Whether it is for gold or citrus or celebrity, California has always attracted dreamers and prospectors. What is so fascinating about the most recent rush in Silicon Valley is that the harvest is invisible − the gold is in the cloud.
– Photographer Alec Soth on documenting Silicon Valley for our upcoming exhibition, Project Los Altos.
Image: Alec Soth, “Facebook main campus, Menlo Park” (2013)
Chris Johanson’s Door Sculpture to Talk About the Idea of Different Possibilities You May Have to Process Your Life is installed for Project Los Altos! Show opens 11/9; member party is this Friday at the Los Altos History Museum.
For our next SFMOMA On the Go exhibition, we’re heading to Silicon Valley! This bold work by Jessica Stockholder has brought a large splash of color to the town of Los Altos… stay tuned for timelapse footage of the installation process
It’s time to make some ART! Whether you prefer to unplug, draw, speak, hunt, or collect, we have artist-created instructions to help you explore new ideas. Head to our Live Projects Tumblr and see the “art actions” tab to explore our collaborative Let’s Do This! project!
Did you know that Mission School artist Chris Johanson grew up in the suburbs of San Jose?
Johanson will be included in Project Los Altos, SFMOMA’s upcoming exhibition in Silicon Valley. Throughout the downtown area, he will install several outdoor sculptures, one of which is a twenty-foot-tall inflatable question mark (the preliminary sketch for which is above, and we posted a GIF of it being installed earlier today). See the show for yourself starting next weekend!
Image: Chris Johanson, Sketch for I Do Not Know But Am Open to Learning, 2013
What attracted you to the Winchester house? The combination of it being symbolical powerful and not particular researched in a serious way. At least I didn’t know of any artworks based on the Winchester House, so to me it was some kind of buried treasure. It reminded me of the American obsession with massive scale and the sort of upper class monster houses that are being built in contemporary suburban America. I liked that the first one was build to house ghosts, because it captures something truly American about how we are working hard in this world, to get to the next. And then there is also the obsession with protection from unseen threats, which has become present again.
Throughout the 1970s and into the 1980s, the quiet suburban city town of Los Altos was a rather unlikely hotbed of performance art. The driver behind this was Charles Garoian, who would end up winning SFMOMA’s SECA Art Award in 1974.
Documentation from Garoian’s collaborative work with the Los Altos High School students will be on view as part of #ProjectLosAltos starting this November. Learn all about it here.
Image: Charles Garoian, Documentation of “Drill Team: Homecoming Parade” (1973)