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75 Reasons to Live

In January 2010, over the course of a three-day weekend, we invited 75 people to give talks of 7.5 minutes or less, each on a single SFMOMA collection work. This series was originally produced by Open Space (2008-2021), SFMOMA's interdisciplinary publishing platform for artists, writers, community members, et al. Browse the full Open Space archives here for features, interdisciplinary projects, and beautiful vestiges of the blogosphere.
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75 Reasons to Live: Rudolf Frieling on Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s “Untitled” (Golden)
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75 Reasons to Live: Neal Benezra on Clyfford Still’s Untitled [formerly Self-Portrait]
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75 Reasons to Live: Apsara DiQuinzio on Cady Noland’s Enquirer Page with Eyes Cut Out
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75 Reasons to Live: Robert Bechtle on Richard Diebenkorn’s Coffee
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75 Reasons to Live: Kevin Killian on Andy Warhol’s National Velvet
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75 Reasons to Live: Rex Ray on Andy Warhol’s Self-Portrait
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75 Reasons to Live: Michelle Tea on Andy Warhol’s Self-Portrait
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75 Reasons to Live: Chad Coerver on Anthony Hernandez’s Oakland #1
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75 Reasons to Live: Lisa Sutcliffe on Penelope Umbrico’s 5,377,183 Suns from Flickr (Partial) 4/28/09
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75 Reasons to Live: Yves Béhar on Barry McGee’s Untitled
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75 Reasons to Live: Whitney Chadwick on Ed Ruscha’s Every Building on the Sunset Strip
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75 Reasons to Live: Trevor Paglen on Will Rogan’s Untitled, from the series Public Sculpture
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75 Reasons to Live: Tony Labat on Howard Fried’s Inside the Harlequin: Approach-Avoidance III and II
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75 Reasons to Live: Suzanne Stein on Constant’s New Babylon
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75 Reasons to Live: Stephen Hartman on Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s “Untitled” (Golden)
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75 Reasons to Live: Stephanie Syjuco on Sherrie Levine’s La Fortune (After Man Ray)
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75 Reasons to Live: Stephanie Hanor on Bruce Conner’s SOUND OF ONE HAND ANGEL
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75 Reasons to Live: Sarah Roberts on Terry Fox’s Pendulum Spit Bite
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75 Reasons to Live: Sanjit Sethi on Augustus William Ericson’s Slab of Redwood for a London Dining Table Designed to Seat Forty Guests—Diameter 15 Feet
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75 Reasons to Live: Sandra Phillips on Alfred Stieglitz’s Georgia O’Keeffe — Neck
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75 Reasons to Live: Sam Green on Unknown artist’s Untitled [Women Racing]
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75 Reasons to Live: Rick Prelinger on Willard E. Worden’s Observatory in Ruins, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
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75 Reasons to Live: Renny Pritikin on Robert Arneson’s Harvey
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75 Reasons to Live: Renée Green on On Kawara’s MAR. 16, 1993, from the Today series
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75 Reasons to Live: Rebecca Solnit on Jay DeFeo’s The Verónica
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75 Reasons to Live: Raelle Myrick-Hodges on John Collier Jr.’s Bureau with Portraits and Mementos (and self-portrait), Picuris Pueblo, NM
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75 Reasons to Live: Rachel Rosen on Eadweard Muybridge’s Panorama of Francisco from California Street Hill
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75 Reasons to Live: Peter Samis on Wright Morris’s Storefronts, Western Kansas
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75 Reasons to Live: Pamela Z on Robert Rauschenberg’s Collection (formerly Untitled)
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75 Reasons to Live: Michelle Barger on Doris Salcedo’s Unland: irreversible witness
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75 Reasons to Live: Meg Shiffler on Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s “Untitled” (America #1)
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75 Reasons to Live: Martin Venezky on Unknown artist’s Untitled [California Rancher/Cowboy in Front of a Backdrop]
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75 Reasons to Live: Margaret Tedesco on Claude Cahun’s Untitled (Self-Portrait)
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75 Reasons to Live: Mark Jensen on Bruce Nauman’s Wax Impressions of the Knees of Five Famous Artists
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75 Reasons to Live: Lori Fogarty on Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Worker, Coachella Valley, California
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75 Reasons to Live: Lisa Robertson on Eva Hesse’s Sans II
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75 Reasons to Live: Leslie Shows on Arthur Dove’s Silver Ball No. 2
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75 Reasons to Live: Lawrence Rinder on Lebbeus Woods’s Quake City, from the San Francisco Project: Inhabiting the Quake
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75 Reasons to Live: Kota Ezawa on Jeff Koons’s Michael Jackson and Bubbles
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75 Reasons to Live: Kenneth Foster on Joanne Leonard’s Sad Dreams on Cold Mornings
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75 Reasons to Live: Kamau Patton on Nata Piaskowski’s Untitled [Playing Handball]
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75 Reasons to Live: Kaja Silverman on Robert Rauschenberg’s Cy + Roman Steps (I-V)
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75 Reasons to Live: Julio César Morales on Ansel Adams’s Diego Rivera Painting the Fresco “Still Life and Blossoming Almond Trees”
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75 Reasons to Live: Joseph Becker on Giovanni Pintori’s Poster
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75 Reasons to Live: Johnny Ray Huston on Diane Arbus’s Xmas Tree in a Living Room, Levittown, L.I.
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75 Reasons to Live: John Zarobell on Bruce Conner’s LOOKING GLASS
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75 Reasons to Live: Jens Hoffmann on Felix Gonzalez Torres’s “Untitled” (America #1)
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75 Reasons to Live: Jennifer Sonderby on Leslie Shows’s Two Ways to Organize
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75 Reasons to Live: Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher on J. B. Blunk’s Invisible Presence
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75 Reasons to Live: Jennifer A. González on Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s Untitled
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75 Reasons to Live: Jeffrey Fraenkel on Diane Arbus’s A Young Brooklyn Family Going for a Sunday Outing, N.Y.C.
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75 Reasons to Live: Janet Bishop on Watercolors by schoolboys, ages 10-16, from the Chirodzo Art Centre, Southern Rhodesia, 1957
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75 Reasons to Live: Iain A. Boal on Elaine Mayes’s Interracial Couple and Baby, Golden Gate Park, August, 1968
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75 Reasons to Live: Henry Urbach on Ewan Gibbs’s San Francisco
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75 Reasons to Live: Glen Helfand on Ed Ruscha’s Thirty-four Parking Lots in Los Angeles
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75 Reasons to Live: Gary Garrels on Robert Ryman’s Untitled, 1958
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75 Reasons to Live: Ellen Arenson on Clyfford Still’s Untitled, 1951-52
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75 Reasons to Live: Duane R. Deterville on Pablo Picasso’s Tête de trois quarts (Head in Three-Quarter View)
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75 Reasons to Live: Dominic Willsdon on László Moholy-Nagy’s Vom Funkturm (From the Radio Tower)
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75 Reasons to Live: Craig Baldwin on Wallace Berman’s Semina 7
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75 Reasons to Live: Chris Sollars on Bruce Nauman’s Wax Impressions of the Knees of Five Famous Artists
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75 Reasons to Live: Chris Perez on Barry McGee’s Untitled
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75 Reasons to Live: Chip Lord on Terry Fox’s A Metaphor
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75 Reasons to Live: Catherine Wagner on Mike Mandel and Larry Sultan’s Untitled, from the installation Evidence
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75 Reasons to Live: Carrie Pilto on Henri Matisse’s La fille aux yeux verts (The Girl with Green Eyes)
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75 Reasons to Live: Carey Perloff on Robbert Flick’s Along Ocean Park, Looking West, Summer
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75 Reasons to Live: Bill Fontana on Dan Graham’s Double Cylinder (The Kiss)
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75 Reasons to Live: Beth Lisick on Chris Johanson’s Untitled (Figures with black presence)
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75 Reasons to Live: B. Ruby Rich on Edward Weston’s Legs in Hammock, Laguna
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75 Reasons to Live: Anne Walsh on Unknown artist’s Untitled [Women Racing]
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75 Reasons to Live: Anne McGuire on Anne Bremer’s Sentinels
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75 Reasons to Live: Allison Smith on J. Wilbur Sandison’s Quilt
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75 Reasons to Live: Megan Brian on Marilyn Minter’s Strut
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75 Reasons to Live: Lynn Hershman Leeson on Tina Modotti’s Convent of Tepotzolán, Mexico