Mousetrap, one of the patent models now in American Art's collection. You can't take a tour of the American Art Museum without your guide telling you that this magnificent gem of a building was originally home to the Patent Office.....
You may or may not have heard, but the Magna Carta comes to HMNS on Feb. 14, 2014 — because nothing says romance like an 800-year-old legal document. I was researching the Magna Carta for our educational programming and had performed … Continue reading ?
Our mountmaker, Vincent Avalos, shares some fun trivia about installing our 500+-year-old bell. Believe it or not! The wedge-shaped ebony tenons you see are called nuki, but as far as I know they have nothing to do with pacifiers. The nuki are essentially decorative–long steel bolts inside the beams are what give the structure its [...]
It’s the holiday season – full of food, festivities and family. Sure, you look forward to this month year-round, but that doesn’t mean you won’t get sick of it. Conversations start to get stale, your mother (or worse – mother-in-law) … Continue reading ?
Rainer Werner Fassbinder finished Querelle this year, and started work on another film, this next one called Rosa L. On June 10th the script for this project, based on the life of Rosa Luxemburg, is beside him when he’s found at 3:30 a.m. by his editor and companion, Juliane Lorenz, quite dead, […]
I’ve come to name my computer files related to the third and final Proximities exhibition P3. I get a little kick invoking Playstations (PS4, the it gamer gift for 2013), Terminator movies (T3, from 2003), and the holiday blockbuster season that is usually cluttered with franchises and their sequels. There’s a second Hobbit film that [...]
Imagine the lives of Korean women in the Joseon dynasty (1392–1910), a time when strict Confucian society denied women access to education and intellectual pursuits and confined women physically to their own quarters in the household. By day, the housewives carried out their designated tasks: cooking, cleaning, caring for their families. But at night, women [...]
New Year’s Eve at the IMA is a great party and your ticket will also help the Museum acquire a Soundsuit by Nick Cave, a world-renowned contemporary artist and fashion designer. But what in the world is a Soundsuit? Soundsuits are wearable sculptures that are bright, whimsical, and other-worldly. They have been exhibited all over […]
Pamela Lu Overheard at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art An underground chamber, where artwork is stored in times of emergency or disrepair Two shoes, in front of an exhibit LEFT: Where is she? RIGHT: Getting her priorities mixed up as usual. LEFT: I doubt it’s as bad as all that. What’ve we got […]
Curatorial assistant Florencia Bazzano-Nelson recaps Latino Art Now! Nuestra América: Expanding Perspectives in American Art, a conference held on November 7-9, 2013 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Museum of the American Indian. Presented in conjunction with...
This fall, Open Space has featured a series of reflections by artists, writers, and curators on “the contemporary.” Today’s piece is a concluding note from series editor Brandon Brown. In 2011?s My Common Heart, Kansas City poet Anne Boyer writes a poem titled “Questions for Poets.” The text opens, What time is it in Sydney? […]
Mónica de la Torre: To and No Fro is based on Luis Buñuel’s melodrama A Woman Without Love (1952), which is deemed his worst film, but is a wonderfully highbrow telenovela of sorts based on Guy de Maupassant’s novella Pierre et Jean. Its claustrophobic set designs are by the Mexican-Hungarian painter Gunther Gerzso, and […]
Some hotels leave mints on pillows. But in the African Serengeti, you get assassin bugs. Dave and I had been actively searching for invertebrates on our trip to no avail. The guides thought we were weird (crazy) from all of … Continue reading ?
In spring 2011, Open Space hosted a series of “Shop Talk” conversations prompted by artist Stephanie Syjuco’s complex — and somewhat controversial — Shadowshop project, which included more than 200 Bay Area artists showcasing “wares” in a gift shop-style installation on SFMOMA’s fifth floor. In this essay, published earlier this year in Contemporary Art: 1989 to the […]
What is the change you hope your work effects in your community? Igniting compassion? Building a more creative workforce? Bridging cultural differences? We all have aspirational social impact goals for our organizations. These goals are expressed in mission and vision statements. Show More Summary
It seems that an important reason why the Miller House and Garden has retained so much of the integrity of its original design is that the Millers greatly cherished and valued the work that Eero Saarinen, Kevin Roche, Dan Kiley, and Alexander Girard produced for them. They were patient partners in the design process and […]
Flower (2009) by Jenova Chen and Kellee Santiago of thatgamecompany Though relatively new as a medium, the brief history of video games already includes several generations of both games and gamers. The rapid evolution of technology and the enormous cultural...
The Luce Foundation Center is joining our series Q and Art, where we delve into the inner workings of the museum and its collection. This is the first post where we will ask resident experts from the American Art staff...
Our regular feature Collection Rotation, in which a guest organizes a mini “exhibition” 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 […]
As long-time readers of the Uncataloged Museum may know, I have a special interest in Ukraine, starting from my time as a Fulbright Scholar and continued through ongoing visits and projects. Not surprisingly, I've been following the events in Kyiv (more often misspelled in the US press as Kiev, the Russian spelling). Show More Summary