75 Reasons to Live: Jens Hoffmann on Felix Gonzalez Torres’s “Untitled” (America #1)

Jens Hoffmann, director of the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts at the California College of the Arts, speaks about Felix Gonzalez-Torres's Untitled (America #1) (1992). Hoffmann explains how the artist used common objects and simple structures to address complicated or controversial subjects, achieving a "metaphoric minimalism."

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.



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