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Anna Halprin: A Moving Legacy

2017-10-17T03:05:19+00:00

Anna Halprin surrounded by dancers during a performance of Circle the Earth, circa 1980s. Anna Halprin Papers, The Elyse Eng Dance Collection, Museum of Performance + Design. What’s one myth about her work that Bay Area dance pioneer Anna Halprin would like to dispel? Recalling that New York critics used to tease her for being [...]

Anna Halprin: A Moving Legacy 2017-10-17T03:05:19+00:00

Todd Haynes: From the suburbs to the sublime

2017-10-13T03:05:20+00:00

From Todd Haynes’s Safe, 1995. Credit: Columbia TriStar/Photofest, ©Columbia TriStar. An appreciation through the lenses of place, time, and queerness   I’d always had an affinity for the films of Todd Haynes, but one night, back in 2015, I realized that the reasons might also be personal. That summer, Carol was building serious internet buzz, and [...]

Todd Haynes: From the suburbs to the sublime 2017-10-13T03:05:20+00:00

Living Room: Susan Miller

2017-10-13T03:05:13+00:00

https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/sfmomaopenspace/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/23132505/LR6-Miller.mp3 Curator and writer Susan Miller remembers riding out the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake at the Capp Street Project and visiting the radio station KPOO in the hours afterward. She wonders if cultural institutions can create memories as powerful as the ones left by the quake. Open Space Go to Source Author: Suzanne SteinPowered by [...]

Living Room: Susan Miller 2017-10-13T03:05:13+00:00

Eternal Ephemera

2017-10-12T03:06:06+00:00

In May, a few weeks after finishing my undergraduate degree, I packed my life into a suitcase and moved from West Philadelphia to the West Coast. Perhaps it’s because this physical move mirrors the metaphorical jump into the unpunctuated abyss of “the rest of my life,” that I feel an intense sense of excitement matched [...]

Eternal Ephemera 2017-10-12T03:06:06+00:00

Miles Davis: Black Yin, Black Yang

2017-10-11T03:05:54+00:00

Miles Davis. Photo by Francis Wolff. Black music is paradigmatic of how Black persons have best dealt with their humanity, their complexity — their good and bad, negative and positive aspects, without being obsessively preoccupied with whites. Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and Coltrane were just being themselves. And for whites interested in the humanity of [...]

Miles Davis: Black Yin, Black Yang 2017-10-11T03:05:54+00:00

Notes of a Bioregional Interloper

2017-10-10T03:07:52+00:00

Over the past few years I’ve started to feel bothered, even embarrassed, by how little I know about this giant rock I live on. My recent library checkout patterns are telling: books on birds, trees, mountains, and watersheds. (I can sometimes be found flipping through the heavy Audubon Society guide to Western Forests while standing [...]

Notes of a Bioregional Interloper 2017-10-10T03:07:52+00:00

Stop me if you’ve heard this one

2017-10-07T03:05:13+00:00

It is hard to draft an appropriate response to tragedy. One that balances empathy for survivors and those near to the deceased on as close to a personal level as possible while keeping an eye for the bigger issues shouting over one another to be addressed. Which balances individual pain with superlatives, with the event’s place [...]

Stop me if you’ve heard this one 2017-10-07T03:05:13+00:00

Living Room: Pablo Guardiola

2017-10-06T03:05:06+00:00

From the Living Room gathering, June 4, 2011. Photo by Laura Flippen. https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/sfmomaopenspace/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/23131440/LR5-Guardiola.mp3 Artist Pablo Guardiola invokes the moment in 2005 when he bought a calendar-slash-artwork from a fellow artist as a way to think about recollection, history, context, and what constitutes an “event.” Open Space Go to Source Author: Suzanne SteinPowered by WPeMatico

Living Room: Pablo Guardiola 2017-10-06T03:05:06+00:00