SFMOMA Open Space

In 2010 I was invited to contribute a regular column to SFMOMA's Open Space blog. I decided to use the blog space as a platform for collaborative projects with cultural producers in the Bay Area that I deeply respect. Below is a copy of my introduction, and links to each post. 

I don't drink coffee, so let's have a beer...

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When Suzanne Stein invited me to become a blogger for Open Space my first thought, outside of being complimented, was how I would add one more thing to my crazy life. If you don’t know me, here ya go. For 40+ hours a week I’m the Director/Curator of the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery. We produce 9 - 12 exhibitions a year in three locations, special projects, educational programs and fundraising events. I teach a weekly three-hour seminar class to graduate students at SFAI. Because I enjoy it, I also sit on a lot of panels and juries. I live in Oakland and try very hard to be a good partner to my fiancé, Steve, and a good mom to our 5 year old son, Sam.

My old friend and mentor, Marcia Tucker, once asked me if I had a hobby. “Right,” I replied sarcastically. She said, “If you want to stay sane in this business you have to be committed to something outside of it that’s just for you.” I asked if an occasional yoga class was a hobby. “Nope, that’s exercise.” I tried again, “Does playing with my kid count?” Marcia reminded me that child rearing is not a hobby. Unless making dinner is a hobby, I clearly didn’t (and still don’t) have one. Marcia, who passed away in 2006, had a legitimate hobby. She sang in an a cappella group called The Art Mob, and nothing happened at the New Museum that involved her on the nights she set aside to sing. I admired her ability to nurture a loving family, commit to her passion for performing, and kick ass in the art world. This is the kind of balance so many of us in the arts struggle to find.

Maybe some day I’ll take up tango or learn to knit or join a book club. For now, this blog will be my hobby. A hobby, by definition of Marcia, should be really enjoyable and take you outside of your everyday routine.

My entries will come in two week cycles.
Week 1: I’ll have a beer with someone in the community I deeply respect. We’ll shoot the shit, maybe attend a cultural event, and come up with a project for the blog the following week. In this entry I’ll introduce my partner in crime and record my take on our conversation.
Week 2: This entry will be in the form of an agreed upon project that responds to our conversation the week previous. During the course of my tenure with Open Space, there will be at least seven mini-exhibitions.

What can two or more creative types come up with in a couple of hours over a couple of beers? Stick around and find out.
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(New posts will be added after publication.)

Rhyme & Reason, Jude Gabbary y Munoz Responds to the Collection (Part 2), March 24, 2011
Reno and Russia with Jude Gabbard (Part 1), March 9, 2011
Sequent Occupancy: A Brief History of the SFMOMA Site for the Past 900 Years (Part 2), February 15, 2011
Sequent Occupancy: Josh Singer at The Trappist (Part 1), January 18, 2011
Andy Goldsworthy: Big Tears (Part 1) and A Gift to the Backyard (Part 2), January 5, 2011
Maple Jesus: The works of Gretchen Bennett (Part 2), December 22, 2010
Maple Jesus: In Brooklyn with Gretchen Bennett and Emily Hall (Part 1), November 24, 2010
The Marriage of Figaro: Anne Colvin and I find a way in (Part 2), November 10, 2010
The Marriage of Figaro with Anne Colvin (Part 1), November 2, 1010