Elizabeth Murray overcame lengthy journeys to resolve paintings
Elizabeth Murray (1940–2007) turned a corner in developing “Bop” (2002–03) from a sketch into a full-scale painting by eventually hitting a low.
“When I start to really hate it, it starts to go some place,” said Murray.
“It’s almost as though you have to get down into that place where you absolutely hate it and want to rip it off the wall—rip it to pieces and throw it out—to start getting into it. It’s very strange.”
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14 films reveal the origins of becoming an artist
“I don’t think I’ve ever said to myself, consciously, ‘I’m going to become an artist,'” recalled Jessica Stockholder. “I just set about it.”
In our Origin Stories playlist, artists share the inspiration behind some of their earliest work, drawing connections to their paths towards becoming artists.
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Upcoming workshops for educators
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The third and final program of a series co-presented with SFMOMA takes place Saturday, January 23, at 1:00 p.m. ET. Exploring three different aspects of the question—”What is contemporary art?”—each workshop encourages educators to think and work like artists, using thematic, inquiry-driven processes and strategies. The upcoming installment examines artists who question and investigate intersections of identity and power. Registration is free, but space is limited.
In “The Concept of Care,” a special program taking place on Monday, January 25 at 7:00 p.m. ET, learn about contemporary artists grappling with the notion of care in both their process and product. Consider how their ideas, actions, and results can serve as inspiration for future student lessons and in your own life. Registration is free, but space is limited.
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