Event Press Release


SFMOMA PRESENTS SCULPTURE L.A.

A New Work by Muistardeaux Collective

Release date: September 8, 2010

SFMOMA PRESENTS SCULPTURE L.A.

Muistardeaux Collective, Eric Gibbons and Tom Borden; photo: courtesy and copyright Alan Bamberger

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) is pleased to present a special series of programs in conjunction with the Muistardeaux Collective titled SCULPTURE L.A. Beginning Thursday, September 30, and running every Thursday night through October 21, the programs are the next in the museum's Live Art series.

SCULPTURE L.A. (short for Sculpture Live Action) is a multimedia lecture and performance series that features performance-based introductions and fictitious overviews of some of SFMOMA's upcoming exhibitions. The Muisterdeaux Collective (a Bay Area conceptual art duo) will create a series of performance pieces at SFMOMA based on museum exhibitions that are not on view yet: Henri Cartier-Bresson, How Wine Became Modern: Design + Wine 1976 to Now, and Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance, and the Camera Since 1870. They will cast and then train, in collaboration with the Marina Abramovic Institute, a group of professional actors to give "multimedia lectures" about these exhibitions during the period when they are closed off from view for installation. The actors will deliver these lectures based solely on the titles of the exhibitions — no prior research or exposure to any of the museum's advance material will be allowed, not only demonstrating improvisational acrobatics, but also highlighting the borderline between fact and fiction, and ultimately — as institutional critique — calling into question the notions of expertise and authorship.

As the Muistardeaux Collective states, "We're making something out of a lack of something."

Actor auditions and intensive presentation technique workshops for SCULPTURE L.A. lecturers will be conducted at Marina Abramovic Institute West at 575 Sutter Street in San Francisco. All auditions and workshops will be open to the public for viewing.

Actor Technique Workshops at Marina Abramovic Institute West

Thursday, September 23, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, September 24, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

SFMOMA Museumwide Presentations

Thursday, September 30, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 7, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 14, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 21, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Media Contacts

  • Robyn Wise, 415.357.4172,
  • Senior Public Relations Associate, 415.357.4170,

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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
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San Francisco, CA 94103

Founded in 1935 as the first West Coast museum devoted to modern and contemporary art, SFMOMA is currently undergoing a major expansion project to open in 2016 that will significantly enhance gallery, education, and public spaces, enabling the museum to better showcase more of its expanded permanent collection. While the museum is temporarily closed for construction, from June 3, 2013 to early 2016, SFMOMA will be “on the go” with an extensive array of off-site programming across the Bay Area, including collaborative and traveling museum exhibitions, major outdoor projects and commissioned installations, and new education initiatives.

Visit our Web site at www.sfmoma.org or call 415.357.4000 for more information.

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