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

Walter and McBean Galleries

¡Oye, Mira! Reflective Approaches in Contemporary Latin American Video Art
Friday, April 19 - Saturday, June 29, 2013
Walter and McBean Galleries
Free & Open to the Public
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,

Extended dates! The exhibition is now open through June 29.

Exhibition Description

Open through June 29
Hours: 11 am–7 pm Tuesday; 11 am–6 pm Wednesday–Saturday
Free and open to the public

¡Oye, Mira!: Reflective Approaches in Contemporary Latin American Video Art brings together a selection of artists from Latin America who use video as a tool of reflection and contemplation, exploring relationships of identity to site, history, and memory. These artists play an important role as mediators in the geo-political landscape, seeking to place their work within the context of place/site and the intersection of high culture and daily life. In the featured works, materiality, form, and concept come together in an expression of each artist's personal values and experience of the world. These range from place-specific issues of social justice and political oppression to the universal concerns of love and family.

Featuring works from Cuba, Mexico, Argentina, Peru, and Bolivia, all created in the last 12 years, the exhibition considers a wide range of approaches to production and display, including the use of the "loop," narrative structures, sculptural installations/environments, and dialogues with complementary two-dimensional works. Audience participation will also be an integral part of the exhibition through an interactive video lounge and café.

Since the early 1970s, the New Genres Department at the San Francisco Art Institute has been a pioneer in performance, moving image, and installation, and a breeding ground for work at the intersection of the three mediums. As one of the first graduates of the New Genres program and now Faculty Director of MFA programs at SFAI, curator Tony Labat, a Cuban native, has been an integral part of the development of New Genres since its inception. He continues to explore cross-disciplinary art production through teaching, curating, and his own practice.

Oye Mira Closing Party

Friday, June 28
7–10 pm
Free and open to the public

The Walter and McBean Galleries will transform for one night only into an underground tropical nightclub to celebrate the closing of ¡Oye, Mira!

This transformation is prompted by curator Tony Labat’s personal ties to clubs of the early San Francisco punk scene via his band The A-holes, and follows in the tradition of pop-up nightclubs like the Mabuhay Gardens in North Beach (by day a Filipino restaurant, and by night an infamous punk club hosting such bands as DEVO, Ramones, Dead Kennedys, and Blondie).

Join SFAI for a night of mayhem featuring three cutting-edge, multimedia Bay Area bands that utilize video, sound, live DJing, and performance: 

Shalo P is a San Francisco audio/visual artist interested in raw emotion and energy, offering up dense layers of sight and sound born out of universal themes of hatred, love, longing, and sorrow.

Gold Wood is a darkly energetic multimedia approach to traditional rock forms that pushes the boundaries of analog and digital soundscapes. Gold Wood consists of the band members C.I.A., $$$, and Urban Yetti, and is the evil brain child of Mauricio Ancalmo and Christine Ancalmo in axis with the abominable forces of Aaron Terry.

Future Twin—originally brought together by the first all-girl moped gang in San Francisco, The Lockits—juxtaposes tangible beauty with honest grit, earning comparisons to St. Vincent, Kathleen Hannah, and Grace Slick.


Image: Future Twin.

Read the exhibition guide:

Participating artists:

Edgardo Aragón (Mexico)
Alexandre Arrechea (Cuba)
Miguel Calderón (Mexico)
Sergio De La Torre (Mexico)
Humberto Diaz (Cuba)
Felipe Dulzaides (Cuba)
Ana Teresa Fernandez (Mexico)
Luis Gárciga (Cuba)
Claudia Joskowicz (Bolivia)
leonardogillesfleur (Argentina)
Julio Cesar Morales (Mexico)
Yoshua Okon (Mexico)
Eamon Ore-Giron (Peru)
Amapola Prada (Peru)
Maya Watanabe (Peru)

Special thanks to the Kadist Art Foundation