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SFMOMA  Showcasing over 100 photographs, many of which have never been exhibited, 'diane arbus: in the beginning' is now on view on Floor 3

http://sfmoma.me/dianearbusSFMOMA

This work by Glenn Ligon presents Malcom X, assassinated #otd in 1965, with white hair, hot-pink lips and small, defined dots of rouge. Ligon's treatment of a charged controversial figure reveals the changing role of iconic images + the meanings they cultivate over time: 'iconicity is a form of makeover, a colour scheme laid over a neutral surface.' (Koestenbaum, 2001) Ligon has expressed a hopefulness in this unintentional iconoclasm: 'Each generation makes the Malcolm X they need’-Ligon via @tate
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[Glenn Ligon, Malcolm X (small version 1) #1, 2001]
#BlackHistoryMonth #BlackFuturesMonth

#HappyBirthday to the infamous #AnselAdams, born #onthisday in 1902 🎈Adams understood that "not everybody trusts paintings, but people believe photographs. It is more than a medium for factual communication. It is a creative art."
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[Kurt E. Fishback, Ansel Adams, 1980]

Happy #PresidentsDay! We are #open today, so come escape the rain with us 🌧
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[Ed Paschke, Anesthesio, 1986]

#HappyBirthday to Constantin Brancusi, born #onthisday in 1876 🎉 Brancusi was best known for his refined forms in marble and bronze. He was less concerned with replicating his models and preferred to capture their "essence." Therefore, he reduced his subjects to semiabstract outlines and organic shapes.
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Constantin Brancusi, La Négresse blonde, 1926

SFMOMA took part in a #DayofFacts on Twitter to discuss the power of arts education and assert cultural organizations as trusted sources of knowledge. We joined over 240 institutions all around the world to facilitate important conversations about different topics. Here were our #facts:
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When exposed to art, students demonstrate increased skills in observation + supportive reasoning.
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Low income students who are involved in the arts are more than 2x as likely to graduate college as their peers without arts education.
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Arts education engages students in learning + contributes to higher test scores + reduces truancy and dropout rates.
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Immersing students in arts education allows them to combine math + history + language + science while being uniquely tied to culture.
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"If you pick a subject area like science, social studies, math or literacy and you integrate it with an art form, what you do is connect the two so they lean on each other."- Judy Klima, an integrated arts coach at Integrated Arts Academy in Burlington, Vermont
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Students who attend an art museum field trip have increased historical empathy and tolerance. Especially those from rural or high-poverty regions.
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See facts posted from around the world at #DayofFacts

Mildred Howard's house sculptures and installations are made from everyday objects such as glass bottles and silverware. The changing landscape of San Francisco is currently influencing her practice and conceptual contents: dreams, memories, and history. #BlackHistoryMonth #BlackFuturesMonth #MildredHoward
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. [Mildred Howard, 1924, 2004; installation view from @moad_sf's Portraits and Other Likenesses, 2015. Photo by Hunter Boucher]

Happy Valentine's Day from SFMOMA (+ Ellsworth Kelly!)
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[Ellsworth Kelly, RedWhite, 1962]
#happyvalentinesday

Escape the gloom with us + @sf_filmsociety this weekend at Modern Cinema, starting Thursday at 6pm with #WernerHerzog's Land of Silence and Darkness, 1971. Dive into the dynamic forces of cinema's past + present while exploring Herzog's Ecstatic Truth. Tickets + info available on our website. #ModernCinemaSF
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Film stills in order [Close-Up, 1990; Land of Silence and Darkness, 1971; Into the Abyss: A Tale of Death, A Tale of Life, 2011; Fata Morgana, 1971; Poto and Cabengo, 1980; The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On, 1987; Goshogaoka, 1997; God's Angry Man with Huie's Sermon, 1980]

New Work: Sohei Nishino is in its final weeks, closing on Feb 26!
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After researching his chosen city, Nishino spends up to two months walking and photographing the urban environment, capturing thousands of images of streets, alleys, corners, and vistas from every angle. Each monumental piece is a must see 👏 #closingsoon #finalweeks #SoheiNishino
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[Sohei Nishino, Diorama Map London, 2010; © Sohei Nishino]

Drawings from the Collection is now #OPEN on Floor 2! Showcasing works between 1980-today, this exhibition highlights contemporary drawings and new approaches to the medium. #onview #nowopen
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[Tiffany Chung, San Francisco, 1907 USGS map : the burned district, the city, and the principal conduits in water supply system, 2012]

Calling all #SFMOMAmembers! Are you ready to be a Member for a Day at the @asianartmuseum + @bampfa + @jewseum + @deyoungmuseum + @legionofhonor + @moad_sf + @oaklandmuseumca + @wdfmuseum + @ybca!? Our members can enjoy free general admission TOMORROW by showing their membership cards at any of these institutions. More info can be found on our website. Enjoy! ❤️#museumlove

Nigerian-born painter Njideka Akunyili Crosby often grapples with dual ideas of home in her work. She uses her traditional training to invent, transform, and express her uniquely hybrid point of view.
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"Often people have a singular view about Nigeria and Africa. But problems of misrepresentation happen when people tell your story for you. If people can see a new side to Nigeria, I’m helping to add to the stories that already exist.”-Njideka
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[Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Wedding Portrait, 2012]
#BlackHistoryMonth #BlackFuturesMonth