May 14, 2010

Five Questions: Fiona

Five questions to SFMOMA artists, staff, or guests.  Fiona is the Marketing Events Manager at SFMOMA. That means she organizes and shepherds through any outside corporate events or parties held here. And always with grace and aplomb.

Fiona’s three 4-month calendars – for some serious planning.

Do you collect anything?

I do. I collect rock climbing equipment and guitars. My house is full of things like carabineers and ropes and harnesses. And I have a fondness for guitars so I have gotten a couple and will probably get a couple more.

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

Alexander Calder’s Goldfish Bowl. It’s a sculpture made of wire. It’s the one where if you turn a knob, the fish start to swim. I would like that one. I have a spot for it in my house.

What do you listen to while you work?

Suzanne talking! Not music. I have to listen for the phones because of my job.

What’s your favorite tool?

That’s going to be totally predictable: the internet. Or a rope because I climb and a rope is very handy.

What should I ask you?

What’s the best part about working for SFMOMA? What feed you or fulfills you? I don’t have an arts background but I’m learning a lot about it. Learning that is almost by osmosis is what’s fulfilling. It’s walking around the galleries and hearing snippets of conversation from people and figuring out what they think of it versus what a curator thinks of it – the contrast is really interesting. The immersion into it has been really great. I’m really proud to be a part of it, although a lot of it I don’t understand. I have to wait until someone explains it to me. It’s understanding it and also hearing the public side, who don’t necessarily have an art education and see what their interpretation is and how far or how near it is to what a curator’s interpretation is. I think that’s really interesting.

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