SFMoMA presents “Field Conditions”

Lebbeus Woods, Conflict Space 2, 2006; crayon and acrylic on linen; 74 x 120 in. (187.96 x 304.8 cm); Collection , gift of Aleksandra Wagner; © Lebbeus Woods

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art will be hosting an exhibition from September 1, 2012 through January 6, 2013 that features works of conceptual and theoretical architecture. Blurring the lines between the two, the “field” to frame these investigations into construction, representation, and experience of space entitled Field Conditions features works in a wide variety of media by artists and practicing architects. Some of the notable names that will have their work on display include Tauba Auerbach, Daniel Libeskind, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Sol LeWitt, and Lebbeus Woods. More snapshots of the work after the break.

C.E.B. Reas, Process 7 (detail), 2010; multimedia; dimensions variable; Courtesy the artist; © C.E.B. Reas

Curated by Joseph Becker, the Field Conditions exhibition is an opportunity to experience the inventive and interdisciplinary thinking that characteristic of the SFMOMA’s architecture and design collection. Becker describes the projects in the exhibition as “spatial experiments”—regardless of whether their makers define themselves as architects or visual artists, “all use a kind of architectural language to describe or provoke a spatial condition.”

Tauba Auerbach, 50/50 Floor, 2008 (installation view); black and white tile, dimensions variable; Courtesy the artist; © Tauba Auerbach; photo: Deitch Projects

The exhibition takes its title from a landmark essay by architect Stan Allen. First published in 1996, Allen’s “Field Conditions” marked a move away from traditional concepts of architectural form and toward a consideration of systems and networks. The show draws upon Allen’s ideas in focusing on works that redefine the relationships between figure and ground, object and process, finite and infinite, place and nonplace. Here, the term “field” refers to an array of objects or marks that accumulate to the point of becoming a kind of system.

Daniel Libeskind, Micromegas Studies, 1978; graphite on paper; 26 x 36 1/4 in. each (66 x 92 cm); Collection SFMOMA, Accessions Committee Fund: gift of Pam and Dick Kramlich, Byron R. Meyer, Nancy and Steven Oliver, Leanne B. Roberts, and Collectors Forum; © Daniel Libeskind

The SFMOMA is located at 151 Third Street, . If you are in the area be sure to take advantage of the free admission offered the first Tuesday of every month. Visit SFMoMA.org for more information.

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