Posts Tagged “Beyond Belief”

Born Old: Joanne Kyger on Bruce Conner

10.16.2013  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd, Projects/Series

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

Search Party: Rachel Federman on Gordon Onslow Ford’s Seductions of the Day

10.09.2013  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd, Projects/Series

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 SFMOMA assistant curator of painting and sculpture Rachel Federman.

With its extraordinary profusion of marks, ranging from barely there to emphatically pointillist, Gordon Onslow Ford’s Seductions of the Day (1943) generates forms that are suggestivel... More

The Way Forward: Steve Seid on Daniel Reeves

10.02.2013  |  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 writings on works in the exhibition. Today’s post is from Steve Seid, who looks at Daniel Reeves’s Sabda in the context of his life and early... More

Angels, we’ve heard . . . : Shelley Diekman on Bruce Conner and Edmund Shea

09.25.2013  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd, Projects/Series

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’s post is a commentary by Shelley Diekman on the creation of the ANGELS series by Bruce Conner and his collaborator on these artworks, the San Francisco–based photographer Edmund Shea, who was her longtime partner.

In March 1971, Aretha Franklin played at the Fillmore in San Francisco. At the end of her concert she amazed the crowd by welcoming to the stage her friend Ray Charles, or as she introduced him, “Th... More

Crouching Woman, Hidden Story: Erin Hyman on Kiki Smith’s Lilith

09.18.2013  |  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 writer Erin Hyman.

A crouching woman hangs from the wall, muscles tense, flanks coiled like a spring, as if ready to pounce. The gallery is marked “Genesis” but there is nothing Edenic here, as we have come to know the term — no Adam, no Eve, no Tr... More

I Am Here: Daniel Schifrin on Beyond Belief

09.11.2013  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd, Projects/Series

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 writings on works in the exhibition. In today’s post Daniel Schifrin, part of the CJM curatorial team, reflects on the exhibition as a Talmudic jou... More