August 16, 2010

Collection Rotation: Yedda Morrison

Our regular feature, Collection Rotation. Every month, I invite a guest to organize a mini-exhibition from our collection works online. Please welcome poet and artist Yedda Morrison. [NB: click images for larger view. Lovely.] Thanks, Yedda!

A biocentric readingof SFMOMA’S permanent collection; or foraging for sub-narratives within the aesthetic colonization of the natural world.

Procedure: Explore the permanent collection by keywords related to “nature” (landscape, plant, flower, etc.). Collect and organize these specimens. Create a series of virtual landmasses or imagescapes using found specimens.

L-R: Meret Oppenheim, Miss Gardenia, 1962; © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ProLitteris, Zürich. Ana MendietaImagen de Yagul, from the series Silueta Works in Mexico 1973-1977, 1973; © Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection. Michael Jang, Aunt Lucy, from the series The Jangs, 1973, printed 2008; © Michael Jang. Robert GoberUntitled, 1992; © Robert Gober.
L-R: Robert Adams, On Signal Hill, Overlooking Long Beach, California,1983; © Robert Adams. Dorothea Lange, Gas Station, Kern County, California, 1938; © Oakland Museum of California. Claude Cahun (Lucy Renée Mathilde Schwob), Untitled (Hands and Doll), 1936; © Estate of Claude Cahun. Andreas Feininger, Untitled (Negative print, close-up of star-like flowers or seed pods), n.d.; © Estate of Andreas Feininger.
L-R: Mitch Epstein, Untitled, New York #22, 1997 from the series The City, 1997;  © Black River Productions, Ltd. / Mitch Epstein. Richard DiebenkornCityscape I (formerly Landscape I), 1963; © Estate of Richard Diebenkorn. Unknown, Untitled [Man and woman wearing leis and posing on a ship], ca. 1930s.
L-R: Richard Misrach, Untitled, 1977; © Richard Misrach. Terry Evans, Flora of Kansas, A. Olsen, White Daisy, 1886, 2000-2001; © Terry Evans. Diego Rivera, Symbolic Landscape, 1940; © Banco de Mexico Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Bill Owens, Tidy Bowl, Walnut Creek, 1979; © Bill Owens.
L-R: Louis-Emile Durandelle, Chapiteau des colonnes du grand foyer, plate 28, from Le Nouvel Opéra de Paris: Sculpture ornementale, 1865-1872. Richard Misrach, Hawaii VI, from the series Hawaii, 1978; © Richard Misrach. Dutch, Justin Walsh & Nissa Ellison-Walsh, Muse, 2006; © Justin Walsh and Nissa Ellison.
L-R: William Eggleston, Untitled, Memphis, Tennessee, 1984, from the portfolio William Eggleston’s Graceland, 1984; © Eggleston Artistic Trust. Shiro Kuramata, Miss Blanche, 1988. Dorothea Lange, Barren Landscape with Three Figures in the Background, from the series Death of a Valley, 1956, printed 1960; © Oakland Museum of California, the City of Oakland.
L-R: UnknownUntitled [Ant hill], n.d. Barbara Stauffacher Solomon, Marina Green, Pier 32, and Golden Gate Park, 1986; © Barbara Stauffacher Solomon. Adolphe Braun, Roses, 1860s.  Sze Tsung Leong, Yihaoqiao, Yuzhong District, Chongqing, from the series History Images, 2002; © Sze Tsung Leong.
L-R: Greg Lynn, Embryologic House [flat model], 1998; © Greg Lynn. Edward Steichen, Lotus, Mount Kisco, New York, 1915; © Estate of Edward Steichen. James Wines & SITE Architectural Group, Best Products Showroom, Landscape Parcel Preservation Project. Exterior Perspective, 1978; © James Wines, SITE. John Harding, Untitled,1985; © John Harding.

Yedda Morrison is a writer and visual artist. Her books include Girl Scout Nation (Displaced Press, 2008) and Crop (Kelsey Street Press, 2003). Darkness is forthcoming from Make Now Press in Los Angeles. Morrison is represented by  Republic Gallery, Vancouver, B.C. (; for more of her work see

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