Discussion Questions: Robert Arneson’s Portrait of George (Moscone)

Robert Arneson, Portrait of George (Moscone), 1981; collection SFMOMA, Phyllis C. Wattis Fund for Major Accessions; acquisition made in memory of Jay Cooper; © Estate of Robert Arneson / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

  1. What can you tell from looking at this work about the story of George Moscone, the person depicted?
  2. If this work could speak, what would it say? What do you see that makes you say that?
  3. Have you seen other commemorative sculptures—perhaps more traditional ones? If yes, how does this work look like (or differ from) them?
  4. If this work is the artist’s half of a conversation with you, what would you want to say back to the artist?

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