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Building Our Future: SFMOMA Expands

Did you know SFMOMA is expanding? We're building our future, with a new expansion to open in early 2016. Open, engaging, welcoming, and embracing, the expansion represents a…

December 2012
Chuck Close explains why he follows a grid

Throughout his career as an artist, Chuck Close has relied heavily on grids to create his large-scale portraits. In this discussion of his process Close compares himself to a…

December 2012
Chuck Close on his physical challenges

Artist Chuck Close describes the accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair. The painter discusses the ways he has adapted his art practice…

December 2012
Chuck Close on the "primordial ooze" that shaped his work and that of his contemporaries

Artist Chuck Close discusses the ways his work intersects with that of Richard Serra, Sol LeWitt, and composer Philip Glass, and considers the shared interests that emerged as they…

December 2012
David Goldblatt on his photographic series In Boksburg

David Goldblatt reflects on the ways photography has helped him process the experience of living under apartheid. His series In Boksburg documents life in a South African suburb in…

November 2012
Kevin Killian and Poets' Theater Present Wet Paint

THEY INVENTED A NEW KIND OF ART...AND A NEW KIND OF SEX TO GO WITH IT! Killian's Wet Paint tells the story of Jay DeFeo and San Francisco's bohemian underground with a cast of…

November 2012
David Goldblatt describes the world of Billy Monk

Billy Monk had no formal training in photography when he began taking pictures of the patrons at the Catacombs, a seedy nightclub in Cape Town, South Africa, where he worked as a…

November 2012
David Goldblatt tells the story of Ernest Cole

Under apartheid, the system of racial segregation that shaped South African society from 1928 until 1994, photographer Ernest Cole was able to change his classification from…

November 2012
David Goldblatt on his photographic series Ex-Offenders

David Goldblatt discusses his series Ex-Offenders, for which he photographed former criminals or ex-offenders on parole, often at the sites where their crimes occurred. Moved by the…

November 2012
Jim Campbell: Transmitted in light

San Francisco-based artist Jim Campbell has been creating video and multimedia art for the past three decades. His installation Exploded Views, which has been on view in…

October 2012
Naoya Hatakeyama on his series Ciel Tombé (Fallen Sky)

Naoya Hatakeyama discusses his photographic series Ciel Tombé, which captures the collapsed ceilings of the limestone tunnels below Paris. His fascination with the…

October 2012
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Naoya Hatakeyama on the sublime

Photographer Naoya Hatakeyama explains his approach to landscape photography in relation to the aesthetic concepts the beautiful and the sublime. For Hatakeyama, the sublime, which…

October 2012
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Tiffany Chung on the maps she created for Six Lines of Flight

Artist Tiffany Chung was commissioned to produce maps of the six international cities featured in the exhibition Six Lines of Flight: Shifting Geographies in Contemporary Art. Here…

September 2012
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Futurefarmers on artistic collaboration and the Bay Area

Artists Amy Franceschini and Michael Swaine discuss the collaborative nature of their San Francisco-based artist collective Futurefarmers and explain the ways the unique culture of…

September 2012
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Futurefarmers make A Variation on the Powers of Ten

Futurefarmers discuss A Variation on the Powers of Ten, a project that draws inspiration from the 1968 documentary Powers of Ten by Charles and Ray Eames. The Eames film opens with…

September 2012
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Akram Zaatari considers Hashem el Madani's influence on his practice

Artist Akram Zaatari is one of the founders of the Arab Image Foundation, an organization dedicated to the collection and preservation of photographs taken in the Middle East that…

September 2012
Lamia Joreige on disappearance and the memories of war

Artist Lamia Joreige is deeply interested in exploring the cultural impact of the Lebanese Civil War (1975-90). Here she discusses the making of Here and Perhaps Elsewhere, a film…

September 2012
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Lamia Joreige describes life in Beirut, Lebanon

To create Beirut, Autopsy of a City artist Lamia Joreige researched the sieges, relics, occupations, and natural disasters of Beirut, Lebanon, beginning in 1200 BC and ending in AD…

September 2012
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Yto Barrada on life in Tangier, home to "a population that wants to leave"

Artist Yto Barrada discusses life in Tangier, a city poised on the northern coast of Morocco along the Strait of Gibraltar, the waterway separating Africa and Europe. Her series A

September 2012
Adrian Ghenie on his artistic schooling in Cluj, "the San Francisco of Transylvania"

Artist Adrian Ghenie talks about the curriculum at the Universitatea de Artă și Design Cluj-Napoca (Cluj-Napoca Art and Design University), which many artists in the city attended,…

September 2012
Adrian Ghenie on painting Nicolae Ceausescu

Nicolae Ceausescu, the last Communist leader in Romania, was in power from 1967 to 1989. Artist Adrian Ghenie discusses the challenges of painting a dictator and considers his work

September 2012
Adrian Ghenie on gallery Plan B and what to do when things fall apart

Artist Adrian Ghenie discusses the origins of Plan B, the art gallery based in Cluj and Berlin that he cofounded with fellow artist Mihai Pop in 2005.

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September 2012
Oscar Muñoz on the art scene in Cali, Colombia

Artist Oscar Muñoz discusses the artistic climate in Cali, Colombia. In 2005 he cofounded Cali's Lugar a Dudas (A Place to Doubt), an experimental art space and research…

September 2012
Oscar Muñoz on memory and disappearance

Artist Oscar Muñoz's work explores the relationship between images and memory. Often using materials that are ephemeral in nature — such as charcoal powder and water…

September 2012
Tuan Andrew Nguyen on returning to Vietnam and cofounding an art space

Artist Tuan Andrew Nguyen discusses the origins of Sàn Art, the independent art space that he cofounded in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Established by four "Viet…

September 2012
Tuan Andrew Nguyen on Viet Nam The World Tour

The Propeller Group is the artist collective responsible for Viet Nam The World Tour, a project that is challenging the global mindset toward Vietnam. Artist Tuan Andrew Nguyen…

September 2012
Akram Zaatari on the Arab Image Foundation

Artist Akram Zaatari considers the work of the Arab Image Foundation (AIF), an organization he cofounded in 1997 to collect, display, and preserve photographs from Arab countries.…

September 2012
Yto Barrada on the ways the Strait of Gibraltar shapes life in Tangier

Artist Yto Barrada discusses the complex realities of life in Tangier, a city poised on the northern coast of Morocco, along the Strait of Gibraltar. Barrada has visually explored…

September 2012
Richard T. Walker: the speed and eagerness of meaning (longer longing version)

Walker's meditative works combine spoken language, original music compositions, video, and photography to focus on the relationships among humans, language, and the environment.…

September 2012
D-L Alvarez and Kevin Killian: The Visitor Owl

This collaboration between writer Killian, visual artist Alvarez, and the San Francisco Poets Theater features hyperbolic reenactments of two seminal Sidney Poitier films about…

August 2012