May 21, 2013

Currents Within a Collection: An Alternative History of the Elise S. Haas Bequest

The Elise S. Haas Bequest: Modern Art from Matisse to Marini is on view until SFMOMA temporarily closes its doors June 2, and as we wind down these last few days, Open Space is pleased to host a series of posts from SFMOMA Assistant Curator of Painting and Sculpture Caitlin Haskell highlighting one of the museum’s most important benefactors, Elise S. Haas. Currents Within a Collection: An Alternative History of the Elise S. Haas Bequest will focus on some of the many personal relationships between artists and collectors that contribute to the fabric of the Haas collection. As an invitation to stay tuned we’re sharing this engaging interactive diagram, designed by Adam Machacek and researched by Jared Ledesma, curatorial assistant in painting and sculpture.

Haas Bequest diagram by Adam Machacek

Haas Bequest diagram by Adam Machacek. Interactive version will open in a new window.

Caitlin Haskell is SFMOMA assistant curator of painting and sculpture.

After collaborating on several projects, graphic designers Adam Macháček, Sébastien Bohner, Petr Bosák and Robert Jansa (formerly and started a new partnership called 2011 Designers, with the conceit that the name will change annually ( They have engineered a process of working together online while in separate locations – their studios being located in Berkeley, California; Lausanne, Switzerland; and Prague, Czech Republic. Their work includes printed publications, exhibition design, type, posters, and illustration, for clients mostly in the field of culture.

Follow the Currents within a Collection: An Alternative History of the Elise S. Haas Bequest series here.

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