Free Saturdays Talk with Jori Finkel and Lynn Hershman Leeson
From left to right, Jori Finkel and Lynn Hershmann Leeson. Photos courtesy of the speakers
The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are the city’s museums. As part of our initiative to welcome all San Francisco residents to the museums free on Saturdays, we provide free unique museum experiences celebrating the city we love.
Join us in the Koret theater at 2 pm for a conversation between Jori Finkel and Lynn Hershman Leeson on Art and Algorithms.
Does an artist have to be human? For her new book It Speaks to Me, Jori Finkel interviewed 50 acclaimed artists about museum pieces that inspire them. Lynn Hershman Leeson discussed a Modigliani in the collection of the de Young—a painting that she proposes was not just authenticated by, but “authored” by, new technology. In this talk, Finkel and Hershman Leeson discuss artworks created by technology—from Jean Tinguely’s self-destructing machines to the AI-generated painting recently sold by Christie’s—and explore questions of what it means to be an artist.
Book signing at 3 pm to follow. It Speaks to Me will be available to purchase for signing at the museum store.
Jori Finkel is a leading cultural journalist who covers art for The New York Times and The Art Newspaper from Los Angeles. Her new book It Speaks to Me (Prestel) is rare for bringing together 50 artists in their own voices, from famous figures like David Hockney and Marina Abramovic to rising artists like Lungiswa Gqunta and Pia Camil.
Lynn Hershman Leeson is an influential artist who, through a range of mediums, from photography and video to DNA-based art, investigates issues fundamental to society: the relationship between humans and technology, identity, surveillance, and the use of media as a tool of empowerment against censorship and political repression.
No additional ticket required. Seating is limited and first come, first served. Tickets will be distributed an hour before the lecture begins in front of the Koret Auditorium.
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