Modern Art Not on Hold in San Francisco. Photo credit: Albert Vieten
The SFMOMA (Museum of Modern Art) building may be closed for expansion, but the city's love of modern art has burst out of the building and into the streets of San Francisco.  Live Projects begin this month, a bimonthly series dedicated to the art and philosophy of contemporary artists that are typically showcased inside the SFMOMA building exhibitions. 

These unique exhibitions will take place all across the Bay Area and will shed light into the perspective and influence of some of the world's greatest artists.  Each project will feature artist talks, related film screenings, workshops, family programming, and new artist commissions each working together to ensure that a firm grasp of a featured artist's life and work is achieved as visitors explore the Bay Area's cultural icons and geography.  Live Projects are planned to continue until 2016 when the SFMOMA museum will reopen its doors.

The inaugural Live Projects event focuses on the work of Mark di Suvero, the abstract expressionist sculptor whose works can be found around the entire globe.  The events will follow both di Suvero's art and style, as well as engage his personal story including interest in politics, poetry, sculpture, and imagination.  Events include:

  • Film screenings of The Manchurian Candidate and Scanners on Friday, September 13th at the Castro Theatre.
  • Film screenings of F.T.A. and Monterey Pop on Sunday, September 15th also at the Castro Theatre.
  • A Walking Symposium/Field Trip covering the abstraction of politics and the politics of abstraction on Sunday, September 22 on Angel Island State Park.
  • A poetry reading and a Teacher Institute workshop taught by Mark di Suvero himself on Saturday, September 28th at Crissy Field.
  • Family Day at Crissy Field takes place on Sunday, September 29th at Crissy Field.  The topic, "Brave the ELEMENTS: Where Line, Shape, and Color Meet Earth, Wind, and Sky" will inspire art and imagination in even the youngest of visitors.
  • Artist Talk by Mark di Suvero and poets on Monday, September 30th at the SFJAZZ Center.

All event tickets should be purchased through the SFMOMA website in conjunction with EventBrite.

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Photo credit: Albert Vieten

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