In the weeks leading up to the temporary closure of SFMOMA's building on June 3, 2013, to allow for construction of its expansion, Jonn Herschend filmed Stories from the Evacuation (2013) on location at the museum. He interviewed staff members about their involvement with the relocation of the art collection, offices, and information server and also about their individual perspectives on the transition. In Herschend's resulting film, his behind-the-scenes examination becomes a departure point for a larger narrative exploring personal risk and change.
The film premieres on SFMOMA's website as part of the 2012 SECA Art Award exhibition, on view from September 14 through November 17, 2013, at various Bay Area locations. On November 14, 2013, Herschend will introduce the film in a screening at the Roxie Theater as part of SFMOMA's Live Projects 2.
Directed by Jonn Herschend
Written by Jonn Herschend and Jennifer Stuckert
Produced by Bradley Boyer, Max Fink, and Jonn Herschend
Director of photography: Shawn Michienzi
Original music: Silas Hite
Edited by Greg Janza
Sound design: Jeremiah Moore
Major support for the 2012 SECA Art Award: Zarouhie Abdalian, Josh Faught, Jonn Herschend, David Wilson is provided by SECA (Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art), an SFMOMA art interest group. Generous support is provided by Carlie Wilmans. Additional support is provided by the SECA Circle of Friends.