Artist and filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson uses Tina Modotti’s Convent of Tepotzolán, Mexico (1924) as an occasion to talk about this radical photographer’s life “shrouded in political conviction, struggle, glamor, and mystery.” She notes Modotti’s San Francisco connections and reads from the artist’s writing: “I cannot solve the problem of life by losing myself in the problem of 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.