Futurism in San Francisco (Oct. 14-18)

Metal + Machine + Manifesto = Futurism’s First 100 Years

Wednesday, October 14, 2009 – Sunday, October 18, 2009

Coorganized by Performa and SFMOMA with the Italian Cultural Institute, this citywide project celebrates the hundredth anniversary of Futurism’s founding document, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti’s “Manifesto of Futurism” (1909), with a series of performances, lectures, and events. The project is copresented with Brava! for Women in the Arts, The San Francisco Center for the Book, UC Berkeley Department of Italian Studies, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

For further information on the events listed below, visit www.sfmoma.org/futurism.

Wednesday, October 14, 6:30 pm

Opening of Fortunato Depero 50 and weekend kickoff

Metal + Machine + Manifesto = Futurism’s First 100 Years kicks off with this exhibition celebrating the work of Fortunato Depero (1892-1960), the Italian futurist designer perhaps best known for his iconic 1932 Campari Soda bottle. Curated by art critic Maurizio Scudiero, the exhibition demonstrates Depero’s wide-ranging themes, styles, and techniques in drawing, painting, advertising, and product design

This exhibition is organized in collaboration with Studio 53 Arte and Istituto d’Arte F. Depero, Rovereto.

Free and open to the public. On view through November 13. Space is limited; for reservations, call 415.788.7142, ext. 18.@ the Istituto

Thursday and Friday, October 15 and 16, 2:00-5:00 pm

“Let me have my fun”: Aldo Palazzeschi on the Press

As part of this open-house printing, the public may help create and take home a free poster of Aldo Palazzeschi’s poem “Let me have my fun” (1910).
At the San Francisco Center for the Book
Free and open to the public.
For more info visit www.sfcb.org.

Thursday, October 15 at 7:00 pm

Marjorie Perloff on the Futurist Moment

In this talk Marjorie Perloff considers futurist aesthetics and their legacies in contemporary art, performance, and poetics.
Tickets and info at sfmoma.org/futurism.
At Phyllis Wattis Theater, SFMOMA

Friday, October 16 at 8:00 pm

Music for 16 Futurist Noise Intoners

This concert, curated by Luciano Chessa and Performa 09, features original and newly commissioned scores performed on 16 intonarumori (noise intoners), Luigi Russolo’s futurist instruments that mechanically synthesize explosions, howls, buzzes, hisses, crackles and other kind of noises. This set of 16 intonarumori has been reconstructed entirely for the first time thanjks to a project directed by Luciano Chessa and commissioned by Performa 09.

Tickets at ybca.org/tickets or 415.978.2787
At Novellus Theater, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Saturday, October 17 at 1:00 pm

Poetry + Painting + Politics x Professors =Futurism Past

In this panel discussion, Futurism scholars assess the movement’s contributions to the modernist avant-garde, its controversial political affiliations and relations to fascism and anarchism, and its violent reshaping of bodies and subjectivities.
Free and open to the public; seating is first-come, first-served.
At Phyllis Wattis Theater, SFMOMA

Saturday, October 17 at 8:00 pm

OPENfuture: Spinning Marinetti’s Wheels

OPENrestaurant revisits F. T. Marinetti’s provocative Futurist Cookbook from 1932 to present a clamorous banquet with cyclists delivering a locally sourced “wild beast” against a backdrop of stadium seating, emergency sirens, and spinning walls. Also heard during the event will be Luciano Chessa’s reading of Francesco Cangiullo’s explosive Piedigrotta (1913), as well as intonarumori performances.

Tickets at sfmoma.org/futurism.
At Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Atrium, SFMOMA

Sunday, October 18, at 4:00 and 7:30 pm


Action! Futurism Projected + Performed

Brava! for Women in the Arts brings futurist short plays and rarely viewed films together on stage to investigate this ideal of synthetic theater. Commissioned by Performa with SFMOMA.
Tickets are available at brava.org or 415.647.2822.

link (Italian)

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