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Is Photography Over?: Day One, Part One

Participants: Peter Galassi, Blake Stimson, Joel Snyder, Douglas Nickel, Vince Aletti, Corey Keller, and Philip-Lorca diCorcia; moderated by Dominic Willsdon and Erin O'Toole

Given…

October 2010
Is Photography Over?: Day One, Part Two

Participants: Trevor Paglen, George Baker, Walead Beshty, Jennifer Blessing, Geoff Dyer, and Charlotte Cotton; moderated by Dominic Willsdon and Erin O'Toole

Given the nature of…

October 2010
Is Photography Over?: Day Two, Part One

Participants: Peter Galassi, Blake Stimson, Joel Snyder, Douglas Nickel, Vince Aletti, Corey Keller, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Trevor Paglen, George Baker, Walead Beshty, Jennifer…

October 2010
Is Photography Over?: Day Two, Part Two

Participants: Peter Galassi, Blake Stimson, Joel Snyder, Douglas Nickel, Vince Aletti, Corey Keller, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Trevor Paglen, George Baker, Walead Beshty, Jennifer…

October 2010
Helène Aylon on her process

Artist Helène Aylon describes the creation of her linseed oil works and how they tie to feminism.

October 2010
Is Photography Over?: Day Two, Part Three

Participants: Peter Galassi, Blake Stimson, Joel Snyder, Douglas Nickel, Vince Aletti, Corey Keller, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Trevor Paglen, George Baker, Walead Beshty, Jennifer…

October 2010
Wright Morris: Clara, Holy Things, and House or Ark

American novelist, photographer, and essayist Wright Morris reads prose poem accompaniments to selected photographs from his works The Home Place (1948), The Inhabitants (1946), and

September 2010
Wright Morris: God's Country, End of the World, Grain Elevators, and Cover the People

American novelist, photographer, and essayist Wright Morris reads prose poem accompaniments to selected photographs from his works The Home Place (1948), The Inhabitants (1946), and

September 2010
Wright Morris: Dear Son Have Moved, Eddie Cahow, and Model T

American novelist, photographer, and essayist Wright Morris reads prose poem accompaniments to selected photographs from his works The Home Place (1948), The Inhabitants (1946), and

September 2010
Wright Morris: Abandoned House, Ed's Room, and Robin Hood

American novelist, photographer, and essayist Wright Morris reads prose poem accompaniments to selected photographs from his works The Home Place (1948), The Inhabitants (1946), and

September 2010
An-My Lê on her series Small Wars

Photographer An-My Lê discusses her series Small Wars, based on reenactments of the Vietnam War.

September 2010
Reimagining SFMOMA: Four architects

In May 2010, SFMOMA named four firms as finalists in the search for an architect to collaborate on the museum's expansion. In this short film, you'll hear from SFMOMA Director Neal…

June 2010
Donald G. Fisher on collecting and museums

In this excerpt from an oral history interview, the late Don Fisher recounts how he and his wife Doris came to build  their extraordinary art collection and describes his…

June 2010
Chuck Close: Why portraits?

Artist Chuck Close remembers the American art scene of the 1960s, a time when sculpture ruled and many considered it "dumb to paint," and explains why he chose to focus…

June 2010
Philip Guston at work in his studio

Artist Philip Guston discusses his paintings while at work in his studio.

Part of Making Sense of Modern Art Mobile, SFMOMA's handheld multimedia tour.

June 2010
Louise Bourgeois on Spiders

Throughout her long career, sculptor Louise Bourgeois was known for haunting, biomorphic forms that communicated themes from her inner life and family history. A longtime…

June 2010
Robert Rauschenberg pays tribute to John Cage

Artist Robert Rauschenberg presents his sculptural tribute to John Cage in the SFMOMA galleries with former SFMOMA director David Ross and curator Walter Hopps. Part of SFMOMA's…

March 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Mark Jensen on Bruce Nauman's Wax Impressions of the Knees of Five Famous Artists

Local architect Mark Jensen, the designer of SFMOMA’s rooftop garden, meditates on the architectural qualities of Bruce Nauman’s Wax Impressions of the Knees of Five

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Lynn Hershman Leeson on Tina Modotti's Convent of Tepotzolán, Mexico

Artist and filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson uses Tina Modotti's Convent of Tepotzolán, Mexico (1924) as an occasion to talk about this radical photographer's life…

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Janet Bishop on Watercolors by schoolboys, ages 10-16, from the Chirodzo Art Centre, Southern Rhodesia, 1957

Janet Bishop, curator of painting and sculpture at SFMOMA, talks about a group of vibrant watercolors by schoolboys from Southern Rhodesia. She tells the story of how these works…

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Michelle Tea on Andy Warhol's Self-Portrait

Michelle Tea is a novelist, poet, and literary curator. In her talk about Andy Warhol's Self-Portrait (1986), she riffs on art, money, fakeness, and family.

Remember the end of

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Sanjit Sethi on Augustus William Ericson's Slab of Redwood for a London Dining Table Designed to Seat Forty Guests—Diameter 15 Feet

Sanjit Sethi, artist and co-director of the Center for Art and Public Life at California College of the Arts, gives a seven-and-a-half-part talk on Augustus William Ericson's

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Leslie Shows on Arthur Dove's Silver Ball No. 2

Artist Leslie Shows on Arthur Dove's Silver Ball No. 2 (1930). "I love the literalness of using metallic silver paint to depict a silver ball," she says, "yet he…

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Johnny Ray Huston on Diane Arbus's Xmas Tree in a Living Room, Levittown, L.I.

Johnny Ray Huston, arts and entertainment editor for the San Francisco Bay Guardian, constructs a montage of cinematic and personal associations around Diane Arbus's Xmas Tree in

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Joseph Becker on Giovanni Pintori's Poster

Joseph Becker is SFMOMA assistant curator of architecture and design. He's talking about Giovanni Pintori's 1949 poster for the Olivetti company, made at a time when…

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Sam Green on Unknown artist's Untitled [Women Racing]

Sam Green is a documentary filmmaker living in San Francisco. He speaks about an unattributed, untitled photograph of women racing, made around 1915, and reflects on what orphan…

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Chris Perez on Barry McGee's Untitled

Chris Perez, owner and director of Ratio 3 Gallery in San Francisco, accompanies Barry McGee's Untitled (1996) with a "Mission Beat poetry slam."

Remember the end of

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Megan Brian on Marilyn Minter's Strut

Megan Brian, education and public programs coordinator at SFMOMA, on Marilyn Minter’s Strut (2004-5). She talks about her attraction to "everything trashy in visual…

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Apsara DiQuinzio on Cady Noland's Enquirer Page with Eyes Cut Out

Apsara DiQuinzio is assistant curator of painting and sculpture at SFMOMA. In response to Cady Noland's Enquirer Page with Eyes Cut Out (1990) and the artist's mining of the…

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Lisa Robertson on Eva Hesse's Sans II

Poet Lisa Robertson on German-born artist Eva Hesse's Sans II (1968). Robertson refers to a "paradox of form and suffering or delight," saying Hesse's work is…

January 2010