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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
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