SFMOMA Artcast January 2009

This episode focuses on the museum as a venue for democracy and explores how works of art can be changed through interaction, interpretation, collaboration, and reinvention. We begin with the the exhibition The Art of Participation: 1950 to Now. Brooklyn-based collaborative duo MTAA explains their vote-based project Automatic for the People: (), and recent exhibition visitors react to their own participatory experiences and reflect on what it means to touch and change a work of art in a museum. Gary Garrels, Elise S. Haas Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture, then explains the concept and process of Sol Lewitt's wall drawings and shares his personal feelings about the painting-over of the pair that, until recently, distinguished the museum's atrium. Finally, Paulo Yumal, a student from 826 Valencia's Writing About Art series, shares a short story inspired by Charles Sheeler's painting Aerial Gyrations (1953) in SFMOMA's collection.

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