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San Francisco - SoMa: SFMoMA - Jackie Winsor's #1 Rope

#1 Rope


wood and hemp, 40 1/4 in. x 40 in. x 40 in.

Jackie Winsor, American, born Canada (St John's, Newfoundland, Canada, 1941)


Acquired 1977, Collection SFMOMA,

Purchase with the aid of funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New Future Fund Drive, © Jackie Winsor, 77.73


In many ways this sculpture is a marriage of opposites: straight and round, hard and soft. It is stationary yet almost looks as though it could move. Like much minimalist sculpture, #1 Rope makes use of unaltered, commercially available materials, in this case wood and hemp. The final sculpture was not industrially fabricated, however, but was the result of the extended labor that went into linking individual components to create a highly organized mass.


The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA) was opened in 1935 under director Grace L. McCann Morley as the San Francisco Museum of Art, the first museum on the West Coast devoted solely to 20th-century art. For its first sixty years, the museum occupied upper floors of the War Memorial Veterans Building in the Civic Center. Under director Henry T. Hopkins, the museum added "Modern" to its title in 1975, and established an international reputation. In 1995 the museum moved to its current location, a large cubistic building designed by Mario Botta Architetto of Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum at 151 Third Street.

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Taken on February 26, 2012