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ECSTASY FOR EVERYONE: A Theatrical Celebration of the Poetry and Art of James Broughton

ECSTASY FOR EVERYONE: A Theatrical Celebration of the Poetry and Art of James Broughton
Fri, 09/05/2014 - 20:00

Roxie Theater » Bay Area Docs—Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton
Thursday, September 4, 7 pm
Co-presented by Canyon Cinema

Pacific Film Archive Theater, Berkeley » Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton
Wednesday, September 10, 7 pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater, Berkeley » Films of James Broughton
Wednesday, September 17, 7 pm
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,
CA
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In celebration of James Broughton’s centennial year, performance artist Jason Jenn brings Broughton’s mercurial wit, wonder, whimsy, and words to life on stage.

Screening: Titicut Follies + Les maîtres fous (The Mad Masters)

Screening: Titicut Follies + Les maîtres fous (The Mad Masters)
Thu, 11/20/2014 - 19:30
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,
CA
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In conjunction with his solo exhibition Games Are Forbidden in the Labyrinth, artist Javier Téllez has selected two historic films that connect to issues of confinement and dislocation present within the exhibition.

Titicut Follies (1967) is an American documentary film directed by Frederick Wiseman about the patient-inmates of Bridgewater State Hospital for the criminally insane, a correctional institution located in Bridgewater, Massachusetts.

Opening Reception: Games Are Forbidden in the Labyrinth

Opening Reception: Games Are Forbidden in the Labyrinth
Thu, 09/11/2014 - 19:00 - 21:00
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,
CA
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Thu, 09/11/2014 - 21:00

All are welcome to a free public reception for the opening of Games Are Forbidden in the Labyrinth.

This exhibition by internationally recognized, Venezuelan-born artist Javier Téllez explores psychiatric confinement, surveillance architecture, and the game of chess as strategically interrelated systems. The exhibition’s two major works, Dürer’s Rhinoceros (2010), and Chess (2014), dislocate perception through reenactments of delirium. More information is available here.

Javier Téllez: Games Are Forbidden in the Labyrinth

Javier Téllez: Games Are Forbidden in the Labyrinth
Tue, 09/09/2014 - Sat, 12/13/2014

Artist Talk » Tuesday, September 9, 7:30 pm

Opening Reception » Thursday, September 11, 7–9 pm

Screening » Thursday, November 20, 7:30 pm
Titicut Follies (1967), directed by Frederick Wiseman
Les maîtres fous (The Mad Masters) (1955), directed by Jean Rouch
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,
CA
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Sat, 12/13/2014 - 23:59

Games Are Forbidden in the Labyrinth explores psychiatric confinement, surveillance architecture, and the game of chess as strategically interrelated systems. The exhibition’s two major works, Dürer’s Rhinoceros (2010), and Chess (2014), dislocate perception through reenactments of delirium.

Venezuelan-born artist Javier Téllez staged his film Dürer’s Rhinoceros within the panopticon of Hospital Miguel Bombarda in Lisbon, and collaborated with psychiatric outpatients who form the film’s cast. Following Jeremy Bentham’s original architectural plans for a panoptic institution, the prison housed the criminally insane, and operated continuously from 1896 until its conversion in 2000 into a museum.

Hugh Pocock

Hugh Pocock
Wed, 07/30/2014 - 12:00
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,
CA
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Wed, 07/30/2014 - 23:59

Hugh Pocock explores the human relationship to natural resources through sculpture, installation, performance, drawing, and video. 

Briony Fer

Briony Fer
Fri, 11/14/2014 - 16:30
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,
CA
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Briony Fer has written extensively on modern and contemporary art, including the major works On Abstract Art (Yale University Press, 2000), The Infinite Line: Re-making Art After Modernism (Yale University Press, 2004) and Eva Hesse: Studiowork (Fruitmarket Gallery, 2009). Her most recent project is an exhibition of Gabriel Orozco’s work, accompanied by the monograph Gabriel Orozco: Thinking in Circles (Fruitmarket Gallery, 2013). Fer is professor of art history at University College London. 

Erin Shirreff

Erin Shirreff
Tue, 11/04/2014 - 19:30
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,
CA
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Erin Shirreff’s work elegantly interleaves photography, sculpture, and video to craft new—and at times unknowable—experiences of form and images. Shirreff has presented recent solo exhibitions at Artpace, San Antonio; White Cube, London; The Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco. She is represented by Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York.

Allison Miller

Allison Miller
Tue, 10/21/2014 - 19:30
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,
CA
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Los Angeles–based painter Allison Miller creates works that appear in flux. Her paintings form rich layers of references and processes, and adopt visual tropes ranging from landscape to portraiture and collage to cartoons. Miller is represented by Susan Inglett Gallery, New York, and has presented solo exhibitions at ACME, Los Angeles.

Llyn Foulkes + Tamar Halpern

Llyn Foulkes + Tamar Halpern
Mon, 10/13/2014 - 19:30
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,
CA
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Painter and musician Llyn Foulkes and writer/director Tamar Halpern come together for a screening and conversation regarding Llyn Foulkes: One Man Band. Halpern and Chris Quilty’s feature documentary chronicles Los Angeles-based Foulkes’s struggles and successes from ages 70 to 77, as he creates, destroys, and recreates large-scale artworks, including the piece that collapsed his marriage. With commentary from Dennis Hopper and George Herms, the film reveals how Foulkes’s obsessive vision and work ethic preserved his integrity at all costs, yet ultimately resulted in late-career art world recognition.

Lisa Freiman

Lisa Freiman
Tue, 10/07/2014 - 19:30
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,
CA
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Lisa Freiman is regarded as one of the most inventive contemporary art curators in the U.S. She is inaugural director of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Institute for Contemporary Art, and was formerly senior curator at Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA). At IMA, she conceived of 100 Acres—a sculpture park emphasizing experimentation, place-making, and public engagement. Freiman also served as the commissioner for the United States Pavilion in the 54th Venice Biennale, which presented site-responsive work by Allora & Calzadilla.

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