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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
My Barbarian: Broke People's Baroque Peoples' Theater

My Barbarian animates theatrical styles from Baroque spectacle to camp drag to riff on the absurdities of the American financial crisis. In a performance of wastefulness,…

August 2012
Cliff Hengst: Maybe

Hengst is a San Francisco-based painter and performance artist. Here he presents a series of new and revisited solo works, including Stink Bomb, I Am a Tree, and Elvis. Hengst's…

August 2012
Anne McGuire: Music Again

Drawing on her earlier video work I Am Crazy and You're Not Wrong (1997), Bay Area artist McGuire develops an in-gallery television special where live, simulcast, and recorded…

August 2012
Margaret Tedesco: Cameo. Nights, and night

Tedesco works across performance, installation, and photography. In her weekend appearances she draws on and restages her 2005 work Cameo, in which a woman translates…

July 2012
Shana Moulton and Nick Hallett: Whispering Pines 10

Moulton's alternate persona, Cynthia, moves between domestic spaces, technology, and mental (if colorful) breakdown in her ongoing video series. In Whispering Pines 10, she inhabits…

July 2012
Robert Longo on Untitled Film Still #25, 1978

Robert Longo is an American painter and sculptor who studied art at Buffalo State College in the early 1970s, when Sherman was also a student there. He is one of various artists,…

July 2012
Douglas Crimp on Untitled Film Still #60, 1980

Douglas Crimp is an art critic and professor of art history at the University of Rochester. He is one of various artists, writers, and scholars who were invited by The Museum of…

July 2012
Helene Winer on Untitled #474, 2008

Helene Winer is one of the owners and founders of Metro Pictures Gallery, which has represented Cindy Sherman and shown her work since the gallery's first show in 1980. She is one…

July 2012
Glenn D. Lowry on Untitled #263, 1992

Art historian Glenn D. Lowry is the director of The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York. He is one of various artists, writers, and scholars who were invited by MoMA to comment…

July 2012
Eva Respini on Untitled #466, 2008

Eva Respini is an associate curator at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, and the curator of the exhibition Cindy Sherman. She is one of various artists, writers, and…

July 2012
Johanna Burton on Untitled #299, 1994

Johanna Burton is an art historian and critic and the director of the graduate program at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. She is one of various artists, writers,…

July 2012
Ingrid Sischy on Untitled #479, 1975

Ingrid Sischy is a writer and contributing editor for Vanity Fair and editor of Vanity Fair International. She is one of various artists, writers, and scholars who were invited by…

July 2012
Dodie Kazanjian on Untitled Film Still #48, 1979

Dodie Kazanjian is a contributing editor for Vogue magazine who has been covering the art world for the past two decades. She is one of various artists, writers, and scholars who…

July 2012
Marilyn Minter on Untitled #351, 2000

Marilyn Minter is a painter, photographer, and video artist whose painting Strut is a part of SFMOMA's permanent collection. She is one of various artists, writers, and scholars…

July 2012
Marina Abramović on Untitled #90, 1981

Marina Abramović is a performance artist who began her career in the early 1970s and has been referred to as "the grandmother of performance art." She is one of various…

July 2012
Cindy Sherman goes shopping

Photographer Cindy Sherman is known for transforming herself for the camera. In this clip, Sherman goes shopping at a used clothing store for items that will help her create new…

July 2012
Cindy Sherman's workshop

Photographer Cindy Sherman's studio is filled with costumes for the many characters portrayed in her work. In this clip Sherman gives us a tour of the storage space that houses…

July 2012
Parra's Weirded Out

Graphic artist Parra talks about the mural he created for SFMOMA's second-floor landing. Discussing his hybridized characters and custom typography, Parra explains the sentence:…

July 2012
Trevor Paglen on the Yosemite tradition

Photographer Trevor Paglen explains the legacy of photography in the American West and its close ties to surveillance and the U.S. Department of War. The artist walks us through…

July 2012
Trevor Paglen explains "black sites"

Photographer Trevor Paglen explains his process of trying to capture "black sites" — places that intelligence agencies and the military claim do not exist. Paglen…

July 2012
Robert Arneson's Portrait of George (Moscone)

SFMOMA curator Gary Garrels tells the story of Robert Arneson's infamous portrait of former San Francisco mayor George Moscone. The sculpture has had a tumultuous history:…

May 2012
Alejandro Cartagena on Lost Rivers, from the series Suburbia Mexicana

Photographer Alejandro Cartagena explains the process of shooting his Lost Rivers photographs. These images, which focus on the effects of unplanned development on Mexico's…

May 2012
Pablo López Luz on shooting the landscape of Mexico City

Photographer Pablo López Luz talks about the aerial views of Mexico City in his series Terrazo (Terrain). Luz considers these works in relation to the art historical…

May 2012
Daniela Rossell on her book Ricas y Famosas (Rich and Famous)

Photographer Daniela Rossell describes the genesis of the book Ricas y Famosas (Rich and Famous), which features somewhat infamous photographs of wealthy Mexican women. She…

May 2012
Daniela Rossell on femininity

Photographer Daniela Rossell uses examples from her series Ricas y Famosas (Rich and Famous) to work through her own thoughts on the contemporary state of femininity,…

May 2012
Stephen Shore Artist Talk

In 1972 self-taught photographer Stephen Shore set out from his native New York City to Amarillo, Texas, on the first of what would become a decade's worth of road trips across…

April 2012
Parra Mural Time-Lapse

This time-lapse video documents the Dutch graphic artist Parra at work on his mural Weirded Out on SFMOMA's second-floor landing over the course of several days. The site-specific…

March 2012
Bill Fontana on his early influences

Artist Bill Fontana on the physical settings, people, and philosophies that inspire his sound sculptures.

March 2012