Currently at SFMOMA’s Koret Visitor Education Center at 4:15pm daily (except Wednesdays and Sundays) are screenings of video curator and videographer, George Bolling’s recordings of their 1972 road trip to show at the Newport Harbor Art Museum, traveling with a group of San Francisco artist friends in a 15-passenger airport limousine. Organized by Tom Marioni, director of the Museum of Conceptual Art in San Francisco, the trip itself and its documentation (by Bolling and Larry Fox) were considered to be works in Marioni’s exhibition “The San Francisco Performance,” which included Terry Fox, Howard Fried, Paul Kos, Mel Henderson, Sam’s Cafe, and Bonnie Sherk. Several of the artists drove down together, making stops along the way to Baldasare Forestierre’s Underground Garden in Fresno and Chris Burden’s “Bed Piece” in Venice, California. One sequence features Henderson talking to the police about his intervention of spelling out ATTICA in Christmas lights on a ravine hillside. Art critic Charles Shere narrates the film, discussing key aspects of the significant work being made in Northern California at that time. Bolling produced this documentary in 1979 on the occasion of SFMOMA’s “Space / Time / Sound-1970s: A Decade in the Bay Area,” the first major museum survey of Bay Area Conceptual art and performance.
This screening was organized by Tanya Zimbardo, assistant curator of media arts, SFMOMA.
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