This Friday, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), currently on the go, is establishing Live Projects. It is a bimonthly series that dives into the art and ideas of contemporary artists, showcased in SFMOMA’s exhibitions. It is an installment of various events including film screenings, artist talks, workshops, and family programs, all unfolding throughout locations in the Bay Area. They each explore the work of a particular artist, and in the process open new and alternative perspectives of who we are and how and where we live.
This month, the series is inspired by the work of Mark di Suvero, whose exhibition is currently on display at San Francisco’s Crissy Field. And it begins with two double features of films at the Castro Theatre, all of which explore various issues including thought control, political manipulation, and creative resistance, as well as key performances in the late 1960s and early 1970s, where celebrity activism and rock music became influential forces for change. On Friday, the Castro Theatre will be screening The Manchurian Candidate (1962) and Scanners (1981). Then on Sunday its F.T.A. (1972), and then Monterey Pop (1968).
Then on September 22nd, it the Field Trip: the Abstraction of Politics and the Politics of Abstraction. It is a five mile walk on Angel Island State Park, led by artist Aaron Gach and created by the Center for Tactical Magic. The walk, joined by other participants including art historians and park interpreters, is a way to experience a roving symposium that speculates on contemporary politics, aritistic abstraction, and scientific imaging techniques, blurring the lines between disparate subjects by exploring the ways we represent through technology art, and facilitated visionary experiences.
Finally as the month of September comes to an end, there will be a poetry reading (on September 28th) on the site of where di Surero’s work currently stands, where the artist himself will be reading works from his book Dreambook, as well as from other authors including W.B. Yeats and Walt Whitman. He will also be on hand at the SFJazz Center for Poets in Conservation on September 30. On September 29th, there will be a family program, also on Crissy Field, will there will be a day of hands-on art making, music and poetry, taking a closer look of di Suvero’s work.
Log on to www.sfmoma.org for more information events times, and tickets for the film screenings.