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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."

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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
75 Reasons to Live: Jens Hoffmann on Felix Gonzalez Torres's "Untitled" (America #1)

Jens Hoffmann, director of the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts at the California College of the Arts, speaks about Felix Gonzalez-Torres's Untitled (America #1) (1992).…

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Anne McGuire on Anne Bremer's Sentinels

Anne McGuire is an artist. In her talk on Anne Bremer's Sentinels (1920), McGuire imagines prairie girl Laura Ingalls Wilder's life as compared to the life of the…

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Jeffrey Fraenkel on Diane Arbus's A Young Brooklyn Family Going for a Sunday Outing, N.Y.C.

Jeffrey Fraenkel opened his San Francisco photography gallery more than 30 years ago. Speaking on Diane Arbus and A Young Brooklyn Family Going for a Sunday Outing, N.Y.C. (1966,…

January 2010
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