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"Arrivals" by David Wilson
When: September 14 to November 17, 2013
Where: Just east of National Cemetery Overlook on the
Cemetery Connector Trail
The Presidio Trust is partnering with SFMOMA to bring the work of award-winning artist David Wilson to the Presidio for a short-term outdoor exhibition.
Wilson and three other local artists are recipients of the SFMOMA Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art (SECA) Award, which celebrates noteworthy Bay Area artists. With SFMOMA now closed for expansion, for the first time the artists have been invited to create installations outside the traditional gallery context.
What is Arrivals?

Wilson's piece, entitled Arrivals, has components on display at six outdoor sites throughout San Francisco, including the Presidio. Visitors are invited to pick up hand-drawn maps created by the artist at an informational trailhead in front of the closed SFMOMA building (151 Third Street) and then walk or take public transit to all six sites.


The Presidio piece, entitled Frog Woman Rock, is an elaborate 16-foot-high ink drawing displayed against the eucalyptus forest and accompanied by a recording featuring music recorded on site.


“I was looking for a spot in San Francisco where there would be a sense of outdoor, natural architecture—a gallery in the forest—and see what happens when a drawing is placed in a living environment,” said Wilson. The drawing depicts another natural landmark in Northern California—Frog Woman Rock, a distinctive rock formation in the Russian River Canyon recreational area that, for Wilson, evokes expectation and the excitement of arrival on his frequent trips to the area.
Documentation of Wilson’s piece will be regularly updated on SFMOMA’s website throughout the exhibition. In addition to the six journey maps, he will use the timeframe of his SFMOMA exhibition as a residency to generate new drawings during his daily exploration of the city, and add them to the trailhead throughout the run of the show.

About David Wilson
Oakland-based Wilson (born 1982, Framingham, Massachusetts) received his BA in visual art from Wesleyan University, Connecticut. He was included in the 2010 California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art and has held solo exhibitions at the Berkeley Art Museum (David Wilson: Gatherings MATRIX 233) and Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, among others. Wilson organizes the interdisciplinary CLASS sessions (2012–ongoing), a project led with other artistic collaborators, and is currently co-curator with Lawrence Rinder of the upcoming group exhibition The Possible at the Berkeley Art Museum in winter of 2014.

About SECA

SECA, founded in 1961 by a council of SFMOMA supporters, is dedicated to educating its members about the most current art practices and helping the museum bring new art into their collection. The SECA award has become the group’s most visible initiative and remains one of the longest-running award exhibition programs dedicated to local artists at a modern art museum in the United States. Since its formation, SECA has recognized more than 150 local artists—often bringing much broader critical attention to their work and introducing them to the museum’s international audience.



David Wilson handmade two different maps to help visitors find the art installation. If you would like to receive a printed copy of either of these maps, please email us at


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