Art in unexpected places

Artcast November 2013

In this episode of SFMOMA Artcasts we visit two of the four site-specific artworks SFMOMA commissioned as part of the 2012 SECA Art Award exhibition. We begin at San Francisco's Neptune Society Columbarium, where artist Josh Faught has installed three of his hand-woven and hand-dyed fiber sculptures. Caretaker Emmitt Watson provides a rich oral history of the columbarium, and Faught discusses why he chose the site and how it resonates with his work. Next we head to Frank H. Ogawa Plaza in Oakland, where artist Zarouhie Abdalian has installed five brass ship bells that ring for several minutes once a day at varying times, each bell playing a randomized rhythm. Abdalian explains the subtle ways her work impacts the surrounding space, and visitors to the plaza speculate about what her bells might signify.

Each SFMOMA Artcast brings you illuminating audio and video interviews with artists, curators, and visitors as they respond to the works on view and in the museum's collection.

  • Total running time: 13 min. 58 sec.
  • Featured Artists: Josh Faught, Zarouhie Abdalian
  • Release Date: November 2013
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