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Vija celmins to fix the image in memory 1977 82 not on view for this work celmins made bronze casts of eleven rocks and then painted the casts to resemble the original stones as closely as possible in an interview she recalled i got the idea for this piece while walking in northern new mexico picking up rocks as people do. Vija celmins to fix the image in memory is co organized by the san francisco museum of modern art and the metropolitan museum of art major support for vija celmins to fix the image in memory is provided by the mimi and peter haas fund generous support is provided by the barbara gerson bakar foundation the gerson bakar foundation gay lynn and robert blanding janine and j tomilson . Vija celmins to fix the image in memory is co curated by ian alteveer aaron i fleischman curator department of modern and contemporary art at the met and gary garrels elise s haas senior curator of painting and sculpture at sfmoma with meredith a brown senior research associate department of modern and contemporary art at the met and nancy lim assistant curator department of . Vija celmins night sky 5 1992 oil on canvas mounted on wood 31 x 37 1 2 inches the museum of modern art new york 148 partial and promised gift of ubs vija clemens to fix the image in memory curated by gary garrels san francisco museum of modern art san francisco ca