Take Only Memories/Leave Only Footprints

Event has passed (Tue Sep 25, 2018 - Sat Jan 19, 2019)
McEvoy Foundation for the Arts (MFA)
September 21, 2018 - January 19, 2019
Gallery Opening, Art


September 21, 2018 - January 19, 2019

'Take Only Memories, Leave Only Footprints' is a daily program of videos presented in conjunction with MFA's fall exhibition, 'No Time.'

Seeing is a primary way of knowing, yet our vision is limited to our biological capabilities and temporal position. Long-term environmental changes and the influence of technological interventions are difficult to apprehend from any present moment. Cinema can, however, unlock the potential to both transcend our experience and transform our habitat. It allows us to see in supernatural time spans and at scales unavailable to the naked eye. This technology of image-making reveals deeper aesthetic truths behind the vistas. Film can track visions of our natural and built environments over time to preserve landscapes for future viewers. A prescription for appreciating these complex ecologies is "Take only memories, leave only footprints."

'Take Only Memories, Leave Only Footprints' features works by Jeroen Cluckers, Daniel Crooks, Siegfried A. Fruhauf, Tanja Geis, Conner Griffith, Laura Kraning, Lois Patino, Sabrina Ratte, Jan van IJken, Jane Veeder, and Liam Young.

It is curated by Kathleen Maguire and Samuel Sharkey, Exploratorium, San Francisco and presented in conjunction with No Time, McEvoy Foundation for the Arts's (MFA) exhibition that explores human relationships to the natural world in the past, present, and future.

The program is organized in two alternating cycles, each beginning at the top of the hour in MFA's Screening Room.


  1. McEvoy Foundation for the Arts (MFA) 1150 25th Street, San Francisco, CA