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 10am- 5pm 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. 

 

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!

HANGING TOUGH AT THE INTERNET DEPARTMENT

HANGING TOUGH AT THE INTERNET DEPARTMENT

Laura won SO many prizes!!!

Laura won SO many prizes!!!

WINNERSSSSSSSSSS SOO, LAURA, ALEX 

WINNERSSSSSSSSSS SOO, LAURA, ALEX