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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
Mike Mills on Los Altos's stories of the past and the future

Artist and filmmaker Mike Mills describes his process of capturing stories of the past and the future in Los Altos, CA.

Mills created a three-part work about the past, present, and…

November 2013
  • Mike Mills
David Wilson on Arrivals

Artist David Wilson reflects on his SFMOMA commission, a series of six self-guided journeys to outdoor sites throughout San Francisco. The project begins at a trailhead on Third…

September 2013
  • David Wilson
Josh Faught on BE BOLD For What You Stand For, BE CAREFUL For What You Fall For

Artist Josh Faught reflects on his SFMOMA commission, a constellation of sculptures that respond to the architecture and history of the Neptune Society Columbarium in San…

September 2013
  • Josh Faught
Zarouhie Abdalian on Occasional Music

Artist Zarouhie Abdalian reflects on her SFMOMA commission, a sound installation featuring brass bells that have been programmed to ring simultaneously from rooftops radiating out…

September 2013
  • Zarouhie Abdalian
Jonn Herschend on Stories from the Evacuation

Artist Jonn Herschend reflects on his SFMOMA commission, a short film shot on location at the museum prior to the building's recent closure for expansion. The project takes the…

September 2013
Trailer for Stories from the Evacuation

A trailer for artist Jonn Herschend's SFMOMA-commissioned film Stories from the Evacuation (2013). The film will premiere online at sfmoma.org/stories as part of 2012 SECA Art

August 2013
Breaking Ground on the New SFMOMA

To herald the start of construction on our new 225,000-square-foot Snøhetta-designed expansion, SFMOMA held a groundbreaking ceremony on May 29, 2013. Some 300 supporters…

July 2013
Time-Lapse: Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field

Installing Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field took three and half weeks of work and required 10 riggers, two crane drivers and a forklift, as each steel sculpture weighs between 30,000…

July 2013
Robert Rauschenberg discusses Automobile Tire Print at SFMOMA, May 6, 1999

In 1999, Menil Collection curator Walter Hopps and SFMOMA Director David A. Ross interviewed Rauschenberg in the SFMOMA galleries during an exhibition featuring fourteen major…

July 2013
Robert Rauschenberg discusses Collection at SFMOMA, May 6, 1999

In 1999, Menil Collection curator Walter Hopps and SFMOMA Director David A. Ross interviewed Rauschenberg in the SFMOMA galleries during an exhibition featuring fourteen major…

July 2013
Video documenting SFMOMA conservation treatment of Robert Rauschenberg's Collection, 2012

In 2012, SFMOMA paintings conservator Paula De Cristofaro replaced the fabric veil over the mirror in Collection for a second time. A 1999 replacement made with fabric dyed by…

July 2013
Robert Rauschenberg discusses Erased de Kooning Drawing at SFMOMA, May 6, 1999

In 1999, Menil Collection curator Walter Hopps and SFMOMA Director David A. Ross interviewed Rauschenberg in the SFMOMA galleries during an exhibition featuring fourteen major…

July 2013
Jess Kreglow demonstrates the movable elements of Untitled (Elemental Sculpture) [steel flange and stone]

Jess Kreglow, a member of SFMOMAs installations team, manipulates Robert RauschenbergUntitled (Elemental Sculpture) [steel flange and stone] (ca.…

July 2013
Conservation video relating to Robert Rauschenberg's Untitled [glossy black painting], 2012

In 2012, SFMOMA conservators Amanda Hunter Johnson and Paula De Cristofaro tested different papers and painting techniques that replicate the surface effects of Robert…

July 2013
Robert Rauschenberg discusses Mother of God at SFMOMA, May 6, 1999

In 1999, Menil Collection curator Walter Hopps and SFMOMA Director David A. Ross interviewed Rauschenberg in the SFMOMA galleries during an exhibition featuring fourteen major…

July 2013
Robert Rauschenberg discusses Scanning at SFMOMA, May 6, 1999

In 1999, Menil Collection curator Walter Hopps and SFMOMA Director David A. Ross interviewed Rauschenberg in the SFMOMA galleries during an exhibition featuring fourteen major…

July 2013
Robert Rauschenberg discusses Trophy IV (for John Cage) at SFMOMA, May 6, 1999

In 1999, Menil Collection curator Walter Hopps and SFMOMA Director David A. Ross interviewed Rauschenberg in the SFMOMA galleries during an exhibition featuring fourteen major…

July 2013
Robert Rauschenberg activates Trophy IV (for John Cage) during a 1999 interview at SFMOMA

Robert Rauschenberg activates Trophy IV (for John Cage) during a 1999 interview at SFMOMA.

July 2013