Six Lines of Flight

Shifting Geographies in Contemporary Art
September 15–December 31, 2012

This international group exhibition convenes artists from six cities around the globe that have become burgeoning artistic centers: Beirut, Lebanon; Cali, Colombia; Cluj, Romania; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; San Francisco, United States; and Tangier, Morocco. All of these places have active art communities that extend beyond their own regions to become international places of exchange. The exhibition showcases the work of artists who have developed institutions, collectives, or associations that have had a major impact on their respective communities; the contributing artists include Yto Barrada, Tiffany Chung, Wilson Diaz, Futurefarmers, Adrian Ghenie, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Helena Producciones, Lamia Joreige, Dinh Q. Lê, Victor Man, Oscar Muñoz, Ciprian Muresan, Luis Ospina and Carlos Mayolo, The Propeller Group, Graziella and Jalal Toufic, and Akram Zaatari. In bringing together work by artists whose efforts have anchored each city’s cultural scene, this exhibition illuminates the dynamic, global, interconnected spirit of 21st-century art.

Six Lines of Flight: Shifting Geographies in Contemporary Art is organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Major support is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Creative Work Fund, Pat and Bill Wilson, and SFMOMA’s Collectors Forum. Generous support is provided by the Betlach Family Foundation and the Trust for Mutual Understanding.

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

Dinh W. L, video still of crowd waving Vietnamese flag
Adrian Ghenie, The Trial
Carlos Mayolo and Luis Ospina, photo of man covered in straps with arms up in front of hut
Yto Barrada, men climbing rock crossing border with young boy in foreground
Tiffany Chung, Growth of Cali city boundaries
Akram Zaatari, installation shot of Twenty-Eight Nights and a Poem

Dinh Q. L, Sound and Fury (still), 2012; courtesy the artist; Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Los Angeles; PPOW Gallery, New York; and Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, Oregon; © Dinh Q. L

Adrian Ghenie, The Trial, 2010; collection SFMOMA, gift of the artist and Mihai Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles; photo: Ben Blackwell; © Adrian Ghenie

Carlos Mayolo and Luis Ospina, Agarrando pueblo (aka The Vampires of Poverty) (production photo), 1978; courtesy Luis Ospina; photo: Eduardo Carvajal

Yto Barrada, Frontire de Sebta Passage clandestin vers lenclave espagnole de Sebta, Tanger Ceuta Border (Illegally Crossing the Border into the Spanish Enclave of Ceuta, Tangier), 1999; collection SFMOMA, purchase through a gift of Mark McCain in honor of Frish Brandt; photo: Ben Blackwell; © Yto Barrada

Tiffany Chung, The Growth of Cali city boundaries: 1780, 1880, 1921, 1930, 1937, 1951, 2012; courtesy the artist and Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York; photo: Ben Blackwell; © Tiffany Chung

Akram Zaatari, Twenty-Eight Nights and a Poem, 2010; courtesy the artist and Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut and Hamburg; © Akram Zaatari