planking

04.04.2012  |  By
Filed under: Field Notes

One of my favorite things to do is muck around with the art historical canon. Now I intend to bring that spiteful energy to the world of planking, a leisure activity in which you turn your body into a plank in a public space and then document it for the internet so it can be shared with other planking enthusiasts.

Planking recently emerged from its... More

SECA 50th Anniversary Artist-on-Artist Talks: Hung Liu on Rosanna Castrillo Díaz

04.04.2012  |  By
Filed under: One on One

During Fifty Years of Bay Area Art: The SECA Awards, we restyled our weekly in-gallery talks with a superb lineup of past SECA Art Awardees. You can listen to the series here. For our final SECA Art Award talk last week, Hung Liu (1992 SECA Art Award) spoke about Rosana Castrillo Diaz’s (2004 SECA Art Award) Untitled.

Hung Liu on Rosana Castr... More

Diary of a Crazy Artist: I am Only in Control of Vegetables

04.03.2012  |  By
Filed under: Projects/Series

When I think of art, I think of language. When I think of language, I think of control. When I think of control and language, I think of how much humans need to feel they have control over their lives or they will go insane. When I think of insane, I think of cooking. If I cook something good, I feel in control – even if I am only in control... More

APR 3

04.03.2012  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd