On Being-Hated: Werner Schroeter, Erika Staiti, “Community”.

03.23.2015  |  By
Filed under: Essay, Projects/Series

Let’s start with where I can’t go. I could have one lover, maybe two; I could text someone I don’t know from the Internet and meet them on a street corner, kiss them when we don’t yet know each other’s names. I could stand on the same street corner, abandoned callously by someone else’s lover, weeping. I could get an email from someone ... More

Collection Rotation: Facundo Argañaraz

03.18.2015  |  By
Filed under: Projects/Series

For our regular feature Collection Rotation, we invite a guest to organize a mini “exhibition” from our collection works online. Today, please welcome artist and curator Facundo Argañaraz.

As a practicing artist and, more recently, as a gallerist, I navigate the stream of (monetized) digital information available via the Internet on a daily basis: endlessly browsing color-corrected images of artworks and premeditated installation shots, getting lost in high resolution fluorescent-white gallery walls of well-known or non-existent art spa... More

Other Half Orbit

03.16.2015  |  By

We met with Ingrid Rojas Contreras and Jeremiah Barber in the gallery of their current joint exhibition Lo real maravilloso at Mission Cultural Center to talk about their ongoing collaboration. Ingrid identifies primarily as a writer and Jeremiah as a visual artist; however, their connection and collaboration of more than a decade blurs boundaries ... More

On Being-Hated: Banks Violette, Pharmakon, Karaoke.

03.09.2015  |  By
Filed under: Essay, Projects/Series

Let’s start with where I am. It could be anywhere. I’m on a train to Philadelphia, I’m on a plane back to New York. I’ve just moved to Oakland. I’m wearing a pair of fingerless leather gloves and there’s a slim choker around my neck loose enough that the buckle’s constantly slipping over to the front.


Collection Rotation: Madalyn Merkey

03.03.2015  |  By
Filed under: Projects/Series

This conceived collection examines aspects of shifting cultural situations, as well as artists whose work challenges the institutional inclination to group artworks according to medium; it is rooted in large scale environmental and performance works. My desire with this exhibition is to experience a revolutionary art form capable of addressing contemporary social and political concerns.


A Spring Awakening for Open Space: New Columnists

03.02.2015  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd

The last few months of winter have found Open Space in something of a state of hibernation, woken only at random intervals by a welcome or surprising contribution from one of our brilliant columnists (to say nothing of the crashing, buzzing, and humming sounds coming from the museum construction work next door). Finally, an alarm clock…


The Rumpus Pops Up in New York

03.01.2015  |  By

A few weeks ago here in New York, when it was so cold outside that puddles were frozen in the gutters and lethal sheets of ice clung to the sidewalks, I went to a reading put on by the Rumpus.

It was the sort of chilly hell no sane person would want to go out into.

But that clearly didn’t stop people from going; all of the tables were ... More

What’s up with stARTup?

01.28.2015  |  By
Filed under: Field Notes

This essay was written collaboratively by Joseph del Pesco & Bean Gilsdorf.

“Unsatisfied with the brevity of Twitter and the isolation of a coffee-shop conversation, we thought it could be productive to post a critical analysis of the fair.”


Conflict Kitchen: An interview with Jon Rubin

01.24.2015  |  By
Filed under: Field Notes

Originally published by Chelsea Haines in Guernica Magazine, this interview with Jon Rubin surveys the recent controversy about the Palestinian iteration of the Conflict Kitchen, and addresses some of the ongoing tensions of presenting art projects about politically sensitive subjects in the US.  (more…)


Matisse’s Couture Closet and “La Conversation”

11.17.2014  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd, Essay

Jared Ledesma

In 1938 Henri Matisse completed La Conversation (The Conversation), a vibrant exploration of color and design on canvas featuring two female models clad in couture. This painting, along with many other works in SFMOMA’s Matisse collection, was the focus of my research in preparation for Matisse from SFMOMA, which was on view at the... More