Michelle Barger, deputy head of conservation at SFMOMA, elucidates the painstaking labor behind Colombian artist Doris Salcedo's Unland: irreversible witness
(1995-98). "It's really natural to want to forget a tragedy, to bury it, to push it away — or in fact to not even think about it, in a country like Colombia. I think what Doris does is try to return the dignity of that person's life through these works," she says.
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