This week, amidst plans for both Thanksgiving turkey and IMLS grant applications, I'm very pleased to announce the launch of a new project I'm involved in: the blog, Museums, Politics and Power. Katrin Hieke and Kristiane Janeke from...Show More Summary
Detail on distribution of artworks in the Tate collection by birthdate of artists, visualized by Florian Krautli. What does "big data" look like for museums? Collecting institutions have enormous stacks of data about the artifacts and artworks in their stores. Show More Summary
Today we saw dozens of very photogenic zebras. This got David and me talking: What came first, the zebra or the stripes? There are plenty of theories as to why the zebra has stripes – some more fantastical than others. … Continue reading ?
Well my fair faggots, Here's the last of the installation of my record, Cosmic Surgery. I hope when you are sitting around your thanksgiving table this week, you remember to give thanks to Dynasty Handbag's childhood traumas, for making your life so much better by the gift of music and laughter that she has blessed you with. Show More Summary
In our regular feature Collection Rotation, a guest selects from SFMOMA’s collection works online. This fall artists with Bay Area ties take over the series. In addition to their rotations, we asked each artist to answer poet Robert Duncan’s request to students in his 1958 Workshop in Basic Techniques and provide us with set of […]
… AT SIXTEEN I THRASH IN SERIAL TRANSPORTATION AND THE BLEAK APARTMENTS OF FRIENDS’ OLDER BROTHERS. A road trip to San Francisco to see Prince perform from the Controversy album. Morris Day and the Time are the opening act.The audience is 99 percent African American, and dressed to the nines. Dancing with arms thrown up; […]
David Lynch’s The Elephant Man just opened at the Stockton Royal movie theater. Because you are a cool kid, and know about these things, you tell me that David Bowie played the part on stage. We love Bowie. We play your new Scary Monsters album as often as we can get away […]
An X-ray gun that is! In a previous post, I described a collaborative project with the University of Michigan’s Kelsey Museum of Archaeology and the American Research Center in Egypt that sought to find a better means of excavating, stabilizing, and preserving beautifully-decorated, but incredibly fragile painted funerary artifacts. My role in the 2013 field season […]
Rachel Federman Where were you on 9/11? Those of us who lived through that day will always remember where we were when we first heard that a plane had struck the World Trade Center. We were also witnesses to the event’s subsequent exploitation by politicians and commercial interests; who can forget the vendors that quickly […]
On the occasion of Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field, SFMOMA curator of public programs Frank Smigiel and poet and playwright Kevin Killian co-organized a small chapbook of poetry, beautifully hand-produced by Andrew Kenower and Lara Durback. We are posting selections from FIELD WORK on Open Space throughout the fall. Composite Emptiness Frances Richard About […]
Last weekend, the Smithsonian American Art Museum opened up its doors and its data to a group of enthusiastic hackers. We were looking for help re-imagining the digital interpretation in the museum's visible storage facility, the Luce Foundation Center for...
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This post is by John Moffitt, Astrophysicist & HMNS Volunteer. Amateur astronomers are getting a better look at Comet ISON as it dives toward the sun for a Nov. 28th close encounter with solar fire. As the heat rises, the comet brightens, … Continue reading ?
Mary Anne Kluth The League of F.A.M.E. (Fantasy Art Market Enthusiasts), just wrapping its inaugural season this month, is a participatory art project by “Commissioners” Josh Pieper and Tim Sullivan, based on fantasy sports leagues. The first season, which launched on Open Space October 1 and wrapped up November 6, involved nine players “drafting” rosters […]
This fall, Open Space will feature a series of reflections by artists, writers, and curators on “the contemporary.” Today’s piece is by New York-based writer and teacher erica kaufman. the leaves changed & I didn’t notice: 10 jilted starts for N.E. and S.W. 1. My initial response to this question of the contemporary was to […]
The IMA wants to share art with everyone, including those with vision loss and other disabilities. Using multi-modal approaches within the education and creative sectors, the IMA offers two monthly opportunities for blind and low vision visitors to be guided by touch and description through the Museum’s permanent collection. The tours, which are open to […]
"Our job is not to give people what they want but what they need." How many times have you heard this phrase in the context of cultural institutions? For me, the answer is too many. I'm calling this phrase out. I think it's presumptuous, disingenuous, and downright depressing. Show More Summary
Pick up a conversation piece. Give a smart gift. Or just scare the cat. Give it, receive it, OWN IT. Click here to peruse our exciting 2013 Holiday Gift Guide. And feel good about yourself knowing that 100% of the … Continue reading...
… AT SIXTEEN I THRASH IN SERIAL TRANSPORTATION AND THE BLEAK APARTMENTS OF FRIEND’S OLDER BROTHERS. A road trip to San Francisco to see Prince perform from the Controversy album. Morris Day and the Time are the opening act. The audience is 99% African American, and dressed to the nines. Dancing with arms thrown up; […]
In a previous post, I mentioned that beetles are my favorite invertebrates — which sort of begs the question, “What’s your favorite vertebrate?” And that’s an easy one: Alligator mississippiensis or the American alligator. I am lucky that we live … Continue reading ?