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Barbara Bosworth on using a "slow look" to photograph birds

Photographer Barbara Bosworth describes the emergence and development of her interest in capturing birds with her large-format, 8x10-inch view camera. Recalling time spent looking…

November 2014
Susan Meiselas on "the ethics of seeing"

Susan Meiselas reflects on her experiences photographing civil wars in Nicaragua and El Salvador from the late 1970s through the 1980s, telling often graphic and disturbing stories…

November 2014
In the galleries with Markus Schinwald

Artist Markus Schinwald explains the "room prosthesis" installation he created at the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts as part of Markus Schinwald, an exhibition…

November 2014
  • Markus Schinwald
John Baldessari on using photography in his work

Artist John Baldessari recounts the epiphany that led him from painting to photography-based work and his subsequent mission to exhibit in fine art galleries — rather than…

October 2014
Jim Melchert on his slide projection Changing Walls

Artist Jim Melchert describes the creation of Changing Walls in 1971 with the participation of fellow Bay Area conceptual artist Howard Fried. The piece features a sequence of 80…

September 2014
John Baldessari explains his "strange mind"

Artist John Baldessari discusses his interest in challenging conventional modes of visual communication. Beginning with his practice of eliminating visually relevant information…

September 2014
Sophie Calle on her series The Hotel

Artist Sophie Calle reflects on the voyeuristic fascination with the lives of others that inspired The Hotel, a project she created in the early 1980s while posing as a chambermaid…

August 2014
Mel Bochner transforms a wall with chalk

Artist Mel Bochner reflects on the moment he first began to work with blue carpenter's chalk on the walls of his studio and discusses his use of the wall itself as a medium.…

August 2014
  • Mel Bochner
Sophie Calle on becoming an artist

Artist Sophie Calle recounts her undirected and serendipitous path to becoming an artist, beginning with a chance stay at a photographer's home in Bolinas, California, and an…

July 2014
Ewan Gibbs on his San Francisco drawings

Artist Ewan Gibbs discusses the techniques he used to create San Francisco, a suite of drawings commissioned by SFMOMA in 2009. During a visit to California in 2008 he took hundreds…

July 2014
Visual Activism symposium: Jerome Reyes, Nine Yamamoto-Masson, and Srinivas Aditya Mopidevi

Artist Jerome Reyes, artist and scholar Nine Yamamoto-Masson, and curator and scholar Srinivas Aditya Mopidevi present a performance lecture as part of the Networked Activism panel…

March 2014
Visual Activism symposium: Carlos Motta

Artist Carlos Motta presents the keynote address at the Visual Activism symposium, Brava Theater Center, San Francisco, March 14, 2014.

March 2014
Visual Activism symposium: Gran Fury

Avram Finkelstein and Robert Vazquez-Pacheco, members of the Gran Fury collective, present on the Queer Tactics panel at the Visual Activism symposium, Brava Theater Center, San…

March 2014
Visual Activism symposium: Lisa Parks

Lisa Parks, author and professor of film and media studies at UC Santa Barbara, presents on the Networked Activism panel at the Visual Activism symposium, Brava Theater Center, San…

March 2014
Visual Activism symposium: Shannon Jackson and Tina Takemoto

Shannon Jackson, director of the Arts Research Center and professor of rhetoric and of theater, dance and performance studies at UC Berkeley, and Tina Takemoto, writer, artist,…

March 2014
Visual Activism symposium: Jeff Derksen and Sabine Bitter

Jeff Derksen and Sabine Bitter, members of the Urban Subjects cultural research collective, present as part of the Conflict Zones panel at the Visual Activism symposium, Brava…

March 2014
Visual Activism symposium: Michelle Dizon

Artist Michelle Dizon, co-chair of the Visual Art Program at Vermont College of Fine Arts, presents on the Displacement panel at the Visual Activism symposium, Brava Theater Center,…

March 2014
Visual Activism symposium: Favianna Rodriguez and Teddy Cruz

Teddy Cruz, professor of public culture and urbanism at UC San Diego, and Favianna Rodriguez, artist and cultural organizer, speak during a panel discussion moderated by Dominic…

March 2014
Seeing yourself seeing: Olafur Eliasson

This mini-documentary goes behind-the-scenes at artist Olafur Eliasson's Berlin studio. The interviews and footage were shot in 2007 before the opening of the exhibition Take

December 2013
Olafur Eliasson on the importance of audience in contemporary art

Artist Olafur Eliasson addresses the importance of looking at art "from where we are today" and discusses the importance of visitor engagement  to his artistic…

December 2013
Charles Garoian on collaborating with his students at Los Altos High School

Artist Charles Garoian reflects on the performance art "happenings" he staged with his students at Los Altos High School, where he taught from 1969 to 1986. Garoian…

December 2013
  • Charles Garoian
Kateřina Šedá on Everything Is Perfect

Artist Kateřina Šedá explains the goals and inspiration for her participatory project Everything Is Perfect, which developed from conversations she had with Los Altos…

December 2013
  • Kateřina Šedá
Jessica Stockholder on Cross Hatch

Artist Jessica Stockholder discusses Cross Hatch, her painted installation at Fourth and State Streets in Los Altos. The project visually reconfigures the intersection through color…

December 2013
  • Jessica Stockholder
Jeremy Blake on creating a "waking dream"

In this excerpt drawn from two archival sources, digital artist and painter Jeremy Blake discusses the role of artwork in times of conflict and reflects on the Winchester Mystery…

November 2013
Spencer Finch on Back to Kansas

Artist Spencer Finch describes his installation Back to Kansas, a work that explores the subjective perception of color, particularly in the fading light between sunset and dusk.…

November 2013
  • Spencer Finch
Christian Jankowski on Silicon Valley Talks

Artist Christian Jankowski explains the various inspirations behind his video installation Silicon Valley Talks, for which he invited a group of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and…

November 2013
  • Christian Jankowski
Jonn Herschend on finding beauty behind the scenes

Artist Jonn Herschend describes why he is drawn to the action that takes place behind the scenes. Through his work he seeks to expose the backside of production, whether by…

November 2013
David Wilson on Frog Woman Rock

Artist David Wilson describes Frog Woman Rock, the sixteen-foot-high ink drawing that he created in a eucalyptus grove in the Presidio for his SFMOMA commission Arrivals, part of the…

November 2013
  • David Wilson
Alec Soth on photographing "the cloud" in Silicon Valley

Photographer Alec Soth describes the process of completing his recent commission for SFMOMA, a series of photographs of Silicon Valley.

Soth's Silicon Valley was created for

November 2013
Chris Johanson on making public sculpture

Artist Chris Johanson discusses his passion for public sculpture, and describes his approach toward making one particularly playful work — a giant inflatable question mark.

November 2013