Adam Pendleton with Deerhoof, Ann Magnuson as David Bowie, and Simon Fujiwara Animate SFMOMA's Atrium and Galleries
Release date: September 14, 2011
Simon Fujiwara, The Mirror Stage, 2009; courtesy Art Basel/Miami and Neue Alt Brücke, Frankfurt/Main
Art gets off the wall at SFMOMA with its Now Playing series. On three Thursday evenings this fall, artists will activate the museum with live music, readings, films, installations, and performances. Remaking the museum as platform, stage, and promenade, Now Playing invites artists to animate SFMOMA in unexpected ways, allowing guests to experience the museum as projection chamber, food as education and art, and artists playing the architecture. The events are free with museum admission and feature curated menus on the Rooftop Garden from Blue Bottle Coffee Co., cash bars, and complimentary bites courtesy of San Francisco magazine.
Now Playing: Adam Pendleton and Deerhoof present BAND
Thursday, September 15, 6–9:45 p.m.
8:30 p.m. Adam Pendleton introduces Band with David Hilliard
9 p.m. Performance by Deerhoof
A project of New York–based artist Adam Pendleton with the experimental musicians of the San Francisco–born Deerhoof, BAND is a three-channel video installation that reimagines Jean-Luc Godard's 1968 film Sympathy for the Devil. In that film, Godard documented the Rolling Stones as they recorded the lead track of their album Beggar's Banquet, while also meditating on the Black Panthers, May 1968, and the possibilities of global revolution. In BAND Pendleton presents new collisions of culture and politics, pairing Deerhoof's recording "I Did Crimes for You" (the lyrics of which are based on Godard's script) with documentary audio about one young man's reflections on the struggle for civil rights. BAND's SFMOMA appearance will include an all-day screening of a single-channel version of the piece, plus new footage of Black Panther Chief of Staff David Hilliard touring landmark Black Panther sites in Oakland, CA; an onstage interview with Hilliard; and a performance by Deerhoof with projection work by Pendleton. BAND debuted at de Appel in the Netherlands and was recently on view at the Kitchen in New York.
Now Playing: Ann Magnuson Plays David Bowie and Jobriath, or The Rock Star as Witch Doctor, Myth Maker, and Ritual Sacrifice
Thursday, October 27, 6–9:45 p.m.
7 p.m. Film screenings selected by Ann Magnuson
9 p.m. Performance by Ann Magnuson
Ann Magnuson is a performance artist, musician, and actress who defined 1980s downtown New York, marked college radio with her band Bongwater, and has graced everything from TV sitcoms to Hollywood blockbuster thrillers. In her new tribute cabaret, she nods to David Bowie, her co-star from the stylish 1980s vampire thriller The Hunger, with a song cycle of his early 1970s work. The evening gains power as she tells the story of Jobriath, the only openly gay star of the glam rock revolution. Days before Halloween, the performance will also look to human sacrifice, Aztec culture, and all things dark, bloody, and beautiful.
Now Playing: The Air We Breathe with Simon Fujiwara
Thursday, November 17, 6–9:45 p.m.
7 p.m. Poetry readings by George Albon, Dodie Bellamy, and Kevin Killian
8 p.m. Simon Fujiwara's The Boy Who Cried Wolf
"Equality is in the air we breathe," wrote Langston Hughes in his poem Let America be America Again. In the exhibition The Air We Breathe (opening November 5), artists respond to the fight for marriage equality. Twenty-seven visual artists, seven poets, and three essayists contribute drawings, poems, and text to, as SFMOMA Assistant Curator Apsara DiQuinzio writes, "act as a tool to help generate awareness about the inequality many citizens encounter on a daily basis." The evening includes readings by The Air We Breathe poets George Albon, Dodie Bellamy, and Kevin Killian, among others, and a performance by another The Air We Breathe contributor, artist Simon Fujiwara. In the West Coast debut of Fujiwara's The Boy Who Cried Wolf (a Performa 11 co-commission), the artist tracks his identity and sexuality through three sites—the bar, the library, and the mirror— and one batch of found objects (wedding photographs).
The Air We Breathe project continues on Friday, November 18, with a special forum—part of SFMOMA's Phyllis Wattis Distinguished Lecture series—devoted to the question: "Marriage equality: what is to be done right now?" Participants representing a wide range of perspectives from the fields of law, electoral politics, and media will address the question. Check sfmoma.org for special ticketing information for these events.
SFMOMA: Now Playing is free with museum admission. Half-price Thursday-night tickets are available only on-site at the museum starting at 6 p.m.
Media support for SFMOMA: Now Playing is provided by San Francisco magazine and SF Weekly. Support for Thursday Nights at SFMOMA is provided by yp.com. W San Francisco is the official hotel of Thursday Nights at SFMOMA.
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