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SFMOMA Field trip prep Art 2thruAP and Photo


We will go over these links in class and guide you through them with some in-class discussions and some further reading/listening at-home.

  1. New installation of large-scale works which will be the first thing you see – this link provides background to your understanding and appreciation: Mehretu

2. We will use this as our gathering point before we leave the museum and this short video shows the incredible installation of this monumental sculpture:  Serra’s Sequence installation

3. The main special exhibition is Robert Rauschenberg: Erasing the Rules. In preparation, we will focus on the art historical context, the creativity, the use of painting, photography, dance, performance, sculpture, assemblage, collage, conceptualist ideas, and art as political action.

This is a preview of the museum exhibit: Rauschenberg: Erasing the Rules

4. The introduction to this video below is (0-4:12) is a summary of his art historical role. The remainder of the video is optional but highly recommended!

5. The SFMOMA bio and works pictures below the bio also present his unique role as an artist: bio and works

6. Black and white photography is a major interest early in his career: Rauschenberg’s photo Quiet House

7. Another interesting correlation is this interview discussing the relationship between Evans’ and Rauschenberg’s exploration of American culture: Rauschenberg and Evans

8. This short older film has some great footage of him discussing ideas about ROCI, the desire to make political and social change through art and his reaction to the commercialism of the art world.

9. A small but valuable display of political art and posters is previewed here.  Scroll down to “more on the artists/ see all”.  From The Art of Corita Kent (activist, artist, nun) to Jose Montoya: the Royal Chicano Air Force are both interesting and inspiring. Be sure to consider how the artistry of these posters reinforces the message: Get with the Action – political posters/ activist artists


Exhibit: Richard Gordon: Metaphotographs

Richard Gordon, photographer

How do we use photography?    How does it change how we see?      Do photographs preserve or spoil?

How do photographs tell us about ourselves?   What can a photograph tell us about who we are?     Do photographs have a moral obligation?

Exhibit: Nothing Stable Under Heaven



Art 3 – Harlem & Chicago Renaissances – Charles White


1. Read and take notes in your sketchbook on the Harlem Renaissance.


2. Read and take notes about the Chicago Renaissance.

3. Read and take notes about Charles White.

4. Listen and take notes on Charles White’s life and work.

5. Listen and take notes on Charles White’s life, work, and issues that are important to him.

6. Look carefully at the search results of his drawings and lithographs and make thumbnails of 3 which you find most expressive and engaging.

Charles White drawings and lithographs

AP Food for thought #7


Read the following article and consider how it can relate to your own artistic process. Consider also how different it is to work outside of the demands of an economic system in a school or institute like the one described here.

Here are 2 of Kentridge’s animations:



Here is a Ted talk by Kentridge about the creative process:



AP Art -food for thought #6


(extra credit to anyone who can find definitive information on the status of the restoration of the original sculpture)