Art historian Whitney Chadwick talks about Ed Ruscha’s book Every Building on the Sunset Strip (1966). She recalls how, during her student years at the San Francisco Art Institute, the book’s “bland banality” and affectless style led her to question her assumptions about art.
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.