San Francisco MoMA

Looking back nearly 60 years across a wide spectrum of genres and media, this thematic exhibition examines how artists have engaged audiences as essential collaborators in the art-making process. Works by more than 40 artists will be on view, from early conceptual projects by such pioneers as John Cage, Lygia Clark, Dan Graham, and Hans Haacke to contemporary pieces by Jochen Gerz, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Lynn Hershman Leeson, and Erwin Wurm, among others. Well-known examples of participatory art set the stage for a handful of restaged historic installations and new commissions that invite the public to take an active role. Revealing how artists pioneered many of the collaborative tactics associated with the Web 2.0 zeitgeist, The Art of Participation will change form and content as visitors contribute — both at the museum and online.

D-SPACE
On the occasion of The Art of Participation: 1950 to Now, the Media Arts and Education departments have come together to transform the Koret Visitor Education Center into D-Space — a crucible for dialogue, debate, and discussion. D-Space is intended as an open forum for conversation, live art and performance, film screenings, and new forms of public gathering. In D-Space you can experience projects commissioned by SFMOMA especially for The Art of Participation, and also explore web-based works that are part of the main exhibition in the fourth-floor galleries. All activities are free with museum admission; drop-ins are welcome.

PUBLIC TOURS
Cell Phone Audio Tour
The Art of Participation: 1950 to Now
Beginning November 08, 2008
The voices of Yoko Ono, John Cage, Tom Marioni, and other artists accompany you on this cell phone audio guide to The Art of Participation. The tour features an introduction by media arts curator Rudolf Frieling.

Free. Call 415.294.3609 and follow the prompts.



SF MoMA
151 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94103
2008-11-08 to 2009-02-08, 11am-5.45pm, Thurs till 8.45pm. Wed closed.

Adults $12.50, Seniors $8, Students $7, Thurs eve 1/2 price, 1st Tues/month free

tel 415.357.4000
fax 415.357.4037
email edu@sfmoma.org
website http://www.sfmoma.org/exhibitions/exhib_detail.asp?id=306



PUBLIC PROGRAMS

Opening Day Exhibition Spotlight
Panel Discussion: Open Works
Lynn Hershman Leeson, artist
Jon Rubin, artist
Rudolf Frieling, curator, media arts, SFMOMA
Frank Smigiel, associate curator, public programs, SFMOMA
November 08, 2008
1:00 p.m.
Phyllis Wattis Theater
The Art of Participation proposes that participatory art stems from a notion of indeterminacy — an openness to chance or change. A concept introduced by John Cage in the early 1950s, indeterminacy refers to projects that cannot be completed by the artist’s intention or the art object’s form alone. Frieling explores this premise in relation to the exhibition. Hershman Leeson and Rubin talk about their own work and how open practices remake histories of performance, video, and mass media.
$10 general; $7 SFMOMA members, students, and seniors. Tickets are available at the Museum (with no surcharge) or online.



D-Space Production
Project Lessons: A D-Space Preview
Lauren Crahan, Freecell
John Hartmann, Freecell
MTAA (M.River & T.Whid Art Associates)
Brian Connolly, artist
Sarah Curran, arts programmer
Dominic Willsdon, Leanne and George Roberts Curator of Education and Public Programs, SFMOMA
November 08, 2008
3:00 p.m.
D-Space in the Koret Visitor Education Center
Join artists, scholars, and SFMOMA staff to preview some of the interactive projects featured in D-Space. A reception follows in The Schwab Room.

Program and reception are free with museum admission; seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.



Phyllis Wattis Distinguished Lecture
RoseLee Goldberg on Visual Performance Art
RoseLee Goldberg, curator and art historian
Peggy Phelan, Ann O’Day Maples Chair in the Arts and Professor of Drama and English, Stanford University
November 20, 2008
6:30 p.m.
Phyllis Wattis Theater
Founded in 1995 through the generosity of Phyllis Wattis, this lecture series brings innovative thinkers to SFMOMA. Goldberg is the founder and director of PERFORMA, an interdisciplinary arts organization that researches, develops, and presents performance work by visual artists from around the world. Goldberg pioneered the study of performance art with her now seminal text, Performance Art from Futurism to the Present. In this lecture, she discusses the often hidden history of performance work in 20th century visual art and describes how this history influences new types of culture. Phelan joins her in conversation.

$10 general; $7 SFMOMA members, students, and seniors. Tickets are available at the Museum (with no surcharge) or online.



The Act of Drinking Beer with Friends Is the Highest Form of Art
Tom Marioni with Guest Bartenders
Thursdays, November 13, 2008 – February 05, 2009 (except November 27, December 25, and January 01)
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
D-Space in the Koret Visitor Education Center
Drink beer, meet people, and hang out with friends at this weekly informal gathering hosted by Marioni, a pioneering Bay Area conceptual artist who has been regularly staging free beer salons as social artworks at his studio, in museums, and in alternative spaces since 1970. A sculptural installation related to Marioni’s 1979 salon at SFMOMA is also on view on the fourth-floor in The Art of Participation.

Free with museum admission; space is limited and entry is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Must be 21 or over with valid ID.



Performance
4’33″ by John Cage
Guest performers
November 08, 2008 through February 08, 2009
Daily (except Wednesdays), noon
Fourth-floor galleries
Guest performers execute Cage’s famous “silent” musical score 4’33″ daily at a piano. Without instrumentation for 4 minutes and 33 seconds, the piece shifts attention to the audience and ambient sounds.

Free with museum admission.



FILM AND VIDEO SCREENINGS

West Coast Premiere Film Screening
Seven Easy Pieces
Babette Mangolte, 2007, 93 min.
November 08, 2008
7:00 p.m.
Phyllis Wattis Theater
In her 2005 performance Seven Easy Pieces, Marina Abramović reenacted five seminal 1960s and 1970s performance works by her peers and one by herself, while introducing a new work (the seventh “easy piece”). The seven works were performed for seven hours each, over the course of seven consecutive days, and included pieces by Vito Acconci, Joseph Beuys, and Bruce Nauman. This documentary reflects on Abramović’s work and the possibilities of representing and preserving an ephemeral art form. Mangolte introduces the film and joins us for a postscreening Q&A.

$10 general; $7 SFMOMA members, students, and seniors. Tickets are available at the Museum (with no surcharge) or online.



Daily Video Screenings
Ant Farm: Early Underground Adventures with Space, Land, and Time
Elizabeth Federici and Laura Harrison, 2008, 30 min.
Beginning November 08, 2008
Daily (except Wednesdays), 1:30 p.m.
D-Space in the Koret Visitor Education Center

Free with museum admission; drop-ins welcome. Sunday screenings take place in the Phyllis Wattis Theater.



Daily Video Screenings
The World of Lygia Clark
Eduardo Clark, 1973, 27 min.
Beginning November 08, 2008
Daily (except Wednesdays), 2:00 p.m.
D-Space in the Koret Visitor Education Center

Free with museum admission; drop-ins welcome. Sunday screenings take place in the Phyllis Wattis Theater.



Daily Video Screenings
A Tribute to John Cage
Nam June Paik, 1976, 29 min.
Beginning November 08, 2008
Daily (except Wednesdays), 2:30 p.m.
D-Space in the Koret Visitor Education Center

Free with museum admission; drop-ins welcome. Sunday screenings take place in the Phyllis Wattis Theater.



Daily Video Screenings
The Misfits: 30 Years of Fluxus
Lars Movin, 1993, 76 min.
Beginning November 09, 2008
Daily (except Wednesdays), 3:00 p.m.
D-Space in the Koret Visitor Education Center

Free with museum admission; drop-ins welcome. Sunday screenings take place in the Phyllis Wattis Theater.

The Art of Participation: 1950 to Now is organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The exhibition is generously funded by The James Irvine Foundation and SFMOMA’s Collectors Forum. Additional support is provided by Goethe-Institut San Francisco. Media support is provided by The Examiner and SFExaminer.com.


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