SFMOMA NEWS: Meet Rosalie!
SFMOMA has just acquired a 1971 wall sculpture by Robert Rauschenberg titled Rosalie / Red Cheek / Temporary Letter / Stock. Rauschenberg moved from New York to Captiva Island, Florida, in fall 1970, and began a new series, the Cardboards, that repurposed used boxes as raw material for sculpture. Rosalie neatly encapsulates this Florida-to-New York transition through two mailing labels that the artist affixed to the “Red Cheek” apple cider box during his move. He addressed one label to himself in the general delivery for Captiva; the other, a return label, bears the address of his New York studio.
SFMOMA acquired Rosalie through the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation’s Artwork Gift and Purchase program, and the sculpture has been added to the Rauschenberg Research Project, our online Rauschenberg catalogue published last summer.
Posted on Wednesday, March 5th 2014
We’re diving into our vast media archive, bringing you something wonderful and inspiring to listen to every week!
Our most recent selection is an artist talk from 1986 with Richard Avedon, a photographer who revolutionized the genre of portraiture. Enjoy!
"I want to be counted in South African history. [This means] that I have to write that part of history."
In her photographs, artist Zanele Muholi faces social injustice head on. Best known for her photographic series Faces and Phases, featuring black members of the LGBTI community, Muholi challenges stereotypes of black female sexual identity through what she calls “visual activism.”
Join us on 3/12 at SFJAZZ to hear from Muholi in person→
Posted on Sunday, March 2nd 2014
I’m interested only in expressing basic human emotions — tragedy, ecstasy, doom, and so on — and the fact that lots of people break down and cry when confronted with my pictures shows that I communicate those basic human emotions… The people who weep before my pictures are having the same religious experience I had when I painted them. And if you, as you say, are moved only by their color relationships, then you miss the point!
Have you ever had a strong emotional experience when viewing a work by Rothko?
Posted on Saturday, March 1st 2014
#giadamontomoli by giadamontomoli
What a lovely little drawing!
(Awesome news: our expansion is just starting to grow in the vertical direction. Check out our live construction cam now, and then check back in a few months to watch the future SFMOMA grow!)
Posted on Thursday, February 27th 2014
How have social media, digital cameras, and amateur photojournalism altered the way photographs capture the everyday, define current events, and steer social and political movements?
With participants from Instagram, WIRED, Magnum Photos, The New York Times Magazine, and more, Bearing Witness on 3/16 will be a photography symposium you won’t want to miss.
UPDATE: this event is currently at capacity, but it will be LIVE STREAMED here! Help us spread the word: #BearingWitness.
Posted on Thursday, February 27th 2014
Posted on Sunday, February 23rd 2014
PREVIEW: 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 opening party for Public Intimacy is TONIGHT, and Athi-Patra Ruga will perform The Elder of Azania tomorrow at YBCA, 6pm.
Posted on Friday, February 21st 2014
Don’t miss Athi-Patra Ruga performing at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts this Saturday at 6pm!
Taking the form of an absurdist funerary procession, the performance features fantastical characters whose upper bodies sprout colorful, liquid-filled balloons. Drawn from both classical Greek and Roman accounts of southern Africa and activists’ dreams of a pre- and post-apartheid black African utopia, Ruga’s Azania occurs as a state in flux. As the performance unfolds, the liquid-filled balloons droop and pop, dissolving the character to reveal the performer.
RSVP + invite your friends→
*NOTE: Athi-Patra Ruga will also be performing at our Public Intimacy Member Preview Party on Friday night!
Images: Athi-Patra Ruga, The Future White Women of Azania, 2012; photos: Ruth Simboa, courtesy Athi-Patra Ruga and WHATIFTHEWORLD/GALLERY
Posted on Tuesday, February 18th 2014
Happy 81st birthday, Yoko Ono!
To celebrate, we just published archival audio from “An Afternoon w/ Yoko Ono,” recorded back in 2002. Have a listen and hear Yoko describe her first impressions of San Francisco!