Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series

Wendy White

Wendy White
Tue, 02/18/2014 - 19:30

VAS Social Hour - 6:30pm
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,
CA
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Tue, 02/18/2014 - 19:30

Wendy White is critically hailed for work that expands the parameters of painting through the use of multiple canvases, sculptural additions, and site-specific installation. Frequently inspired by the visual cacophony of her neighborhood of Chinatown in New York City, her works contain dense accumulations of natural and synthetic materials, atmospheric color, digital and analogue marks, and fragments of text.

Basil Twist

Basil Twist
Thu, 04/24/2014 - 19:30
VAS Social Hour - 6:30pm
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,
CA
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Thu, 04/24/2014 - 19:30

San Francisco–native Basil Twist has established himself, over a 20-year career, as one of the foremost puppeteers in the United States. His productions have toured the world and new projects have been commissioned by Lincoln Center, New York; Japan Society, New York; and Spoleto Festival, Charleston, South Carolina. Twist is renowned for having advanced new techniques and genres of performance that bring puppeteering into the realms of contemporary theater and visual art. Through both technical innovation and poetic force, his works conjure iconic worlds on the stage.

James Benning

James Benning
Mon, 04/14/2014 - 19:30
VAS Social Hour - 6:30pm

Note: This event has been moved from Tuesday, April 8 to Monday, April 14

San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,
CA
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Tue, 04/08/2014 - 19:30

A pivotal figure in American experimental filmmaking for over 40 years, James Benning’s primary subject is the expansive and complex American landscape. His most recent work centers around two cabins that he replicated on his property in the Sierra foothills: Henry David Thoreau’s shelter from Walden Pond and Ted Kaczynski’s plywood shack—iconic American structures that seemingly represent utopian and dystopian poles. Benning’s film Two Cabins (2011) layers perspectives and articulates intoxicating connections between the two structures.

Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle

Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle
Thu, 04/03/2014 - 19:30
VAS Social Hour - 6:30pm
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,
CA
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Thu, 04/03/2014 - 19:30

Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle is an internationally recognized conceptual artist known for his activist-inspired public works. Producing across multiple media, Manglano-Ovalle creates technologically advanced pieces that crystallize complex political and cultural narratives into iconic, beautiful form—a thundercloud, an iceberg, Mies van der Rohe’s architecture, or the fictitious Iraqi mobile biological weapons truck. His work prompts singular experiences from inverted utopias, refabricated images of war, and the insurgence of Modernism.

John Miller

John Miller
Mon, 03/31/2014 - 19:30
VAS Social Hour - 6:30pm
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,
CA
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Mon, 03/31/2014 - 19:30

Throughout his career, John Miller has pursued an ambitious and cross-disciplinary investigation into so-called middlebrow culture and artifice-laden consumer societies. His recent relief sculptures and installations feature gilded junk—found Styrofoam, plastic objects, and discarded wood tables overlaid with gold leaf. The works reference the decadence of our current moment and speak to the instability of cultural and economic excess.

Terry Winters

Terry Winters
Mon, 03/24/2014 - 19:30
VAS Social Hour - 6:30pm
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,
CA
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Mon, 03/24/2014 - 19:30

"When painting, I’m being pulled along like those strange attractors in chaos theory. The work makes demands and I respond until the work has a life of its own and feels somehow complete." –Terry Winters, The Paris Review

Terry Winters is widely regarded for paintings which translate systems of information—and the ways we think of them—into pictorial space. His forcefully made works combine physical gestures and cognitive images, which result in paintings that are rich in ambiguity and allusion.

Karin Sander

Karin Sander
Tue, 03/11/2014 - 19:30
VAS Social Hour - 6:30pm
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,
CA
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Tue, 03/11/2014 - 19:30

Karin Sander’s conceptual works range from barely-there interventions to vibrant, encompassing installations. Her discursive practice focuses our attention on seemingly inconsequential aspects of the exhibition site and to the hidden systems that surround gallery visitors. For Wall Pieces (2004), a section of plaster wall in the Guggenheim was polished to a high sheen—a work only visible from specific angles and nearly unphotographable.

Alice Channer

Alice Channer
Thu, 02/27/2014 - 19:30
VAS Social Hour - 6:30pm
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,
CA
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Thu, 02/27/2014 - 19:30

Trafficking in a subtly surreal sense of illusion, British artist Alice Channer makes hard materials, such as marble and steel, appear malleable and fluid, and brings a complex sculptural presence to flat images. Her works, which often take the form of photographs printed on long narrow bolts of fabric, cascade from ceilings in cavernous rooms or undulate on the floor. As they take on architecture, the pieces address various industrial processes, from the machining of metal to the manufacture of beauty products.

POSTPONED » Jill Magid

POSTPONED » Jill Magid
Wed, 02/12/2014
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Wed, 02/12/2014 - 19:30

The Visiting Artists and Scholars (VAS) lecture for Jill Magid scheduled for Wednesday, February 11 has been postponed and will be rescheduled for Fall 2014.

On behalf of San Francisco Art Institute's Exhibitions and Public Programs, we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and hope to see you at the upcoming Wendy White lecture on Tuesday, February 18.

Simone Leigh

Simone Leigh
Wed, 02/05/2014 - 19:30
VAS Social Hour - 6:30pm
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,
CA
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Wed, 02/05/2014 - 19:30

Simone Leigh engages in an object-based, sculptural exploration of black female subjectivity. Her work is structured as an ongoing ethnographic practice, informed by both ancient African and African American object-making, and bridges abstracted forms with iconic images. Leigh's recent series of terracotta and porcelain female busts are noted for distorted features and delicately crafted ceramic roses that sprout up in place of the face or hair. Leigh’s work has recently been presented in a solo exhibition at The Kitchen, New York.

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