Chad Coerver, director of publications, graphic design, and web at SFMOMA, talks about Anthony Hernandez's Oakland #1 from 2001. For him, the picture suggests something both monumental and ephemeral, evoking ancient Egyptian ruins as well as the ruins of Oakland's industrial past.
Remember the end of Manhattan, when Woody Allen asks himself what makes life worth living? In January 2010, during SFMOMA's three-day 75th anniversary celebration, 75 people from the Bay Area creative community gave extremely short talks — 7.5 minutes or less! — on a single collection work of their choosing. Someone called it "manic splendor" — and it was. You can view all of the talks on The Anniversary Show exhibition page. Or look for them here, on Open Space.