Event Press Release


SFMOMA Announces Public Programs September And October 2005

Release date: August 24, 2005

LECTURES

Richard Tuttle: An Exposé
Tuesday, September 6, noon–1 p.m.
Tara McDowell, curatorial associate, painting and sculpture, SFMOMA
Phyllis Wattis Theater
Tuttle's work has generated polarized opinions, scathing reviews, and one curator's dismissal. According to McDowell, these reactions reveal one of Tuttle's most radical contributions to contemporary culture: a challenge to our notions of what art should be. This program examines our expectations of art and looks at how Tuttle nimbly breaks free of them.
Free with Museum admission.

Industrial Design Heavyweights
Thursday, September 15, 6:30 p.m.
Bill Moggridge, cofounder, IDEO; special guests from IDEO
Phyllis Wattis Theater
Designer of the first laptop computer, Moggridge is a stalwart in the industrial design arena. He believes interdisciplinary teams are the current heavyweights of the field, their collaborative efforts driving innovation. Moggridge introduces team members from his firm IDEO and engages them in a discussion of how individual and collective work factor into their processes.
$15 general; $10 SFMOMA and IDSA members, students, and seniors. Presented by Industrial Design Society of America, San Francisco Chapter (IDSA SF), and Architecture + Design Forum, an auxiliary of SFMOMA.

Artist Talk: 2x4
Thursday, September 22, 6:30 p.m.
Michael Rock, partner, 2x4, and professor of design, Yale University School of Art Phyllis Wattis Theater
Founded in 1994 by Michael Rock, Susan Sellers, and Georgianna Stout, the design studio 2x4 has developed a reputation for innovative work that focuses on culture and spans print, motion graphics, the Web, and environmental design. Join Rock for a discussion of 2x4's unique methodology and innovative approach to graphic design.
Free with Museum admission.

African American Conceptual Art and Its Legacies
Friday, September 30, noon–1 p.m.
Jill Dawsey, curatorial associate, painting and sculpture, SFMOMA
Koret Visitor Education Center
Conceptual art, in which ideas take precedence over material forms, offered artists of the 1960s and 1970s a critical framework for exploring social issues. Alienated by the mainstream canon, African American artists such as Adrian Piper employed conceptual strategies to analyze race. Dawsey examines their legacy in the work of younger artists such as Edgar Arceneaux, for whom race is but one element in a broader constellation of conceptual concerns.
Free with Museum admission.

Responses to the Art of Richard Tuttle
Saturday, October 1, 2 p.m.
Bill Berkson, poet and faculty member, San Francisco Art Institute; Okwui Enwezor, dean of academic affairs, San Francisco Art Institute; Pamela M. Lee, associate professor, art history, Stanford University; Lawrence Rinder, dean of graduate studies, California College of the Arts
Phyllis Wattis Theater
In this special afternoon program, faculty members from Bay Area institutions share their reactions to and thoughts about Richard Tuttle's radical and innovative work.
$14 general; $8 SFMOMA members and seniors; $4 students.

Building a Collection: Past, Present, and Future
Tuesday, October 4, noon–1 p.m.
Deborah Loft, professor of art history, College of Marin
Phyllis Wattis Theater
Since SFMOMA opened its doors in its current location on Third Street 10 years ago, the Museum's permanent collection has grown significantly. The building allows for the enjoyment and preservation of the collection for many generations to come. Loft presents outstanding artworks from the collection and their histories.
Museum and program admission are free.

My Eyes Were Fresh: The Life and Photographs of John Gutmann
Thursday, October 20, 7 p.m.
Nathaniel Dorksy, filmmaker and editor, My Eyes Were Fresh; Marvin Heiferman, curator, writer, and editor; Mark Johnson, gallery director and professor, San Francisco State University; Sandra S. Phillips, senior curator of photography, SFMOMA; Jane Reed, director and producer, My Eyes Were Fresh
Phyllis Wattis Theater
In 1933 Gutmann left his native Germany and set out for the United States. In 1938 he joined the faculty at San Francisco State, where he started the photography department and was an influential link to European modernist ideas for two generations of Bay Area artists and students. This program includes a screening of a new documentary celebrating Gutmann's achievements, My Eyes Were Fresh by Jane Reed, and a panel discussion about his remarkable career. A hosted reception follows in The Schwab Room.
$10 general; $8 SFMOMA members, students, and seniors. Includes reception. Copresented by Foto Forum, an auxiliary of SFMOMA.

Artist Talk: Edgar Arceneaux
Thursday, October 27, 6:30 p.m.
Edgar Arceneaux, artist
Phyllis Wattis Theater
Arceneaux's work is fueled by his fascination with language and science and his interest in establishing unexpected connections between words, objects, places, and people. At once precise and offhand, his mixed-media installations link seemingly disparate subjects within a network of associations—often based on clever wordplay—that bridge ideas from different eras and cultures. Join the artist for a talk about his philosophical approach to art making. A Sessions party follows the talk.
Free with Museum admission.

Mending Memories: Conserving a Sculpture
Friday, October 28, noon–1 p.m.
Michelle Barger, conservator of objects, SFMOMA
Koret Visitor Education Center
What happens when a complicated artwork made of unconventional materials is put on view? Such a work, Atrabiliarios by Colombian artist Doris Salcedo, was recently installed on the Museum's second floor. Barger presents a case study of the work's extensive preparation, which took two full weeks and involved a team of SFMOMA staff members as well as the artist and her assistants.
Free with Museum admission.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Sessions: 2x4
Thursday, September 22, 7–9 p.m.
The Schwab Room
Michael Rock, cofounder of New York–based design firm 2x4, will be on hand to celebrate the exhibition 2x4/design series 3. See the exhibition, then stop by the party to meet the artist, sample cocktails, and enjoy music by guest DJs. Rock also headlines a program before the party.
$20 general; $10 SFMOMA members.
Tickets are limited.

Sessions: Edgar Arceneaux
Thursday, October 27, 7–9 p.m.
The Schwab Room
Sessions returns in October with artist Edgar Arceneaux, whose work is featured in the current installment of the New Work exhibition series. A free artist talk precedes the party.
$20 general; $10 SFMOMA members.
Tickets are limited.

FAMILIES and STUDENTS

The Family Studio
Sunday, September 18, noon–3 p.m.
Koret Visitor Education Center
Families are invited to drop in for a hands-on art studio directed by guest artists. Activities focus on SFMOMA's painting and sculpture collection and may include drawing, collage, and assemblage.
Free with Museum admission.

College Day
Focus on Richard Tuttle
Saturday, October 1, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Museum-wide
SFMOMA invites the college community to visit the Museum and view The Art of Richard Tuttle. Spend time in the galleries looking at art, learn more about upcoming exhibitions and events, and attend the special afternoon program Responses to the Art of Richard Tuttle.
Free for Bay Area college students, faculty, and staff with ID.

Family Day
Sunday, October 16, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Museum-wide
Twice a year the Museum presents a daylong celebration for families featuring hands-on art projects, docent-led gallery activities, music, and performances. Activities are designed for children 10 years and younger, but older siblings are welcome.
$2 general (includes regular Museum admission; adults must be accompanied by a child); free for SFMOMA members, children, and high school students.

Media Contacts

  • Amber Whiteside, 415.357.4170,
  • Libby Garrison, 415.357.4177,
  • Robyn Wise, 415.357.4172,

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