Upcoming Exhibition

Tauba Auerbach

S v Z

Winter 2021

Floor 4

Entry to this exhibition is included with general admission.

Tauba Auerbach tests the boundaries of perception through an art and design practice grounded in math, science, and craft. Her multifaceted interests often focus on issues of duality, interconnectedness, rhythm, and form, and intersect with questions about the structure of the universe. This exhibition, the artist’s first museum survey, spans 16 years of her career and highlights the relationships between the range of media and concepts she considers. Included are compositions that explore the properties of letters and symbols; drawings, books, and large-scale installations that complicate binary relationships; trompe l’oeil paintings that experiment with depth and dimension; weavings and glass sculptures composed of various waveforms; and videos that interpret theories in quantum physics.

Based in New York, Auerbach is a Bay Area native and a 2008 SECA Art Award recipient. S v Z is a synthesis of her entire body of work to date — as a title, it uses the letters “S” and “Z” formally to relay her long-standing consideration of various symmetries. The “v” in between the letters is the symbol in mathematical logic for the “inclusive or,” shifting the relational aspect to “S and or Z”. Auerbach designed this immersive presentation, along with an in-depth catalogue that serves as both an artist book and an index of work, process, and references, created in collaboration with graphic designer David Reinfurt. The Auerglass Organ (2009), a two-person collaborative pump organ designed and developed with the musician Cameron Mesirow (also known as Glasser), will be performed throughout the run of the exhibition.

Exhibition Preview

Tauba Auerbach, Untitled (Fold), 2012; Collection of Maurice and Paul Marciano; ©️ Tauba Auerbach; photo: Steven Probert
Tauba Auerbach, Grain – Meander Arc, 2018; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, promised gift of Joachim and Nancy Hellman Bechtle;
© Tauba Auerbach; photo: Vergard Kleven
Tauba Auerbach in collaboration with Cameron Mesirow, A.K.A. Glasser, Auerglass Organ, 2009; collection of the artist;
© Tauba Auerbach; photo: Max Farago
Tauba Auerbach, F, 2004; collection of the artist; © Tauba Auerbach; photo: Benjamin Blackwell
Tauba Auerbach, A Flexible Fabric of Inflexible Parts, 2018; courtesy the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York;
© Tauba Auerbach; photo: Steven Probert
Tauba Auerbach, Shadow Weave – Metamaterial/Slice Ray, 2013; private collection; © Tauba Auerbach; photo: Steven Probert

Exhibition Catalogue

Part artist's book, part exhibition catalog, this book chronicles Tauba Auerbach’s multimedia syntheses of abstraction, science, graphic design, and typography.
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Major support for Tauba Auerbach — S v Z is provided by Gay-Lynn and Robert Blanding and SFMOMA’s Collectors’ Forum.

Generous support is provided by Martha and Bruce Atwater, Joachim and Nancy Hellman Bechtle, Jim Breyer and Angela Chao, Katherine Harbin Clammer and Adam Clammer, Fotene Demoulas and Tom Coté, Roberta and Steve Denning, the Elaine McKeon Endowed Exhibition Fund, Gina and Stuart Peterson, The Sanger Family Architecture and Design Exhibition Fund, Lydia Shorenstein, Sheri and Paul Siegel, and Sonya Yu and Zachary Lara.

Meaningful support is provided by Thomas and Lily Beischer, Dolly and George Chammas, and Agnes Gund.

Header image: Tauba Auerbach, Pilot Wave Induction III, 2018 (clip); courtesy the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York; © Tauba Auerbach