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Between Art and Life: The Contemporary Painting and Sculpture Collection
Ongoing Exhibition

In 1961 Robert Rauschenberg said, "Painting relates to both art and life. Neither can be made. (I try to act in that gap between the two.)"

This presentation of the SFMOMA collection is organized around this philosophy. With works from the past five decades, the exhibition emphasizes special concentrations within SFMOMA's holdings and celebrates the achievements of individual artists with several large-scale installations and multiple-work presentations, many of which the Museum has never shown. Featured artists include Louise Bourgeois, Robert Gober, Eva Hesse, Anish Kapoor, Sherrie Levine, Brice Marden, Gordon Matta-Clark, Barry McGee, Bruce Nauman, Robert Rauschenberg, and Kara Walker.


Barry McGee
Untitled (detail), 1996
Collection SFMOMA, Ruth Nash Fund and Louis Vuitton N.A. purchase
Barry McGee



Gordon Matta-Clark
Splitting: Four Corners, 1974
Collection SFMOMA, purchased through a gift of Phyllis Wattis, The Art Supporting Foundation to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Accessions Committee Fund, and the Shirley Ross Sullivan Fund
Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark, Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York




PUBLIC PROGRAMS

Free Tuesday Program
The Dynamics of Installation Art
Joshua Shirkey, curatorial associate, painting and sculpture, SFMOMA
August 03, 2004
Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Phyllis Wattis Theater
The term installation art refers to an eclectic range of artworks that viewers can literally enter and experience. Incorporating diverse materials and media, installations extend beyond the static visual image to explore issues of time and memory, private and public space, race and identity, to name a few. In this presentation, Shirkey discusses installations currently on view by Robert Gober, Rebecca Horn, and Kara Walker.

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Art and Conversation
Between Art and Life: Biography As Artwork?
Beth Dungan, independent scholar and postdoctoral fellow, University of California, Berkeley
September 24, 2004
Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Koret Visitor Education Center
In this participatory presentation, Dungan asks how biography can influence artwork. Looking at the work of Louise Bourgeois, Eva Hesse, and Jay DeFeo, Dungan explores questions of biography, intention, and gender in artistic production. The session concludes with a gallery tour.

Free with Museum admission.

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Art and Conversation
How Can We Find Meaning in a Work of Art?
Julie Charles, manager of docent programs, SFMOMA
October 29, 2004
Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Koret Visitor Education Center
Focusing on works in Between Art and Life, Charles explores the question of how viewers find meaning in contemporary art, which can sometimes be quite challenging. Charles provides art-historical perspective and encourages participants to respond with their own reactions to art by Bruce Conner, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Sherrie Levine, and others. The session concludes with a visit to the galleries.

Free with Museum admission.

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Artist Talk: Kara Walker
Kara Walker, artist
January 29, 2005
2:00 p.m.
Phyllis Wattis Theater
Drawing on the antiquated art form of the silhouette, Walker creates provocative works that confront issues of race and gender. Her scenes of the antebellum South rendered in cut paper address the complexity of slavery and race relations and their continuing legacy.

$12 general; $8 SFMOMA members, students, and seniors. Tickets are available at the Museum (with no surcharge) or online through TicketWeb.com (866.468.3399).

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SCREENINGS IN THE KORET VISITOR EDUCATION CENTER

art:21 Art in the Twenty-First Century
PBS, 2003, 60 min.
September 02 - September 30, 2004
Weekdays (except Wednesdays): 3 p.m.
Weekends: 1 p.m.
Koret Visitor Education Center
This series focuses on artists Barry McGee, Bruce Nauman, Kara Walker, and Louise Bourgeois. Creative innovators whose works defy categorization, these artists represent a striking variety of backgrounds and philosophies.

Free with Museum admission.

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Four Artists: Robert Ryman, Eva Hesse, Bruce Nauman, Susan Rothenberg
By Michael Blackwood, 1987, 47 min.
September 20 - October 31, 2004
Weekdays (except Wednesdays): 4 p.m.
Weekends: 3 p.m.
Koret Visitor Education Center
A collective portrait of four artists linked only by their intention of expressing ideas through art, unconnected to traditional concepts of beauty, storytelling, or pictorial representation, this film shows artists discussing their work and the public perception of it.

Free with Museum admission.
 



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