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, Jess Genevieve Bailey and Danny Smith offer a unique perspective on Agnes Martin's abstract paintings. Medievalists collaborating in the space of a modern and contemporary art museum, Bailey and Smith explore questions of form, mysticism, architectural space and installation, and minimalism.
Bailey is an art history and medieval studies PhD student at the University of California at Berkeley. Her work engages feminist histories of the body in the visual and material culture of the medieval west. Smith is a PhD candidate in the department of art and art history at Stanford University, where he studies architecture and the built–environment in late–medieval Europe. His research explores depictions of architecture in fourteenth-century Italy. Together, Bailey and Smith are the co-organizers of the 2017 Berkeley/Stanford Symposium Not at Home: Migration, Pilgrimage, and Displacement in Art, Design, and Visual Culture, held at SFMOMA on April 8 and open to the public.