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Kara Walker on her nineteenth-century influences

Artist Kara Walker discusses her affinity for popular nineteenth-century art forms such as the silhouette and the cyclorama.

December 2004
Kara Walker's "uneasy relationship" with her own imagination

Artist Kara Walker discusses her sources and her "uneasy relationship" with her own imagination. Part of SFMOMA's multimedia gallery tour Making Sense of Modern Art Mobile

December 2004
Kara Walker's alter ego

Artist Kara Walker discusses her alter ego, the "Negress of Noteworthy Talent."

December 2004
Robert Bechtle's use of photographs

Painter Robert Bechtle demonstrates his process of working from photographs.

December 2004
Robert Bechtle painting at his studio

Artist Robert Bechtle demonstrates his painting technique.

December 2004
Time-lapse video of Robert Bechtle at work

A time-lapse video of artist Robert Bechtle at work on a painting.

December 2004
Robert Bechtle on painting and photography

Artist Robert Bechtle distinguishes between his paintings and the source photographs that inspire them.

December 2004
Robert Bechtle on beginning a painting

Artist Robert Bechtle discusses how he selects photographs on which to base his paintings.

December 2004
Robert Bechtle on painting stillness

Robert Bechtle talks about his efforts to paint stillness — the hallmark of the photographic snapshots on which his work is based.

December 2004
Robert Bechtle on underpainting

Robert Bechtle discusses his method of underpainting.

December 2004
Ed Ruscha on working with gunpowder

Artist Ed Ruscha discusses his use of gunpowder. 

July 2004
Ed Ruscha on artists' books

Artist Ed Ruscha recalls the events which led him to start creating books.

July 2004
Ed Ruscha talks about painting from photographs

Ed Ruscha explains the genesis of his photo paintings.

July 2004
Ed Ruscha on his silhouette paintings

Ruscha explains the development of the "strokeless" style used in his silhouette paintings. 

July 2004
Ed Ruscha on the early experiences that shaped his career

Ed Ruscha explains how his early life shaped the development of his artistic interests.

July 2004
Ed Ruscha on the borders of art

Ed Ruscha discusses the relationship between his work and commercial art.

July 2004
Pipilotti Rist on Stir Heart, Rinse Heart

Artist Pipilotti Rist discusses Stir Heart, Rinse Heart, a multichannel video installation commissioned for an exhibition at SFMOMA in 2004. 

June 2004
Tour of Pipilotti Rist's Stir Heart, Rinse Heart

Artist Pipilotti Rist discusses the materials and types of projection used in her video installation Stir Heart, Rinse Heart (2004).

June 2004
Pipilotti Rist on engaging viewers

Video artist Pipilotti Rist discusses the ways her work calls for audience engagement.

June 2004
Pipilotti Rist discusses her artistic process

Video artist Pipilotti Rist discusses her artistic process and working methods.

June 2004
Pipilotti Rist on her Innocent Collection

Video artist Pipilotti Rist discusses objects from her ongoing Innocent Collection (1988–present). 

June 2004
2x4's logo for the Brooklyn Museum

This video animation presents the logo for the Brooklyn Museum created by the design collective 2x4.

December 2003
Chris Johanson on The Sunlight of the Spirit Is the Warmth of Love

Artist Chris Johanson discusses The Sunlight of the Spirit Is the Warmth of Love (2004), a monumental commission he created for SFMOMA.

December 2003
Chris Johanson describes his creative process

Artist Chris Johanson discusses his creative process and working methods.

December 2003
Romare Bearden on his imagery and symbols

Romare Bearden talks about the symbolism and themes explored in his work.

December 2003
  • Romare Bearden
Nashormeh Lindo on the Harlem Renaissance

Artist and art educator Nashormeh Lindo discusses the Harlem Renaissance and its influence around the world.

December 2003
  • Romare Bearden
Nashormeh Lindo on Romare Bearden as a mentor

Artist and art educator Nashormeh Lindo talks about Bearden's role as mentor for Black artists. Includes photographs by Frank Stewart.

December 2003
  • Romare Bearden
Nashormeh Lindo on Romare Bearden and activism

Artist and art educator Nashormeh Lindo discusses the March on Washington and Romare Bearden's support of artists involved in the Spiral Group.

December 2003
  • Romare Bearden
Moholy-Nagy's Lichtspiel Schwarz-Weiss-Grau (Lightplay Black-White-Gray)

This short film made by László Moholy-Nagy is based on the shadow patterns created by his Light-Space Modulator, an early kinetic sculpture consisting of a variety of…

August 2003
Philip Guston and Abstract Expressionism

Curator Michael Auping discusses the relationship between Philip Guston's work and Abstract Expressionism.

June 2003