If you’ve been to the Wiess Energy Hall recently, you’ll remember the energy music video that starts off with “Energy is all around us.” Energy is all around us. It’s in the news every day. It’s also a prominent feature … Continue reading ?
Until recently, our Early Investigations program — designed to pique the interests of young scientists aged 5 to 8 — could only permit 50 kids per day. But due to popular demand, we’ve doubled our capacity to 100 children for … Continue reading ?
Lebbeus Woods, Architect is on view at SFMOMA till June 2. Open Space is pleased to be hosting a series of posts on Woods’s work and legacy. We close the series with a heartfelt missive from the University of Illinois library to Lebbeus Woods, discovered in the university’s archives by Daryl McCurdy, architecture and design [...]
On May 19th, composer and pianist Andrew E. Simpson will perform his original score for the 1928 silent film The Wind at a special afternoon screening at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery. Lillian Gish, the "First...
Sometimes in New York this thing happens – you are going out and suddenly you find yourself surrounded by folks you know from San Francisco. After a while you might pause, stare up at the sky and ask to nobody in particular, “Where are they all coming from?” Even when you talk to complete strangers [...]
I'm heading to the American Alliance of Museums' annual conference this weekend, and I'm psyched to reconnect with friends and mentors and meet new people who can inspire and stimulate fresh ideas. This year, I'm involved in two sessions: Tuesday,...Show More Summary
Nathaniel Dorsky’s films are the opposite of language, and don’t need it. He talks about poetry, but only because he is talking about what’s ineffable, about what is beheld by the eyes, but also held inside of the body. His camera stares, and when, in the dark of the theater, the slow, silent images are [...]
The exhibition Thomas Day: Master Craftsman and Free Man of Color opened last month at the Renwick Gallery. Georgina Goodlander chatted with Jim Baxter, an exhibits specialist at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, who created architectural components inspired by Day's...
SFMOMA closes 20 days from now and the museum is rolling out four days of festivities to mark the event, including performances, free art viewing, and one of several 24-hour viewings of Christian Marclay’s epic masterpiece The Clock—24 hours of collaged film fragments that reference the time of day or night, synchronized with local time—which [...]
If you’ve been following along as our veteran Museum Mummy, Ankh Hap, prepares to adjust to his new living quarters, welcome back. If you’ve not, you’ll probably want to catch up here and here. The gist is this: Our previously … Continue reading ?
Artists often cite one another as influences; it is easy enough to name what inspires or repels us, creatively. But the many-pronged relationships between people and objects, places and daily routine, labor and creativity – these are much more complex and harder to articulate. - Jessica Brier, Foreword to Episteme Earlier this year two Bay [...]
On Saturday, April 27th for SFMOMA’s “Slow Art Day” I lead a small but insightful group of viewers through the permanent collection and parts of the Logan collection that is currently on display in a show titled “Don’t be Shy, Don’t Hold Back.” I’m an experienced art viewer but the method of slowly looking in [...]
I've been in several conversations lately that really have me thinking about age stereotypes. Is it true that all those baby boomers still hanging on in those director's jobs are just doing nothing--just coasting towards retirement?Show More Summary
Occasionally we receive artifacts at the Museum uncovered by curious residents who are looking to have their discoveries identified. The latest comes from 12-year-old Jersey Village resident Robby, who took it upon himself to write Associate Curator David Temple the … Continue reading ?
In many ways the clocks are the least of it. Take away the clocks and you’d still have a complex and maybe more mysterious work. See the north side of the Bay Bridge in an old film noir, before its current animated lights; we can’t not juxtapose it with a recollection of the current bridge, [...]
Heucheras were once grown for flowers alone pretty much. And they are mighty fine flowers. Great in the garden and for cuts. I’m sure hummingbirds love them too.
From now until closing time on June 2 we are celebrating the unique and inspiring personal style of some of our gorgeous SFMOMA visitors. Follow the series. What’s your name? Monica S. Where are you from? Originally from Chile, just moved to San Francisco What brings you to SFMOMA today? I am a glass artist, [...]
Donald Judd Untitled, 1987 Multicolored enamel and clear enamel on aluminum 30 x 240 x 30 cm Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation for Art © Judd Foundation. Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY Pulitzer Chief of Installation Shane Simmons answers a few questions about the installation of DONALD JUDD: THE MULTICOLORED WORKS. 1. What...
In Sacramento, one of the girls who stood vigil outside a Los Angeles courtroom waiting for her “father to be released” in 1969, makes headlines again six years later. Charles Manson follower, Lynette Fromme, attempts to assassinate President Gerald Ford in a gesture that she claims is in defense of the Redwood Forest. [...]