Field Conditions

September 1, 2012–January 6, 2013

Can there be architecture without buildings? What if a wall or a floor went on forever? What happens when people move through a room? From immersive installations to intricate drawings, the works in Field Conditions pose provocative questions about the construction, experience, and representation of space. This exhibition assembles an array of projects by both noted architects and contemporary artists — including Stan Allen, Tauba Auerbach, Sol LeWitt, Daniel Libeskind, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Lebbeus Woods, and others — that redefine the relationships between invisible and visible, field and boundary, finite and infinite. Field Conditions invites us to imagine beyond the frame.

Lebbeus Wood, white lightning shapes on black background
Thom Faulders, Cluster Diagram
Casey Reas, white web structures on black background
Marsha Cottrell, Hypothetical Place 2
Marsha Cottrell, white line drawing on top of starry sky
Tauba Auerbach and Rafael Lozano-Hemmer installation view

Lebbeus Woods, Conflict Space 3, 2006; collection SFMOMA, purchase through a gift of anonymous donors and the Accessions Committee Fund; © Lebbeus Woods

Thom Faulders, Cluster Diagram, 2001; collection SFMOMA, Accessions Committee Fund purchase; © Thom Faulders

Casey Reas, Process 7 (detail), 2010; courtesy the artist; © Casey Reas

Marsha Cottrell, Hypothetical Place 2, 2002; collection SFMOMA, Accessions Committee Fund purchase; © Marsha Cottrell

Marsha Cottrell, A Black Powder Rains Down Gently On My Sleepless Night (detail), 2012; courtesy the artist; © Marsha Cottrell

Tauba Auerbach, 50/50 Floor (installation view), 2008; courtesy the artist; photo: Matthew Millman

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Homographies (installation view), 2006; courtesy the artist, Galera OMR, and bitforms gallery; photo: Matthew Millman