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The Mission School Brings Magic Energy to NYC

04.16.2014  |  By
Filed under: Field Notes

Finally, after endless meetings, conversations, editorial decisions, and possibly a little nail-biting, the newest incarnation of curator Natasha Boas’s Energy That Is All Around has arrived in New York City. It opens April 17th at New York University’s Grey Gallery right across the street from Washington Square Park.

It’s worth mentioning that the park itself is somewhat of a magical and mysterious place. Diane Arbus made some of her most famous photographs there. In the 1940′s Marcel Duchamp did an undocumented perform... More

1985

04.03.2014  |  By

“The game is a machine composed of interconnected mechanistic devices. These devices facilitate bad faith interaction… A con or snow job is the site at which X preys upon the hopes, fears, and anxieties of Y for ulterior motives and/or personal gain. The machinations which vehiculate this manipulation can have wide effect—ranging from the ... More

1983

03.17.2014  |  By

Hard sunlight bullies through smoke and soot. Something awful is burning all the time and a haze mutes even medium distances into old photographs. Our town is shrouded in perpetual smoke that fades red to an 1890’s sepia, and clouds any blue to a dusty gray. Muted colors make us feel like we’re in some scratchy old movie. That in turn slows everything down. Traffic lights halt movement for almost all of a Linda Ronstadt song even when there’s nothing to wait for. Birds seldom fly and when they do they don’t flap. They circle the ... More

Diary of a Crazy Artist: 2014 Is YOUR Year of Getting Things Done

01.03.2014  |  By
Filed under: Back Page, Field Notes

Sick of hearing everyone talk about what they are going to do?

Me too.

That’s because now, more than ever, talk is cheap and what artists really need is support.

For the new year, I put together this list of helpful hints, carefully selected, or you could say curated for you — places for artists to get jobs, places to get grants, things li... More

1982

12.22.2013  |  By

Rainer Werner Fassbinder finished Querelle this year, and started work on another film, this next one called Rosa L. On June 10 the script for this project, based on the life of Rosa Luxemburg, is beside him when he’s found at 3:30 a.m. by his editor and companion, Juliane Lorenz, quite dead, a cigarette still between his lips.

These are the years: 1964, 1972, 1977, 1981, 1989, and 1993, 1999, and 2003, and also the future years which do not have numbers yet, nor names, but are given all numbers and names. These are the ages of man: first cry... 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

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

FIELD WORK: Juliana Spahr

12.05.2013  |  By

On the occasion of Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field, SFMOMA curator of public programs Frank Smigiel and poet and playwright Kevin Killian co-organized a small chapbook of poetry, beautifully hand-produced by Andrew Kenower and Lara Durback. We are posting selections from FIELD WORK on Open Space throughout the fall.

TRANSITORY, MOMENTARY
JULIANA SPA... More

FIELD WORK: Frances Richard

11.21.2013  |  By

On the occasion of Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field, SFMOMA curator of public programs Frank Smigiel and poet and playwright Kevin Killian co-organized a small chapbook of poetry, beautifully hand-produced by Andrew Kenower and Lara Durback. We are posting selections from FIELD WORK on Open Space throughout the fall.

Composite Emptiness
Frances Richa... More

What’s At Play in the League of F.A.M.E.?

11.20.2013  |  By

Mary Anne Kluth

The League of F.A.M.E. (Fantasy Art Market Enthusiasts), just wrapping its inaugural season this month, is a participatory art project by “Commissioners” Josh Pieper and Tim Sullivan, based on fantasy sports leagues. The first season, which launched on Open Space October 1, involved nine players “drafting” rosters of any ten... More

1981

11.19.2013  |  By

AT SIXTEEN I THRASH IN SERIAL TRANSPORTATION AND THE BLEAK APARTMENTS OF FRIENDS’ OLDER BROTHERS.

A road trip to San Francisco to see Prince perform from the Controversy album. Morris Day and the Time are the opening act. The audience is 99 percent African American, and dressed to the nines. Dancing with arms thrown up; we’re in church. Our minister preaches: I’ll Jack U Off!
In May, I have my first gay sex. We warm up with vodka, orange juice, and his collection of every David Bowie video he recorded off Friday Night Videos. FNV is an ho... More

Flo Oy Wong at the Luggage Store

11.15.2013  |  By
Filed under: Field Notes

 

Flo Oy Wong: The Whole Pie opened last week at the Luggage Store Gallery.

This is a particularly appropriate venue for showcasing Wong’s work. Not only do suitcases (and other migration metaphors) play a prominent role in Wong’s oeuvre, but her ambitions as an artist-activist coincide quite precisely with the aims of the collectively ope... More

1980

11.15.2013  |  By

David Lynch’s The Elephant Man just opened at the Stockton Royal movie theater. Because you are a cool kid, and know about these things, you tell me that David Bowie played the part on stage. We love Bowie. We play your new Scary Monsters album as often as we can get away with it whenever I visit you at your home.

When asked about his directorial styling, David Lynch has more than once quoted the Beach Boys, saying, “Be true to your school.”

In 1968 Charles Manson and his followers moved from San Francisco down to LA. There, while hitchhi... More

FIELD WORK: Joanne Kyger

11.14.2013  |  By

On the occasion of Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field, SFMOMA curator of public programs Frank Smigiel and poet and playwright Kevin Killian co-organized a small chapbook of poetry, beautifully hand-produced by Andrew Kenower and Lara Durback. We are posting selections from FIELD WORK on Open Space throughout the fall.

Joanne Kyger has been associate... More

1979

11.07.2013  |  By

Bowie appears on Saturday Night Live flanked by two aliens. They send waves to the chip implanted under my scalp.

That was last night, today we’re in a Chinese-American restaurant that has the shady comfort of a dive bar, and a lot of Beach Boy songs on the jukebox. Wild Honey was on a moment ago, and is stuck in my head now.

Likewise, one of the monologues from the play Kennedy’s Children has resurfaced from the Stockton Community Theater production that ran last April: my first set design, in what I think will be a career path.

This is m... More

FIELD WORK: C.D. Wright

11.07.2013  |  By

On the occasion of Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field, SFMOMA curator of public programs Frank Smigiel and poet and playwright Kevin Killian co-organized a small chapbook of poetry, beautifully hand-produced by Andrew Kenower and Lara Durback. We are posting selections from FIELD WORK on Open Space throughout the fall.

Seeing Red
C.D. Wright
Once we hi... 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

FIELD WORK: C. S. Giscombe

10.31.2013  |  By

On the occasion of Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field, SFMOMA curator of public programs Frank Smigiel and poet and playwright Kevin Killian co-organized a small chapbook of poetry, beautifully hand-produced by Andrew Kenower and Lara Durback. We are posting selections from FIELD WORK on Open Space throughout the fall.

Iowa House, Summer 2013
C. S. GIS... More

FIELD WORK: Paul Ebenkamp

10.24.2013  |  By

On the occasion of Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field, SFMOMA curator of public programs Frank Smigiel and poet and playwright Kevin Killian co-organized a small chapbook of poetry, beautifully hand-produced by Andrew Kenower and Lara Durback. We are posting selections from FIELD WORK on Open Space throughout the fall.

Antipode And Bad Math After Rexro... 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

ThEN is Now: Joyce Gordon Gallery’s Ten-Year Anniversary Exhibit

10.19.2013  |  By
Filed under: Field Notes

Oakland’s Joyce Gordon Gallery has been located at 406 Fourteenth Street near the City Center BART station for a decade now, showcasing emerging local artists as well as internationally renowned painters such as Raymond Saunders and Richard Mayhew. Joyce Gordon is celebrating her first decade with a notable group exhibit that has been showing in ... More

FIELD WORK: Bill Berkson

10.17.2013  |  By

On the occasion of Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field, SFMOMA curator of public programs Frank Smigiel and poet and playwright Kevin Killian co-organized a small chapbook of poetry, beautifully hand-produced by Andrew Kenower and Lara Durback. We are posting selections from FIELD WORK on Open Space throughout the fall.

No Argument
BILL BERKSON

 
A... More

Can Artists Afford to Live in San Francisco Any More?

10.10.2013  |  By

The rent is too darn high in San Francisco.

Worse yet, it’s too high for artists who come to the city looking for the culture that made it famous.

Remember the Beats? Those broke writers and poets who flocked here from around the country, coming for the cheap rent, the bookstores and the cafes? Or what about the hippies? The anti-authority ge... More

FIELD WORK: Dodie Bellamy

10.10.2013  |  By

On the occasion of Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field, SFMOMA curator of public programs Frank Smigiel and poet and playwright Kevin Killian co-organized a small chapbook of poetry, beautifully hand-produced by Andrew Kenower and Lara Durback. We are posting selections from FIELD WORK on Open Space throughout the fall.

The Center of Gravity
DODIE BELLA... 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

FIELD WORK: Hugo García Manríquez

10.03.2013  |  By

On the occasion of Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field, SFMOMA curator of public programs Frank Smigiel and poet and playwright Kevin Killian co-organized a small chapbook of poetry, beautifully hand-produced by Andrew Kenower and Lara Durback. We are posting selections from FIELD WORK on Open Space throughout the fall.

Pre Columbian, 1965
HUGO GARCÍA ... More

SECA 2012: Robert Glück on the Neptune Society Columbarium

10.01.2013  |  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 are at several locations throughout the Bay Area. To complement these projects, Open S... More

FIELD WORK: Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field — Poets Respond

09.26.2013  |  By

On the occasion of Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field, SFMOMA curator of public programs Frank Smigiel and poet and playwright Kevin Killian have co-organized a small chapbook of poetry, beautifully hand-produced by Andrew Kenower and Lara Durback. We’ll be posting selections from FIELD WORK on Open Space throughout the fall. Kevin Killian introd... More