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SFMOMA officials preview Project Los Altos


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SFMOMA’s Janet Bishop and Katie Tamony spoke to the Los Altos Rotary Club on Oct. 17.

With the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s “Project Los Altos: SFMOMA in Silicon Valley” slated to open next month, museum representatives visited the Rotary Club of Los Altos Oct. 17 to discuss the exhibition.

While SFMOMA undergoes extensive renovation, the museum has shipped some of its inventory for temporary installation at sites around the Bay Area. “Project Los Altos” runs Nov. 9 through March 2.

SFMOMA’s Janet Bishop, curator of painting and sculpture, and Katie Tamony, director of marketing and communications, previewed the exhibition, which features the artwork of nine contemporary artists, including two with local ties.

Charles Garoian, former art teacher at Los Altos High School and current professor at Pennsylvania State University, is among the participating artists.

A trilogy of videos by Jeremy Blake highlights the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, built by the eccentric Sarah Winchester, who owned the 100 acres that later became Los Altos.

The exhibition also comprises seven new commissions, including a film by director Mike Mills, who interviewed the children of local high-tech workers about their expectations for the future. Graphic artist Jessica Stockholder’s contribution, “Cross Hatch,” is already on display: She used the intersection of State and Fourth streets as her colorful canvas to showcase a geometric abstract painting.

Passerelle Investment Co. funded 20 artist videos to accompany “Project Los Altos.”

SFMOMA is conducting an extensive marketing campaign targeting audio, video, online and print media to publicize the exhibition. The museum’s members’ magazine describing “Project Los Altos” will reach 30,000 households, many are expected to visit the various works on display.

Tamony also spotlighted some of the SFMOMA on the Go exhibitions planned for other cities, including “Flesh and Metal: Body and Machine” at Stanford University’s Cantor Arts Center; “Beyond Belief: 100 Years of the Spiritual” at San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum; 23 pieces of SFMOMA’s Matisse collection at the San Francisco Legion of Honor; and eight monumentally scaled sculptures by Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field in San Francisco.

For more information on “Project Los Altos,” visit sfmoma.org/exhib_events/exhibitions/572.

Marlene Cowan is a member of the Rotary Club of Los Altos.

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