The thousands of artworks at SFMOMA offer countless opportunities to look closely and think deeply about some of the most amazing artists of our time. To celebrate both the artists on view in the newly expanded museum and the creative communities of the Bay Area, 50 Artists invites local artists and creative professionals to share how icons of modern and contemporary art matter to them. This week, SFMOMA’s own Robin Clark and Michelle Barger are joined by Marcie Begleiter and Karen Shapiro, the director and producer of the documentary film Eva Hesse, for a discussion on the Hesse’s groundbreaking work.
The film Eva Hesse will be screened at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on May 26–29. Visit YBCA.org for more information.
Robin Clark is the director of the Artist Initiative at SFMOMA, leading interdisciplinary collection research projects that involve deep collaboration with living artists. She is an art historian and curator whose work has long encompassed intersections of contemporary art and architecture. She was assistant curator and a contributing author to the Eva Hesse retrospective exhibition and catalogue produced by SFMOMA (SFMOMA and Yale University Press, 2002).
Michelle Barger is the head of conservation at SFMOMA, overseeing a department with specialization in five areas. Developing models of care for contemporary art is of particular interest to her, especially when integrating living artists. Eva Hesse and her latex and polyester works are subjects of specialized focus, and Barger has published on the artist’s use of ephemeral materials and the subsequent challenges in collections care. Barger holds a BA in art history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a MS in art conservation from the University of Delaware/Winterthur Museum.
Marcie Begleiter is the director of the film Eva Hesse. Begleiter’s other projects include authoring the play Meditations: Eva Hesse and directing the short film Eva Hesse, Walking the Edge, on commission for the Hamburger Kunsthalle in 2014. Her book From Word to Image: Storyboarding and the Filmmaking Process is a bestseller, and she is the recipient of numerous grants, including an NEA project grant and a Durfee Foundation award.
Karen Shapiro is the producer of the film Eva Hesse. Shapiro’s other films include the Academy Award winning Violet, the film festival hit Beat the Drum, and the romantic comedy The Neighbor. She has produced film, television, theater, and music, including the Emmy Award winning television movies Other Mothers and Between Mother and Daughter, the reality series Unsolved Mysteries, and the documentaries Awake and Sing and Together As One.