The Department of Media Arts at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) is calling for women skilled in hand sewing and professional seamstresses, to hand sew clothing articles together as part of the performance and art installation Alterations (1994-95), in the museum galleries during the regular opening hours of the museum. The artwork will be on view as part of the retrospective Suzanne Lacy: We Are Here.
SFMOMA is looking to fill 3-hour shifts during 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily, Thursday to Sunday. Participants are offered $20 per hour and are encouraged to sign up for multiple shifts throughout the duration of the exhibition (April 20th – August 4th, 2019). The number of hours scheduled per day and shifts in total is flexible to accommodate performers’ schedule availability. All interested participants must be 18 years old or above.
For more information or to sign up, please contact Karen Cheung: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: SFMOMA Alterations Performance or call (415)–357-4130.
Alterations (1994-95) is a performance and art installation by artists Suzanne Lacy, Susanne Cockrell and Britta Kathmeyer. Activated by an ethnically diverse group of young and older women, the sewers sit together amongst piles of endless fabric, quietly hand stitching used red, white, and blue garments together – a task that would never be complete. This work first drew attention to the often invisible labor of women working in San Francisco’s garment district, where the project first conceived. It explores the role of race, class and women’s labor in the production of clothes in the United States.
Suzanne Lacy is a pioneer of socially engaged art and public practice, promoting dialogue and collaborations with communities — artists, activists, organizations, schools — throughout her prolific career. Since the 1970s, she has used community organizing strategies and media interventions to galvanize discussions about pressing social issues including feminism, violence against women, racism, and labor rights. These projects often culminate in large-scale, highly choreographed performances that bring together diverse groups of participants to share their stories.
About the Exhibition
Co-organized by SFMOMA and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), Suzanne Lacy: We Are Here is the first full retrospective of the Los Angeles–based artist. At SFMOMA, visitors can explore Lacy’s entire career, from her earliest feminist work to her latest immersive video installations. Several projects on view honor the voices and contributions of women to public life.