From March 9 through June 2, 2013, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) will present New Work: Trisha Donnelly, the artist’s first solo exhibition in San Francisco. Working across a wide range of media—video, sound, photography, drawing, and sculpture—Donnelly gives optical and sonic expression to that which lies just beyond the reach of visual intelligibility but is felt and present nonetheless. This exhibition, spanning two of SFMOMA’s second-floor galleries, features new videos by Donnelly, shown here for the first time, that she has been working on for several years. In addition, a continually changing audio form is included titled The Shield (2007 – ongoing). In the videos, she forges a cycle fluctuating between still and moving states in an attempt to “bend motion into object.”
The exhibition is organized by Apsara DiQuinzio, former assistant curator of painting and sculpture at SFMOMA and now curator of modern and contemporary art and Phyllis C. Wattis MATRIX Curator at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.
About Trisha Donnelly
Born in San Francisco in 1974, Trisha Donnelly received a BFA from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1995 and an MFA from Yale University School of Art in 2000. She recently curated Artist’s Choice: Trisha Donnelly at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the tenth iteration of the Artist’s Choice series. She has had solo exhibitions at Air de Paris, Paris; Casey Kaplan Gallery, New York; Eva Presenhuber Gallery, Zurich; Portikus, Frankfurt; the Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; The Renaissance Society, Chicago; The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin; Modern Art Oxford; Artpace, San Antonio; and Kunsthalle Zürich. Over the last decade, she has participated in many group exhibitions, including Documenta 13; ILLUMInations, 54th Venice Biennale; The Quick and the Dead, Walker Art Center; Il Tempo del Postino, Manchester and Basel, among others.
About SFMOMA’s New Work Series
From its inception in 1987, SFMOMA’s New Work series was conceived as an important vehicle for the advancement of new art forms. Artists such as Matthew Barney, Marilyn Minter, and Christopher Wool were given their first solo museum exhibitions through the program. Over the ensuing decade, New Work featured artists such as Glenn Ligon, Kerry James Marshall, Tatsuo Miyajima, Doris Salcedo, Luc Tuymans, Kara Walker, and Andrea Zittel, among many others. After a four-year hiatus, SFMOMA reintroduced the New Work series in 2004 and has since showcased work by Richard Aldrich, Phil Collins, Vincent Fecteau, Rachel Harrison, Lucy McKenzie, Wangechi Mutu, Anna Parkina, Mai-Thu Perret, R. H. Quaytman, Mika Rottenberg, Felix Schramm, Ranjani Shettar, Paul Sietsema, Katharina Wulff, and Alessandro Pessoli.
After June 2, 2013, when SFMOMA will temporarily close its building for construction on the museum’s expansion project, the New Work series will continue along with an extensive slate of off-site exhibitions and programming.
The New Work series is organized by SFMOMA and is generously supported by Collectors Forum, the founding patron of the series. Generous support is provided by Martha and Bruce Atwater and Robin Wright and Ian Reeves. Additional support is provided by an anonymous donor, the Betlach Family Foundation, and the Graue Family Foundation.