Mike Mandel Good 70s
May
20
to Aug 20

Mike Mandel Good 70s

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May 20–August 20, 2017 Floor 3

Good 70s explores the tongue-in-cheek, socially conscious work of conceptual artist and photographer Mike Mandel (American, b. 1950), focusing on projects he made during what was, for him, an incredibly productive decade. This exhibition includes photographs, books, and a film, all made during the same period he was collaborating with his friend, the photographer Larry Sultan. (A retrospective of Sultan’s work, Larry Sultan: Here and Home, which also includes some of the artists' collaborative work, is on view on floor 3 from April 15 to July 23, 2017.)

Some of Mandel's diverse projects from the 1970s include Myself: Timed Exposures (1971), in which he inserts himself into funny and commonplace situations; Seven Never Before Published Portraits of Edward Weston (1974), which reproduces correspondence he initiated with men named Edward Weston; his Baseball-Photographer Trading Cards (1975), featuring subjects such as Ansel Adams and Imogen Cunningham; and his book SF Giants: An Oral History (1979).

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FULLY AUTOMATIC EXERCISE NOTEBOOK MACHINE PH 370-316
May
5
12:00 PM12:00

FULLY AUTOMATIC EXERCISE NOTEBOOK MACHINE PH 370-316

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Don't miss the sole California appearance of the amazingly heavy FAENM PH 370-316. Company brass and factory-line staff will be on-hand for one afternoon only to demonstrate the latest technological developments in our fabled EXERCISE series. Initially developed by a motley crew of young scientists in a horse track grandstand by the freeway, this incredible machine continues to conquer the museum world, one White Box at a time. We invite the sophisticated Bay Area public to engage directly with our power-patented, 25-step book creating/destroying monstrosity and to heartily adopt our philosophy/motto: "Arrive perplexed. Depart with art."

Celebrate the life and work of Larry Sultan during this special event led by students from the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) and California College of the Arts (CCA). Throughout the spring, students from SFAI and CCA are collaborating with SFMOMA on a series of investigations inspired by Sultan's practice, culminating in this experimental event at the museum.

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Larry Sultan 10 x 4
May
4
7:00 PM19:00

Larry Sultan 10 x 4

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Larry Sultan’s work invites responses from many areas within and beyond photography. Ten makers, thinkers, and writers present “short stories” (approximately four minutes each) that reveal a variety of aspects of the artist’s life and art.

Buy tickets here: https://www.sfmoma.org/event/study-hall-10x4-larry-sultan/

PARTICIPANTS

  • Jordan Stein (M.C.)
  • Robert Mailer Anderson
  • Charlotte Cotton
  • Jim Goldberg
  • Doug Hall
  • Davia Nelson
  • Sandy Phillips
  • Kelly Sultan
  • Sue Tait
  • DJ Waldie
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Liz Cohen Lecture
May
2
7:00 PM19:00

Liz Cohen Lecture

Sponsored by San Francisco Art Institute Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series

Liz Cohen is a photographer and performance artist whose work spans and manipulates the divisions between image, identity, and life. She is best known for the subversive project Bodywork, in which she transformed an aging East German Trabant into an American El Camino low-rider, and herself into a car customizer and bikini model. Her current project, Him, is an allusive and performative collaboration with the poet Eric Crosley, who identifies as a eunuch. Cohen is currently Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Photography Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Cohen received her MFA degree in Photography from the California College of the Arts. She holds a BFA in Studio Art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and a BA in Philosophy from Tufts University, both in Boston.  She has won numerous awards and grants including: a Studio Residency from The MacDowell Colony in 2001; a Studio Fellowship in 2002 from the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany; a Creative Capital Foundation Project Grant in 2005; an Artist’s Project Grant from the Arizona Commission for the Arts in 2007; a 2008 Traveling Scholars’ Award from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; and a Kresge Artist Fellowship in 2011.

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Katherine Bussard Lecture
Apr
17
11:00 AM11:00

Katherine Bussard Lecture

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Sponsored by California College of the Arts Photography Department Lecture Series

Katherine Bussard is the Peter C. Bunnell Curator of Photography at the Princeton University Art Museum. Previously, she served as associate curator of photography at the Art Institute Chicago. She has organized a number of exhibitions, including: Film and Photo in New York (2012); Souvenirs of the Barbizon: Photographs, Paintings, and Works on Paper (2011); So the Story Goes: Photographs by Tina Barney, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Nan Goldin, Sally Mann, and Larry Sultan (2006); and a biennial series dedicated to emerging photographers (2005–2011). Bussard is co-author of Color Rush: American Color Photography from Stieglitz to Sherman (2013). Her doctoral research on street photography at the City University of New York is the subject of Unfamiliar Streets: The Photographs of Richard Avedon, Charles Moore, Martha Rosler, and Philip-Lorca diCorcia (2014). Most recently, Bussard co-authored an award-winning publication exploring the intersection of photography, architecture, and urban studies. That book and the accompanying exhibition are entitled The City Lost and Found: Capturing New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, 1960–1980.

 

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Study Hall: Larry Sultan’s Lessons
Apr
15
11:00 AM11:00

Study Hall: Larry Sultan’s Lessons

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Larry Sultan inspired generations of students during his three-decade career as a Bay Area educator. To mark the opening day of Larry Sultan: Here and Home, five of his past students will share their recollections of working with Sultan, perspectives on his work, and how he influenced their own practices. Join us for these twenty-minute gallery talks, which will take place every hour, on the hour, from 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

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Larry Sultan Here and Home
Apr
15
to Jul 23

Larry Sultan Here and Home

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April 15–July 23, 2017 Floor 3

This major retrospective examines the work and career of Larry Sultan (American, 1946–2009), an internationally renowned photographer with deep ties to the Bay Area as both an artist and an educator. Sultan’s often intensely personal images—many drawn from his own family’s history—blend documentary and staged elements in their explorations of storytelling, family, and domesticity.

Larry Sultan: Here and Home explores the artist’s 35-year career through more than 200 photographs, a billboard created with conceptual artist and frequent collaborator Mike Mandel, a film, and “Study Hall”— a room offering a unique glimpse into Sultan’s exploratory process. Works on view include Sultan’s early collaborative projects of the 1970s, made with Mandel, as well as his later work including Pictures from Home(1983–92) The Valley (1997–2003), and Homeland (2006–09). (An exhibition of Mandel’s work, Mike Mandel: Good 70s, is on view on Floor 3 from May 20 – August 20, 2017.)

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FAKE NEWSROOM: ALTERNATIVE FACTOIDS
Apr
14
8:00 PM20:00

FAKE NEWSROOM: ALTERNATIVE FACTOIDS

Fake Newsroom, Canyon Cinema, and Minnesota Street Project present ALTERNATIVE FACTOIDS, an hour-long program of short 16mm films from the collection of Canyon Cinema that question the veracity of cinematic images. The program is curated by Antonella Bonfanti and Jeff Lambert and introduced by Fake Newsroom editor Jason Fulford.

What’s Wrong With This Picture? 1 Owen Land (formerly known as George Landow) US 1971, 16mm, b/w & color, 5 min.

Big Story Nina Fonoroff US 1984, 16mm, color, 10min

What’s Wrong With This Picture? 2 Owen Land (formerly known as George Landow) US 1972, 16mm, b/w & color, 7 min.

The Black Tower John Smith UK 1987, 16mm, color, 24min

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Hank Willis Thomas Lecture
Apr
13
7:00 PM19:00

Hank Willis Thomas Lecture

Sponsored by Pier 24 Photography & Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program

Photo conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas works with themes related to identity, history and popular culture. He often incorporates recognizable icons into his work, such as well-known advertising and branding campaigns, to explore the impact of mass image culture on the construction of identity. He first became known for B®anded, a series of photographs, and Unbranded: Reflections in Black by Corporate America 1968-2008, a body of work created from appropriating advertising images. In an interview with Time Magazine, Thomas said, “Part of advertising’s success is based on its ability to reinforce generalizations developed around race, gender and ethnicity which are generally false, but [these generalizations] can sometimes be entertaining, sometimes true, and sometimes horrifying.”

Thomas was the first recipient of the Aperture West Book Prize for his 2008 monograph, Pitch Blackness, published by Aperture. He received his BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and his MFA in Photography and MA in Visual and Critical Studies from the California College of the Arts, San Francisco. He has exhibited throughout the US and abroad including The International Center of Photography; Studio Museum in Harlem; Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford; National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.: Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain; and Musée du quai Branly, Paris, France.

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Larry Sultan: Editorial
Apr
13
to Jun 30

Larry Sultan: Editorial

Larry Sultan Editorial 

Exhibition at Casemore Kirkeby Gallery

Casemore Kirkeby is pleased to present Larry Sultan: Editorial Works, a selection of images - many never before exhibited - taken from editorial and commercial assignments the late photographer Larry Sultan shot for Interview, W, and Wallpaper magazines, as well as ad campaigns for Bottega Veneta, Kate Spade, and others. The exhibition coincides with the retrospective Larry Sultan: Here and Home at SFMOMA, as well as the exhibitions Fake Newsroom and Billboards, showcasing the collaborative work of Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel at Minnesota Street Project.

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Larry Sultan & Mike Mandel Billboards + Newsroom
Apr
13
to Jun 30

Larry Sultan & Mike Mandel Billboards + Newsroom

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Larry Sultan & Mike Mandel's Billboards + Newsroom Exhibition

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Beginning in 1973 and up until 1989, we worked together on open ended, allusive designs for outdoor advertising billboards, under the name Clatworthy Colorvues. The billboards were exhibited mostly in the San Francisco Bay Area, where we lived, but sometimes installed in other parts of the country, the result of workshops we led with graduate students, or exhibitions on appropriation and public art. With the billboard, we wanted to reach a larger and more varied public than would ever find its way into an art institution.

Newsroom

An except from an essay by Constance M. Lewallen written in 2009

Newsroom was the culmination of Mandel and Sultan’s collaborative projects dealing with mass media imagery. They approached it as a workshop, an evolving exhibition, in which they hoped to learn as well as present facts about the methods of news media and create awareness of the mutability of photographic meaning. However, as artists, they were freed from journalistic restraints. They were free to pair texts that were unrelated to the images they accompanied, or to juxtapose images that together took on symbolic or lyrical meaning. “It was as if the news of the day found its way into the poetry section (if only newspapers had such a thing)—fragments of time and the real world were woven into something more mythic or allegorical.”[i] They also became aware, as Mike Mandel said recently, “that there were lots of images that would never be used as part of the news, which had all kinds of metaphorical possibilities.”[ii] They selectively enlarged some of the more evocative images that the media neglected (this required racing back and forth across the Bay Bridge between the museum in Berkeley and the San Francisco Art Institute’s darkroom). One mural-size enlargement of a photo of astronaut-turned-Senator John Glenn revealed a mysterious, shadowy image of a man to his left rear that viewers were left to make of what they would. The man was probably a secret service agent; alternatively, as Mandel humorously suggested, Glenn “didn’t realize that the devil was behind him, controlling him, until we made him large enough to discover that.” Another mural showed a promotional shot of Howard Hughes’s ill-fated Spruce Goose mega-hydroplane with two uniformed football players standing atop it to emphasize its enormity. The text the artists selected to pair with the mural on an adjacent wall was, “Kemp said he didn’t care. ‘I think it’s important for all those young people out there, who someday hope to play real football, where you kick it and run with it and put your hands on it, a distinction should be made that football is democratic capitalism, whereas soccer is European socialism.’” At one point the artists mounted a grid of four unidentified politicians along with the appropriated text: “A call for a halt on production and deployment, as a priority, would have the practical effect of diminishing the prospects for achieving the deep reductions we are seeking.”

 

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FAKE NEWSROOM
Apr
11
to Apr 30

FAKE NEWSROOM

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FAKE NEWSROOM with Jason Fulford

Results will be posted to www.FakeNewsroom.org Instagram and Twitter: @fake_newsroom

In conjunction with the exhibitions Larry Sultan: Here and Home, and Mike Mandel: Good 70s at SFMOMA, artist Jason Fulford has been commissioned to re-interpret Sultan and Mandel’s 1983 performance, Newsroom. In the original performance, Sultan and Mandel installed electronic news and wire photo machines from Associated Press and United Press International—the same content used by daily newspapers—into the Berkeley Art Museum (formerly University Art Museum). Each day, for several weeks, they went to work as news editors in the gallery, selecting images and text from the news feed, and arranging them on the museum walls.

The new edition, Fake Newsroom, will begin on April 11, 2017. A gallery at Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco will become a live newsroom where Fulford, as editor, will work with the daily feed of news photographs from the Associated Press. The public is invited to visit the newsroom to watch Fulford and his deputy editors at work.

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Sean McFarland Lecture
Apr
6
12:00 PM12:00

Sean McFarland Lecture

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Sponsored by Food for Thought Lunch Time Lecture Series San Francisco Art Institute

Sean McFarland’s work explores history, and the representation of landscape. He earned his MFA from the California College of the Arts in 2004. He has exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Berkeley Art Museum, George Eastman Museum, White Columns, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Aperture Foundation. Sean is the recipient of the 2017 SECA Art Award from SFMOMA, 2005 Phelan Art Award in Photography, 2009 Baum Award for an Emerging American Photographer, 2009 John Guttmann Photography Fellowship, and a 2011 Eureka Fellowship. His work is the collections at National Gallery in Washington DC, SFMOMA, Milwaukee Art Museum, Oakland Museum, Berkeley Art Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art Library. He teaches art at San Francisco State University and is represented by Casemore Kirkeby Gallery, San Francisco.

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Nick Meyer
Mar
9
12:00 PM12:00

Nick Meyer

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Nick Meyer is a photographer and artist living and working in the hills of western Massachusetts outside of Northampton. he received his BFA from MassArt in 2005 and his MFA from California College of the Arts in 2008. His first book "Pattern Language" was published in 2010 and his second book "Either Limits or Contradictions" was published in 2017 by Daylight Books . His work has also appeared in Vice Magazine, Mass Appeal Magazine, Wired, SF station, and as illustration for the Novella "A Field Guide to the North American Family" (Mark Batty Publisher 2007/Random House 2016)  He is the recipient of the Pace Gallery Award. His work has been shown both nationally and internationally and is held in private and public collections.

Sponsored by Food for Thought Lunch Time Lecture Series San Francisco Art Institute

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Lindsey White Lecture
Feb
17
4:30 PM16:30

Lindsey White Lecture

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Sponsored by San Francisco Art Institute Graduate Lecture Series

Through photography, video, and sculpture, Lindsey White’s work explores the slippery ways in which images both document and manipulate ideas of the real. Inspired by the professional and amateur worlds of magic, comedy, and other “staged” professions, she’s interested in the relationship between image and illusion, art and entertainment, process and product. Like a good joke, the results tend to pit cartoonish occurrence against the mundane physicality of everyday life.

White has exhibited at Barengasse Museum, Zurich; ACME, Los Angeles; SFO Museum, San Francisco; Sydhavn Station, Copenhagen; Art Gym, Portland, OR; Aurora Picture Show, Houston; Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco; and Deadpan Exchange II Festival, Berlin. She is a 2017 recipient of SFMOMA’s Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art (SECA) Award with an upcoming show in July. White is a co-founder of Will Brown, a para-curatorial / artist-run experiment with Jordan Stein and David Kasprzak. Lindsey White is an Assistant Professor and the Photography Department Head at SFAI.

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