Jim Goldberg

American (New Haven, Connecticut, 1953)

Watching Oprah

2004
photograph | chromogenic print mounted on aluminum
Not on view at this time; find out where you can see works from our collection at locations around the Bay Area while our building is closed for expansion
  • Watching Oprah

    Jim Goldberg, Watching Oprah, 2004; chromogenic print mounted on aluminum, 40 in. x 50 in. (101.6 cm x 127 cm); Collection SFMOMA, Accessions Committee Fund purchase; © Jim Goldberg


Jim Goldberg's Open See series of 2009 began five years earlier in Greece, where, commissioned by Magnum, he went to document the Summer Olympics. As is typical for Goldberg, he found his subjects on the periphery of the action—in ghettos, refugee camps, and border crossings where refugees and immigrants from war-torn, economically devastated, and disease-ravaged countries in Asia, Africa, and elsewhere were attempting to make a life for themselves. Watching Oprah, shot in Greece, exemplifies Goldberg's approach to the pictures in Open See: made with a landscape lens that captures both clarity and distance, they are grand in their scope and intimate in their attention to telling details. Here, three men presumably engaged in the activity suggested by the photograph's title look in three different directions. Where is Oprah?


40 in. x 50 in. (101.6 cm x 127 cm)
Acquired 2008
Collection SFMOMA
Accessions Committee Fund purchase
© Jim Goldberg
2008.132

Tags

interiors, men, immigrants, gazing, leisure, everyday life, windows, fences


From June 3, 2013, through early 2016, SFMOMA's building on Third Street in San Francisco will be temporarily closed for expansion construction. Selected artworks in our collection are included in a range of off-site exhibitions during this period. We regret that the remainder of the collection will not be available for study during this time.

In the meantime, we invite you to explore a wide selection of our collection online. Please note that the information presented online is subject to revision. Please contact us at collections@sfmoma.org to verify artwork details.

This resource is for educational use and its contents may not be reproduced without permission. Please review our Terms of Use for more information.