SF MOMA: The Art of Participation

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
8 November, 2008 - 8 February, 2009

It seems the art world has finally seen its first museum scale exhibition devoted entirely to relational art. A marginalized discourse no more?
Exhibition description:
"Looking back nearly 60 years across a wide spectrum of genres and media, this exhibition examines how artists have engaged members of the public as essential collaborators in the art-making process. Works by more than 40 artists will be on view, from early performance and conceptual pieces by such pioneers as John Cage, Lygia Clark, Dan Graham, and Hans Haacke to contemporary projects by Jochen Gerz, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Lynn Hershman Leeson, and Erwin Wurm, among others. Encompassing restagings of historic installations as well as new commissions that invite your direct participation, the exhibition will change in form and content as you and other visitors contribute — either at the museum or online."

View... and participate in online works of art in the exhibition here.

Take part in the online discussion of the exhibition on the SF MOMA blog.

Visit while you can!

Participating Artists:
Vito Acconci
Francis Alÿs
John Baldessari
Joseph Beuys
Blank & Jeron and Gerrit Gohlke
George Brecht
Jonah Brucker-Cohen and Mike Bennett
John Cage
c a l c and Johannes Gees
Janet Cardiff
Lygia Clark
Minerva Cuevas
Maria Eichhorn
Harrell Fletcher and Jon Rubin
Fluxus Collective
Kit Galloway and Sherrie Rabinowitz
Jochen Gerz
Matthias Gommel
Felix Gonzalez-Torres
Dan Graham
Hans Haacke
Lynn Hershman Leeson
Allan Kaprow
Henning Lohner and Van Carlson
Chip Lord, Curtis Schreier, and Bruce Tomb
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer
Tom Marioni
MTAA (M.River and T.Whid Art Associates)
Antoni Muntadas
Yoko Ono
Nam June Paik
Dan Phiffer and Mushon Zer-Aviv
Raqs Media Collective
Robert Rauschenberg
Warren Sack
Mieko Shiomi
Wolf Vostell
Andy Warhol
Stephen Willats
Erwin Wurm


Tino Sehgal in NY Magazine "Best of Art" Rankings

For his top ten art shows of 2008, Jerry Saltz selected Tino Sehgal's February 2008 show at Marian Goodman as #1.

This means that RA* might actually get some critical attention in NYC and great European artists and RA* pioneers like Tino Sehgal can look forward to bringing the art and social practice/relational art conversation to the seat of the empire, perhaps.

* RA = 'Relational Aesthetics' also known as 'Relational Art' also known as 'Art and Social Practice'

See Saltz' Top Nine Shows (and One Event) at NY Magazine.com
NY Times Review of the show
Making Senses of It All Review of Sehgal