SFMOMA: Now Playing

Thursday, March 18, 2010
My Barbarian

Part of SFMOMA: Now Playing

My Barbarian

Date + Time

Thursday, March 18, 2010
6:00 p.m. - 9:45 p.m.


Phyllis Wattis Theater


7:00 p.m. Screening of Long Play: Bruce Conner and the Singles Collection
9:00 p.m. Performance by My Barbarian

Experience the museum animated by artists and luminaries. Tonight: whether re-establishing pagan rites in the desert, creating a song cycle for cross-dressing sailors and sequined mermen, or buying a young artist's soul (the better to sing about her sculptures), L.A.-based band My Barbarian (Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon, and Alexandro Segade) mixes history, myth, and politics to create flamboyant performance work. Tonight, My Barbarian plays with an eye to the atrium and rock opera. Before the performance, we screen selected film and video works from all three programs of Long Play:

BREAKAWAY, Bruce Conner, 1966, 5 min, 16mm
I'm Not The Girl Who Misses Much, Pipilotti Rist, 1986, 7:46 min., DVD
Violin Power, Steina, 1970-78, 10 min., DVD
MEA CULPA, Bruce Conner, 1981, 5 min., 16mm
Kojak/Wang from Pop Pop Video, Dara Birnbaum, 1980, 3 min., DVD
Telephones, Christian Marclay, 1995, 7:30 min., DVD
The Audition, Anne Colvin, 2008, 1:20 min., DVD
All the Parts from Simon and Garfunkel's 1984 Central Park Performance Where Garfunkel Sings With His Hands in His Pockets, Cory Arcangel, 2004, 6:33 min., DVD
Beatles Über California, Kota Ezawa, 2010, 3:20 min., DVD (premiere)

Blue Bottle Coffee Co. and Meatpaper magazine curate an evening on charcuterie and coffee in the Rooftop Garden. The evening also includes hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.

Admission + Ticketing

Free with museum admission.

Image: My Barbarian, The Case of the Stairs, LACMA, 2009; courtesy of Steve Turner Contemporary

Bruce Conner's MEA CULPA was preserved by Anthology Film Archives through the Avant-Garde Masters program. Funded by the Film Foundation and administered by the National Film Preservation Foundation. Additional support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.