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Project Los Altos: SFMOMA in Silicon Valley

Lets begin by asking what isn’t happening in Los Altos? Because, that would be a very short list! Although the list of what IS going on is way more exciting, so read on! Thanks to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Los Altos is more than just a residential Bay Area City this winter. Through March 2nd the SFMOMA is hosting multiple exhibitions and installations throughout Los Altos as part of it’s On the Go exhibition program.

Los Altos Exhibition locations, provided by SFMOMA

Los Altos Exhibition locations, provided by SFMOMA

Street Art (literally), public art, costume art, tech art, local art, local history, new opportunities to make art, and the list goes on; basically, any way you ever wanted to engage with a City in a creative way is incorporated into Project Los Altos. SFMOMA brought in Nationally recognized artists’ works and commissioned recognized, local artists, and Silicon Valley natives to create the identity of this mutisite exhibition.

Jessica Stockholder, Cross Hatch, 2013, Insall picture courtesy of SFMOMA mobile site

Jessica Stockholder, Cross Hatch, 2013, Install picture courtesy of SFMOMA mobile site

By using vibrant color Jessica Stockholder creates geometric configurations to incorporate the sidewalks, intersections, and a parking lot in downtown Los Altos. As time passes, people cross, cars drive-by and the elements of nature take their course, Stockholder’s large painting will change without the influence from the artist, but from the contribution of everyday life from the city. To view Cross Hatch you can sit in metal bleachers set up for admiration at State and Fourth Streets.

Charles Garoian, Watermelon Sculpture, 1972, courtesy of the Artist

Charles Garoian, Watermelon Sculpture, 1972, courtesy of the Artist

Other pieces, like the photographs by Jeremy Blake and Charkes Garoian, capture the essence of Silicon Valley history and traditions recognized by all. Blake combines images of the Winchester Mystery House with old advertisements and photographs, adding to every residents curiosity about the property (don’t tell you haven’t secretly wanted to go). And, Charles Garoian’s photographs hit home for Los Altos residents as his documentation of being a high school teacher at Los Altos High (1969-1986) intersects with performance, artist and the ritual or tradition of being in High School.

Spencer Finch, detail of Study for Back to Kansas, 2013, courtesy of SFMOMA and the Artist

Spencer Finch, detail of Study for Back to Kansas, 2013, courtesy of SFMOMA and the Artist

Other projects from the exhibitions include a call to all residents to help break world records, another is a costume bank project/documentation, and tech speak poetry! Surly, you shouldn’t miss the changing colors of Spencer Finch’s installation Back to Kansas, which was commissioned by SFMOMA and many collaborating galleries.

By March 2, 2014 the Los Altos Project will not only have been a great exhibition, but will also have contributed to the Assistance League, left the city with a wide spread awareness, potentially left them with setting the most World records, and will put them on the art map in history – which is pretty awesome. Be sure you witness this fully immerse experience for yourself, bring your family, and your friends, even your pets!

For a full list of artworks, locations, hours and fees (Free) please visit the SFMOMA Project Los Altos page.

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