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75 Reasons to Live: Yves Béhar on Barry McGee's Untitled

Designer Yves Béhar looks at Mission District-based artist Barry McGee's Untitled (2009). Having never met the artist, he describes his encounters with McGee's art on…

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Iain A. Boal on Elaine Mayes's Interracial Couple and Baby, Golden Gate Park, August, 1968

Iain Boal is a writer and historian. He's speculating here about the family in Elaine Mayes's Interracial Couple and Baby, Golden Gate Park, August, 1968, and how they might…

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Kenneth Foster on Joanne Leonard's Sad Dreams on Cold Mornings

Kenneth Foster is the executive director of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. He's speaking here about Joanne Leonard's Sad Dreams on Cold Mornings (1971), and particularly…

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Pamela Z on Robert Rauschenberg's Collection (formerly Untitled)

Composer, performer, and media artist Pamela Z engages playfully with Rauschenberg's Collection (formerly Untitled) (1954). Creating sounds with paper, metal, wood, and other…

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Neal Benezra on Clyfford Still's Untitled [formerly Self-Portrait]

SFMOMA Director Neal Benezra offers a personal reminiscence about Clyfford Still's Untitled (formerly Self-Portrait) (1945) — the painting that sparked Benezra's…

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Allison Smith on J. Wilbur Sandison's Quilt

Artist Allison Smith looks at J. Wilbur Sandison's photograph Quilt (ca. 1940s). Reflecting on the traditions of the signature quilt and the quilting bee, Smith says, "I…

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Kevin Killian on Andy Warhol's National Velvet

Kevin Killian is a poet, novelist, and playwright. He's talking about Andy Warhol's National Velvet (1963), horses, movies, numbers, and the painting as a Cold War monument.

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Carrie Pilto on Henri Matisse's La fille aux yeux verts (The Girl with Green Eyes)

Carrie Pilto, SFMOMA project assistant curator on The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde, talks about the revolutionary formal aspects of Henri…

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Kota Ezawa on Jeff Koons's Michael Jackson and Bubbles

Artist Kota Ezawa responds to Jeff Koons's Michael Jackson and Bubbles (1988) by reading from the poetry of Michael Jackson: "I'm bad. I'm bad. You know it."

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Jennifer A. González on Felix Gonzalez-Torres's Untitled

Jennifer A. González is professor of art and visual culture, contemporary art, race and representation at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She talks about Felix…

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Chris Sollars on Bruce Nauman's Wax Impressions of the Knees of Five Famous Artists

Chris Sollars, an artist based in San Francisco's Mission District, speaks about Bruce Nauman's Wax Impressions of the Knees of Five Famous Artists (1966). Sollars describes…

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Jennifer Sonderby on Leslie Shows's Two Ways to Organize

Jennifer Sonderby is SFMOMA's head of graphic design. She's talking about Leslie Shows's painting Two Ways to Organize (2006), and how she decided to put it on the cover…

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Rex Ray on Andy Warhol's Self-Portrait

Rex Ray is an artist and graphic designer. He's talking about Andy Warhol's Self-Portrait (1967) and remembering the impact Warhol had on him when he was young.

Remember the…

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

Anne Walsh is a visual artist. In response to an untitled picture of women racing, made by an unidentified photographer, she reads Eileen Myles's poem "Light Warrior."

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Raelle Myrick-Hodges on John Collier Jr.'s Bureau with Portraits and Mementos (and self-portrait), Picuris Pueblo, NM

Raelle Myrick-Hodges is the artistic director of Brava! for Women in the Arts. She talks about her affinities with John Collier Jr.'s Bureau with Portraits and Mementos (and

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Ellen Arenson on Clyfford Still's Untitled, 1951-52

Longtime SFMOMA docent Ellen Arenson speaks about Clyfford Still's Untitled (1951-52). She evokes the artist's working process and his belief in the intensely individual…

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Bill Fontana on Dan Graham's Double Cylinder (The Kiss)

Bill Fontana is a composer and sound artist. He talks here about his appreciation for the sound qualities of Dan Graham's 1994 sculpture Double Cylinder (The Kiss) and how the…

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Gary Garrels on Robert Ryman's Untitled, 1958

Gary Garrels is Elise S. Haas Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture at SFMOMA. Here he talks about a work by one of his favorite painters, Robert Ryman: Untitled, 1958. Garrels…

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Robert Bechtle on Richard Diebenkorn's Coffee

Artist Robert Bechtle reminisces about how the structure and subject matter of Richard Diebenkorn's paintings influenced his own very different work. On Diebenkorn's Coffee

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Whitney Chadwick on Ed Ruscha's Every Building on the Sunset Strip

Art historian Whitney Chadwick talks about Ed Ruscha's book Every Building on the Sunset Strip (1966). She recalls how, during her student years at the San Francisco Art…

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Sarah Roberts on Terry Fox's Pendulum Spit Bite

Sarah Roberts is SFMOMA associate curator of collections and research, and she's talking here about Terry Fox's print Pendulum Spit Bite (1977). She describes the mysterious…

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Chad Coerver on Anthony Hernandez's Oakland #1

Chad Coerver, director of publications, graphic design, and web at SFMOMA, talks about Anthony Hernandez's Oakland #1 from 2001. For him, the picture suggests something both…

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Rebecca Solnit on Jay DeFeo's The Verónica

Rebecca Solnit is a San Francisco-based writer. She speaks here about what it meant, especially in the 1950s, to be a West Coast artist, touching on Wallace Berman, George Herms,…

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Lisa Sutcliffe on Penelope Umbrico's 5,377,183 Suns from Flickr (Partial) 4/28/09

Lisa Sutcliffe, assistant curator of photography at SFMOMA, speaks on Penelope Umbrico's 5,377,183 Suns from Flickr (2009). Sutcliffe talks about the antecedents and…

January 2010
David Ireland at 500 Capp Street

Bay Area conceptual artist David Ireland is widely admired for installations and sculptures made with humble materials that he accumulated over time. His best known work of art is…

September 2009
Form, growth, behavior: The making of P_Wall

Andrew Kudless discusses P_Wall, a 45-foot-long wall installation composed of undulating, bulbous forms. Kudless demonstrates the techniques used to create the work at his design…

August 2009
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Teresita Fernandez on the making of Fire

Teresita Fernandez discusses the ideas and inspiration behind her 2005 alluring sculpture "Fire," made of dyed silk yarn.

July 2009
William Kentridge on his film Tide Table

Artist William Kentridge discusses Tide Table (2003), a short film that is part of 9 Drawings for Projection, a series that reveals a narrative of South Africa under apartheid and in…

March 2009
William Kentridge on his process

Artist William Kentridge speaks about his process of repeatedly erasing and reworking charcoal drawings to create his well-known stop-motion animated films, and discusses the…

March 2009
William Kentridge on his characters

Artist William Kentridge discusses Soho and Felix, two of the main characters from his films,  and explains their relationships to common figures in Johannesburg, his…

March 2009