Catherine Wagner is an artist, and she’s speaking here about Mike Mandel and Larry Sultan’s series Evidence (1977). She describes her reaction to seeing this sequence of photographs culled from corporate and institutional archives: “Here’s somebody who’s taking the risk to open up the parameters of the ways in which we think about photography.” One correction to Wagner’s account: Rather than rearranging the photographs on site once they had been installed, Mandel was sent a mock-up of the proposed installation before the fact. He responded with more information and the curators adjusted their plan according to his instructions.
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.)
Compilations and unfurling sequences of contributions – some from our archive, some freshly assembled.