Posts in 151 3rd

(Affectionately named after the museum’s street address)
Posts about SFMOMA’s collections, exhibitions, programs, news, and staff; dispatches from the Open Space editorial team

Dennis Leon: Site Works in the Bay Area

01.06.2014  |  By
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It is with great pleasure that Open Space is reproducing online for the first time select documentation by Dennis Leon (1933–1998) of the majority of his environmental sculptures. With deepest thanks to Christin Nelson. — TZ

Dennis Leon began making unsanctioned, site-specific installations in the Bay Area in 1975, first with a suite of text-ba... More

Frank Smigiel: A Producer’s Journal, or Judgment A Go-Go

12.18.2013  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd, Field Notes

In spring 2011, Open Space hosted a series of “Shop Talk” conversations prompted by artist Stephanie Syjuco’s complex — and somewhat controversial — Shadowshop project, which included more than 200 Bay Area artists showcasing “wares” in a gift shop-style installation on SFMOMA’s fifth floor. In this essay, published earlier this y... More

Collection Rotation: Amanda Kirkhuff

12.16.2013  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd, Projects/Series

Our regular feature Collection Rotation, in which a guest organizes a mini “exhibition” from SFMOMA’s collection works online. This fall artists with Bay Area ties take over the series. In addition to their rotations, we asked each artist to answer poet Robert Duncan’s request to students in his 1958 Workshop in Basic Techniques and provide us with a set of influences for their work — a “constellation of their genius.” Today, please welcome Amanda Kirkhuff.

I was recently invited by Open Space to ponder “the constellation of my ... More

5 Questions: Marina Eybelman

12.13.2013  |  By
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We’re taking our Five Questions series around the office and finding out more about SFMOMA staff members and what’s changed for them now that we’re under construction. Today we’re talking to Marina Eybelman, Technical Coordinator, in our Minna Street offices, where many of us have been located for several years and will be until 2016, when our new building opens.

Please describe your job in three sentences or less:

I provide administrative and financial support to the IT department and I am the key contact for staff wh... More

Collection Rotation: Justin Hoover

12.09.2013  |  By
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In our regular feature Collection Rotation, a guest selects from SFMOMA’s collection works online. This fall artists with Bay Area ties take over the series. In addition to their rotations, we asked each artist to answer poet Robert Duncan’s request to students in his 1958 Workshop in Basic Techniques and provide us with a set of influences for... More

Inside Project Los Altos: Christian Jankowski

12.06.2013  |  By

Through March 2, 2014, SFMOMA presents newly commissioned and site-responsive projects from contemporary artists, as well as historical works and documentation, in the small suburban city of Los Altos. This Open Space series highlights artists and spaces relating to Project Los Altos through conversations with the project’s contributors and my ow... More

Magic Is Everywhere: Mel Henderson (1922-2013)

12.04.2013  |  By
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In tribute to Mel Henderson (November 10, 1922–October 4, 2013).

 

“I’ve been involving myself with the landscape of San Francisco since 1969 — its abrupt geology, the beauty of its architectural geometry, and the diverse composition of its people. The city offers a lot of physical options for outside public events, especially events t... More

5 Questions: Jana Machin

11.29.2013  |  By
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We’re taking our Five Questions series around the office and finding out more about SFMOMA staff members and what’s changed for them now that we’re under construction. Today we’re talking to Jana Machin, director of SFMOMA’s MuseumStore, in the store’s temporary location on Yerba Buena Lane, where it will be unti... More

Happy Thanksgiving

11.28.2013  |  By
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Collection Rotation: Annie Albagli

11.25.2013  |  By
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In our regular feature Collection Rotation, a guest selects from SFMOMA’s collection works online. This fall artists with Bay Area ties take over the series. In addition to their rotations, we asked each artist to answer poet Robert Duncan’s request to students in his 1958 Workshop in Basic Techniques and provide us with a set of influences for... More

Rachel Federman: Kennedy?

11.22.2013  |  By
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SECA 2012: Allison Arieff on 151 Third Street

11.12.2013  |  By
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For the first time in the history of SFMOMA’s biennial award program honoring Bay Area artists, the museum has commissioned the four recipients of the 2012 SECA Art Award to create work outside the traditional gallery context. Their site-responsive projects are at several locations throughout the Bay Area. To complement these projects, Open S... More

5 Questions: Calcagno Cullen

11.08.2013  |  By
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We’re taking our Five Questions series around the office and finding out more about SFMOMA staff members, and what’s changed for them now that we’re under construction. Today we’re talking to Calcagno Cullen, Education Associate, School and Teacher Programs, in our Minna Street offices, where many of us have been located for... More

SECA 2012: Jonn Herschend on Stories from the Evacuation

11.05.2013  |  By

For the first time in the history of SFMOMA’s biennial award program honoring Bay Area artists, the museum has commissioned the four recipients of the 2012 SECA Art Award to create work outside the traditional gallery context. Their site-responsive projects appear in a number of locations around the Bay Area; Jonn Herschend’s film Stories from ... More

Inside Project Los Altos: Charles Garoian

11.01.2013  |  By

From November 9, 2013, through March 2, 2014, SFMOMA takes over the small suburban city of Los Altos with newly commissioned and site-responsive projects from contemporary artists, historical works, and documentation. This is the first of several posts that will highlight issues, artists, curators, and spaces relating to Project Los Altos through c... More

SECA 2012: Anne Lesley Selcer on Frank Ogawa Plaza

10.29.2013  |  By
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For the first time in the history of SFMOMA’s biennial award program honoring Bay Area artists, the museum has commissioned the four recipients of the 2012 SECA Art Award to create work outside the traditional gallery context. Their site-responsive projects are at several locations throughout the Bay Area. To complement these projects, Open S... More

Josh Faught at the Neptune Columbarium

10.23.2013  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd, Field Notes

In the Neptune Society Columbarium, a miniature-shrine-filled dome nestled among modest homes in San Francisco’s inner Richmond, three textile-based sculptures by Josh Faught are currently on view as part of SFMOMA’s off-site SECA award exhibition. The first, suspended in the atrium and surrounded by rows of captivating little niches containing... More

SECA 2012: Zarouhie Abdalian on Occasional Music

10.22.2013  |  By

For the first time in the history of SFMOMA’s biennial award program honoring Bay Area artists, the museum has commissioned the four recipients of the 2012 SECA Art Award to create work outside the traditional gallery context. Their site-responsive projects appear in a number of locations around the Bay Area; Zarouhie Abdalian‘s work ca... More

Collection Rotation: Ala Ebtekar

10.21.2013  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd, Projects/Series

“Come, let us split apart the domed ceiling of the celestial spheres, and let us lay the foundation of a new structure.”
— Hafez

In our regular feature Collection Rotation, a guest selects from SFMOMA’s collection works online. This fall artists with Bay Area ties have taken over the series. In addition to their rotations, we asked each artist to provide us with a set of influences for their work — a “constellation of their genius,” per poet Robert Duncan. Ala Ebtekar’s mother sketched the five senses of  Ala’s early... More

Born Old: Joanne Kyger on Bruce Conner

10.16.2013  |  By
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Beyond Belief: 100 Years of the Spiritual in Modern Art, jointly organized by SFMOMA and the Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM), is on view at the CJM through October 27. Open Space presents a series of posts in which invited writers explore various aspects of the exhibition. Today please welcome poet Joanne Kyger.

I am always amazed and moved by an experience Bruce Conner had when he was eleven years old and living in Wichita, Kansas. Writing about it in 1983 he says he was lying on the floor in his room looking at the late afternoon sun when he went into a state of consciousness that changed him: “I changed physically. I changed conceptually, and it took hundreds of years. I changed and gr... More

OCT 15

10.15.2013  |  By
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SECA 2012: Richard Walker on the Presidio Forest

10.15.2013  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd, Projects/Series

For the first time in the history of SFMOMA’s biennial award program honoring Bay Area artists, the museum has commissioned the four recipients of the 2012 SECA Art Award to create work outside the traditional gallery context. Their site-responsive projects are at several locations throughout the Bay Area. To complement these projects, Open S... More

5 Questions: Rudolf Frieling

10.11.2013  |  By
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We’re taking our Five Questions series around the office and finding out more about SFMOMA staff members and what’s changed for them now that we’re under construction. Today we’re talking to Rudolf Frieling, Curator of  Media Arts, in our new Kearny Street offices, where a lot of our staff have temporarily relocated until our building reopens.

Please describe your job in three sentences or less:

Would three terms do as well? Art, media, and contemporary culture. What this means in practice is that I look at art, engage ... More

Search Party: Rachel Federman on Gordon Onslow Ford’s Seductions of the Day

10.09.2013  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd, Projects/Series

Beyond Belief: 100 Years of the Spiritual in Modern Art, jointly organized by SFMOMA and the Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM), is on view at the CJM through October 27. Open Space presents a series of posts in which invited writers explore various aspects of the exhibition. Today please welcome SFMOMA assistant curator of painting and sculpture Rachel Federman.

With its extraordinary profusion of marks, ranging from barely there to emphatically pointillist, Gordon Onslow Ford’s Seductions of the Day (1943) generates forms that are suggestivel... More

SECA 2012: David Wilson on Arrivals

10.08.2013  |  By

For the first time in the history of SFMOMA’s biennial award program honoring Bay Area artists, the museum has commissioned the four recipients of the 2012 SECA Art Award to create work outside the traditional gallery context. Their site-responsive projects appear in a number of locations around the Bay Area; David Wilson‘s project begi... More

Collection Rotation: Elizabeth Sims

10.07.2013  |  By
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In our regular feature Collection Rotation, a guest selects from SFMOMA’s collection works online. This fall artists with Bay Area ties take over the series. In addition to their rotations, we asked each artist to answer poet Robert Duncan’s request to students in his 1958 Workshop in Basic Techniques and provide us with a set of influences for their work — a “constellation of their genius.” Today, please welcome Elizabeth Sims. To find her map, follow the footnote citations.

Much of my work lately has begun at the point of acceptance... More

The Way Forward: Steve Seid on Daniel Reeves

10.02.2013  |  By
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Beyond Belief: 100 Years of the Spiritual in Modern Art, jointly organized by SFMOMA and the Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM), is on view at the CJM through October 27. Open Space presents a series of writings on works in the exhibition. Today’s post is from Steve Seid, who looks at Daniel Reeves’s Sabda in the context of his life and early... More

Angels, we’ve heard . . . : Shelley Diekman on Bruce Conner and Edmund Shea

09.25.2013  |  By
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Beyond Belief: 100 Years of the Spiritual in Modern Art, jointly organized by SFMOMA and the Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM), is on view at the CJM through October 27. Open Space presents a series of posts in which invited writers explore various aspects of the exhibition. Today’s post is a commentary by Shelley Diekman on the creation of the ANGELS series by Bruce Conner and his collaborator on these artworks, the San Francisco–based photographer Edmund Shea, who was her longtime partner.

In March 1971, Aretha Franklin played at the Fillmore in San Francisco. At the end of her concert she amazed the crowd by welcoming to the stage her friend Ray Charles, or as she introduced him, “Th... More

SECA 2012: Josh Faught on BE BOLD For What You Stand For, BE CAREFUL For What You Fall For

09.24.2013  |  By

For the first time in the history of SFMOMA’s biennial award program honoring Bay Area artists, the museum has commissioned the four recipients of the 2012 SECA Art Award to create work outside the traditional gallery context. Their site-responsive projects appear in a number of locations around the Bay Area; Josh Faught‘s work is at th... More

Collection Rotation: Elisheva Biernoff

09.23.2013  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd, Projects/Series

In our regular feature Collection Rotation, a guest selects from SFMOMA’s collection works online. This fall artists with Bay Area ties take over the series. In addition to their rotations, we asked each artist to answer poet Robert Duncan’s request to students in his 1958 Workshop in Basic Techniques and provide us with a set of influences for... More