Live Art: A Performa 09 West Coast Preview

October 14 - October 18, 2009
Metal + Machine + Manifesto = Futurism's First 100 Years Metal + Machine + Manifesto = Futurism's First 100 Years

At multiple locations

In this first preview of RoseLee Goldberg's visual art performance biennial outside of New York City, Performa and SFMOMA join with the Italian Cultural Institute and several community partners to weigh the legacies of Italian Futurism — one of the seminal and most controversial avant-garde art movements of the twentieth century. This year marks the centennial of the movement's founding document, F. T. Marinetti's "Futurist Manifesto," which boldly denounced nineteenth-century nostalgia for the past and instead embraced the noise, technology, and rapid change of modern life. This series of programs in San Francisco will reexamine Futurism's relationship to innovative artistic form, radical and regressive politics, and performance work today.

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Fortunato Depero 50
Fortunato Depero 50


Organized by art critic Maurizio Scudiero, this exhibition celebrates the work of Fortunato Depero (1892-1960), the Italian futurist designer perhaps best known for his iconic…

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"Let me have my fun": Aldo Palazzeschi on the Press

As part of this open-house printing, the public may help create and take home a free poster of Aldo Palazzeschi's poem "Let me have my fun" (1910), an early futurist text…

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Marjorie Perloff on the Futurist Moment
Buy tickets Marjorie Perloff on the Futurist Moment

Founded in 1995 through the generosity of Phyllis Wattis, this SFMOMA lecture series brings innovative thinkers to the Bay Area. Known for her seminal text The Futurist Moment:

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Music for 16 Futurist Noise Intoners
Music for 16 Futurist Noise Intoners

New compositions by Blixa Bargeld; John Butcher; Luciano Chessa; James Fei; Ellen Fullman; Carla Kihlstedt and Mattias Bossi; Ulrich Krieger; Pablo Ortiz; Mike Patton; the sfSoundGroup; Elliott Sharp; Text of Light; and Theresa Wong.

Performances by John Butcher and Gino Robair; Luciano Chessa; Ellen Fullman; Carla Kihlstedt and Mattias Bossi; Ulrich Krieger; ensemble players from Magik*Magik Orchestra; the sfSoundGroup; Text of Light; and Theresa Wong.

Futurist sound artist Luigi Russolo constructed special hand-cranked instruments to realize an expanded field of orchestral sound. Called intonarumori (noise intoners), these…

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Poetry + Painting + Politics × Professors = Futurism Past
Poetry + Painting + Politics × Professors = Futurism Past

Futurism's 1909 founding manifesto called for the destruction of museums and libraries. The 1910 manifesto "Against Professors" deplored the "professorial passion…

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OPENfuture: Spinning Marinetti's Wheels
OPENfuture: Spinning Marinetti's Wheels

Feeding on Futurism's appetite for destruction, OPENrestaurant revisits F. T. Marinetti's provocative Futurist Cookbook from 1932 — which combined polemics with actual recipes…

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Action! Futurism Projected + Performed
Buy tickets Action! Futurism Projected + Performed

In their manifesto "The Futurist Cinema" (1916), Marinetti and his cohorts sought an integration of art forms through the following equation: "painting + sculpture +…

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Image: Luigi Russolo and Ugo Piatti with the intonarumori (noise intoners); photo: Rovereto, Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Archivio del '900, Fondo Russolo

Coorganized by Performa and SFMOMA with the Italian Cultural Institute. Copresented with Brava! for Women in the Arts, The San Francisco Center for the Book, UC Berkeley Department of Italian Studies, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Support for Live Art at SFMOMA is provided by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.