November 20, 2010


Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Lahja (The Present), 2001; five-channel video installation with sound; dimensions variable; Collection SFMOMA; © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/KUVASTO, Helsinki

Tom Price, Meltdown Chair Cable Tie, 2008; 10,000 nylon cable ties; 23 5/8 x 31 1/2 in.; Collection SFMOMA; © Tom Price; photo: courtesy the artist

Tauba Auerbach, Alphabetized Bible, 2006; offset lithograph; 8 x 6 x 1 ½ in.; Collection SFMOMA; © Tauba Auerbach

Pae White, Smoke Knows, 2009; 113 in. x 246 in.; cotton and polyester; Collection SFMOMA; © Pae White, courtesy 1301PE, Los Angeles; photo: Fredrik Nilsen

Matthew Buckingham, Image of Absalon To Be Projected Until It Vanishes, 2001; continuous color 35mm slide projection and framed text; dimensions variable; Collection SFMOMA; © Matthew Buckingham

The More Things Change, which opens today, offers a selective look at contemporary art made in the last 10 years, drawing on a range of works from the museum’s collection to present a thematic and psychological portrait of the decade. Some common threads emerge: fragmentation, fragility, entropy, metamorphosis, reconfiguration — and the exhibition itself will change periodically during its course, with a varying array of works on view at any one time. The More Things Change is also an unusual or even unprecedented collaboration, as all five curatorial departments (Architecture and Design, Education and Public Programs, Media Arts, Painting and Sculpture, and Photography) have worked together to produce the exhibition. Over the course of the year we’ll be presenting texts from each of the 10 participating curators, as well as a trio of special related essay commissions, here on Open Space. You can watch for the callout graphic below, signaling new posts, or follow the series at this link.

THE MORE THINGS CHANGE • November 20, 2010–October 16, 2011

The works in the galleries will rotate on an ongoing basis. For a regularly updated list of participating artists currently on view, bookmark this. Stephanie Syjuco’s Shadow$hop is part of The More Things Change. Also opening today: Bill Fontana’s Sonic Shadows, and How Wine Became Modern: Design + Wine 1976 to Now.

Comments (3)

  • I’ll be looking forward to that. I really like the wall installation and the piece by Pae White.

  • Rudolf Frieling says:

    The list is much longer than what is currently on view. Thus “things change” … we’ll rotate a few times but wanted to give you all an idea of what the overall scope is.

  • I thought that I saw a list for a piece for Julie Merhtu in the wall text but I didn’t see one installed.

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