WORD, what up? I’m about a week and a half in to a four-month stint as a guest columnist for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s “Open Space” blog. Along with wonderful colleagues such as Michelle Tea, Joseph Del Pesco, Cedar Sigo, and Duane Deterville, we are giving value-added content to your online experience!

Needless to say, that doesn’t mean the posts on this here blog will stop. Actually, I’m going to keep most personal stuff off of the Open Space blog since it seems inappropriate to use it as a self-aggrandizing platform. Either way, it’s nice to have another outlet for ruminations and musings, with a built-in audience of museum goers and such. So far, I’ve started what I hope to be two ongoing series, “1001 Words” and “Who This?”

1001 Words will consist of a single image with almost no description, save a list of “tags” at the bottom to give it context. Partly because we exist in such a visually-rich culture, and also because it seems the SFMOMA blog can be really weighty with academic-laden texts, I wanted to provide a respite. The images will of course be tied to larger issues and concepts, but they also provide what over a thousand words may not be capable of doing. Hopefully that’s the way it’ll work, at least!

Who This? is a tongue-in-cheek-yet-serious solicitation for art owners to submit images of artworks by forgotten makers. That’s the long-winded version of saying it’s a cheap and easy version of Antiques Roadshow, only for contemporary art. Got an artwork and you can’t remember who did it? Send it to “Who This?” and us, the art loving public, will try to help you out! Seriously.

While I’m also interested in doing more written texts for Open Space, I think what I’m really interested in is how it’s a platform to be taken advantage of, in terms of readership and collective interest. Some ideas are percolating around using it as an art flea market (how about trying to sell my back collection of ArtForum? Or other art-related stuff?). There’s lots of eyes out there, and it could be taken advantage of in a humorous and practical way…

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