Live Art

July 15 - December 11, 2010
Rebecca Solnit's Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas Rebecca Solnit's Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas

At multiple locations

Solnit's forthcoming book Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas reimagines traditional map-making to chart not just space and place but people and time in 22 inventive maps. From July through December, SFMOMA is issuing six broadside copies of seven maps. Each map launch is joined to a series of Live Art events featuring many of Infinite City's collaborating writers, artists, and cartographers.

Past

Infinite City: Monarchs and Queens
Infinite City: Monarchs and Queens

With art by Mona Caron and an essay by Aaron Shurin, this broadside map juxtaposes the habitats of local butterflies with the shifting locations of queer public space. By…

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Infinite City: Right Wing of the Dove
Infinite City: Right Wing of the Dove

Upending the image of the Bay Area as a liberal safe haven, "Right Wing of the Dove" documents the muscular history of military centers and corporate-military…

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Infinite City: Cinema City
Infinite City: Cinema City

September's "Cinema City" map charts the genesis of cinema at the hands of Eadweard Muybridge in 1870s San Francisco; the making of Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo here in…

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Infinite City: All Identity Is Local
Infinite City: All Identity Is Local

Two maps about identity are featured in October. A joint project by Rebecca Solnit and artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña responds to the question "Who am I…

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Infinite City: Poison/Palate and OPENwater
Infinite City: Poison/Palate and OPENwater

November's "Poison/Palate" map traces the Bay Area as an ecosystem of paired opposites: Napa vineyards versus Silicon Valley interiors, Chez Panisse abutting Chevron, San…

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Infinite City: Lost World
Infinite City: Lost World

San Francisco's South of Market district is a poignant example of a shifting landscape that holds many histories in a small area. The "Lost World" map looks at the few…

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Image: Alison Pebworth, Infinite City Cover Illustration from Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas by Rebecca Solnit, 2010