SFMOMA’s Open Space: BAASICS & unexpected projects in conversation


Two-and-a-half weeks ago, I shared lunch and a very enjoyable conversation about the nature of collaboration with artists Jenny Salomon, Jennifer Stager, and Selene Foster.

As two collaborative pairs, we had a lot to talk about. Selene and I co-founded BAASICS and have been devoting ourselves to that labor of love for almost — whoa — five years now. In 2014, Jenny and Jennifer kicked off a collaboration they call unexpected projects, aspiring to

“make art more accessible to wide-ranging audiences while providing artists with a platform from which to experiment. From installing site-specific shows on a former prisoner transport bus, to curating exhibitions in alternative spaces, to producing digital media collaborations, unexpected projects creates opportunities for people to have spontaneous experiences with art.”

Earlier this year, SFMOMA invited unexpected projects to conduct a handful of interviews with other Bay Area artists who are working collaboratively and to present accounts of each exchange as part of SFMOMA’s Open Space Conversations series.

So that’s how I came to enjoy tasty tortillas at Gracias Madre with Selene, Jenny, and Jennifer. A good conversation is itself something of a collaboration and the shared stories and observations around our table that afternoon left me feeling mentally energized.

Thanks, Jenny and Jennifer, for inviting us to commune with you!

Please check out the unexpected projects account of the conversation at Open Space.

Categories: art, BAASICS, and my art.

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