A Thursday night in March at SFMOMA

Thursday evenings at SFMOMA are always fun, but it had been awhile since I’d acquired my half price ticket and shoved off into the gallery with the masses. The darkening sky makes it seem like these nights would be well served with unspillable glasses of wine as we chicly make our way through the galleries.
* Oliver Lutz’s lynching of Leo Frank, what appears to be a black canvas, but has an infrared picture of the lynching, so you can get your own image snapped in the video monitor as a voyeur of the murder.
* Learning to Love You More, by Miranda July and Harrell Fletcher, a call for audience participation via 70 assignments (listed below)
* Sophie Calle, the French photographer who created a piece by hiring an investigator to follow her, and she puts her version of the events alongside his pictures and notes. “I wonder if ‘he’ is thinking of me.”
* Muybridge’s phenomenal panoramic views of San Francisco in the early 20th century. A 17 foot scroll from the top of California Street.
* Melted PVC chair and the skyscape with stars/coordinates flashing in neon.
The 70 assignments from Learning to Love You More
70. Say goodbye.
69. Climb to the top of a tree and take a picture of the view.
68. Feel the news.
67. Repair something.
66. Make a field guide to your yard.
65. Perform the phone call someone else wished they could have.
64. Teach us an exercise.
63. Make an encouraging banner.
62. Make an educational public plaque.
61. Describe your ideal government.
60. Write a press release about an everyday event.
59. Interview someone who has experienced war.
58. Record the sound that is keeping you awake.
57. Lipsync to shy neighbor’s Garth Brooks cover.
56. Make a portrait of your friend’s desires.
55. Photograph a significant outfit.
54. Draw the news.
53. Give advice to yourself in the past.
52. Write the phone call you wish you could have.
51. Describe what to do with your body when you die.
50. Take a flash photo under your bed.
49. Draw a picture of your friend’s friend.
48. Make the saddest song.
47. Re-enact a scene from a movie that made someone else cry.
46. Draw Raymond Carver’s Cathedral.
45. Reread your favorite book from fifth grade.
44. Make a “LTLYM assignment”.
43. Make an exhibition of the art in your parent’s house.
42. List five events from 1984.
41. Document your bald spot.
40. Heal yourself.
39. Take a picture of your parents kissing.
38. Act out someone else’s argument.
37. Write down a recent argument.
36. Grow a garden in an unexpected spot.
35. Ask your family to describe what you do.
34. Make a protest sign and protest.
33. Braid someone’s hair.
32. Draw a scene from a movie that made you cry.
31. Spend time with a dying person.
30. Take a picture of strangers holding hands.
29. Make an audio recording of a choir.
28. Edit a photo album page.
27. Take a picture of the sun.
26. Design an article of clothing for Mona to crochet.
25. Make a video of someone dancing.
24. Cover the song “Don’t Dream It’s Over”.
23. Recreate this snapshot.
22. Recreate a scene from Laura Lark’s life story.
21. Sculpt a bust of Steve.
20. Take a family portrait of two families.
19. Illustrate a scene or make an object from Paul Arensmeyer’s life story.
18. Recreate a poster you had as a teenager.
17. Record your own guided meditation.
16. Make a paper replica of your bed.
15. Hang a windchime on a tree in a parking lot.
14. Write your life story in less than a day.
13. Recreate the moment after a crime.
12. Get a temporary tattoo of one of Morgan Rozacky’s neighbors.
11. Photograph a scar and write about it.
10. Make a flier of your day.
9. Draw a constellation from someone’s freckles.
8. Curate an artist’s retrospective in a public place.
7. Recreate 3 minutes of a Fresh Air interview.
6. Make a poster of shadows.
5. Recreate an object from someone’s past.
4. Start a lecture series.
3. Make a documentary video about a small child.
2. Make a neighborhood field recording.
1. Make a child’s outfit in an adult size.