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SFMOMA’s Explore Modern Art

Ann Hamilton, Indigo Project (2000). Courtesy SFMOMA.

SFMOMA recently launched their redesigned website with the initiative Explore Modern Art, an online learning environment and interactive space that integrates the museum’s collections information, calendar of public programs and events, and multimedia interpretive programs. Over the last decade, these features have produced engaging programming on 85 modern and contemporary artists, enabling visitors to learn about the contexts in which the artworks were created, see videos of the artists in their studios, hear first-person explanations of their creative processes, and view high-resolution digital images of the artworks. Explore Modern Art makes this substantial repository more accessible, user-friendly, and well, fun.

My favorite section is Making Sense of Modern Art, a lively video archive and guide to works in SFMOMA’s permanent collection, where one can go watch Ann Hamilton discuss her Indigo Blues Project, look up close at a Claude Cahun photograph, or listen to Richard Tuttle talk about the “presence of simple things.” Other Art:21 artists highlighted in this program include Matthew Barney, Louise Bourgeois, Jenny Holzer, Richard Serra, and Kara Walker.

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