San Francisco

Todd Eberle

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

While the title “Architectural Abstractions” seemed to provide a straightforward point of entry to photographer Todd Eberle’s recent solo exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the photographer’s reputation rubbed off on the work itself, nudging the project in a hazier direction. The compact show’s thirteen large color prints all depict grids on habitually overlooked surfaces, such as ceilings, in landmark modernist buildings by Mies van der Rohe, Adolf Loos, Philip Johnson, and others. For each work, a subtitle details the location and date of the structure shown—Untitled No. 1, 2003, for example, is subtitled Frank Lloyd Wright, Unity Temple, Oak Park, Illinois, 1907. And while most of the other works in the series have a cast of institutional green, this particular shot is distinguished by warm, golden wood tones. Depicting a pattern of stained-glass windows in Wright’s

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