75 Reasons to Live: Lisa Robertson on Eva Hesse’s Sans II

Poet Lisa Robertson on German-born artist Eva Hesse's Sans II (1968). Robertson refers to a "paradox of form and suffering or delight," saying Hesse's work is founded on a refusal of identity: "Identity is the state's authority."

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.
75 Reasons to Live
See All