- October 14 - October 18, 2009
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.
- 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
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Italian Cultural Institute, 425 Washington Street, San Francisco
- "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 textRead more
Thursday and Friday, October 15 and 16, 2009
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (drop-in hours)
The San Francisco Center for the Book, 300 De Haro Street
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), theseRead more
Friday, October 16, 2009
Novellus Theater, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard Street, San Francisco
- 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 passionRead more
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Phyllis Wattis Theater
- 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 recipesRead more
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Atrium
- 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 +Read more
Sunday, October 18, 2009
4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Brava! for Women in the Arts, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco
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.