Video by San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Surrounded by his paintings in SFMOMA’s galleries, German artist Anselm Kiefer describes the challenges and significance of exploring the past in his work. He highlights the subjective, emotional nature of both history and art. Created by Smarthistory.
Video by SFMOMA. German painter and sculptor Anselm Kiefer discusses the meanings behind some of his favorite materials, including straw, cow manure, and lead. He describes how he strives for fluidity and malleability in his work, though conservation can be a challenge. Created by Smarthistory.
Video by SFMOMA. Beginning in the early 1990s, Fred Wilson shook the museum world with his artistic interventions. At the Maryland Historical Society, he used the conventions of the the museum itself to comment on race, with startling juxtapositions such as 19th century armchairs displayed with slave shackles and a whipping post amongst finely crafted woodworking. His work uncovers inherent cultural biases and disrupts the more traditional way many Americans understand museums. Created by Smarthistory.
Video by SFMOMA. Artist Kara Walker discusses her interest in popular literature, including romance novels, slave narratives, and even Thomas F. Dixon's 1905 novel The Clansman, and how all of these have influenced her work. Created by Smarthistory.
Video by SFMOMA. Artist Kerry James Marshall explains the background of his series Mementos (1994–2003). The paintings and lithographs were inspired by Marshall's memory of 1960s-era souvenirs commemorating heroes of the civil rights movement. Created by Smarthistory.