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SFMOMA's Live Art Program Presents Fritz Haeg's Animal Estates

Released: June 17, 2008 · Download (25 KB PDF)

Weekly Workshops Offered Sundays in July
Free for Families on July 6 and 20


Artist and architect Fritz Haeg brings his project Animal Estates to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art as part of the program Live Art at SFMOMA. The site-specific project, which debuted at the 2008 Whitney Biennial, creates model dwellings for animals that have been displaced by humans. As animal habitats dwindle, Animal Estates proposes their reintroduction into our cities, strip malls, office parks, and front yards.

Model homes will be made for local animal “clients” during a series of weekly workshops open to the public. The workshops will feature presentations by local experts on each of the animal clients, plus animal-related sound, movement, writing, and garment-making activities.

Live Art at SFMOMA is an initiative to transform the nature of the museum’s live public programming to fully support the event-driven and performance-based nature of contemporary art.


Born in 1969 in Saint Cloud, Minnesota, Fritz Haeg is now a Los Angeles-based architect and artist. Haeg applies his skills to diverse artistic and curatorial practices that include designing houses, leading a peripatetic educational center, facilitating grassroots political activism, and experimenting in radical gardening. His project Edible Estates has helped lead a movement to create vegetable and fruit gardens on suburban front lawns. He has exhibited work at the Tate Modern in London and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, among others.


Sunday, July 6 ● 11 am.–3 p.m. (California slender salamander) Free Family Studio!
Sunday, July 13 ● 11 am–3 p.m. (peregrine falcon)
Sunday, July 20 ● 11 am–3 p.m. (California quail) Free Family Studio!
Sunday, July 27 ● 11 am–3 p.m. (California sea lion)


San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third Street, San Francisco
Koret Visitor Education Center


For more information, call 415.357.4000.

Support for Live Art at SFMOMA is provided by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Major support for family programs is provided by The Wallace Foundation. Generous support for school, youth, and family programs is provided by Wells Fargo Foundation. Additional sup¬port is provided by Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., the S. H. Cowell Foundation, the McKesson Foundation, Rob¬ert Stewart Odell and Helen Pfieffer Odell Fund, the San Francisco Foundation, the Compton Foundation, Inc., the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, the Stanley S. Langendorf Foundation, The McGraw-Hill Companies, The Morrison & Foerster Foundation, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Vodafone–US Foundation, Washington Mutual, and the S.D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation.

Jill Lynch 415.357.4172 jilynch@sfmoma.org
Clara Hatcher Baruth 415.357.4177 chatcher@sfmoma.org
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