Posts Tagged “SFMOMA”

Proposal for a Museum: Dana DeGiulio

02.07.2013  |  By
Filed under: Projects/Series

Later this year SFMOMA will close for an 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, the last in the series, is by Dana DeGiulio.


Dana DeGiulio is an artist based in Chicago. Find more of h... More

Proposal for a Museum: Terry Smith, ‘You Can Be a Museum, or Contemporary …’

02.05.2013  |  By
Filed under: Projects/Series

Later this year SFMOMA will close for an 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 Terry Smith.

In the late 1980s, when museums of contemporary art began to be founded throughout the... More

Proposal for a Museum: Dieter Roelstraete and Monika Szewczyk in Conversation

12.21.2012  |  By
Filed under: Projects/Series

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, the last in the sequence, takes the form of a conversation between Dieter Roelstraete and Monika Szewczy... More

Rashaad Newsome: A Pursuivant At Large

10.02.2012  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd, Miscellany

Standing in front of an outdoor stage at the Miami Art Museum last December, I watched a trio of svelte black performers in dark lycra onesies, iridescent colored wigs and matching stick-on lips strut onto the platform to the tense, haunting sounds produced by, among others, a beatboxer, flutist, and saxophonist—and combined with a few sober baritone notes delivered repeatedly by the opera singer Stefanos Koroneos.

These fierce vogue dancers performed dips, spins, duckwalking, hand movements, and death drops—in accordance with the tenets of... More

Patty Hearst’s Speech Acts

08.04.2012  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd

“Mum, Dad, tell the poor and oppressed people of this nation what the corporate state is about to do … That they’re about to be murdered … Tell the people that the energy crisis is nothing more than a means to get public approval for a massive program to build nuclear power plants all over the nation … Tell them, Dad, that the removal of ... More

Marina, Full of Grace

07.26.2012  |  By
Filed under: Field Notes

The documentary film Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present follows the artist in the months before and during her 2010 MoMA show of the same name, offering an addendum to the exhibition for those who saw it, and a fascinating secondhand glimpse into it for those who didn’t (like myself). With SFMOMA’s survey of theatricality in art and media... More

Descriptive Acts, Part Three

04.12.2012  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd, Projects/Series

In Tris Vonna-Michell’s GTO: hahn/huhn, variation 1, viewers are invited to pore through various media that resemble the documentary evidence of a Cold War–era detective story. Slides of hazy black-and-white images — buildings, shapes, scenery — and typed sentences appear in rotation on an old slideshow screen. Pin boards exhibit photocopied... More

Art & Cinema 1

04.16.2010  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd

The series of film programs occasioned by SFMOMA’s 75th anniversary, 75 Years in the Dark, got me thinking about the history of film at our museum, and led me to read Scott MacDonald’s book Art in Cinema: Documents Toward a History of the Film Society, which details the nine-year-long program that was, without doubt, the brightest cons... More

The Pickpocket Almanack: Season Two

02.10.2010  |  By
Filed under: Field Notes

After a recent sit-down with one of the new faculty for season two of  Pickpocket Almanack, I was reminded how useful it can be to air some of the key ideas behind the program— the constellation of forces that led to its inception. But first, and for the benefit of anyone learning about this for the first time, I’ll briefly explain how Pic... More

Not New Work

11.30.2009  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd

Try as we might to get away from the museum, it always lures us in with something bright. This summer in San Francisco, we had the Richard Avedon exhibition and the show which matched Georgia O Keeffe and Ansel Adams (as some wags call it, Ma and Pa Kettle on the Farm.) Then there’s “Not New Work,” curated by SFMOMA’s Apsara Di Quinzio and selected by Vincent Fecteau from the museum’s own hoard of antiquity.

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Floating School – Paul Kagawa, 1976

11.06.2009  |  By
Filed under: Field Notes

While investigating various histories relevant to the Pickpocket Almanack program, Renny Pritikin pointed me to a rare publication surveying SFAI’s brave departure from business as usual, organized by Tom Marioni. It was a year-long series of weekly projects called The Annual or Annual Space. The series involved institutional partnerships and off-site locations including two events at SFMOMA.

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Reconciling the Local/National/International, part 1

08.08.2009  |  By
Filed under: Field Notes

Julian Myers’ post on the recent turmoil at New Langton Arts gave rise to a robust and very necessary discussion about the state of contemporary art in the Bay Area. Looking beyond the immediate issues at Langton, I’d like to address the perceived conflict between the local and international art worlds. In the Bay Area, we have many world-class museums, universities and art colleges. We have the benefit of some of the world’s foremost artists, curators and critics, having chosen to work here. We have a wonderfully tight-knit and innovative arts community, full of experimentation and creative risk-taking. The smallness of our region allows for incubation of new ideas in an interdisciplinary context. Our location at the nexus of the East and the West gives us an unusually international perspective for such a small community. In theory, this should be the ideal place to be an arts worker. Yet there is an underlying tension here, too often expressed in buzzwords like R... More

“I am always on the outside, trying to look inside…”

07.21.2009  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd

“I am always on the outside, trying to look inside, trying to say something that is true. But maybe nothing is really true. Except what’s out there. And what’s out there is constantly changing.” –Robert Frank

Two photography shows currently on view at SFMOMA provide an intriguing point of departure from which to consider the r... More