Category Archives: Asides

Genevieve Quick on Hidden Cities ]

Even in a progressive city like San Francisco, thoughtfully written arts coverage is rare for small and mid-size organizations. Which is why I was so thrilled to read Genevieve Quick’s review of Hidden Cities, the recent exhibition at SOMArts curated by Pireeni Sundaralingham. Quick’s review astutely examines the curatorial decisions and approach that made the exhibition interesting.

Furthermore, she calls out the value of SOMArts’ Commons Curatorial Residency Program, saying:

“SOMArts provides a rare opportunity for emerging curators to tackle really ambitious projects. While small artist-run spaces have been creating strong small shows, the city needs more mid-sized exhibition spaces for local artists and curators to thrive. In the wake of many gallery closures and relocations, San Francisco artists and arts organizations are reassessing and remodeling our approaches in these economically challenging times.”

Click here to read this great review by an artist I’ve long admired.

Lucrative Work-For-Free Opportunity ]

I keep coming back to this essay by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

The 63-Person Cultural Mafia ]

Gretchen Schrafft rounds up a who’s who of artists, administrators, funders, philanthropists for San Francisco Magazine. How many do you know?

Interesting Article: The Education of Tony Marx ]

New York Times writer Jacob Bernstein provides a glimpse inside the leadership of the NY Public library. Acknowledges the challenge of fundraising to the rich (local celebrities! sexy architecture!) while prioritizing the needs and values of artists (access to research books), and alludes to how this dichotomy and inevitable choices influence staff attitudes.

YBCA Director Ken Foster reflects on MOCA LA dispute. ]

I’ve been following Ken Foster’s blog for a while now, it’s great to see someone in an influential position who is not part of the media reflect on what’s happening at MOCA LA.

If you are interested in hearing MOCA Director Jeffrey Deitch speak, he’ll be in conversation with Lawrence Rinder at the Berkeley Art Mueseum on September 21.

Why Every Nonprofit Has a New Job: Publisher ]

Nonprofit Quarterly’s Joe Waters talks about staying in the mix as the number of nonprofits and fiscally-sponsored organizations and individual artist fundraisers grows and grows. Reason 3? “You can’t just do good work anymore.” Discouraging, but also true in my experience. In the arts, organizations who look good on paper, and—increasingly—good online are the ones getting resources.

San Francisco Is So Hot Right Now

While my Massachusetts pals are posting hauntingly beautiful snow pics to Instagram, my seashell collection is growing from winter walks at Ocean Beach. We’re gardening at SOMArts. And I saw a naked guy on my way to work yesterday.

Temperature aside, though, San Francisco is hot right now in the art world. The Walker Art Center is running a film series today highlighting Alternative Film And Video In The San Francisco Bay Area. HowlRound’s new City Series is highlighting the City by the Bay first, kicked off with a beautiful and personal description of the city’s art pulse  by Deborah Cullinan.

February is not exactly a quiet month in the city, but it is definitely a time of year when I see friends a little more. My new year’s resolutions are still fresh and it feels like a good time to take risks and explore. I would love to go to Minneapolis and see how people are responding to Cadillac Ranch/Media Burn and others.

Which makes me wonder … if I could choose three contemporary artworks I saw last year in SF to get national attention, which would I choose, and why?

What would you choose?