September 20, 2016
. . . David Hammons “On Art,” with Philippe Vergne
With that, I'd like to welcome David Hammons, thank you.
Good evening.
We'll start with the slides.
Long pause.
This is 1974, in Los Angeles...

In the spring of 1994, SFMOMA presented the exhibition David Hammons: New Work. On the opening, March 3rd, the artist did something he rarely (or never) does: he gave a lecture in the museum's auditorium.

We begin our David Hammons season with the audio recording of this lecture. To accompany the recording, we have reconstructed the slide presentation of the images he might have shown. Sometimes, it was impossible to figure out what he was referring to, so some slides are missing.

Afterwards, Philippe Vergne (the Director of LA MOCA) responds. He has known Hammons for many years and worked with him in the context of the 2008 Whitney Biennial. He shares some of his own thoughts on the work the artist has made since he gave that lecture back in 1994.

Let's say this one more time: Hammons won't be here. Vergne will be here. The Hammons lecture is a recording from 1994. Vergne's lecture is live.

This event is introduced by Caitlin Haskell, Assistant Curator of Painting and Sculpture at SFMOMA.

With thanks to SFMOMA

This is the first event in our year-long season about and around the work of David Hammons.

Hammons' (recorded) lecture begins at 7:15pm

Vergne's talk begins at 8pm

Space is limited.

SFMOMA Membership Calendar, 1994 (cover)
SFMOMA Membership Calendar, 1994 (cover)

SFMOMA Membership Calendar, 1994 (inside)
SFMOMA Membership Calendar, 1994 (inside)

Philippe Vergne (photo: Myles Pettengill)
Philippe Vergne (photo: Myles Pettengill)