Mike Mandel, Untitled, from the series Myself: Timed Exposures, 1971 (detail), printed 2015; courtesy the artist; © Mike Mandel
Exhibition

Mike Mandel

Good 70s

May 20–August 20, 2017

Floor 3

Good 70s explores the tongue-in-cheek, socially engaged work of conceptual artist and photographer Mike Mandel (American, b. 1950), focusing on projects he made during what was, for him, an incredibly productive decade. This exhibition includes photographs, books, and a film, all made during the same period he was collaborating with his friend, the photographer Larry Sultan. (A retrospective of Sultan’s work, Larry Sultan: Here and Home, which also includes some of the artists' collaborative work, is on view on floor 3 from April 15 to July 23, 2017.)

Some of Mandel's diverse projects from the 1970s include Myself: Timed Exposures (1971), in which he inserts himself into funny and commonplace situations; Seven Never Before Published Portraits of Edward Weston (1974), which reproduces correspondence he initiated with men named Edward Weston; his Baseball-Photographer Trading Cards (1975), featuring subjects such as Ansel Adams and Imogen Cunningham; and his book SF Giants: An Oral History (1979).

Support for Mike Mandel: Good 70s is provided by The Black Dog Foundation.

Header image: Mike Mandel, Untitled, from the series Myself: Timed Exposures, 1971 (detail), printed 2015; courtesy the artist; © Mike Mandel

Exhibition Preview

  • Artwork image, Mike Mandel, ​Myself: Timed Exposures​

    Mike Mandel, Untitled, from the series Myself: Timed Exposures, 1971, printed 2015; courtesy the artist; © Mike Mandel

  • Artwork image, Mike Mandel, Untitled, from the series People in Cars

    Mike Mandel, Untitled, from the portfolio People in Cars, 1970, printed 2014; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Accessions Committee Fund purchase; © Mike Mandel

  • Artwork image, ​Mike Mandel, Untitled, from the series Mrs. Kilpatric

    Mike Mandel, Untitled, from the series Mrs. Kilpatric, 1974; courtesy the artist; © Mike Mandel

  • Artwork image, ​Mike Mandel, Untitled, from the series Motels

    Mike Mandel, Untitled, from the series Motels, 1974, printed 2017; courtesy the artist; © Mike Mandel

  • Artwork image, Mike Mandel, Baseball photographer trading card Ansel Adams

    Mike Mandel, Baseball-Photographer Trading Card #21 (Ansel Adams), 1975; courtesy the artist; © Mike Mandel

  • Artwork image, ​Mike Mandel, Baseball-Photographer Trading Card #88 (Imogen Cunningham)

    Mike Mandel, Baseball-Photographer Trading Card #88 (Imogen Cunningham), 1975; courtesy the artist; © Mike Mandel

  • Artwork image, Mike Mandel, Untitled from SF Giants

    Mike Mandel, Untitled, from the series SF Giants: An Oral History, 1978–1979; courtesy the artist; © Mike Mandel

  • Artwork image, ​Mike Mandel, Untitled

    Mike Mandel, Untitled, from the series Prelude to Making Good Time, 1979, printed 2016; courtesy the artist; © Mike Mandel

Fake Letters, Real Friends

Learn how artist Mike Mandel and curator Sandra Phillips devised a creative alternative to the standard curatorial introduction for Mandel’s Good 70s boxed collection (2015).

Mike Mandel ♥ Baseball

The year was 1958: the Dodgers left Brooklyn for Los Angeles, the Giants left New York for San Francisco, and Mike Mandel — then eight years old and living in Los Angeles — fell in love with baseball. Mandel has turned to baseball as a subject several times in his career, as in his iconic Baseball-Photographer Trading Cards (1975) and his book SF Giants: An Oral History (1979).

Newsroom and Fake Newsroom

In 1983, Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel held the exhibition Newsroom at the Berkeley Art Museum. The installation consisted of electronic news and wire service machines from Associated Press and United Press International, which together established a mock newsroom. They collected, sorted, and reconfigured incoming news imagery to subvert mass media channels and explore shifts in photographic meaning. In Fake Newsroom, a recreation currently taking place at Minnesota Street Project, artists Jason Fulford, Jim Goldberg, and Dru Donovan serve as guest editors using images from the Associated Press feed to generate a daily edition online and within the exhibition space.

Art Accomplices: Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel

Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel first met as MFA students at the San Francisco Art Institute. Over the next thirty years, their artistic partnership produced an impressive body of work as well as a lifelong friendship. Explore their respective careers and collaborative conceptual projects, which are alternately ironic, subversive, wry, surrealistic, and poignant.