Meet the Curators: Sam Sharkey and Kathleen Maguire on Take Only Memories, Leave Only Footprints
Join Exploratorium Cinema Arts curators Kathleen Maguire and Samuel Sharkey who will lead Q&A sessions and engage visitors in informal conversations about their selections for Take Only Memories, Leave Only Footprints over the course of the Screening Room program’s last afternoon on view at the McEvoy Foundation for the Arts.
Presented in two alternating cycles, each beginning at the top of the hour, Take Only Memories, Leave Only Footprints investigates the act of seeing as a primary way of knowing, ranging from the biological and temporal characteristics of vision to cinema’s ability to transcend these experiences. Like the photographs and sculptures on view in No Time, these film and video works induce the viewer to travel beyond the vistas represented and explore the many facets of human relationships to the natural world.
Featuring works by Jeroen Cluckers, Daniel Crooks, Siegfried A. Fruhauf, Tanja Geis, Jan Van IJken, and Jane Veeder among others, Maguire and Sharkey provoke questions of technological advancement and scale with implications for both the creation of moving-image art and the unalterable change of natural landscapes.
Admission is free. Register at mcevoyarts.eventbrite.com.
Kathleen Maguire is a media arts programmer at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. Her work includes designing screenings for intergenerational audiences, working closely with artists to craft media-based performances, and curating media works for the Museum galleries. Recent projects include Light Play: Mechanical Entry Points, a multi-year engagement highlighting artists who explore light art through mechanical technologies and Field of View: Mapping Emerging Technologies, a series of temporal engagements examining cutting-edge use of immersive technologies in science and the arts. She was previously a part of the temporal programming group at the American Museum of Natural History and is a graduate of NYU’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program.
Samuel Sharkey is a Bay Area film exhibitor and event producer focused on audience experience through interactive performance and direct engagement. He graduated with a BA in media studies from the University of San Francisco and expanded his interest in performing arts through celebrating cult cinema with Peaches Christ Productions (2004 – 2018) and honing visitor engagement while co-operating the Red Vic Movie House (2008 – 2012). He has worked as a part of Cinema Arts at the Exploratorium since 2008, gaining a deep appreciation for experimental film forms and site-based screenings. He curates short film programs, outdoor screenings, and expanded cinema performances.
This event is presented in collaboration with the Exploratorium Cinema Arts Program and in conjunction with MFA’s Fall exhibition No Time, which explores human relationships to the natural world in the past, present, and future. No Time is on view through Saturday, January 19, 2019.
Image: Video still from Where the City Can’t See, 2017, Liam Young
Artists’ Talk: Ellen Berkenblit and Sarah Braman
MFA presents Ellen Berkenblit and Sarah Braman in conversation with curator Kevin Moore on
Saturday, February 9, 3:30 – 5pm. Admission is free. Seating is limited and available by reservation. The opening reception for True Blue Mirror: Ellen Berkenblit and Sarah Braman, an exhibition of works from the McEvoy Family Collection, follows the conversation.
In the Bay Area premiere exhibition for these two New York-based artists, Moore stages a
theatrical dialogue between the pictorial calligraphy of Berkenblit’s gestural, semi-abstract
paintings and the vernacular materials of Braman’s blocky, quasi-mystical sculptures and
environments. At times viscerally physical, pleasingly coherent, and intriguingly contradictory,
True Blue Mirror proposes an impromptu stage production of sorts, engaging Braman as set
designer and Berkenblit as casting director. Juxtaposing these two bodies of work reveals
correspondences in line, color, and composition, yet differences in scale and dimensionality, as
each is reflected and refracted through the vision of the other.
Working together with Moore, the artists have also chosen a complement of photographic works
from the Collection to expand the exhibition. Over the course of the conversation the artists will
share insights into their unique methods and practices and their experiences collaborating on
the exhibition at MFA.
Admission is free. Register at mcevoyarts.eventbrite.com.
Image: Video still from Lines Roar, 2018. Ellen Berkenblit’s first film, Lines Roar was created by the artist in collaboration with directors Mónica Brand and Francisco Lopez of Mogollon. The score of the film features music by Zeena Parkins. This film was commissioned by The Drawing Center and co-produced by Anton Kern Gallery.
Film Screening: My Art
Laurie Simmons, United States, 2016, 86 min., English
MFA presents My Art, the feature directorial debut from acclaimed contemporary artist Laurie Simmons.
Ellie Shine (Simmons) is an artist in New York City struggling to achieve recognition in the artworld. When she is offered the luxurious country house and studio of a famous friend, she seizes the opportunity to escape her urban artworld malaise and get down to work.
Ellie finds her new surroundings full of creative potential. She turns the home’s adjoining barn into her new workplace, staging elaborate recreations of classic Hollywood movies, ranging from Some Like it Hot to A Clockwork Orange. When various local men—two gardeners and a lawyer—become intrigued, Ellie invites them to co-star in her performances for the camera.
With humor, grace, a shrewd sense of self, and star-power from the likes of Parker Posey, Lena Dunham, Josh Safdie, John Rothman, and Robert Colhessy, this off-kilter romantic comedy chronicles an unlikely foursome’s odd and fortuitous journey toward mature artistic fulfillment.
Tickets available at mcevoyarts.eventbrite.com.
My Art is presented in conjunction with MFA’s exhibition True Blue Mirror: Ellen Berkenblit and Sarah Braman, on view February 8 – May 4, 2019. The film elaborates upon the exhibition’s concerns with physical acts of art-making and sensorial reanimations of found materials and cultural tropes.
Laurie Simmons (b. 1949) is an American artist, photographer, and filmmaker. Her work is included in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. In 2006 she wrote and directed The Music of Regret, starring Meryl Streep and the Alvin Ailey Dancers, with cinematography by Ed Lachman.
Image: My Art, directed by Laurie Simmons (2016). Image courtesy of Film Movement.