Founded in 1995 through the generosity of Phyllis Wattis, this annual program brings influential artists and thinkers to SFMOMA. This year's distinguished lecturer is 2007 Venice Biennale director Robert Storr, former senior curator of painting and sculpture at New York's Museum of Modern Art.
With plans for the 2007 Venice Biennale under way, Storr knows well the challenges inherent in mounting a major international survey exhibition. Organizers of the Biennale wrestle with numerous aesthetic, cultural, and political dilemmas as they search for artworks that will reflect the state of contemporary art in dozens of countries around the world spanning a two-year period. In this special evening program, Storr shares insights gleaned from his experience as director of the 2007 Biennale and reflects upon the role of such highly anticipated surveys.