Posts Tagged “Peter Samis”

75 Reasons to Live: Peter Samis on Wright Morris

09.01.2010  |  By
Filed under: One on One


Peter Samis is SFMOMA Associate Curator, Interpretation, Education. (Which distinguished title barely covers it!). He’s speaking here about Wright Morris’s Storefronts, Western Kansas (1939). I thought it nice to post this one in advance of our upcoming Free Tuesday program Where Was the Home Place? Wright Morris at 100. (next Tuesday, noon, the Wattis theater, FREE.)

Remember the end of Manhattan, when Woody Allen asks himself what makes life worth living? Last January, during SFMOMA’s three day 75th anniversary celebration, 75 people from the Bay Area creative community gave extremely short talks—7.5 minutes or less!—on a single collection work of their choosing. Someone called it ‘manic splendor’—and it was. You can follow the 75 Reasons to Live talks as we post them by checking in here.


One on One: Peter Samis on Ranjani Shettar

05.26.2009  |  By
Filed under: One on One

[As a complement to our Thursday evening curator “One on One” talks, we post regular ‘one on one’ bits from curators, staff, and public, on a particular work or exhibition they’re interested in. Today’s post is from Peter Samis, associate curator of interpretation.]

Seen from afar, down the long enfilade of galleries on the 2nd floor, Ranjani Shettar’s Sing along floats above the other more floor- and earth-bound artworks on view. The poodles of Katharina Fritsch are stolid and rooted in their rippling pool... More