Posts Tagged “Mark Rothko”

A Short Reflection on Slow Art Day

05.10.2013  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd

On Saturday, April 27, for SFMOMA’s Slow Art Day, I led a small but insightful group of viewers through the permanent collection, including parts of the Logan Collection that are currently on display in a show titled Don’t Be Shy, Don’t Hold Back. I’m an experienced art viewer, but the method of slowly looking in silence revealed things that surprised even me.

The premise for the day was to experience five pieces of art in uninterrupted silence for ten minutes apiece. However, I slightly augmented our proposed requirements by having our... More

Looking at People Looking at Rothko

01.13.2012  |  By
Filed under: Essay, Field Notes

Occasionally, I find myself paying more attention to the visitors in a museum than to the works on view. Does this make me a voyeur? Maybe, but I doubt I’m alone. I don’t think there is any other art form that offers as much face-time with other people’s experiences — with the possible exception of the mosh pit at a rock concert. In the lat... More

One Final Long Tracking Shot

06.08.2010  |  By
Filed under: Field Notes

I head over to SFMOMA for one last visit before I write this, my final post in my 8-part memoir based on items in the museum’s permanent collection. In the park at Yerba Buena Center, two young women with German-ish accents stop me and ask if they might take their photo with me. It’s for a school project; they’re to have their photo taken with a variety of people they meet on the street. I agree, and they ask a guy who’s sitting on a nearby bench to snap the picture. The women stand on either side of me and we smile. Click. They s... More

Five Questions: Walter Logue

05.28.2010  |  By
Filed under: Conversations

[Five questions to SFMOMA artists, staff, or guests. Walter Logue has worked at SFMOMA for 12 years as an operations technician.  Walter knows the building through and through and if things need doing, he’s there to make it happen.  (He also has the best gossip).  Walter is also a visual artist—you can see some of his work here and here.... More

Five Questions: Steve Anker

03.31.2010  |  By
Filed under: Conversations

[Five questions to SFMOMA artists, staff, or guests. Steve Anker is the Dean of the School of Film/Video at CAL ARTS and the curator of three programs in the 75 Years in the Dark film series: Material and Illusion, Bush Mama and tomorrow’s screening of Chris Marker’s Le joli mai.  He lives between San Francisco and Northern Los Angeles.... More