This is just a peek back at all the fun we had during Live Projects 1: Mark di Suvero this past September. If you missed out on that adventurous series of events, don’t fret! Live Projects 2: SECA Art Award is coming up starting next week! See the lineup and get tix now→

To see more photos from Live Projects 1, go here. To stay up to date with Live Projects 2, follow #SFMOMAlive and RSVP/invite friends on Facebook!


What purpose does public art serve?

Next Wednesday, the four most recent winners of SFMOMA’s SECA Art Award will dive into a conversation about public art with writer Michelle Tea at SFJAZZ in Hayes Valley. Don’t miss this conversation (and don’t miss the preceding happy hour, either)! Get tickets + more info here.

This event is part of Live Projects 2, SFMOMA’s new bi-monthly series of on the go events featuring conversation, film, and exploration.


Installation of Chimurenga Library is in progress.

The San Francisco Public Library is in the process of temporarily becoming a giant book that will uncover stories about the origins and legacies of FESTAC ‘77.

The temporary exhibition, on view May 24 through June 29, has been created by the newspaper, Chimurenga, based in Cape Town, South Africa. It is organized by SFMOMA and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) in partnership with the library.

So, what is FESTAC ’77, you might wonder..

FESTAC ’77 was the Second World Festival of Black Arts and Culture, which was a pan-African cultural festival that took place over a month in Lagos, Nigeria in 1977. It included visual arts exhibitions, music and dance performances, and an extensive scholarly conference that featured the major black intellectuals of the day. It was a life-altering experience for many participants and attendees, but very little has been written about it.

The exhibition is designed to investigate why that is, and to link the story of the festival to the Bay Area, and to many other stories.

Follow the project on Tumblr→ here

Photo credit: Chimurenga Library; Platform 1 installation, photo: Andria Lo.

How have social media, digital cameras, and amateur photojournalism altered the way photographs capture the everyday, define current events, and steer social and political movements?

With participants from Instagram, WIRED, Magnum Photos, The New York Times Magazine, and more, Bearing Witness on 3/16 will be a photography symposium you won’t want to miss.

RSVP on Facebook.

UPDATE: this event is currently at capacity, but it will be LIVE STREAMED here! Help us spread the word: #BearingWitness.


Morgan M. submitted these yesterday – they respond to Chris Johanson’s “Draw” art action

If you follow the images in a spiral from the bottom left, you see a line of thought coiling into the center. The images are all produced by a script that Morgan wrote in Python (a snippet of which is attached). The act of creation was the programming itself, which then generates the visual output. 

“I pulled the raw thesaurus information from the Roget’s Thesaurus hosted by Project Gutenberg. The prompt said to think of something then think of something else, but I figured a computer could do that for me. The program picks a random word, then looks for words related to that first word, then it randomly chooses among the synonyms and uses one of them as the new starting point to repeat the process, checking each time to make sure that it hasn’t looped back into a word it already used.” - Morgan M.

Browse more documentation from Chris Johanson's Draw art action here.