Throughout the spring students from San Francisco Art Institute and California College of the Arts will collaborate with SFMOMA through a Sultan-inspired class that culminates in an experimental event on May 5, 2017  from 12pm- 4pm in the White Box Theatre at SFMOMA. Below are some highlights from the course currently in progress.

Course Objectives: This class explores the creation of meaning and the meaning of authorship with special consideration given to the life, work, and legacy of SFAI alumni and CCA Professor Larry Sultan (1946–2009). Taught in tandem at the San Francisco Art Institute and the California College of the Arts, students will share and critique work with their cohorts while exploring ideas via individual and collaborative projects, studio experiments, readings, written responses, and field trips. Focusing on reproduction, repetition, appropriation, evidence, and Evidence—a seminal 1977 book project by Sultan and Mike Mandel—we will investigate the work of artists with especially complex relationships to images and authorship. We will work toward a public project in conjunction with SFMOMA’s Department of Education and Public Practice around Sultan's upcoming retrospective at the museum. Class Taught by lindsey white and jordan stein.

 

First oFF, We considered Penn and Teller's 7 Rules of Sleight of Hand 

1. The Palm - To hold an object in an apparently empty hand.

2. Ditch - To secretly dispose of an unneeded object.

3. Steal - To secretly obtain a needed object.

4. Load - To secretly move an object to where it is needed.

5. Simulation - To give the impression that something that has not happened, has.

6. Misdirection - To lead attention away from a secret move.

7. Switch - To secretly exchange one object for another.

Before we dove into Lessons about perception with magician and designer Brad Alridge

Magician Brad Alridge pulls a row of threaded needles out of his throat! We thought they had vanished forever.

ACT 2: COSMOLOGY

First Official Class Portrait at the Internet Archive with our pal, Jason Fulford.

First Official Class Portrait at the Internet Archive with our pal, Jason Fulford.

Tour of Internet Archive. Always free. Always on Fridays.

Tour of Internet Archive. Always free. Always on Fridays.

We recommend watching this short documentary about the Internet Archive!

Meeting with Internet Archive founder, Brewster Kale

Meeting with Internet Archive founder, Brewster Kale

Doing sequencing and editing exercises with artist and genius Jason Fulford

Doing sequencing and editing exercises with artist and genius Jason Fulford

                 Major frog talk with artist Jason Fulford. 

                 Major frog talk with artist Jason Fulford

ACT: 3 Images on Fire

Spent the day chatting about collaboration in general and more specifically about Larry Sultan & Mike Mandel's projects: Billboards, How to Read Music in One Evening, Evidence, and Newsroom. We dove into Charlotte Cotton's essay Two Guys from Van Nuys in the Sultan/Mandel book.

Spent the day chatting about collaboration in general and more specifically about Larry Sultan & Mike Mandel's projects: Billboards, How to Read Music in One Evening, Evidence, and Newsroom. We dove into Charlotte Cotton's essay Two Guys from Van Nuys in the Sultan/Mandel book.

We were SO lucky to have University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive Curator, Connie Lewallen join us for a chat about Mandel and Sultan's Newsroom, a project she commissioned through the Matrix Program in 1983. 

We were SO lucky to have University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive Curator, Connie Lewallen join us for a chat about Mandel and Sultan's Newsroom, a project she commissioned through the Matrix Program in 1983. 

Part of a series of public programs celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of the MATRIX Program for Contemporary Art at BAM/PFA, this conversation featured MATRIX artists Mike Mandel, Larry Sultan, and Jim Goldberg and former MATRIX Curator Constance Lewallen. Mike Mandel and Larry Sultan showed photography-based work in their 1983 MATRIX 61 exhibition, Newsroom.

ACT 4: Los Angeles

We headed down to Los Angeles for the LA BOOK FAIR. Along the way we ate pizza, played carnival games, spent 2 nights in a youth hostel, talked photography and curating with Charlotte Cotton, got overwhelmed by books, took in some art shows, studio visit with Ian James, more food, and sang karaoke!

Curator and Writer Charlotte Cotton came all the way to Santa Monica to hang out with us in the first brick structure in Los Angeles. We talked about her essay Two Guys from Van Nuys in the Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel book, today's photo world, curating, life lessons, and so much more... 

Curator and Writer Charlotte Cotton came all the way to Santa Monica to hang out with us in the first brick structure in Los Angeles. We talked about her essay Two Guys from Van Nuys in the Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel book, today's photo world, curating, life lessons, and so much more... 

HANGING TOUGH AT THE INTERNET DEPARTMENT

HANGING TOUGH AT THE INTERNET DEPARTMENT

Laura won SO many prizes!!!

Laura won SO many prizes!!!

WINNERSSSSSSSSSS SUE, LAURA, ALEX !!!!!

WINNERSSSSSSSSSS SUE, LAURA, ALEX !!!!!

THE SANTA MONICA PIER CREW

THE SANTA MONICA PIER CREW

The terror of being stuck between 2 of your professors on a carnival ride!!!

The terror of being stuck between 2 of your professors on a carnival ride!!!

The fearless Sue, Siqi, and Laura

The fearless Sue, Siqi, and Laura

WE HIT THE PRINTED MATTER BOOK FAIR AT MOCA GEFFEN-------->Just one room of MANY

WE HIT THE PRINTED MATTER BOOK FAIR AT MOCA GEFFEN-------->Just one room of MANY

Judith Bernstein at The Box

Judith Bernstein at The Box

Prof J. Stein speaks on the Hauser Wirth and Schimmel exhibition we're about to see

Prof J. Stein speaks on the Hauser Wirth and Schimmel exhibition we're about to see

Jason Rhodes at Hauser and Wirth

Jason Rhodes at Hauser and Wirth

STUDIO VISIT with artist, Ian James of Metro PCS

STUDIO VISIT with artist, Ian James of Metro PCS

ALL EPIC FIELD TRIPS END WITH KARAOKE! Nes RULED the mic all night. (As did many)

ALL EPIC FIELD TRIPS END WITH KARAOKE! Nes RULED the mic all night. (As did many)

ACT 5: ARCHIVES & COLLECTIONS

CIVIC PRIDE IN ACTION

CIVIC PRIDE IN ACTION

RIDING TO THE TOP FLOOR OF THE SF LIBRARY MAIN BRANCH TO THE SF HISTORICAL PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION

RIDING TO THE TOP FLOOR OF THE SF LIBRARY MAIN BRANCH TO THE SF HISTORICAL PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION

Christina Moretta, Photo Curator of The San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection pulled boxes, scrapbooks, and files holding photographs from Public Works, Harvey Milk Collection, SPCA, to found scrapbooks. The Collection contains photographs and works on papers of San Francisco and California scenes ranging from 1850 to the present. This collection includes views of San Francisco street scenes, buildings, and neighborhoods, as well as photographs of famous San Francisco personalities. The collection consists mostly of the photo morgue of the San Francisco News-Call Bulletin, a daily newspaper, ranging from 1920s to 1965. The collection also contains albums, slides, postcards, cabinet cards, stereoviews, and lantern slides of San Francisco and California subjects.

Christina Moretta, Photo Curator of The San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection pulled boxes, scrapbooks, and files holding photographs from Public Works, Harvey Milk Collection, SPCA, to found scrapbooks. The Collection contains photographs and works on papers of San Francisco and California scenes ranging from 1850 to the present. This collection includes views of San Francisco street scenes, buildings, and neighborhoods, as well as photographs of famous San Francisco personalities. The collection consists mostly of the photo morgue of the San Francisco News-Call Bulletin, a daily newspaper, ranging from 1920s to 1965. The collection also contains albums, slides, postcards, cabinet cards, stereoviews, and lantern slides of San Francisco and California subjects.

NEXT UP SFMOMA STUDY CENTER! LOOKING AT LARRY SULTAN'S PICTURES FROM HOME

OVER THE WEEK, THE CLASS READ ALL OF LARRY SULTAN'S PICTURE'S FROM HOME BEFORE SEEING THE IMAGES IN PERSON. 

OVER THE WEEK, THE CLASS READ ALL OF LARRY SULTAN'S PICTURE'S FROM HOME BEFORE SEEING THE IMAGES IN PERSON. 

HANGING OUT WITH SFMOMA PHOTO CURATORS ADAM RYAN AND LINDE BRADY LEHTINEN

HANGING OUT WITH SFMOMA PHOTO CURATORS ADAM RYAN AND LINDE BRADY LEHTINEN

LOOKING AT THE VALLEY BOOK AND SWIMMERS SERIES

LOOKING AT THE VALLEY BOOK AND SWIMMERS SERIES

LOOKING AT ORIGINAL VALLEY PRINTS IN THE BASEMENT OF SFMOMA

LOOKING AT ORIGINAL VALLEY PRINTS IN THE BASEMENT OF SFMOMA

CHECKING OUT HOMELAND

CHECKING OUT HOMELAND

SFMOMA PHOTO CURATOR MIND MELD

SFMOMA PHOTO CURATOR MIND MELD

ALL HANDS ON DECK

ALL HANDS ON DECK

ACT 6: LINEAGES

 

TALKING TO JIM GOLDBERG ON SPEAKER PHONE WHILE WE LOOK AT RICH AND POOR AND TALK ABOUT ROBERT HEINEKEN, JOHN COLLIER, EAST VS WEST COAST PHOTOGRAPHERS, MAKING PHOTOGRAPHS, AND BEING IN ONE OF LARRY'S CLASSES.

TALKING TO JIM GOLDBERG ON SPEAKER PHONE WHILE WE LOOK AT RICH AND POOR AND TALK ABOUT ROBERT HEINEKEN, JOHN COLLIER, EAST VS WEST COAST PHOTOGRAPHERS, MAKING PHOTOGRAPHS, AND BEING IN ONE OF LARRY'S CLASSES.

HENEIKEN, HARRELL FLETCHER AND JON RUBIN, JOHN COLLIER, MIKE MANDEL, AND RINEKE DIJKSTRA

HENEIKEN, HARRELL FLETCHER AND JON RUBIN, JOHN COLLIER, MIKE MANDEL, AND RINEKE DIJKSTRA

ROBERT HEINEKEN MAGAZINE ORIGINAL

ROBERT HEINEKEN MAGAZINE ORIGINAL

ANOTHER CLASS PHOTO

ANOTHER CLASS PHOTO

THIS IS OUR CLASS SONG

CONNIE!!!!

CONNIE!!!!

ACT 7: A DAY AT THE RACES

 

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HOLDING CLASS IN THE GRANDSTANDS

HOLDING CLASS IN THE GRANDSTANDS

GETTING THE LOW DOWN ON HOW TO BET. OUR ART SCHOOL MINDS DIDN'T UNDERSTAND

GETTING THE LOW DOWN ON HOW TO BET. OUR ART SCHOOL MINDS DIDN'T UNDERSTAND

MASTERMINDING FOR COLLAB SHOW AT SFMOMA MAY 5TH

MASTERMINDING FOR COLLAB SHOW AT SFMOMA MAY 5TH

ALL OUR FUNDS ON DANZIG GIRL FOR THE WIN!!!!!

ALL OUR FUNDS ON DANZIG GIRL FOR THE WIN!!!!!

WE TRIPLED OUR $$$$$!!!!

WE TRIPLED OUR $$$$$!!!!

PHOTO BY SOPHIE Z

PHOTO BY SOPHIE Z

Sue making friends with a horse jockey!

Sue making friends with a horse jockey!

Ryan's Shuttle Bus

Ryan's Shuttle Bus

ACT 8: EVIDENCE

BACK AT SFMOMA STUDY CENTER LOOKING AT THE ENTIRE SULTAN/MANDEL EVIDENCE EDITION 

BACK AT SFMOMA STUDY CENTER LOOKING AT THE ENTIRE SULTAN/MANDEL EVIDENCE EDITION 

ADAM RYAN, OUR FAIR LEADER IN THE SFMOMA STUDY CENTER <3

ADAM RYAN, OUR FAIR LEADER IN THE SFMOMA STUDY CENTER <3

KENT ROBERTS AND SENIOR PHOTO CURATOR SANDRA PHILLIPS TALKING WITH US ABOUT EVIDENCE

KENT ROBERTS AND SENIOR PHOTO CURATOR SANDRA PHILLIPS TALKING WITH US ABOUT EVIDENCE

TODAY'S CLASS ANTHEM

BREAKING NEWS----FAKE NEWSroom----EDITOR IN CHIEF JASON FULFORD

CHECK OUT FAKE NEWS ROOM!! WWW.FAKENEWSROOM.ORG AND AT INSTAGRAM FAKENEWSROOM --------EDITORIAL ASSISTANTS MISSY, NINA AND SIQI

CHECK OUT FAKE NEWS ROOM!! WWW.FAKENEWSROOM.ORG AND AT INSTAGRAM FAKENEWSROOM --------EDITORIAL ASSISTANTS MISSY, NINA AND SIQI

EDITORIAL ASSISTANTS ALEX AND WESSAM WITH EDITOR IN CHIEF JASON FULFORD playing frisbee

EDITORIAL ASSISTANTS ALEX AND WESSAM WITH EDITOR IN CHIEF JASON FULFORD playing frisbee

STAFF MEETING

STAFF MEETING

act 9: holy smokes!!!!

WOWWEE! WHAT A CLASS! SO MANY LISTS. SO MANY IDEAS. SO MANY CONVERSATIONS. THAT IS COLLABORATING, PEOPLE! AND WE'RE DOING IT!!!

WOWWEE! WHAT A CLASS! SO MANY LISTS. SO MANY IDEAS. SO MANY CONVERSATIONS. THAT IS COLLABORATING, PEOPLE! AND WE'RE DOING IT!!!