Archive for January, 2013

Proposal for a Museum: Arden Sherman, Mise en green

01.31.2013  |  By
Filed under: Projects/Series

Later this year SFMOMA will close for an ambitious expansion planned to last nearly three years. Reflecting on the closure, grupa o.k. asked several friends and colleagues to imagine their own proposals for a museum in San Francisco. Today’s proposal is by Arden Sherman.

I started to notice the plants a few years ago when I began my research on... More

Diary of a Crazy Artist: Printed Matter, NYC, Brings the Bay Area to L.A.

01.31.2013  |  By
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The first time I came to New York everybody told me I had to visit Printed Matter. It’s an amazing little shop packed floor to ceiling with artist’s books, zines, prints, posters, and art. For me personally, it was one of those places that I’d always hoped would exist but never found anything quite like in all my travels.

Not only... More

Proposal for a Museum: Meschac Gaba’s Museum of Contemporary African Art

01.29.2013  |  By
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In 2013 SFMOMA will close for an expansion project planned to last nearly three years. Reflecting on the closure, grupa o.k. asked several friends and colleagues to imagine their own proposals for a museum in San Francisco. And now and then, the editors present “proposals” discovered elsewhere. Today: Meschac Gaba.

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Missed Connection: 2nd Floor

01.28.2013  |  By
Filed under: Back Page

Receipt of Delivery: Windows by Eleanor Coppola

01.25.2013  |  By

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

Poster text: “Eleanor Coppola has designated a number of windows in all parts of San Francisco as visual landmarks. Her purpose in this project is to bring to the attention of the whole comm... More

Proposal for a Museum: Roman Ondák’s Virtual Museum of Contemporary Art

01.25.2013  |  By
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In 2013 SFMOMA will close for an expansion project planned to last nearly three years. Reflecting on the closure, grupa o.k. asked several friends and colleagues to imagine their own proposals for a museum in San Francisco. And now and then, the editors present “proposals” discovered elsewhere. Today: Roman Ondák’s Virtual Museum of Contemporary Art.

At the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003, Roman Ondák displayed a reproduction of this letter addressed to the Slovakian Minister of Culture, whom he solicits to support the creation o... More

Proposal for a Museum: Xiaoyu Weng, Museum of the False

01.22.2013  |  By
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Later this year SFMOMA will close for an ambitious expansion planned to last nearly three years. Reflecting on the closure, grupa o.k. asked several friends and colleagues to imagine their own proposals for a museum in San Francisco. Today’s proposal is by Xiaoyu Weng.

“The status of fiction has vanished into the myth of the fact.”  —Rober... More

(Re)Brand USA: Coda

01.21.2013  |  By
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This is the last in the (Re)Brand series, all of which can be read here.

It was a month or so after 9/11/01. The country was still reeling from the attacks on that day and the economy was in a deflated, tech-bubble free fall. Slowly,  an “America: Open For Business” poster, designed by local artist Craig Frazier, began appearing in shop windows all around the Bay Area. I was barely making ends meet, having just started my own design practice, so I was grateful for any form of moral support. Nonetheless, when I first saw the poster, i... More

Pandemonium of gallery openings

01.17.2013  |  By
Filed under: Field Notes

There are more openings this weekend than I have seen in while, which is at once exciting and burdensome. Are you ready? Ready to navigate the hot sweaty clumps of people networking, flirting, having reunion like conversations while blocking the art? Have you created your game plan of how to effectively get to five different galleries in the matter... More

Proposal for a Museum: El Lissitzky

01.12.2013  |  By
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In 2013 SFMOMA will close for an expansion project planned to last nearly three years. Reflecting on the closure, grupa o.k. asked several friends and colleagues to imagine their own proposals for a museum in San Francisco. And now and then, the editors present “proposals” discovered elsewhere. Today: El Lissitzky’s Kabinett der Abstrakten.

El Lissitzky built this modular and changeable room for abstract art in 1927–28 at the invitation of Alexander Dorner for the Landesmuseum in Hannover. The Abstract Cabinet was destroyed in 1936 ... More

Receipt of Delivery: New MOMA, Oakland

01.10.2013  |  By

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

“The New Museum of Modern Art brought some healthy fresh air to the Bay Area gallery scene for two short years in the early 1970s [1971–73]. A collective of nearly 20 artists put the museu... More

Michael McClure on Jay DeFeo’s The Rose

01.09.2013  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd

Come see The Rose in person — Jay DeFeo: A Retrospective, closes Feb. 3.

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Proposal for a Museum by Ahmet Öğüt: Artifact (hereafter referred to as the work of art)

01.08.2013  |  By
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In 2013 SFMOMA will close for an ambitious expansion planned to last nearly three years. Reflecting on the closure, grupa o.k. asked several friends and colleagues to imagine their own proposals for a museum in San Francisco. Today’s proposal is by Ahmet Öğüt.

How can we grasp the relationship between an institution and its collection of objec... More

Diary of a Crazy Artist: Terry Gross Freaks Out on Quentin Tarantino

01.04.2013  |  By
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In case you missed it, Terry Gross had a meltdown the other day when she interviewed Quentin Tarantino for Fresh Air. Judging from all the harsh comments on the NPR website, I’m not the only one who thought something weird was going on. But hey— who could have guessed that making a violent movie about an ex-slave getting revenge on white people would freak anyone out?

First she tried to link the recent death of the 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook with movie violence. In the process she implied he was partly to blame because he ... More

Receipt of Delivery: Violations – Dennis Oppenheim

01.04.2013  |  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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