Visitors enjoy the 2011 MFA Graduate Exhibition at the Winery SF on Treasure Island.

Walter and McBean Galleries

Temporary Structures
Friday, September 14 - Saturday, December 15, 2012
Walter and McBean Galleries
Free and open to the public
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,
CA

About the Exhibition
This interdisciplinary exhibition explores the allure of temporary architecture as a site of human interaction, spectacle, and fun. Inspired by San Francisco’s colorful history of World’s Fairs and expositions, the exhibition includes works—many of them site-specific—concerned with architectural aspirations, follies, and momentary acts of cultural transformation.

In addition to the works on display in the Walter and McBean Galleries, SFAI invites you to a series of exhibition-related film screenings, performances, lectures, and other events this fall! For a full schedule, click here. Please note that while the exhibition and all its associate events are FREE and open to the public, space is limited for some events, and advance registration is required.

Participating Artists
Pawel Althamer, Roberto Behar & Rosario Marquardt, David Gissen, Amy M. Ho, Paul Kos, Roy McMakin, Christian Nagler & Azin Seraj, Ben Peterson, Michael Robinson, Jonathan Runcio, Mungo Thomson, and Together We Can Defeat Capitalism

About the Curators
Glen Helfand is a visiting faculty member in SFAI’s History and Theory of Contemporary Art program. His writing, concentrating on contemporary art and culture, appears in Artforum and numerous other publications, and he has curated exhibitions for the de Young Museum, San Jose Museum, Mills College Art Museum, and Dust Gallery in Las Vegas.

Cydney M. Payton is former CEO and Chief Curator for the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. She holds an MA in Curatorial Practice, Concentrating on the History and Theory of Architecture, from California College of the Arts.

Complete Schedule of Events

Opening Reception
Friday, September 14
6:00-9:00 PM
Walter and McBean Galleries
Join us for wine and appetizers at the opening reception of Temporary Structures. Enjoy a special climbing performance as part of Paul Kos's installation. And meet several of the exhibiting artists, including David Gissen, Amy M. Ho, Paul Kos, Christian Nagler and Azin Seraj Ben Peterson, Jonathan Runcio, and Together We Can Defeat Capitalism.

salon
Guerrilla Café
Together We Can Defeat Capitalism
(TWCDC)
Saturday, September 22
12:00-5:00 PM
In front of Walter and McBean Galleries

Drink tea and eat cake while you partake in political dialogue. Revisiting the format of its 2000 “Guerrilla Tea Room,” TWCDC's Guerrilla Café offers free refreshments and an environment that encourages students and passers-by to discuss the upcoming election and radical thought of all sorts.

exercise session
Market Fitness: Derivatives (Register!)

Christian Nagler
Tuesday, September 25
7:30-9:00 PM
SFAI Café

Instructor, artist and writer Christian Nagler brings together two seemingly distant topics of conversation in popular culture: the demystification of the financial system and the importance of individual exercise routines. Get your sweat on in this session exploring derivatives.

film screening
I Am Cuba (Soy Cuba)
Mikhail Kalatozov
Monday, October 1
7:30 PM
Lecture Hall

Director Mikhail Kalatozov's 1964 cinematic masterpiece was intended as propaganda in support of the Cuban revolution as it transitioned from Batista to Castro. Watch the film today to better understand the utopian idealism of the communist era.

artist talk
Mungo Thomson (Register!)
Monday, October 8
7:30 PM
Lecture Hall

In this Visiting Artist and Scholar and Temporary Structures lecture, artist Mungo Thomson talks about his humorous, conceptually driven work. Discover first-hand how he artfully riffs on art-world figures, pop culture, science, and mysticism, and don't miss his Yoga Brick Wall (Black) installation in the Walter and McBean Galleries.

salon
Guerrilla Café
Together We Can Defeat Capitalism
(TWCDC)
Wednesday, October 10
12:00-5:00 PM
In front of Walter and McBean Galleries

Drink tea and eat cake while you partake in political dialogue. Revisiting the format of its 2000 “Guerrilla Tea Room,” TWCDC's Guerrilla Café offers free refreshments and an environment that encourages students and passers-by to discuss the upcoming election and radical thought of all sorts.

film screening
Playtime
Jacques Tati
Monday, October 15
7:30 PM
Lecture Hall

In Temporary Structures, director Jacques Tati's 1967 film Playtime serves as a tone-setting device, an ephemeral world that exists forever in cinematic space. Join us for this screening of Tati's choreographed critique on modernism.

exercise class
Market Fitness: Foreign Exchange (Register!)
Christian Nagler
Tuesday, October 16
7:30-9:00 PM
SFAI Café

Instructor, artist and writer Christian Nagler brings together two seemingly distant topics of conversation in popular culture: the demystification of the financial system and the importance of individual exercise routines. Get your sweat on in this session on foreign exchange.

artist talk
Michael Robinson
Monday, October 29
7:30 PM
Lecture Hall

As part of both the Visiting Artist and Scholars lecture series and Temporary Structures exhibition, film and video artist Michael Robinson shares his work exploring the joys and dangers of mediated experience. View his film Victory Over the Sun (2007) about past World's Fairs in the Walter and McBean Galleries and come listen to him talk about his work.

film screening
Urs Fischer documentary
Iwan Schumacher
Monday, November 19
7:30-9:00 PM
Lecture Hall

Directed by Iwan Schumacher, this 2010 documentary on artist Urs Fischer is structured around an approaching pinnacle of the artist’s career: a one-man exhibition at the New Museum, New York, in 2009. Join us for the film’s West Coast premiere.

exercise session
Market Fitness: Commodities (Register!)

Christian Nagler
Tuesday, November 20
7:30-9:00 PM
SFAI Café

Instructor, artist and writer Christian Nagler brings together two seemingly distant topics of conversation in popular culture: the demystification of the financial system and the importance of individual exercise routines. Get your sweat on in this session exploring commodities.

lecture
Jeff Gunderson

Wednesday, November 28
12:00 PM
Lecture Hall

Learn about the temporary structures of SFAI's past. Long-time librarian and resident historian Jeff Gunderson shares stories, images, and other documentary material.

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Thank You to Our Sponsors!
SFAI’s exhibitions and public programs—a component of which is the Temporary Structures exhibition—are supported in part by the Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund.

    

Photo credit: Still from Michael Robinson, Victory Over the Sun, 16mm color film with optical sound, 2007