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    Happy Fourth of July!
In honor of the holiday weekend, we’re sharing Jeff Benedetto’s Three Sconces from 1988.

If you’re looking for a way to pass the afternoon while your burgers are on the grill, might we recommend diving into our online collection?
You never know what you’ll stumble across.
And stay tuned for more #SubmissionFriday posts!

    Happy Fourth of July!

    In honor of the holiday weekend, we’re sharing Jeff Benedetto’s Three Sconces from 1988.

    If you’re looking for a way to pass the afternoon while your burgers are on the grill, might we recommend diving into our online collection?

    You never know what you’ll stumble across.

    And stay tuned for more #SubmissionFriday posts!

    Posted on Friday, July 4th 2014

    Gallery view of Public Intimacy, on view at YBCA Gallery view of Public Intimacy, on view at YBCA A view of Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse's Gallery view of Public Intimacy, on view at YBCA Kemang Wa Lehulere's Kemang Wa Lehulere's Gallery view of Public Intimacy, on view at YBCA

    CLOSING: Public Intimacy at YBCA

    Disrupting expected images of South Africa, Public Intimacy: Art and Other Ordinary Acts in South Africa explores the poetics and politics of the everyday. Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of democracy in South Africa, Public Intimacy reveals the nuances of human interaction in a country still undergoing significant change. 
    The exhibition closes Sunday, June 29.

    Posted on Friday, June 27th 2014

    The thing is, most people most of the time are pretty blind. They move through the world scanning so as to make sure they don’t bump into anything, but not really looking.

    David Hockney

    A reminder to look at the world around us.

    Posted on Monday, June 23rd 2014

    Bejeweled and begrimed. Seductive yet repulsive. Marilyn Minter’s Strut, a dirty heel wearing a Dior stiletto, is enamel painted on metal.
Allison Harding, assistant curator of contemporary art at the Asian Art Museum, writes:

Despite the excesses of Minter’s work, I cannot stop staring at one small speck of grime on the larger-than-life heel. It is just under the fleshy, swollen fold of the skin right about where the ankle meets the heel. It looks wet, three-dimensional, and for reasons I cannot quite express, outright disgusting. I feel this filthy speck and it sends shivers down my spine, undoing the façade of glamorous. It is just too close to real life. Of course, this is exactly the point. Minter’s subject reminds us that, in the end even the most glamorous figure will be covered in dirt.


How do you respond to Strut? Is it beautiful? Revolting? Glamorous? Gorgeous? Or something else?


Gorgeous brings together the collections of the Asian Art Museum and SFMOMA. The exhibition, on view at the Asian Art Museum, explores the extremes and ambiguities of beauty, inviting viewers to draw their own conclusions.

    Bejeweled and begrimed. Seductive yet repulsive. Marilyn Minter’s Strut, a dirty heel wearing a Dior stiletto, is enamel painted on metal.

    Allison Harding, assistant curator of contemporary art at the Asian Art Museum, writes:

    Despite the excesses of Minter’s work, I cannot stop staring at one small speck of grime on the larger-than-life heel. It is just under the fleshy, swollen fold of the skin right about where the ankle meets the heel. It looks wet, three-dimensional, and for reasons I cannot quite express, outright disgusting. I feel this filthy speck and it sends shivers down my spine, undoing the façade of glamorous. It is just too close to real life. Of course, this is exactly the point. Minter’s subject reminds us that, in the end even the most glamorous figure will be covered in dirt.

    How do you respond to Strut? Is it beautiful? Revolting? Glamorous? Gorgeous? Or something else?

    Gorgeous brings together the collections of the Asian Art Museum and SFMOMA. The exhibition, on view at the Asian Art Museum, explores the extremes and ambiguities of beauty, inviting viewers to draw their own conclusions.

    Posted on Monday, June 23rd 2014

    The Second World Festival of Black Arts and Culture, FESTAC ‘77, featured 40,000 artists convening in Lagos, Nigeria for cultural festival that rivaled the size of the Olympics.
It was a festival that featured names like Stevie Wonder and Sun Ra. It brought together visual artists, musicians and writers.
What is baffling is how an event so large has remained in near obscurity.
If you haven’t heard of FESTAC ‘77, you aren’t alone. On view in San Francisco Public Library through June 29, Chimurenga Library activates the library to begin uncovering the history of this significant festival. 
Enjoy the journey…
Want to learn more? Visit the Chimurenga Library blog→
Need more information about the exhibition→

    The Second World Festival of Black Arts and Culture, FESTAC ‘77, featured 40,000 artists convening in Lagos, Nigeria for cultural festival that rivaled the size of the Olympics.

    It was a festival that featured names like Stevie Wonder and Sun Ra. It brought together visual artists, musicians and writers.

    What is baffling is how an event so large has remained in near obscurity.

    If you haven’t heard of FESTAC ‘77, you aren’t alone. On view in San Francisco Public Library through June 29, Chimurenga Library activates the library to begin uncovering the history of this significant festival. 

    Enjoy the journey…

    Want to learn more? Visit the Chimurenga Library blog

    Need more information about the exhibition

    Posted on Tuesday, June 10th 2014

    Reblogged from Chimurenga Library

    yoursfmoma:

Shawn: You want to paint?  Me: Yes.  Shawn: I need to make a Jackson Pollock.  Me: OK! We should probably do this outside. (later) Shawn: We should really have some music. Can you play ‘because I’m happy’? When that comes on, I really start firing. #playartfully #jacksonpollock #bestwaytospendtheevening #weloveart by csmonaghan2012 http://ift.tt/1koShrJ

Well, this is adorable! A young Pollock on the rise :)

    yoursfmoma:

    Shawn: You want to paint?
    Me: Yes.
    Shawn: I need to make a Jackson Pollock.
    Me: OK! We should probably do this outside. (later)
    Shawn: We should really have some music. Can you play ‘because I’m happy’? When that comes on, I really start firing. #playartfully #jacksonpollock #bestwaytospendtheevening #weloveart by csmonaghan2012 http://ift.tt/1koShrJ

    Well, this is adorable! A young Pollock on the rise :)

    Posted on Sunday, June 8th 2014

    Reblogged from

    Photographer David Goldblatt describes the world of Billy Monk.

    As a bouncer at the Catacombs, a seedy nightclub in Cape Town, South Africa, Monk had no formal training as a photographer when he began taking photos. Monk photographed the patrons of the nightclub, capturing intimate moments.

    Works by both artists are included in Public Intimacy: Art and Other Ordinary Acts in South Africa, on view at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts through June 29.

    Posted on Sunday, June 8th 2014