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New York Times Publishes Annual Museums Section


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For a comprehensive (maybe overwhelmingly) exploration of museum news, peruse the New York Times’ freshly published 2011 installment of the annual Museums Section. Featuring spotlights on promising figures at major U.S. institutions including SFMOMA and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the incorporation of social media, future exhibitions, and plenty more, the Times thoroughly reports on museums of nearly every conceivable nature.

Click here to navigate the section or here for a condensed, art-centric version.

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Shows: ParaDesign @ SFMOMA (2.25)


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In ParaDesign, a new exhibition designed to explore the unconventional, fringe aspects of architecture and design, SFMOMA presents selections that challenge and subvert traditional design study. The exhibition will include popular architectural firm Diller + Scofidio’s His/Hers and James Welling’s 0469 (pictured), a colorized photograph of Philip Johnson’s Glass House.

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ParaDesign
Opening: Friday, February 25
SFMOMA
151 Third St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

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SFMOMA Receives 195 Promised Pieces


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Yesterday, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art announced that it was in receipt of 195 promised pieces of art from nine Bay Area collectors. The statement marks the public introduction of the museum’s Collections Campaign, which will continue through the opening of its expanded facility in 2016.

The modern and contemporary works, boasting such names as Diane Arbus, Joseph Beuys, Eva Hesse, Jasper Johns, Jackson Pollock, Ed Ruscha, Cindy Sherman, John Baldessari, and David Smith, were given as part of an initiative to fortify the museum’s collection. Supplementing the recently acquired Fisher Collection–a product of SFMOMA’s partnership with Doris and Don Fisher, the works will strengthen particular areas, including SFMOMA’s collection of post-war German art and photography.

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Shows: Anna Parkina @ SFMOMA (2.25)


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With historically charged depictions of mass culture, Russian artist Anna Parkina renders contemporary homages to early-20th-century Soviet avant-garde art. In New Work, her upcoming exhibition at SFMOMA, Parkina presents a body of works on paper chronicling the changes in Moscow since the fall of the Soviet Union. The artist’s fusion of media and genres portrays a dynamic, living society in which accomplishments and perceptions are cyclically created–and destroyed.

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Anna Parkina
Opening: February 25
SFMOMA
151 Third St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

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Shows: How Wine Became Modern @ SFMOMA (11.20)


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Akin to its sound-centric Bill Fontana exhibition, SFMOMA combines sight with non-visual senses in How Wine Became Modern: Design + Wine 1976 to Now, opening November 20. The exhibition examines the world of oenophilia and the role that architecture, design, and media have played in the transformation of wine over the last 30-plus years.

A collaborative project with New York architecture studio Diller Scofidio + Renfro, How Wine Became Modern features historical artifacts, newly commissioned pieces, multimedia installations, architectural models, and a somewhat self-explanatory “smell wall.” Investigating the overlap of nature and culture, the exhibition reveals how modern preoccupations, globalization, and technology have shaped our understandings of “place” and “authenticity.”

Find more at SFMOMA.

How Wine Became Modern: Design + Wine 1976 to Now
SFMOMA
151 Third St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
415.357.4000

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Shows: Bill Fontana – Sonic Shadows @ SFMOMA (11.20)


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On November 20, SFMOMA will debut a new site-specific installation replacing the basic requisites of the eye with those of the ear. Entitled Sonic Shadows, the work from San Francisco-based sound artist Bill Fontana employs acoustic technology to examine both visible and invisible components of the museum.

Commissioned as part of SFMOMA’s 75th anniversary commemoration, Sonic Shadows transforms the museum’s internal structure, including its oculus skylight and fifth-floor bridge, into musical instruments. Using ultrasonic speakers and vibration sensors, the work subtly incorporates sound technology while honoring the aesthetic and structural integrity of the museum’s interior. While most of Fontana’s previous work has transposed the sounds of outdoor environments into an exhibition room, the installation explores and amplifies live acoustic responses to the action within the museum.

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Bill Fontana / Sonic Shadows
SFMOMA
151 Third St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

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“Exposed” @ SFMOMA (10.30)


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Later this month, Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance, and the Camera Since 1870 opens at SFMOMA. An examination of the relationship between private act and pubic image, the exhibition considers the transformation of looking since the advent of the camera.

Comparing historical and contemporary photographs and video by both unknown and internationally recognized artists, Exposed investigates the most invasive employment of the camera. Pornography, surveillance, celebrity stalking, and witnessing violence pervade the show, provoking questions about both the seer and the seen.

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Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance, and the Camera Since 1870
SFMOMA
151 Third St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
415.357.4000

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Shows: R.H. Quaytman @ SFMOMA (10.22)


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A diverse series of wood-panel paintings comprising R.H. Quaytman’s latest exhibition, New Work, premieres at SFMOMA on October 22.

In New Work, Quaytman uses a variety of techniques and artistic languages to investigate the history of painting, designing each new body of work as a unit of study. Each collection is structured around a different concept, functioning as a single “chapter” in the artist’s exploration of the relationship between history, site, and object.

The content of New Work constitutes the study’s 18th chapter, which will focus on the San Francisco Renaissance of the 1950s via the prominent poet Jack Spicer.

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New Work: R.H. Quaytman
SFMOMA
151 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

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Shows: Rebecca Solnit – Infinite City @ SFMOMA


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From July to December, SFMOMA’s Live Art program will provide a thematic tour of California’s Bay Area based on Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas, a forthcoming book from locally based writer/artist Rebecca Solnit.

Infinite City, presented in 22 imaginative maps, appropriates traditional cartography, documenting not only geography, but also people and time. SFMOMA will issue six broadside prints (one per month) based on seven maps, each of which corresponds to a series of Live Art events featuring various Infinite City collaborators.

This month’s “Monarchs and Queens” map (pictured above) compares local butterfly habitats to the shifting locations of queer public space, while August’s feature “The Right Wing of the Dove” will explore Bay Area conservative and military pursuits.

For schedule updates through December, visit SFMOMA.

Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas

SFMOMA
151 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
415.357.4000

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Shows: Calder to Warhol @ SFMOMA


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Benefiting from its unrivaled partnership with The Gap retailer founders Doris and Donald Fisher, SFMOMA is currently hosting an inaugural exhibition of the Fisher collection, a body of over 1,100 works from some of the most iconic artists of the 20th century.

The Fisher collection, a mere sliver of which occupies the top two floors of the museum, consists primarily of works obscure to the public. Paintings, sculptures, photographs, and video from Alexander Calder, Chuck Close, Anselm Kiefer, Roy Lichtenstein, Agnes Martin, Gerhard Richter, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, and many more are on display in the recently expanded space.

The acquisition of such a comprehensive collection indicates considerable strides for the museum, potentially transforming its permanent holdings. Not only does it endow SFMOMA with important work to exhibit, but it also reveals, through the Fishers’ selections, a certain style of collecting art in the 20th century.

Calder to Warhol runs through September 19.

Find more at SFMOMA. For the LA Times’ review of the exhibition, visit Culture Monster.

Calder to Warhol

SFMOMA
151 Third St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

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Shows: Mika Rottenberg – “New Work” @ SFMOMA (7.9)


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Video installation artist Mika Rottenberg, known for examining concepts of gender and labor through the female body, continues her thematic exploration starting tomorrow at SFMOMA.

In “New Work,” humor and disturbances converge in Rottenberg’s coverage of sites of global production. Footage of a rubber plant in India and lettuce farm in Arizona is interspersed with images of women in an absurdist makeup factory, illustrating the production of a bizarre imagined art object: a lopsided cube consisting of rubber, lettuce, and blush. Here, Rottenberg confronts the conditions of global factory work–particularly those experienced by women. The artist subverts the relationship between artist and art object, and, on a larger scale, the perceived degree of power and prestige of this relationship over that between factory worker and product.

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Mika Rottenberg / “New Work”

SFMOMA
151 Third St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

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Further Book Signing @ SFMOMA (5.6)


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If you find yourself in the Bay Area this Thursday, May 6, visit San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art for a free public signing of the collaborative art book Further. Featuring seven artists (Damon Soule, David Choong Lee, MARS-1, Nome Edonna, Oliver Vernon, Robert Hardgrave, and Tomokazu Matsuyama), Further explores the symbiotic relationships between works inspired by Surrealism and the technological future. All artists will be signing.

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