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Series of Educational Luncheons and Panel Discussions Feature Prominent Members of Arts Community


Released: February 16, 2012 ·

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)’s noontime lecture-and-luncheon series Art Sandwiched In returns this spring on March 13 and May 22 with two panel discussions exploring the curatorial process and the legacy of photography in San Francisco.

Organized by SFMOMA’s Modern Art Council (MAC)—the museum’s primary fund-raising auxiliary for over 75 years—this popular “education over lunch” series gathers artists, curators, and other leading members of the broader arts community to share their perspectives over an elegant seated lunch at the museum. This season’s panelists include prominent figures such as artist Richard Misrach, Jens Hoffmann of California College of the Arts (CCA), and Frish Brandt, director of Fraenkel Gallery.

The events begin promptly at noon and end by 1:30 p.m. Tickets start at $150. Reservations can be made by calling the Modern Art Council at 415.357.4125 or emailing mac@sfmoma.org.

Proceeds from Art Sandwiched In support SFMOMA’s exhibitions and also enable the museum to serve more than 50,000 students, teachers, and families each year through innovative education programs.

“We’re thrilled to have such great local talent share their insight for the series,” says Modern Art Council President Joni Binder Shwarts. “Given San Francisco’s global reputation as center for studies in photography and the profound curatorial work coming out of the city, the program is both particular to our region and a celebration of our place in the larger art world.”


From Inspiration to Realization: The Curatorial Process

Panelists include: Janet Bishop, curator of painting and sculpture, SFMOMA; Gary Garrels, Elise S. Haas Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture, SFMOMA; Jens Hoffmann, director, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, California College of the Arts; Constance Lewallen, adjunct curator, Berkeley Art Museum. Moderated by Ruth Berson, deputy museum director of curatorial affairs, SFMOMA.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012,  noon

The Schwab Room, SFMOMA

When visitors arrive at a museum exhibition, they see the manifestation of months, years, and sometimes decades of curatorial effort. The many steps it has taken to arrive at that point can be as intriguing as the exhibition itself. In this compelling panel, moderated by SFMOMA’s Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs Ruth Berson, a group of the Bay Area’s most accomplished curators reveal how some of San Francisco’s greatest exhibitions were conceived—and the lengths taken to put them together.


Expanding the Legacy of San Francisco Photography

Panelists include: Frish Brandt, director, Fraenkel Gallery; David Mahoney, SFMOMA Trustee and collector; Nion McEvoy, SFMOMA Trustee and publisher; Richard Misrach, photographer. Moderated by Corey Keller, associate curator of photography, SFMOMA.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012, noon

The Schwab Room, SFMOMA

San Francisco has been a world-class center for photography since the 1850s, mere years after the medium’s invention. The city has retained this stature over time, driven by innovative artists, public interest, local patrons, important art schools, and outstanding museums and galleries. How can San Francisco continue to grow as a center for photography? How will the city remain relevant in the global forum of photographic art? Panelists, including renowned local photographer Richard Misrach, will explore what is currently happening and what needs to be done to ensure that San Francisco stays at the forefront of photography.

Art Sandwiched In is organized by SFMOMA’s Modern Art Council. Special thanks to program wine sponsor, Smith-Madrone Vineyards & Winery.

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