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SiteWorks: San Francisco performance 1969-85

Sidewalk entrance to San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco War Memorial and Veteran’s Building, 401 Van Ness Avenue, now San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center and two other locations.

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Bonnie Sherk, Snowjob (15th October 1970)

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The San Francisco Museum of Art invited me to do a series for them, and I decided to create a Snowjob which would relate to the whole city as well as the Museum. For that piece, I brought 6,000 pounds of snow into the City and placed piles in the middle of the night on two street corners: near the front of the Trans-Bay terminal, so as to confront early commuters, and in the heart of the financial district at California and Montgomery Street. At nine o’clock the next morning, I dressed in a formal gown and with two others (Mel Henderson and David Sherk, who were dressed in tuxedos), placed several piles of snow in front of the Museum and talked to the press and passersby. (Burnham and Sherk  1981: 66)