Archive for April, 2013

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04.30.2013  |  By

A 747 crashes due to rough weather conditions northwest of Washington, D.C., killing all 92 people on board.

A bomb in the cargo hold of a TWA flight leaving Athens explodes 18 minutes after takeoff and sends the plane crashing into the Ionian Sea; 88 people die.

All 346 people aboard a DC-10 bound for London perish when the flight crash-lands in a woods north of Paris. The destruction is so severe that only 40 of the bodies are identifiable. Turkish families on vacation, English rugby players, British fashion models, Japanese management traine... More

@SFMOMA Twitter Hijack for #SFMOMAslow: Tina Takemoto on Glenn Ligon

04.27.2013  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd, One on One

In celebration of Slow Art Day, we invited four special guests to commandeer SFMOMA’s Twitter account for 30 minutes of live tweeting from the galleries. Artist, writer, theorist Tina Takemoto closed out our week with a slow close look at Glenn Ligon’s White #13. Check out the rest of our hijack transcripts here.

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Diary of a Crazy Artist: Dumb Art Jokes

04.26.2013  |  By

It’s easy to understand modern art. If it hangs on a wall, it’s a painting. If you can walk around it, it’s a sculpture.

What do you get if you cross a painter with a boxer? Muhammad Dali.

What happened when a ship carrying red paint collided with a ship carrying blue paint? Both crews were marooned.

How many surrealists does it take to change a light bulb? Two. One to hold the giraffe and the other to fill the bathtub with brightly colored machine tools.

Recently a guy in Paris nearly got away with stealing several paintings from the Lo... More

@SFMOMA Twitter Hijack for #SFMOMAslow: Will Brown on Francis Picabia

04.26.2013  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd, One on One

In celebration of Slow Art Day, we’ve invited four special guests to commandeer SFMOMA’s Twitter account for 30 minutes of live tweeting from the galleries. This afternoon’s team of hijackers: Will Brown, a collaborative project based in a storefront space in San Francisco’s Mission district. Will Brown is Lindsey White, Jordan Stein, and David Kasprzak. Their slow-looking session on Francis Picabia’s L’Homme aux gants (Man with Gloves) included responses from visitors in the gallery, as well as from an open call o... More

@SFMOMA Twitter Hijack for #SFMOMAslow: Guillermo Gómez-Peña on Diego Rivera

04.26.2013  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd, One on One

In celebration of Slow Art Day, we’ve invited four special guests to commandeer SFMOMA’s Twitter account for 30 minutes of live tweeting from the galleries. Here’s the transcript from yesterday’s hijacker — the legendary Guillermo Gómez Peña.

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@SFMOMA Twitter Hijack for #SFMOMAslow: Gay Outlaw on Trisha Donnelly

04.25.2013  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd, One on One

In celebration of Slow Art Day, we’ve invited four special guests to commandeer SFMOMA’s Twitter account for 30 minutes of live tweeting from the galleries. Yesterday artist Gay Outlaw took the reins to talk about Trisha Donnelly — enjoy the transcript!

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Lebbeus Woods, Architect: Dwayne Oyler

04.25.2013  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd, Projects/Series

Lebbeus Woods, Architect is on view at SFMOMA till June 2. Open Space is pleased to be hosting a series of posts on Woods’s work and legacy. Today, please welcome architect Dwayne Oyler.

Words Unspoken

Over the last few months, it’s been astounding to hear of Lebbeus’s vast influence, sometimes from the most unexpected people. Countle... More

The Shape of the Archive

04.24.2013  |  By
Filed under: Essay, Projects/Series

“Every rhythm is a sense of something.” —Octavio Paz

Filmmaker Jean-Gabriel Périot reuses photographs and bits of old film already set tightly inside the grammar of history. He stacks or lists the sequences of archival pictures into new rhythms and velocities. The films are inflected by the aging body of media, the familiar grain of film sto... More

Calder Yates Reviews Stairwells’s Field Trip #3

04.24.2013  |  By
Filed under: Field Notes

Calder Yates wrote this review of Stairwells’s Field Trip #3, conducted by Sarah Hotchkiss and Carey Lin, in response to an assignment in my dual-degree seminar at California College of the Arts. I invited Calder to share his perspective with the readers of Open Space.

Calder Yates
Compulsive activity comes in many forms: counting specific t... More

File Under: Pranks, But No, Really, Maybe This Is a Good Idea

04.24.2013  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd, Back Page

Some museum staff were recently relocated to new office digs in preparation for our big expansion. Working late one night and perhaps under the influence of too much fluorescent lighting, I took it upon myself to repurpose this prime office real estate. You know what they say, when life gives you some drab, recently vacated office space, make some ... More

Giving Full Attention to a Film without Pictures

04.22.2013  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd

 

Duane Deterville is one of our three art-and-conversation hosts for SLOW ART DAY, April 27.

I oftentimes look at artwork that seems to evoke a sound. Music, dialogue, or other implied sounds. A few pieces that I’ve viewed at SFMOMA over the last few years that play sounds in my head are David Hammons’s Basketball Drawing, James Weeks’s Two Musicians, and Raymond Saunders’s piece titled Bird/Charlie Parker. Bouncing a basketball on the street and subsequently bouncing the same basketball on a large sheet of paper was t... More

Slow Art Day: @SFMOMA Twitter Hijack

04.22.2013  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd

Social media has as ubiquitous a presence in the galleries of museums as it does anywhere — come to SFMOMA on any given day and you’ll see people smiling for Facebook pics next to iconic artworks, while others stand still, compulsively tweeting their every thought. In a world of quick status updates and Instagram posts, is it possible to put the brakes on the accelerating, careening car that is social media and get people to really think?

In collaboration with the people over at Slow Art Day, we’re running a set of slow-looking expe... More

1973

04.22.2013  |  By

On Saint Patrick’s Day, at Travis Air Force Base in California, an aircraft nicknamed the Hanoi Taxi lands with twenty POWs aboard. There are more than four-hundred family members there to greet them, and journalists ready to capture the moment. Slava Veder snaps the shot (at the bottom of this post) that brings this reunion home in a single image. In the far left, Lt. Col. Robert Stirm has his back to the camera; his back to the war you could say. In front of him, his fifteen-year-old daughter, Lorrie, rushes towards him with open arms, ... More

Social Media Bomb: Garbage in, Garbage Out

04.20.2013  |  By
Filed under: Back Page, Essay

Has social media made us all stupid? During the Boston manhunt for the marathon bombers, the #tweeters, the Facebookers, and Reddit users spread all kinds of erroneous rumors, provided tons of false leads, and misidentified several individuals as the bombers. If that wasn’t bad enough, several mainstream media outlets ran with stories that weren’t true.

First, during the Boston manhunt, CNN’s John King breathlessly reported the bomber was a dark-skinned male who had just been arrested. Of course, that went viral immediately. U... More

An Artwork Made in Cambridge, MA, at the Public Library

04.19.2013  |  By
Filed under: Back Page, Field Notes

In light of the insanity that has gripped Boston for the past few days — the bombings at the marathon’s finish line, the manhunt that resulted in two deaths, and the final capture of one of the bombers — I thought I would share an art piece I made back there in 2009 but never showed anyone.

I was walking on the grounds of the public lib... More

Great Looks in the Galleries: Iman H. and Briana B.

04.19.2013  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd, Projects/Series

From now until closing time on June 2 we are celebrating the unique and inspiring personal style of some of our gorgeous SFMOMA visitors. Follow the series.

What are your names?

Iman H. and Briana B.

Where are you from?

Both from Berkeley

What brings you to SFMOMA today?

Research for a school project

More great looks.

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Slow-looking at Winogrand

04.19.2013  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd

Tess Thackara is one of our three art-and-conversation hosts for SLOW ART DAY, April 27.

Wandering through the Garry Winogrand exhibit last week, I lingered on several photos longer than the rest because they seemed to give fragments of rich, unresolved narratives; because I could place myself squarely within them, whether in terms of reality or a... More

1972

04.18.2013  |  By

The measuring of time is fine-tuned in accuracy down to the leap-second, on New Year’s Day of this year. The epoch of this scale, however, goes back to midnight, January 1, 1970. The scale also measures time before 1970, but in negative numbers. At 15:30:08 UTC (Coordinated Universal Time), on Saturday, December 4, in the year 292,277,026,596... More

Lebbeus Woods, Architect: Kiki Smith

04.18.2013  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd, Projects/Series

Lebbeus Woods, Architect is on view at SFMOMA till June 2. Open Space is pleased to be hosting a series of posts on Woods’s work and legacy. Today, please welcome artist Kiki Smith.

I think Lebbeus and I were an eccentric combination. I played the straight man, grounding both works that we made — Skypool in Lapland, Finland, as well as our piec... More

Missed Connection: MuseumStore

04.17.2013  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd, Back Page

Happy Birthday, Open Space

04.16.2013  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd, Field Notes

Open Space turned 5 today. And what a fantastic 5 years it’s been, thanks to the more than 400 people who have written, produced, or talked something into being with us, including our 45 columnists, 5 guest editors, and 3 developers; along with countless designers, interns, staff, and helpers of all kinds; and the more than 1 million people w... More

Emily Jain Wilson, EYE POWER

04.15.2013  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd

Artist Emily Jain Wilson is one of our three art-and-conversation hosts for SLOW ART DAY, April 27.

In his anecdote “That Bowling Alley on the Tiber” from the collection of the same name, Michelangelo Antonioni reveals, “When I don’t know what to do, I start looking at things.” Master of the long, slow gaze, Antonioni ... More

New NEWS for Open Space

04.15.2013  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd, Field Notes

I am delighted today to announce that we have three NEW COLUMNISTS getting started this week! Please welcome artist and writer D-L Alvarez; poet Anne Lesley Selcer; and Dana Cohen, who has been working with us on the blog behind the scenes for several years.

In addition to this crew, Open Space alum Tess Thackara is rejoining us, this time in embedded-reporter fashion, writing specifically about SFMOMA as we move forward toward the next phase of museum life, which begins in earnest when the current building closes for expansion on June 2.

As al... More

A slinky, waterworks, and some wires

04.12.2013  |  By

Over at our crowd-sourced Tumblr project we are running a new experiment related to Slow Art Day, asking our fast-moving internet audience to slow down and spend ten uninterrupted minutes looking at something, anything, and write about it. The submissions over there are a lot of fun, and we’ll share some of them here too. We’d love to see what you might do. Submit!

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Great Looks in the Galleries: Sammy D. and Zarina Z.

04.12.2013  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd, Projects/Series

From now until closing time on June 2 we are celebrating the unique and inspiring personal style of some of our gorgeous SFMOMA visitors, starting today. Follow the series.

What are your names?

Sammy D. and Zarina Z.

Where are you from?

Zarina: Originally from Russia, lives in SF

Sammy: From L.A., lives in SF

What brings you to SFMOMA today?

Sammy&... More

Lebbeus Woods, Architect: Sketchbook

04.11.2013  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd, Projects/Series

Lebbeus Woods, Architect is on view at SFMOMA till June 2. Throughout the run of the exhibition, we’re featuring a series of posts reflecting on Woods’s work and legacy. Below, thumb through the pages of a sketchbook Woods worked on in New York, San Francisco, Vienna, Kraljevica, Vico Morcote, and NYC; 1995–98. You can see all the pages at a ... More

Missed Connection: The Stairwell

04.10.2013  |  By
Filed under: Back Page

Leora Lutz Reviews OPENING, Curated by Taj Robinson and Nikki Mirsaeid

04.05.2013  |  By
Filed under: Field Notes

Leora Lutz submitted this review of the exhibition OPENING, curated by Taj Robinson and Nikki Mirsaeid, in response to an assignment in my dual-degree seminar at California College of the Arts. The ALTAR projects she discusses were on display at Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist in San Francisco, February 1 through 28, 2013. I invited Le... More

Lebbeus Woods, Architect

04.04.2013  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd, Projects/Series

Lebbeus Woods, Architect is on view at SFMOMA til June 2, and we’ll be featuring regular posts reflecting on Woods’s work and legacy throughout the run of the exhibition. Our inaugural post is from SFMOMA’s assistant curator of architecture and design Joseph Becker.

Experimental architecture has long been a focus of the Architecture and ... More

APR 3

04.03.2013  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd