Dilemma. Two major tech stars receive lifetime achievement awards the same night, at opposite sides of town, and we want to attend both events.
There are 1,440 minutes in a day, and several times that many clips in The Clock, Christian Marclay's epic, 24-hour-long video collage of film segments that each in some way reference an exact time of day, drawn out to align with real time.
“I feel like the world is a place I bought a ticket to,” the photographer Garry Winogrand is quoted saying in Garry Winogrand, now at SFMOMA. This unprecedentedly comprehensive exhibition, consisting of hundreds of snapshot photographs taken between the early 1950s and the time of the prolific artist’s early death in 1984, offers viewers a ringside seat to the unique spectacle of American society as it mutated over the course of those incredible decades–an opportunity not to be passed up.
If you're fearing modern art withdrawal when SFMOMA shuts its doors on June 3 for its two-and-a-half-year-long expansion, rest assured. The museum has planned robust offsite programming to give you the culture fix you crave. Here's what to look out for around town.
Crissy Field (May 2013–May 2014)
In just over a year, Google Art Project—an online program that makes art in all its forms accessible to art lovers worldwide—has amassed 151 partners across 40 countries. Check out the Mark Bradford show at SFMOMA and YBCA and then go online to see what pieces NYC's MOMA has. Or explore the Santiniketan Triptych in Delhi's National Gallery of Modern Art after walking the halls of SF's Asian Art Museum's "Maharaja" exhibit.
Modern-day Mexico is troubled, to speak mildly. Riddled with inequality and corruption, awash in drug violence and poverty, our southern neighbor’s urban centers at times seem to border on dystopian. One has to ask, just how did such a state of affairs come to be? SFMOMA’s Photography in Mexico addresses an intimately related question. In showing where generations of Mexican photographers aimed their lenses, the exhibition traces not so much how Mexico got here, but what it has been like along the way.
By now, we've all been tantalized by the talk of SFMOMA's grand plans to expand the current museum. Yesterday, SFMOMA and design firm Snøhetta unveiled the mock-ups of the plan for the mammoth new wing, which will include an expanded photography collection, a dedicated architecture and design area, and the incomparable Fisher collection (which will be integrated with SFMOMA's own collection).
SFMOMA’s front atrium sports a handsome new fixture, and its middle floors have some outspoken new tenets. While Jim Campbell’s twinkling LED-light sculpture, Exploded Views, runs no risk of going unseen, The Air We Breathe and Francesca Woodman must vie for viewers’ attention in the shadow of a behemoth – namely, the smash-hit Richard Serra Drawing retrospective upstairs. To overlook these smaller exhibitions, one a poignant resounding on same-sex equality, the other a fascinating glimpse of a brilliant and tragic individual, would be a crime.