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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.

Remember…

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
75 Reasons to Live: B. Ruby Rich on Edward Weston's Legs in Hammock, Laguna

B. Ruby Rich is a film critic, festival programmer, and cultural theorist. Looking at Edward Weston's Legs in Hammock, Laguna (1937), she uncovers stories about the woman in the…

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Renée Green on On Kawara's MAR. 16, 1993, from the "Today" Series

Renée Green is an artist, writer, and filmmaker, and her talk is on On Kawara's MAR. 16, 1993, from the "Today" Series (1993). Describing Kawara's…

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

Rudolf Frieling is curator of media arts at SFMOMA. His talk about Felix Gonzalez-Torres's "Untitled" (Golden) (1995) touches on jealousy, fluidity, value,…

January 2010
75 Reasons to Live: Glen Helfand on Ed Ruscha's Thirty-four Parking Lots in Los Angeles

Writer, educator, and curator Glen Helfand speaks about Ed Ruscha's book Thirty-four Parking Lots in Los Angeles from 1967. Helfand, a child of Southern California, finds a…

January 2010
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