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SFMOMA Brings the Contemporary Art of South Africa to YBCA

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From the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), and shown at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) (located across the street), is the exhibition Public Intimacy: Art and Other Ordinary in South Africa. It features twenty-five contemporary artists and collectives, who explores the poetics and politics of everyday life. SFMOMA brings to the YBCA a collection of South African photography, as well as works from a wide range of media including video, painting, sculpture, performance, and publications.

Most of the feature works were created in the last five years, and many of them will be on view for the first time on the West Coast. They each coincide with the 20th anniversary of democracy in South Africa (in other words, the end of apartheid), while revealing the nuances of human interaction, and vividly showing public life in a more complex light. One such featured work is the 2012 photo by Athi-Patra Ruga titled The Future White Women of Azania, which has a background of a dirt road or village, but surely captures the eyes of many with the image of the walking clutter of balloons on long legs and heels.

Along with Ruga, other artists in this exhibition include Ian Berry, Anton Kannemeyer, Billy Mong, Cameron Platter, Zanele Muholi and Kemang Wa Lehulere. Public Intimacy is on view until June 29th. Log on to or for more information.


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