Nothing Stable under Heaven
Mar 3 – Sep 16, 2018

Richard Misrach

Nothing Stable under Heaven reflects on the contested past, the turbulent present, and the unpredictable future, examining how individual and collective voices can be heard in an uncertain world. The title is taken from an essay by James Baldwin, in which he claims the role of the artist in society is to reveal its inherent instability. Featuring contemporary work from the museum’s collection by artists such as Richard Misrach, Emily Jacir, and Glenn Ligon, this exhibition explores the ways that these artists inform our understanding of urgent social, ecological, and civic issues – including security and surveillance, evolving modes of communication, and political resistance.

 

Rinko Kawauchi

Glenn Ligon

Kevin Beasley

Trevor Paglen

The Artists

Kevin Beasley | An Te Liu | Dawoud Bey | Kerry James Marshall | Andrea Bowers | Mike Mills | Tiffany Chung | Richard Misrach | Tony Feher | Simon Norfolk | Amy Franceschini | Lisa Oppenheim | Felix Gonzalez-Torres | Jorge Otero-Pailos | Hans Haacke | Trevor Paglen | Leslie Hewitt | Mauro Restiffe | Jessica Jackson Hutchins | Judith Joy Ross | Emily Jacir | Michal Rovner | Arthur Jafa | Allan Sekula | Rinko Kawauchi | Taryn Simon | An-My Lê | Penelope Umbrico | Glenn Ligon | Tobias Wong

 

Jim Campbell / Tilted Plane

Jim Campbell’s Tilted Plane will be presented as a related event throughout the exhibition featuring hundreds of suspended incandescent bulbs that have had their filaments replaced by LEDs where stepping inside the work the flickering patterns alter perception as low resolution moving imagery.

Nothing Stable under Heaven is a collaboration between the Architecture + Design, Education + Public Practice, Media Arts, Painting + Sculpture, and Photography Departments.

 

Nothing Stable under Heaven
March 3 – September 16, 2018 / SFMOMA
Please visit the exhibition page >

Our 5th Year Anniversary
ARTPIL / Prescription .129
We are rounding out our fifth year with nearly 3 million visits strong. A very exciting journey it has...
+
Fly in League with the Night
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
Each painting is made from a composite archive of found images supplemented by her own imagination, rendered in expressive,...
+
World Press Photo 2022
Winners & Exhibitions Announced
Providing a variety of perspectives from all corners of the globe, the 2022 World Press Photo Contest awarded works...
+
ARTPIL / Prescription .128
100 Days into Ukraine
More terrible is love in Kyiv than magnificent Venetian passions. Butterflies fly light and maculate into bright tapers. Dead...
+
Venice Biennale / 59th Edition
Apr 23 – Nov 11, 2022
The 59th edition takes its title from a book by Leonora Carrington in which the Surrealist artist describes a...
+
ARS22 / Living Encounters
Apr 8 – Oct 16, 2022
Art has the power to investigate society and present alternative interpretations of our shared world. The featured works raise...
+
Robert Rauschenberg: Japanese Clayworks
Apr 8 – Jul 9, 2022
This comprehensive exhibition brings together rarely seen artworks of Rauschenberg's series using a newly developed technique that combined ancient...
+
Sunset on Ukraine
September 2022 / Snoeck
My earliest memory of Ukraine is like a snow globe where a simple shake spreads the tiny sequins into...
+
Our 5th Year Anniversary
ARTPIL / Prescription .129
We are rounding out our fifth year with nearly 3 million visits strong. A very exciting journey it has been, indeed.
+
Fly in League with the Night
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
Each painting is made from a composite archive of found images supplemented by her own imagination, rendered in expressive,...
+
World Press Photo 2022
Winners & Exhibitions Announced
Providing a variety of perspectives from all corners of the globe, the 2022 World Press Photo Contest awarded works...
+
ARTPIL / Prescription .128
100 Days into Ukraine
More terrible is love in Kyiv than magnificent Venetian passions. Butterflies fly light and maculate into bright tapers.
+
Venice Biennale / 59th Edition
Apr 23 – Nov 11, 2022
The 59th edition takes its title from a book by Leonora Carrington in which the Surrealist artist describes a...
+
ARS22 / Living Encounters
Apr 8 – Oct 16, 2022
Art has the power to investigate society and present alternative interpretations of our shared world. The featured works raise...
+
Robert Rauschenberg: Japanese Clayworks
Apr 8 – Jul 9, 2022
This comprehensive exhibition brings together rarely seen artworks of Rauschenberg's series using a newly developed technique
+
Sunset on Ukraine
September 2022 / Snoeck
My earliest memory of Ukraine is like a snow globe where a simple shake spreads the tiny sequins into...
+