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75 Reasons to Live: Suzanne Stein on Constant's New Babylon

Suzanne Stein is SFMOMA's head of community engagement and a writer. She discusses Constant's plans for a utopian city called New Babylon, where people would be…

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Dominic Willsdon on László Moholy-Nagy's Vom Funkturm (From the Radio Tower)

Dominic Willsdon, curator of education and public programs at SFMOMA, talks about artist and educator László Moholy-Nagy and his piece Vom Funkturm (From the Radio

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: John Zarobell on Bruce Conner's LOOKING GLASS

SFMOMA Assistant Curator of Collections, Exhibitions, and Commissions John Zarobell gives a talk about Bruce Conner's assemblage LOOKING GLASS from 1964. "Bruce Conner was…

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Meg Shiffler on Felix Gonzalez-Torres's "Untitled" (America #1)

Meg Shiffler, director and curator of the San Francisco Arts Commission, on Felix Gonzalez-Torres' Untitled (America #1) (1992), the artist, his lover, and their lives cut short…

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Margaret Tedesco on Claude Cahun's Untitled (Self-Portrait)

Margaret Tedesco is an artist and curator. She illuminates Claude Cahun's photograph Untitled (Self-Portrait) (ca. 1928) with selections from the artist's writings.…

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Rachel Rosen on Eadweard Muybridge's Panorama of Francisco from California Street Hill

Rachel Rosen, director of programming for the San Francisco Film Society, on Eadweard Muybridge's Panorama of San Francisco from California Street Hill (1877). She comments on…

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Michelle Barger on Doris Salcedo's Unland: irreversible witness

Michelle Barger, deputy head of conservation at SFMOMA, elucidates the painstaking labor behind Colombian artist Doris Salcedo's Unland: irreversible witness (1995-98).…

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Chip Lord on Terry Fox's A Metaphor

Chip Lord is a media artist working with video and digital photography, and was a founding member of the art and architecture collective Ant Farm. He offers some background for…

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher on J. B. Blunk's Invisible Presence

Jennifer Fletcher, assistant curator of architecture and design at SFMOMA, speaks on artist J. B. Blunk's chair, Invisible Presence (1962). She talks about how the Marin…

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Tony Labat on Howard Fried's Inside the Harlequin: Approach-Avoidance III and II

Artist Tony Labat talks about Inside the Harlequin: Approach-Avoidance III and II (1971) by his former teacher Howard Fried, touching on rules, comedy, and the studio as the subject…

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Sandra Phillips on Alfred Stieglitz's Georgia O'Keeffe — Neck

SFMOMA senior curator of photography Sandra Phillips looks at Alfred Stieglitz's radical approach to portraiture in Georgia O'Keeffe — Neck (1921), and discusses the…

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Beth Lisick on Chris Johanson's Untitled (Figures with black presence)

Beth Lisick is a poet, writer, and performer. In appreciation of Chris Johanson's Untitled (Figures with black presence) (2002), she reads some choice quotes from the…

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Peter Samis on Wright Morris's Storefronts, Western Kansas

Peter Samis is associate curator of interpretation at SFMOMA. Looking at Wright Morris's Storefronts, Western Kansas (1939), he talks about Morris's America and the…

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Duane R. Deterville on Pablo Picasso's Tête de trois quarts (Head in Three-Quarter View)

Duane Deterville is an artist and writer. He's talking here about Picasso's attraction to African forms, and the tensions and contradictions inherent in works like the 1907

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Stephen Hartman on Felix Gonzalez-Torres's "Untitled" (Golden)

Stephen Hartman is a psychoanalyst. He's talking here about Felix Gonzalez-Torres's "Untitled" (Golden) (1995); contradiction; shame and ecstasy; and neutrality…

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Stephanie Hanor on Bruce Conner's SOUND OF ONE HAND ANGEL

Stephanie Hanor, director and curator of the Mills College Art Museum in Oakland, on SOUND OF ONE HAND ANGEL (1974) by Bruce Conner. She discusses Conner's use of a light…

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Renny Pritikin on Robert Arneson's Harvey

Renny Pritikin, director of the Nelson Gallery at UC Davis, discusses Bay Area artist Robert Arneson and his political portrait Harvey (1982). Pritikin places Arneson's work in…

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Henry Urbach on Ewan Gibbs's San Francisco

Henry Urbach is Helen Hilton Raiser Curator of Architecture and Design at SFMOMA. In 2009 he commissioned a new work from U.K. artist Ewan Gibbs; the result is San Francisco, a…

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Julio César Morales on Ansel Adams's Diego Rivera Painting the Fresco "Still Life and Blossoming Almond Trees"

An artist and curator at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Julio Cesar Morales expands on the Ansel Adams photograph Diego Rivera Painting the Fresco "Still Life and

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Lawrence Rinder on Lebbeus Woods's Quake City, from the San Francisco Project: Inhabiting the Quake

Lawrence Rinder is the director of the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, and is speaking here about Lebbeus Woods's San Francisco Project: Inhabiting the Quake

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Carey Perloff on Robbert Flick's Along Ocean Park, Looking West, Summer

Carey Perloff is the artistic director of the American Conservatory Theater. She likens Robbert Flick's Along Ocean Park, Looking West, Summer (1980) to a curtain rising at the…

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Lori Fogarty on Dorothea Lange's Migrant Worker, Coachella Valley, California

Lori Fogarty, executive director of the Oakland Museum of California, celebrates the work and life of documentary photographer Dorothea Lange — whose archives are held at…

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Catherine Wagner on Mike Mandel and Larry Sultan's Untitled, from the installation Evidence

Catherine Wagner is an artist, and she's speaking here about Mike Mandel and Larry Sultan's series Evidence (1977). She describes her reaction to seeing this sequence of…

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Craig Baldwin on Wallace Berman's Semina 7

Craig Baldwin is a filmmaker, curator, and publisher, and longtime host of ATA's Other Cinema. He's talking about the legacy of Wallace Berman and the art/poetry journal

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Martin Venezky on Unknown artist's Untitled [California Rancher/Cowboy in Front of a Backdrop]

Martin Venezky is a designer and the owner of Appetite Engineers. He's speaking here about an untitled tintype, taken in a portrait studio around 1870 by an unknown…

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Kaja Silverman on Robert Rauschenberg's Cy + Roman Steps (I-V)

Kaja Silverman, art historian and film theorist, on Robert Rauschenberg's Cy + Roman Steps (I-V) (1952). Silverman notes the cinematic aspects of this piece and suggests that…

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Rick Prelinger on Willard E. Worden's Observatory in Ruins, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

Rick Prelinger is an archivist, writer, and media maker, and founder of the Prelinger Archives. Here he's talking about Willard E. Worden's Observatory in Ruins, Golden Gate

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Kamau Patton on Nata Piaskowski's Untitled [Playing Handball]

Artist Kamau Patton on Nata Piaskowski's Untitled (Playing Handball) (1950). Patton connects this picture with his own childhood and moments in his career as an artist.

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January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Stephanie Syjuco on Sherrie Levine's La Fortune (After Man Ray)

Stephanie Syjuco is a San Francisco-based artist. She talks about Sherrie Levine's La Fortune (After Man Ray) (1990) and what this appropriation of Man Ray's painting says…

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Trevor Paglen on Will Rogan's Untitled, from the series Public Sculpture

Artist and experimental geographer Trevor Paglen on Will Rogan's Untitled (2001), from the series Public Sculpture. Responding to the title of the series, he says, "If you…

January 2010