Posts Tagged “SECA”

Proposal for a Museum: Zarouhie Abdalian’s Museum of the Witnessing Object

11.27.2012  |  By
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In 2013 SFMOMA will close for an ambitious expansion planned to last nearly three years. Reflecting on the closure, grupa o.k. asked several friends and colleagues to imagine their own proposals for a museum in San Francisco. Today’s proposal is by Zarouhie Abdalian.

The Museum of the Witnessing Object is dedicated to exhibiting objects as a... More

Congratulations to the artists! Finalists for the 2012 SECA Art Award have just been announced

09.17.2012  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd

SFMOMA assistant curators Jenny Gheith (painting and sculpture) and Tanya Zimbardo (media arts) have just announced the finalists for the 2012 SECA Art Award. This installment of the museum’s biennial award is especially exciting: for the first time in the award program’s history, the museum will be commissioning new work offsite.

Up to four winners will be announced in December. Selected from a pool of more than 250 applicants, the finalists are:

Zarouhie Abdalian

Elisheva Biernoff 

Nate Boyce

Tammy Rae Carland

Anthony Discenza

Liam Everett

Josh Faught

Chris Fraser

Jonn Herschend

Cybele Lyle

Jonathan Runcio

Jesse Schlesinger

Chris Sollars 

Stephanie Syjuco

Lindsey White

David Wilson

Since 1967 SFMOMA and its art interest group SECA (Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art) have honored Bay Area artists with the SECA Art Award, which includes an SFMOMA exhibition, an accompanying catalogue, and a modest cash prize. This fall the curators will lead group stud... More

SECA 50th Anniversary Artist-on-Artist Talks: Jordan Kantor on On Kawara

03.21.2012  |  By
Filed under: One on One

In conjunction with Fifty Years of Bay Area Art: The SECA Awards, we’ve restyled our weekly in-gallery talks with a superb lineup of past SECA Art Awardees. Each Thursday at 6:30 p.m. an artist talks about something on view. Last week Jordan Kantor (2008 SECA Art Award) talked about On Kawara’s MAR. 16, 1993, from the Today series:

Jordan Kantor on On Kawara’s MAR. 16, 1993, from the Today series

 

Jordan Kantor (2008 SECA Art Award) is a San Francisco–based artist. When he delivered the talk on On Kawara archived here, h... More

SECA 50th Anniversary Artist-on-Artist Talks: Josephine Taylor on Mitzi Pederson

03.14.2012  |  By
Filed under: One on One

In conjunction with Fifty Years of Bay Area Art: The SECA Awards, we’ve restyled our weekly in-gallery talks with a superb lineup of past SECA Art Awardees. Each Thursday at 6:30 p.m. an artist talks about something on view. Last week Josephine Taylor (2004 SECA Art Award) talked about Mitzi Pederson’s Untitled:

Josephine Taylor on Mitzi P... More

5 Questions: SECA 2010 Award Winner Kamau Amu Patton

03.13.2012  |  By
Filed under: Conversations

[Five questions to SFMOMA artists, staff, or guests. Kamau Amu Patton is a winner of the 2010 SECA Art Award, and his work is on view in the fifth-floor galleries. He may be familiar to Open Space readers; last year we posted a talk he gave on Nata Piaskowski.]

Do you collect anything?

A/V cables. Cables are quite interesting. They are about connect... More

5 Questions: SECA 2010 Award Winner Ruth Laskey

03.13.2012  |  By
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[Five questions to SFMOMA artists, staff, or guests. Ruth Laskey is a winner of the 2010 SECA Art Award, and her work is on view in the fifth-floor galleries.]

Do you collect anything?

No. But I have a lot of books.

If you could steal any artwork in the world to have up in your home, what would it be?

A skyspace by James Turrell … I would love to spend time with one of those each day. This might have to do with my apartment being somewhat small and dark.

If you weren’t an artist, what would your gig be?

Chances are I would be working th... More

5 Questions: SECA 2010 Award Winner Mauricio Ancalmo

03.13.2012  |  By
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[Five questions to SFMOMA artists, staff, or guests. Mauricio Ancalmo is a winner of the 2010 SECA Art Award. His work is on view in the fifth-floor galleries through April 3.]

Do you collect anything?

Everything except collectibles.

If you could steal any artwork in the world to have up in your home, what would it be?

The caves of Lascaux.

Who was... More

5 Questions: SECA 2010 Award Winner Colter Jacobsen

03.13.2012  |  By
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[Five questions to SFMOMA artists, staff, or guests. Colter Jacobsen is a winner of the 2010 SECA Art Award. His work is on view in the fifth-floor galleries through April 3.]

If you could steal any artwork in the world to have up in your home, what would it be?

I wouldn’t steal artwork, even given the opportunity. My backpack was recently stolen. If anyone knows of its whereabouts, please let me know. Thank you. There weren’t really any valuables inside except for two full notebooks. But those are only valuable to me. I doubt the t... More

SECA 50th Anniversary Artist on Artist Talks: Chris Finley on Vija Celmins

03.07.2012  |  By
Filed under: One on One

In conjunction with Fifty Years of Bay Area Art: The SECA Awards, we’ve restyled our weekly in-gallery talks with a superb lineup of past SECA Art Awardees. Each Thursday at 6:30pm an artist talks about something on view. Last week, Chris Finley (1998 SECA Art Award) talked about Vija Celmin’s Blackboard Tableau #1 :

***Our audio recording ... More

SECA 50th Anniversary Artist-on-Artist Talks: Shaun O’Dell on Kamau Amu Patton

02.29.2012  |  By
Filed under: One on One

In conjunction with Fifty Years of Bay Area Art: The SECA Awards, we’ve restyled our weekly in-gallery talks with a superb lineup of past SECA Art awardees. Each Thursday at 6:30 p.m. an artist talks about something on view. Last week, Shaun O’Dell (2004 SECA Art Award) talked about Kamau Amu Patton:

Shaun O’Dell on Kamau Amu Patton.... More

SECA 50th Anniversary Artist-on-Artist Talks: Maria Porges on Janine Antoni

02.22.2012  |  By
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In conjunction with Fifty Years of Bay Area Art: The SECA Awards, we’ve restyled our weekly in-gallery talks with a superb lineup of past SECA Art awardees. Each Thursday at 6:30 p.m. an artist talks about something on view. Last week, Maria Porges (1992 SECA Art Award) talked about Janine Antoni and her sculpture Lick and Lather:

Maria Porges o... More

SECA 50th Anniversary Artist-on-Artist Talks: Kathryn VanDyke on Agnes Martin

02.15.2012  |  By
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In conjunction with Fifty Years of Bay Area Art: The SECA Awards, we’ve restyled our weekly in-gallery talks with a superb lineup of past SECA Art awardees. Each Thursday at 6:30 p.m. an artist talks about something on view. Last week, Kathryn VanDyke (2000 SECA Art Award) talked about Agnes Martin and her painting Falling Blue:

Kathryn VanDyke ... More

SECA 50th Anniversary Artist on Artist Talks: Squeak Carnwath on Vija Celmins

02.08.2012  |  By
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In conjunction with Fifty Years of Bay Area Art: The SECA Awards, we’ve restyled our weekly in-gallery talks with a superb lineup of past SECA awardees. Each Thursday at 6:30 p.m. an artist talks about something on view. Last week Squeak Carnwath (1980 SECA Art Award) talked about Vija Celmins’s  Blackboard Tableau #1:

Squeak Carnwath on Vija Celmins’s Blackboard Tableau #1. Carnwath mentions Marcel Duchamp’s Étant donnés and Gustave Courbet’s The Origin of the World.

Squeak Carnwath (1980 SECA Art Award) received... More

SECA 50th Anniversary Artist on Artist Talks: David Best on Joan Brown

02.01.2012  |  By
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In conjunction with Fifty Years of Bay Area Art: The SECA Awards, we’ve restyled our weekly in-gallery talks with a superb lineup of past SECA Art awardees. Each Thursday at 6:30pm an artist talks about something on view.   Last week, sculptor David Best (1977 SECA Art Award) talked about Joan Brown, and her painting Noel in the Kitchen:

David Best on Joan Brown’s Noel in the Kitchen, and in conversation with the audience.

David Best (1977 SECA Art Award) is well-known for his fantastic art cars and immense temporary temple construc... More

More Musings on Museum Building Booms

03.09.2010  |  By
Filed under: Field Notes

While I was the chief curator at Yerba Buena, I got a call from a journalist who wanted me to comment on the meaning of the opening of the then brand-new remodel of the Palace of the Legion of Honor. He asked, “Does this make San Francisco a world class art center?” He meant that after a decade of new art buildings (and with more to com... More

Five Questions: Adam and Rebekah

01.08.2010  |  By
Filed under: Conversations

[Five questions to SFMOMA visitors, artists, staff, or guests.]

Name/Place of Residence/Occupation/Hobby?

My name is Rebekah. I am an optician and I live in Noe Valley with my husband Adam. My hobby is—a couple of things: I like playing with the dog, Oliver, and then I also make music with my husband, Adam.

My name is Adam and I live in San Franc... More

Desiree Holman’s Alien Resurrection

05.06.2009  |  By
Filed under: Field Notes

Visitors to the 2008 SECA Art Award exhibition will remember The Magic Window, a suite of drawings and video from 2007 in which Desiree Holman invokes the enticing numbness of sitcom family fantasies from her 1980s childhood. In her latest body of work, on view at Silverman Gallery in San Francisco through May 30, she digs deeper into the complexities of familial psychology, tackling the thorny territory of motherhood. Holman’s practice originates in sculpture, with costumes and props that actors then bring to life in her psychedelic video epics. Her interest is in the mediation of deeply personal ideas, such as the relationship between parent and child, through the lens of popular American culture. The genesis of this project, which she titled Reborn, was Holman’s discovery of a movement among middle-aged American housewives to create lifelike baby dolls, complete with breathing mechanisms and individually-rooted eyelashes.

Holman spent more than two years researching the ... More

Apsara DiQuinzio & Alison Gass on SECA 2008

05.28.2008  |  By
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Desirée Holman, The Magic Window (still), 2007; © 2008 Desiree Holman; photo courtesy of the artist and the Silverman Gallery, San Francisco

[Last Thursday SFMOMA assistant curators of painting and sculpture Apsara DiQuinzio & Alison Gass announced the 2008 SECA Art Award recipients. The SECA Award is an extremely competitive biennial prize... More