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

Happy New Year!

12.31.2013  |  By
Filed under: Back Page

12.24.2013  |  By
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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

Pamela Lu on Eleanor Antin’s 100 Boots

12.19.2013  |  By
Filed under: One on One

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

What Time Is It?

12.18.2013  |  By
Filed under: Projects/Series

This fall, Open Space has featured a series of reflections by artists, writers, and curators on “the contemporary.” Today’s piece, “What Time Is it?” is a concluding note.
In 2011′s My Common Heart, Kansas City poet Anne Boyer writes a poem titled “Questions for Poets.”  The text opens, What time is it in Sydney? What t... 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

Image + Text: Monica de la Torre and Abigail Child Collaborate

12.17.2013  |  By
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Mónica de la Torre: To and No Fro is based on Luis Buñuel’s melodrama A Woman Without Love (1952), which is deemed his worst film, but is a wonderfully highbrow telenovela of sorts based on Guy de Maupassant’s novella Pierre et Jean. Its claustrophobic set designs are by the Mexican-Hungarian painter Gunther Gerzso, and the film’s c... 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
Filed under: 151 3rd, Projects/Series

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