Grateful to have visited SFMoMA last week before it closes for a long period of renovation. The Garry Winogrand exhibition was exceptional. Obsession and innovation undeniably flood the walls while numerous vitrines offer traces of insight, filled with contact sheets, freelance work, and various personal documents including letters to and from Winogrand, one of his Guggenheim applications, and a letter of recommendation from Diane Arbus. So much intriguing context to some 160 photographs that span his career, plus a comprehensive catalogue with compelling essays and twice as many photographs.
Also on view, Christian Marclay’s The Clock was brilliant and absorbing. I really had no idea what to expect, but after thoroughly enjoying Things I’ve Heard at Fraenkel Gallery, I decided to join the long queue that was averaging two hours. Completely worth the wait. I watched three hours of this twenty-four hour intricately edited video montage. Throughout the run of the exhibition the museum offered twenty-four hour screenings on weekends; I met a couple who had just completed viewing the video in their fifth visit and were discussing their favorite hours. I wish I could have seen more myself. A watched pot never boils but watching this clock, time just flew by.