San Francisco-based writer Rebecca Solnit‘s forthcoming book Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas reimagines traditional map-making in 22 inventive maps, 7 of which SFMOMA is issuing this year in broadside copies linked to a series of Live Art events. The second program of the series is this weekend. Rebecca speaks here about what it meant, especially in the 50s, to be a West Coast, Bay Area artist, touching on Wallace Berman, George Hermes, Bruce Conner, Jess, Wally Hedrick, Michael & Joanne McClure, Joan Brown and Manual Neri, and indeed Jay DeFeo, and The Verónica (1957). More Jay DeFeo. More Rebecca at Alternet. Come see the painting, it’s extraordinary, and nothing but seeing it in real life will do. Only up through the end of the month.
Organized by Suzanne Stein
Remember the end of Manhattan, when Woody Allen asks himself what makes life worth living? (“Groucho Marx, Willie Mays… Swedish movies…those incredible apples and pears by Cézanne…”) In celebration of SFMOMA’s 75th anniversary in January 2010, Dominic Willsdon & Suzanne Stein invited 75 people from the Bay Area creative community to give extremely short talks—7.5 minutes or less—on a single collection work they cared about. The talks took place during the museum’s three-day celebratory weekend: two at a time, every half hour, 25 a day (a single to close out each day.)
Undiluted perspectives on SFMOMA’s collection and program, from creative practitioners of all stripes. Includes online exhibitions and one-on-one engagements with artworks.