A Spring Awakening for Open Space: New Columnists

Paul Wonner, Dutch Still Life with Lemon Tart and Engagement Calendar, 1979

Paul Wonner, Dutch Still Life with Lemon Tart and Engagement Calendar, 1979

The last few months of winter have found Open Space in something of a state of hibernation, woken only at random intervals by a welcome or surprising contribution from one of our brilliant columnists (to say nothing of the crashing, buzzing, and humming sounds coming from the museum construction work next door). Finally, an alarm clock: We’re thrilled to welcome three (technically four) new columnists, starting this month: poet Trisha Low; writer and editor Matt Sussman; and the curatorial team Unexpected Projects (Jenny Salomon and Jennifer Stager).

We’ve also commissioned new contributions to our regular Open Space columns from Bay Area artists, critics, curators, and other local luminaries. We launch tomorrow with a Collection Rotation from musician Madalyn Merkey. And, just as they saw us through the winter, our columnist alums could post at any time.

Okay — to be honest — the assertion that we’ve been hibernating is something of a stretch. Indeed, as SFMOMA revs up for reopening in 2016, Open Space is in the midst of its own (comparatively quiet) reconstruction. While it’s still too early to divulge details, you can expect to see new features, new columns, and a brand new look come fall. Our dedication to art, community, and culture in the Bay, naturally, remains steadfast as ever.

—Suzanne Stein & Gordon Faylor

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