San Francisco

San Francisco

“SOFT POWER”

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
151 Third Street
October 26, 2019–February 17, 2020

Curated by Eungie Joo with Jovanna Venegas

At a moment when authoritarianism is on the rise and artful rhetoric no longer persuades, “SOFT POWER” takes its title from a Reagan-era term for exerting influence not through brute force and violence but via cultural and social values. The exhibition is curated by Eungie Joo with Jovanna Venegas and is Joo’s first major group show in the US since “The Ungovernables” at New York’s New Museum in 2012. The biographic itineraries of the twenty participating artists slant the geopolitics of the show toward Asia and the Americas, with a majority of the works being new commissions. To envision how this diverse group of artists (and a heterogeneous public) might wield soft power of their own, Joo invokes Manthia Diawara’s concept of “solidarity between intuitions”—a palliative proposition for our fragmenting age.