Making Art Histories

On the Trail of David Park

Making Art Histories

David Park
Man in a T-Shirt
1958
Collection SFMOMA

August 22, 1997 - February 24, 1998

Presenting the work of three dozen artists spanning the 1930s to the 1960s, Making Art Histories: On the Trail of David Park examines how what we call "art history" emerges from the many different and often contradictory art practices simultaneously occurring in any particular time or region. Making Art Histories displays works drawn primarily from the Museum's permanent collection by well-known artists as well as those not frequently shown. The exhibition was organized by John Weber, Leanne and George Roberts curator of education and public programs, and Janet Bishop, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation associate curator of painting and sculpture, with the goal of demystifying the process through which museums acquire art and program exhibitions. This is examined within the context of some of SFMOMA's finest individual objects displayed in thought-provoking juxtapositions.