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Can I Play With Your Pollock?

Two curators of SFMOMA's first offsite collaboration discuss the mutual benefits of sharing.

"It's exhilarating—the new interpretive possibilities, the chance to learn from other museums. We may really come out the better for it." Janet Bishop, Curator of Painting and Sculpture, SFMOMA

"There's excitement, but also concern" about the effect that SFMOMA's closure will have on neighboring museums. "We don't want to lose momentum—and SFMOMA doesn't want to lose its profile." Karen Tsujimoto, Curator Contemporary Jewish Museum

Normally, SFMOMA would never let its most iconic works leave the building. "We want people to see them here!" —Bishop

"We're taking these pieces that are usually shown with a modern-art mindset, and we're assessing them in a different way—the relationships between, say, Pollock and Jewish kabbalah or minimalism and Buddhism." —Tsujimoto

Read more about making the new MOMA:
Introduction: Deconstructing MOMA
Phase One: Packing Up
Phase One: By the Numbers
Phase One: Movers and Shakers
Phase One: Hard Cases
Phase Two: The Road Show
Phase Two: Can I Play With Your Pollock?
Phase Two: Meanwhile, Back At The Fischer Collection
Phase Three: The Reboot
Phase Three: There Goes The Neighborhood


Originally published in the June 2013 issue of San Francisco

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