2012 SECA Art Award

For the first time in the history of SFMOMA’s biennial award program honoring Bay Area artists, the museum has commissioned the four recipients of the 2012 SECA Art Award to create work outside the traditional gallery context. Their site-responsive projects — ranging from drawing to performance, sound, video, and sculpture — will appear on this website and at sites in Oakland and San Francisco.

Zarouhie Abdalian has created a sound installation consisting of brass bells programmed to ring simultaneously for several minutes each day from rooftops radiating out from Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, at 14th Street and Broadway in Oakland. The designated time will vary day to day (check back for schedule updates). Josh Faught’s constellation of hand-woven sculptures in the Neptune Society Columbarium in San Francisco responds to the architecture of this nondenominational repository for cremation urns, as well as the visual language suggested by the memorabilia decorating the personalized niches. Shot on location at SFMOMA, Jonn Herschend’s short film takes the museum’s temporary building closure as the point of departure for a behind-the-scenes look at its art and office relocation, exploring narratives of risk and personal transition. Herschend’s commission will premiere on SFMOMA’s website (see trailer below). David Wilson will develop, over the course of the exhibition, a series of intimately composed sites at six outdoor locations in San Francisco, leaving new hand-drawn maps with walking and public transportation instructions at an informational trailhead in front of the closed SFMOMA building. His ephemeral and subtle interventions take myriad forms, including live musical performances by guest collaborators, hidden audio recordings, and landscape drawings.

Exhibition Opening

Event Details:


  • When: 

    Saturday, September 14, 2013

  • Where: 

    SFMoMA
    151 Third St.
    San Fransisco

  • More information: 

    Event website.

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