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Upcoming Presentation

Alexandra Pirici: Re-collection

June 22–25
Floor 4
Tickets
Entry to this exhibition is included with general admission.

How can we remember a bird call, a painting, or even a monument that does not exist yet? In Alexandra Pirici’s live performative artwork Re-collection (2018–24), real and fictional references of lifeforms, artworks, songs, poetry, and sensations are remembered, combined, and recombined to be given new form and meaning by performers’ bodies. These objects, events, and memories, including ones specific to SFMOMA’s collection and the Bay Area’s history, become images in movement, actions, words, or sound.

Presented for the first time in SFMOMA’s galleries, this ongoing performative action brings together elements of dance, sculpture, spoken word, and music; it invites visitors to consider these recollections in relation to fixed modes of artwork display and traditional notions of a museum collection.

The live action will take place from noon to 4 p.m. daily and move across several galleries on Floor 4 within the Freeform: Experiencing Abstraction exhibition and the adjacent City Galleries corridor.
 
Performers: Lydia Clinton, Pangaea Colter, KJ Dahlaw, Aine Dorman, Victoria Kamala Fifield, Emily Hansel, Emma Lanier, Zihan Loo, Coral Martin, and Szu Yu Tuan.

Presentation Preview

Alexandra Pirici, Re-collection, 2018 (exhibition view, Kunsthalle Mannheim, 2020); © Alexandra Pirici; photo: Alexandra Pirici.
Alexandra Pirici, Re-collection, 2018–20 (exhibition view from Dance First Think Later – Rencontre entre danse et arts visuels, Museum of Art and History Geneva, 2020); © Alexandra Pirici; photo: Emmanuelle Bayart / Arta Sperto
Alexandra Pirici, Re-collection, 2018 (exhibition view, Kunsthalle Mannheim, 2020); © Alexandra Pirici; photo: Alexandra Pirici

Additional support for Alexandra Pirici: Re-collection is provided by Alison and Michael Mauzé.

Header image: Alexandra Pirici, Re-collection, ongoing performative action, 2018 (exhibition view, Chicago Architectural Biennial, 2019); © Alexandra Pirici; photo: Daris Jasper