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Thematic multi-post projects produced by our columnists and artists-in-residence; recurring editorial features; interviews with artists, staff and visitors; guest-curated online exhibitions

League Of F.A.M.E.© Inaugural Season – Final Standings

11.10.2013  |  By
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In the year 2013, the League Of F.A.M.E.© (Fantasy Art Market Enthusiasts) was born. Nine team owners were gathered together for a “draft” where each team chose 10 artists for their roster. Controversy, jeers, gasps and gulps ensued. Jay Z was turned away via league vote, George W. Bush was bumped for spite, and Banksy was a late round steal. Hot dogs were served.

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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

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

On the Contemporary: Eclogue by Suzanne Husky

11.06.2013  |  By
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This fall, Open Space will feature a series of reflections by artists, writers, and curators on “the contemporary.” Today’s piece is by multimedia artist Suzanne Husky, currently based in Orleans, France.

ECLOGUE

During the spring of 2012, in the valley of Nescus in Ariege, I filmed a plowing lesson at la ferme de Meras, one of two farms in ... 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

Cosmic Surgery

11.01.2013  |  By
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HELLO!

It’s your old saggy friend Dynasty Handbag. Never heard of me? Well that’s no surprise. I am a marginally known performance artist/comedienne-ish/video-maker whatever. I have been making this record called “Cosmic Surgery” for about eight years. Most of the songs were written for larger performances pieces. But who needs context anyway, especially in California! That place is all fragments and freedom.

I actually finished this record about three years ago, but I was waiting for the record industry to really disinte... 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

League Of F.A.M.E.© Awards Ceremony – Nov 6th, 6-9pm

10.31.2013  |  By
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Fans and players of the League Of F.A.M.E.©, the final counts are in!  Week 4 (blog week) was an absolute barn burner, and its influence on the final standings was paramount. That said, we would like to invite you to The League of F.A.M.E.© Awards Ceremony. There you can experience the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat, and of course the hu... 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

“It’s a fact … women don’t paint very well.” – Georg Baselitz

10.30.2013  |  By

Old people say the darndest things, don’t they? Take Georg Baselitz for example. At seventy-five, he’s one of the uber-macho Neo-Expressionist painters that dominated contemporary art back in the 1980s. That old boys’ club was famous for their leather jackets, cocaine parties with hookers, living lavish lifestyles (Baselitz lived in a castle for the past thirty years), and in the end one of them, Martin Kippenberger, even drank himself to death at the age of forty-four.

Now, in an interview for the German magazine Der Spiegel,... More

SECA 2012: Anne Lesley Selcer on Frank Ogawa Plaza

10.29.2013  |  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

League of F.A.M.E.© Week 4 Starting Lineups (Blog Week)

10.26.2013  |  By
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We are in the final week of the League Of F.A.M.E.©  The category was revealed via video post from a donut shop that also had bananas, just a few short days ago.  We will be scouring four contemporary art blogs over a 9 day span (October 20th-29th).  Points are accrued via name mentions and image use.    The team who accrues the most will score 45 F.A.M.E. points for the week, 2nd place scores 40 F.A.M.E. points, and so on.  Below are the teams and their starting rosters for the week.  It’s the League Of F.A.M.E.©!!!

 

Swit... More

From the Open Space Archives: Unicorns

10.25.2013  |  By

From the Open Space Archives is a thematic digest of content culled from the last five years of posts on Open Space.

Are unicorns real? Truth lies somewhere in between words and images. These posts explore the space between meaning and representation, fiction and reality.

That is because the images project onto imaginative space, and the light that shines behind them is the infinitude of language. Anne Lesley Selcer’s “Language to Be Loved At” –> http://blog.sfmoma.org/2013/05/language-to-be-loved-at/

To see the unseeable is glorious... 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

League Of F.A.M.E.© current standings and final week category draw

10.23.2013  |  By
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Here are the current standings through week 3 of the League Of F.A.M.E. ©

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Thousands of Tiny Caesuras

10.23.2013  |  By
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The surface of Remains to Be Seen, by American filmmaker Phil Solomon, is crinkled, decomposing, brightly variant, at times lit with a thousand tiny fires, and often blue. His treatment of the film stock achieves a kind of bas relief of the screen. Light, movement, and color seem to have been chipped into pieces, and recompose into a tig... More

On the Contemporary: “Who Wore It Better?” by Matt Sussman

10.22.2013  |  By
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This fall, Open Space will feature a series of reflections by artists, writers, and curators on “the contemporary.” Today’s piece is by Oakland art critic Matt Sussman.

 

“Who wore it better?” is a question of our time. It is also a question of time: of now, not later. It invites snap judgments rather than careful deliberation. Usua... 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

League Of F.A.M.E.© – week 3 (ebay auction) results

10.21.2013  |  By
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Week 3 in the League Of F.A.M.E.© was ebay auction week.  It was scored using ebay auction results counting the total $ amount of sold listings (authentic AND knock-off) during the calendar week of October 13th – October 19th, 2013.  Our teams are getting more savvy by the week, and there were some especially interesting add/drops here.   In a move that smelled of cotton candy, both tasty and disgusting, Will Brown dropped Terry Richardson and picked up Walt Disney.  That combined with Thomas Kinkade, an original draft pick of team Wi... More

Collection Rotation: Ala Ebtekar

10.21.2013  |  By
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“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

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

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

League Of F.A.M.E. © – Standings at the halfway mark

10.15.2013  |  By
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We are 2 weeks into the inaugural season of League Of F.A.M.E. © and while not finishing first in either week, PRtists has put together 2 solid scores to lead all teams in the current overall standings.  That said, it’s elbow to elbow at the top, with 5 teams within 6 points of first place!  At the other end, Bad At Sports and Art Is Dead ... More

SECA 2012: Richard Walker on the Presidio Forest

10.15.2013  |  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

League of F.A.M.E.© Week 3 Category Draw

10.14.2013  |  By
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Below is the video revealing the category for week 3 of  The League of F.A.M.E.©

Stay tuned tomorrow when we will show you each team’s starting roster, including any moves they made for the week.

It’s the League of F.A.M.E.©!

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League of F.A.M.E.© Week 2 (Hashtag WEEK) results

10.14.2013  |  By
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Below are the results for League of F.A.M.E.© week 2 Hashtag Week.

Will Brown wins the week with a solid team effort. No surprise that #Banksy was the top performer of the week with a whopping count of 132!  Unfortunately for The Something Something Art Cliche his last minute pick up of #HennesseyYoungman reeled in an embarrassing 1pt (that 1pt ... More

On the Contemporary: Jay-Z’s “Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film”

10.14.2013  |  By
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Jay-Z’s most recent album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, was released on Independence Day of this year.  As an artist, Jay has always been obsessed with numbers and dates, and the timing of this release was not insignificant.  I surmise Jay’s suggestion to be that Magna Carta is of the historical significance of that critical compact between the ki... 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

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