Posts in One on One

One person on one artist, work of art, or event: keen perspectives from poets, critics, curators, artists, and creative practitioners of all types

José Esteban Muñoz, in Memory and Futurity

01.20.2014  |  By

On December 26, 2013, D-L Alvarez sat down with theater maker Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas to talk about the death and lasting influence of noted critic José Esteban Muñoz (1967–2013).

D-L: I’m not sure I can conjure up my first meeting with José. It must have been in 1996, and Nao Bustamante would have handled introductions. Was it in a gall... More

Pamela Lu on Eleanor Antin’s 100 Boots

12.19.2013  |  By
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Pamela Lu

Overheard at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

An underground chamber,
where artwork is stored in times of emergency or disrepair

Two shoes, in front of an exhibit

LEFT: Where is she?

RIGHT: Getting her priorities mixed up as usual.

LEFT: I doubt it’s as bad as all that. What’ve we got here?

RIGHT: A series of postcards, fifty-on... More

Diane Ward on a Stereo Daguerreotype of Artist’s Paraphernalia, by an Unknown Photographer

12.02.2013  |  By
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Diane Ward

Approximate 1850 artifice. The uses of the stereoscopic trick: you are enlisted in displacing the site of depth perception’s processing from the brain to the outside, to the modern double image. By its doubling, you are enlisted in its presence as the left image that is not-complete, the right image that is not-complete. You are also e... More

Andrew Berardini on Henry P. Bosse

07.29.2013  |  By
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Andrew Berardini

Just mix cyan with suicide and you’ll get the picture.

I once read about a Bible used by a student in the Sorbonne in the 12th century, each page a skinned cat. Are the words of writers and the pictures of artists ever more beautiful than the life sacrificed to print them?

I keep returning to the cyanotype. Thirteen of them in th... More

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

04.27.2013  |  By
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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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@SFMOMA Twitter Hijack for #SFMOMAslow: Will Brown on Francis Picabia

04.26.2013  |  By
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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
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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
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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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Matthew Harrison Tedford on Carleton E. Watkins

03.06.2013  |  By
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Matthew Harrison Tedford

Finding My Place in History

Growing up in suburban Southern California I developed a rather indirect relationship with history. Except for the occasional Franciscan mission or Mexican rancho, I rarely experienced history firsthand. I felt like Indiana Jones if I was in a building constructed before World War II, and there w... More

Emily Jain Wilson on Piet Mondrian

02.25.2013  |  By
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Emily Jain Wilson

For a long time I went to SFMOMA just for Pollock. First, in a Danville school bus helmed by my rock ’n’ rollin’ high school creative writing teacher; later, BARTing in from Berkeley just to stick my nose in the lower left hand corner of Guardians of the Secret. “Jackson,” I’d ask the painting, “how did you do that? I wanna do that!” Still fascinated with the means of production, I now mostly beeline for Mondrian’s Composition with Red, Yellow, and Blue, 1935–42.

I kind of can’t believe it. Mondrian? Ya k... More

Maria Porges on Juan Muñoz

12.05.2012  |  By
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Who and what are these three figures, proximate yet separate, together yet apart? Each head and pair of arms emerges from a terra-cotta stand-in for the body: an imposing amphora, absent its pointed bottom, perched on its (silent) metal-covered mouth. Like a tiny fleet navigating across the museum’s stone floor, they seem to be caught up in a mom... More

Jonn Herschend on Philip Guston

12.03.2012  |  By
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Raised in a Midwestern amusement park, Jonn Herschend is a visual artist and filmmaker whose work explores fiction, reality, and the narrative structures that we employ as a way to explain the chaos and clutter of our everyday lives. He is also co-founder/editor of THE THING Quarterly (along with Will Rogan). More information can be found on ... More

Erica Gangsei on Story Board

11.21.2012  |  By
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Recently I worked on a digital hub for the SFMOMA website, called Story Board, which expands on the exhibition Six Lines of Flight and other SFMOMA projects by braiding together museum-produced content with links to the web at large. The interface allows for new associations among the different stories that we tell around artworks and artists. For me, the most compelling of these stories are those that deal in cultural critique.

If, like me, you have progressive values, it’s hard not to feel trapped by culture — even counterculture. Capital... More

Christian L. Frock on Doris Salcedo

11.19.2012  |  By
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Christian L. Frock

A pair of your daughter’s shoes sits on your desk: diminutive yellow Mary Janes with a leather ruffle T-strap. Of course, she didn’t choose them — she was an infant when you bought them, accessorizing vicariously through her. Once they were outgrown, you kept them like a souvenir from your life and a distillation of that mo... More

Miranda Mellis on Richard Diebenkorn

11.14.2012  |  By
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Miranda Mellis

Certain models of mind say that consciousness and environment are inseparable. As a figure (a representation of consciousness) contiguous with an abstracted ground (environment), Richard Diebenkorn’s Woman in Profile (1958) enacts and prophesies this theory of indivisibility. Her left hand is becoming a paw while her right seems to melt into the creamy table. The outer seam of her torso literalizes the concept of a blurred border, in this case between a painted skein of light and a lighted skein of paint. The visible (paint) an... More

Tim Svenonius on Petah Coyne

11.05.2012  |  By
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Tim Svenonius

I cannot say for sure whether I already saw a recumbent figure there beneath the dark foliage, before finding the protagonist’s name nested deep within the title. It’s difficult now to look at this cocoon of feathers and flowers without pondering who is entombed or entangled within.

Its surfaces erupt in clusters of fabric flo... More

Lisa Sutcliffe on Naoya Hatakeyama’s A BIRD/Blast #130

10.22.2012  |  By
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Lisa Sutcliffe

Over the past twenty-five years Naoya Hatakeyama has examined the structures industrialized societies create to claim and process natural resources. Natural Stories, his first solo U.S. exhibition, follows these systems of production from their point of departure — beginning, for instance, at a limestone quarry and tracing the mine... More

Zachary Royer Scholz on Mario Botta

10.15.2012  |  By
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Porous Boundaries

With SFMOMA’s expansion and renovation scheduled to start in 2013, I have been thinking about Swiss architect Mario Botta. Botta designed the current San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, which the Norwegian collective Snøhetta’s sleek new design will eventually gut and grow south and east to create a striated mesa-like mass. Botta’s red brick Third Street façade and black-and-white atrium tower will remain intact, but the current building’s stately formality, symmetric geometry, and byzantine flavor will be softened, ... More

Corset Salesmen: Corina Copp on Tom Howard’s The Electrocution of Ruth Snyder

10.03.2012  |  By
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 Corina Copp

There’s something inside a human being that no one has thought of putting into a machine.

— Lee Miller, 1945

Thought to mark the occasion of her marriage to Roland Penrose in 1925, the title of a Valentine Penrose mixed-media piece, “À mon Époux, Reconnaissance (Dit-on),” translates as “To my husband, with gratitude (as they say).” Eventually, V. Penrose left R. Penrose (they remained lifelong friends), and R. Penrose fell for and married Surrealist photographer-turned-docujournalist Lee Miller, who had redisc... More

Willa Koerner on Janet Cardiff’s The Telephone Call

09.26.2012  |  By
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“We’re so in tune with technology now that we slip into it so well. . . . We’re like cyborgs in the way that we can sort of use a camera as an extension of ourselves.” — Janet Cardiff, in SFMOMA’s Artcast

Thanks to the social networks that have built webs through and between our lives, navigating the everyday has become an activity that... More

Vanessa Place on Andy Warhol

09.24.2012  |  By
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“Making Sense of Modern Art Mobile,” SFMOMA’s handheld multimedia tour, includes a one-minute, two-second clip of Andy Warhol and an unidentified bottle-blond man making a silkscreen painting. The clip, titled Andy Warhol at Work on the SFMOMA website, is captioned: “Archival film footage showing Andy Warhol making a silkscreen painting.”... More

Robert Glück on Jess’s The Mouse’s Tale

09.12.2012  |  By
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The return of the One on One: artists, poets, and others reflect on single works in SFMOMA’s collection. Please welcome writer Robert Glück.

In 1951 Jess made The Mouse’s Tale, the first of his large collages, or “paste-ups,” as he called them. Only a few years before he had been a radio-chemist working on the production of plutonium for the U.S. government. He abandoned science and rational method when he dreamed the world would come to an end in 1974. The nude in The Mouse’s Tale crouches on contradictory perspectives of a ... More

SECA 50th Anniversary Artist-on-Artist Talks: Hung Liu on Rosanna Castrillo Díaz

04.04.2012  |  By
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During Fifty Years of Bay Area Art: The SECA Awards, we restyled our weekly in-gallery talks with a superb lineup of past SECA Art Awardees. You can listen to the series here. For our final SECA Art Award talk last week, Hung Liu (1992 SECA Art Award) spoke about Rosana Castrillo Diaz’s (2004 SECA Art Award) Untitled.

Hung Liu on Rosana Castr... More

SECA 50th Anniversary Artist on Artist Talks: Rebeca Bollinger on Giorgio Morandi

03.28.2012  |  By
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In conjunction with Fifty Years of Bay Area Art: The SECA Awards, we’ve restyled our weekly in-gallery talks with a superb lineup of past SECA Art awardees. Each Thursday at 6:30pm an artist talks about something on view. Last week, Rebeca Bollinger (1996 SECA Art Award) talked about  Giorgio Morandi’s Natura Morta (Still Life), “translating” the painting five ways. Two of the translations are represented in detail below.

Rebeca Bollinger on Giorgio Morandi’s Natura morta (Still Life).

Detail, Rebeca Bollinger on Gio... More

SECA 50th Anniversary Artist-on-Artist Talks: Jordan Kantor on On Kawara

03.21.2012  |  By
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In conjunction with Fifty Years of Bay Area Art: The SECA Awards, we’ve restyled our weekly in-gallery talks with a superb lineup of past SECA Art Awardees. Each Thursday at 6:30 p.m. an artist talks about something on view. Last week Jordan Kantor (2008 SECA Art Award) talked about On Kawara’s MAR. 16, 1993, from the Today series:

Jordan Kantor on On Kawara’s MAR. 16, 1993, from the Today series

 

Jordan Kantor (2008 SECA Art Award) is a San Francisco–based artist. When he delivered the talk on On Kawara archived here, h... More

SECA 50th Anniversary Artist-on-Artist Talks: Josephine Taylor on Mitzi Pederson

03.14.2012  |  By
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In conjunction with Fifty Years of Bay Area Art: The SECA Awards, we’ve restyled our weekly in-gallery talks with a superb lineup of past SECA Art Awardees. Each Thursday at 6:30 p.m. an artist talks about something on view. Last week Josephine Taylor (2004 SECA Art Award) talked about Mitzi Pederson’s Untitled:

Josephine Taylor on Mitzi P... More

SECA 50th Anniversary Artist on Artist Talks: Chris Finley on Vija Celmins

03.07.2012  |  By
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In conjunction with Fifty Years of Bay Area Art: The SECA Awards, we’ve restyled our weekly in-gallery talks with a superb lineup of past SECA Art Awardees. Each Thursday at 6:30pm an artist talks about something on view. Last week, Chris Finley (1998 SECA Art Award) talked about Vija Celmin’s Blackboard Tableau #1 :

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SECA 50th Anniversary Artist-on-Artist Talks: Shaun O’Dell on Kamau Amu Patton

02.29.2012  |  By
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In conjunction with Fifty Years of Bay Area Art: The SECA Awards, we’ve restyled our weekly in-gallery talks with a superb lineup of past SECA Art awardees. Each Thursday at 6:30 p.m. an artist talks about something on view. Last week, Shaun O’Dell (2004 SECA Art Award) talked about Kamau Amu Patton:

Shaun O’Dell on Kamau Amu Patton.... More

SECA 50th Anniversary Artist-on-Artist Talks: Maria Porges on Janine Antoni

02.22.2012  |  By
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In conjunction with Fifty Years of Bay Area Art: The SECA Awards, we’ve restyled our weekly in-gallery talks with a superb lineup of past SECA Art awardees. Each Thursday at 6:30 p.m. an artist talks about something on view. Last week, Maria Porges (1992 SECA Art Award) talked about Janine Antoni and her sculpture Lick and Lather:

Maria Porges o... More

SECA 50th Anniversary Artist-on-Artist Talks: Kathryn VanDyke on Agnes Martin

02.15.2012  |  By
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In conjunction with Fifty Years of Bay Area Art: The SECA Awards, we’ve restyled our weekly in-gallery talks with a superb lineup of past SECA Art awardees. Each Thursday at 6:30 p.m. an artist talks about something on view. Last week, Kathryn VanDyke (2000 SECA Art Award) talked about Agnes Martin and her painting Falling Blue:

Kathryn VanDyke ... More