Reinventing the Family Album
Tuesdays, September 6–October 4
General public $250; members $220
Led by photographers Janet Delaney and Stephen McLaren, participants in Reinventing the Family Album will use their personal family photographs to construct their own narratives and learn about the processes artists employ when creating a body of work.
Techniques for editing, sequencing and presenting digital or print media within the context of the family album will be discussed. Over the course of five weeks participants will develop projects with their instructors, participate in interactive lectures and have the special opportunity to study stored works from the SFMOMA collection relevant to the topic of photographing the family.
Janet Delaney is a fine art photographer. She is currently documenting the rapid transformation of the SoMa district of San Francisco. A mother of two, she has photographed her family extensively. Delaney has received three National Endowment for the Arts Grants. Her photographs are in museum collections, including SFMOMA’s permanent collection, and have been shown both nationally and internationally. In 2013 she published South of Market with Mack of London. In 2015, this series was exhibited in a one-person show at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. Delaney taught at UC Berkeley for 15 years and, in 2015, in the undergraduate and graduate programs at the San Francisco Art Institute.
Stephen McLaren has been a freelance photographer, writer and curator since 2005. Before this he was a television producer and director working on documentaries in the UK. Over the last few years he has written several books on photography, the most recent being Family Photography Now, published by Thames and Hudson. McLaren writes about modern photographic practice for the British Journal of Photography and IMA Japan. He has taught photography classes at Tate Liverpool, The School of Life in London and The Guardian newspaper.
Various Small Books: Reading and Making Artists’ Books
Tuesdays, October 18–November 15
General public $250; members $220
Led by Kathleen Walkup and Barbara Rominski, this hands-on workshop will explore creative thinking around the book as a vehicle for artistic expression through reading, viewing and making artists’ books. Participants will develop conceptual ideas that can be realized through a series of classic and innovative book structures using basic bookmaking techniques such as cutting, folding, gluing and binding. While gaining deeper insight into the medium through hands-on projects, participants will also join in interactive lectures and have the special opportunity to study and handle works from the SFMOMA Research Library’s Special Collection of artists’ books.
Kathleen Walkup is a writer, curator and Professor of Book Art and Director of the Book Art Program at Mills College, where she teaches typography and letterpress printing, artists’ bookmaking and book history. Other teaching includes Stanford University, Camberwell College of Art, London, City College of San Francisco and University of Georgia’s campus in Cortona, Italy. Her essay The Book is a Public Place appears in the anthology Threads (2016). She curated Hand, Voice & Vision: Books from Women’s Studio Workshop and was a 2015 Stephen Botein Fellow at the American Antiquarian Society.
Barbara Rominski, current Director of Archives with the San Francisco Opera, was the head of the SFMOMA Research Library and Archives from 2003–2016. In this role, she built the library’s artists’ book collection, supported Bay Area book artists and publishers through the comprehensive collecting of their work and shared the collection through interactive lectures with artists, historians and students from all over the Bay Area.