Since I originally saw Mark Bradford at SFMoMA on a Monday, I was unable to see the rest of the exhibition at the Yerba Buena Center. I was in the City on a Friday so I decided to finish the show. If you’re only going to see one exhibit, take in the SFMoMA one. But the last couple large-scale pieces across the street at the Yerba Buena Center are worth seeing as well.
Detail/Mithra in particular is a very different take on how the layers of accumulated papers can be weathered away and reveal past histories. Where his Los Angeles based work comes across as digging into the layers and seeing what’s under the surface, this work is about what remains once everything else has been washed off. Very very appropriate for post-Katrina New Orleans.
The other exhibition at the Yerba Buena Center is Audience as Subject. In this case, it’s about large-scale audiences at concerts and sporting events rather than the small-scale audiences at museums which are on display at SFMoMA. A large part of the appeal of attending events in person is being part of the audience and experiencing things as part of the collective. So it’s an interesting concept to remove the event and focus just on the audience.