Archive for August, 2012

Receipt of Delivery: Limbo

08.31.2012  |  By

Receipt of Delivery is a weekly series featuring Bay Area exhibition mailers selected from the SFMOMA Research Library’s collection of artists’ ephemera.

This Labor Day weekend post highlights Limbo, an artist-run project by Artspace (founded 1986) that transformed a restaurant on the corner of 9th Street and Folsom in San Francisco. Click here for several videos from the mid-1990s of different artists in the kitchen and their guest Wednesday night menus.

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Backstage: Richard T. Walker

08.30.2012  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd

All summer long, as part of the exhibition Stage Presence, we’re hosting LIVE performances in a specially commissioned fourth-floor performance space created by Tucker Nichols. Totally awesome artist lineup, and we’re posting rehearsal pix plus performance videos every week.

Richard T. Walker rehearsing in the gallery yesterday for the speed and eagerness of meaning (longer longing version):

Walker’s meditative works combine spoken language, original music compositions, video, and photography to focus on the relationships a... More

Stage Presence: D-L Alvarez and Kevin Killian

08.29.2012  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd

All summer long, as part of the exhibition Stage Presence, we’re hosting LIVE performances in a specially commissioned fourth-floor performance space created by Tucker Nichols. Totally awesome artist lineup, and we’re posting rehearsal pix plus follow-up videos every week.

Videographer: Jim Granato

 

Next up: Richard T. Walker! Mo... More

Positive Signs #46, 47, 48, 49, & 50

08.28.2012  |  By
Filed under: Projects/Series

Positive Signs is a series of interpretive diagrams, quotes, and speculations on creativity and optimism.


Next: Positive Signs #51–55, more on passion, goals, and harmony.
See all Positive Signs.

 

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Yes

08.25.2012  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd, Back Page

5 Questions: Ed Osborn

08.24.2012  |  By
Filed under: Conversations

[Five questions to SFMOMA artists, staff, or guests. I recently caught up with Ed Osborn, who is at SFMOMA to install his work Night-Sea Music (1998) on the museum's third-floor landing. The work will be on view until November and if you can't get to the museum in person, check out this video of the piece in action. Ed is a sound artist living in Pr... More

Diary of a Crazy Artist: Gold Fever in North Beach?

08.23.2012  |  By
Filed under: Projects/Series

Bars aren’t just for doing cocaine in the bathroom with your straight-acting gay boyfriend and then watching the San Francisco Giants lose again on TV. No, at one time bars were the place where neighbors met each other, shared local gossip and complained about the mayor. It was where people went for birthday parties and had conversations. Nowhere was that more true than in San Francisco’s North Beach.

But it makes me sick to my stomach to see what’s happening in San Francisco. First they put a GAP on Haight Street, then they made ... More

Backstage: D-L Alvarez and Kevin Killian

08.23.2012  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd

All summer long, as part of the exhibition Stage Presence, we’re hosting LIVE performances in a specially commissioned fourth-floor performance space created by Tucker Nichols. Totally awesome artist lineup, and we’re posting rehearsal pix plus performance videos every week.

D-L Alvarez, Kevin Killian, and crew yesterday, getting a feeling for The Visitor Owl:

This collaboration between writer Killian, visual artist Alvarez, and the San Francisco Poets Theater features hyperbolic reenactments of two seminal Sidney Poitier films... More

Receipt of Delivery: Monumental Women & X:THE UNKNOWN (1987)

08.22.2012  |  By

Receipt of Delivery is a weekly series featuring Bay Area exhibition mailers selected from the SFMOMA Research Library’s collection of artists’ ephemera.

Press release (excerpt):

X:THE UNKNOWN is purposefully being presented concurrently with Introductions, the exhibitions of emerging artists at San Francisco commercial galleries, and the equivalent program in the East Bay, Bay Currents. The works comprising X:THE UNKNOWN provide a powerful aesthetic alternative to the often ‘safely marketable’ selections of unknown artists w... More

Stage Presence: My Barbarian

08.21.2012  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd

All summer long, as part of the exhibition Stage Presence, we’re hosting LIVE performances in a specially commissioned fourth-floor performance space created by Tucker Nichols. Totally awesome artist lineup, and we’re posting rehearsal pix plus follow-up videos every week.

Videographer: Jim Granato

 

Next up: D-L Alvarez and Kevin... More

Yes

08.18.2012  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd, Back Page

Diary of a Crazy Artist: PUSSY RIOT Is So Dangerous

08.17.2012  |  By
Filed under: Projects/Series

Why do vaginas upset people so much? Just say the word vagina or pussy and people freak out. Seriously, try saying the word or a variation of it — vagina, pussy, cunt, hole, twat, or snatch — in mixed company, and just watch as someone gets really uncomfortable. These days if you want to be provocative, just name your project pussy-something o... More

Receipt of Delivery: Mike Mandel & Larry Sultan – Ties

08.17.2012  |  By

Receipt of Delivery is a weekly series featuring Bay Area exhibition mailers selected from the SFMOMA Research Library’s collection of artists’ ephemera.

Mike Mandel (b. 1950) and Larry Sultan (1946–2009) began their 30-year collaboration around their shared interest in cultural artifacts and the idea of the billboard. Designing and then docu... More

Backstage: My Barbarian

08.16.2012  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd

All summer long, as part of the exhibition Stage Presence, we’re hosting LIVE performances in a specially commissioned fourth-floor performance space created by Tucker Nichols. Totally awesome artist lineup, and we’re posting rehearsal pix plus performance videos every week.

The room is all set for Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon, and Alexandro Segade of My Barbarian’s Broke People’s Baroque Peoples’ Theater — come see them tonight in the performance gallery!


 

My Barbarian animates theatrical styles from bar... More

The Modern Art Notes Podcast: Robert Adams

08.16.2012  |  By

Today at Modern Art Notes, Tyler Green interviews American photographer Robert Adams. SFMOMA has many pictures by Mr. Adams in the collection, and an interview with the artist is a rare treat. Thanks to Tyler for sharing a clip of the podcast — on Adams in relation to Carleton Watkins — with us! Please welcome him.

The American photographer Robert Adams is the subject of a nine-venue retrospective that has recently arrived at the Yale University Art Gallery, the institution that organized the exhibition. Titled The Place We Live, the exhibi... More

Stage Presence: Cliff Hengst

08.15.2012  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd

All summer long, as part of the exhibition Stage Presence, we’re hosting LIVE performances in a specially commissioned fourth-floor performance space created by Tucker Nichols. Totally awesome artist lineup, and we’re posting rehearsal pix plus follow-up videos every week.

Videographer: Jason Wolos

 

Next up: My Barbarian! More in... More

Positive Signs #40, 41, 42, 43, 44, & 45

08.14.2012  |  By
Filed under: Projects/Series

Positive Signs is a series of interpretive diagrams, quotes, and speculations on creativity and optimism.

Next: Positive Signs #46–50, on enjoyment and passion.
See all Positive Signs.

 

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Yes

08.11.2012  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd, Back Page

Backstage: Cliff Hengst

08.09.2012  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd

All summer long, as part of the exhibition Stage Presence, we’re hosting LIVE performances in a specially commissioned fourth-floor performance space created by Tucker Nichols. Totally awesome artist lineup, and we’re posting rehearsal pix plus performance videos every week.

Preparations for Cliff Hengst’s Maybe:

Hengst is a San Francisco–based painter and performance artist. Here he presents a series of new and revisited solo works, including Stink Bomb, I Am a Tree and Elvis. Hengst’s pieces employ both wry and ... More

Stage Presence: Anne McGuire

08.08.2012  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd

All summer long, as part of the exhibition Stage Presence, we’re hosting LIVE performances in a specially commissioned fourth-floor performance space created by Tucker Nichols. Totally awesome artist lineup, and we’re posting rehearsal pix plus follow-up videos every week.

 Highlights from last week’s performance: Anne McGuire w... More

Receipt of Delivery: Paste-Ups & Assemblies

08.06.2012  |  By

Receipt of Delivery is a weekly series featuring Bay Area exhibition mailers selected from the SFMOMA Research Library’s collection of artists’ ephemera.

 

A birthday tribute to Jess (1923–2004), whose magnificent works are on view here in two collection shows. Click the image to enlarge the 1960 text by his partner, the great poet Robert Duncan (1919–1988).

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Diary of a Crazy Artist: Mars

08.06.2012  |  By
Filed under: Projects/Series

From NASA: “This is one of the first images taken by NASA’s Curiosity rover, which landed on Mars the evening of Aug. 5 PDT (morning of Aug. 6 EDT). It was taken through a “fisheye” wide-angle lens on the left “eye” of a stereo pair of Hazard-Avoidance cameras on the left-rear side of the rover. The image is one half of full resolution. The clear dust cover that protected the camera during landing has been sprung open. Part of the spring that released the dust cover can be seen at the bottom right, near the r... More

The Visual as a Quickening Sound Vibration: An Interview with Musician Oluyemi Thomas, Part III

08.05.2012  |  By

Originally from the musically rich Motor City, Detroit, Michigan, Oluyemi Thomas has been a San Francisco Bay Area resident since 1974. Thomas studied both music and mechanical engineering at Washtenaw College. He creates ordered compositional free music that he acknowledges as part of, but not limited to, what is called jazz. Over a career spannin... More

The Visual as a Quickening Sound Vibration: An Interview with Musician Oluyemi Thomas, Part II

08.05.2012  |  By
Filed under: Conversations

Originally from the musically rich Motor City, Detroit, Michigan, musician/composer/multi-instrumentalist Oluyemi Thomas has been a Bay Area resident since 1974. He studied both music and mechanical engineering at Washtenaw College. Thomas creates ordered compositional free music that he acknowledges as part of — but not limited to — what is cal... More

Patty Hearst’s Speech Acts

08.04.2012  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd

“Mum, Dad, tell the poor and oppressed people of this nation what the corporate state is about to do … That they’re about to be murdered … Tell the people that the energy crisis is nothing more than a means to get public approval for a massive program to build nuclear power plants all over the nation … Tell them, Dad, that the removal of ... More

Yes

08.04.2012  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd, Back Page

The Visual as a Quickening Sound Vibration: An Interview with Musician Oluyemi Thomas, Part I

08.04.2012  |  By
Filed under: Conversations

My interest in doing this interview with Oakland musician Oluyemi Thomas stems from a desire to get a wide range of answers to some questions that have held my interest for a number of years now. For example, how does the jazz aesthetic show up in the visual field? And, what are the visual markers indicating that we are “seeing” jazz? My goal is to explore the intersection between jazz music, spirituality, and ritual and to explain how these things are made present in the visual field. There are so many unexplored implications in the notion... More

Backstage: Anne McGuire

08.02.2012  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd

All summer long, as part of the exhibition Stage Presence, we’re hosting LIVE performances in a specially commissioned fourth-floor performance space created by Tucker Nichols. Totally awesome artist lineup, and we’re posting rehearsal pix plus performance videos every week.

Anne McGuire’s rehearsal yesterday for Music Again:

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Stage Presence: Margaret Tedesco

08.01.2012  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd

All summer long, as part of the exhibition Stage Presence, we’re hosting LIVE performances in a specially commissioned fourth-floor performance space created by Tucker Nichols. Totally awesome artist lineup, and we’re posting rehearsal pix plus follow-up videos every week.

Videographer: Jim Granato

From Frank Smigiel, SFMOMA associate curator of public programs:

I just had the pleasure of hosting San Francisco–based artist Margaret Tedesco for her Cameo. Nights, and Night. performance, a piece where she reads films the audience c... More

Receipt of Delivery: Artists’ Olympics

08.01.2012  |  By

Receipt of Delivery is a weekly series featuring Bay Area exhibition mailers selected from the SFMOMA Research Library’s collection of artists’ ephemera.

 

 

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