Our society wants to be entertained. We worship at the shrines of the stage and the screen, offering them our attention and our lives. From July 14th to October 8th, Stage Presence at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art brings together three decades worth of visual art inspired by and commenting on performance and theatricality.
One will find Janet Cardiff’s Telephone Call (2001) where the audience takes a guided tour through SFMOMA, each person equipped with a small video camera. The exhibition also features daily video screenings and performances by artists such as Rashaad Newsome and Margaret Tedesco . Exploring the conflicted relationship between performance, entertainment, and art, this show is not to be missed.