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

Public Special Events


Guerrilla Café
Saturday, September 22, 2012 - 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Free and open to the public
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,

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

In the midst of yet another tech boom and bubble creating outlandish rents, and with another hotly contested election on the horizon, the updated iteration of Guerrilla Café will explore American culture today—an era where Capitalism (and its discontents) are daily news, where Occupy provides “free” food for its own cultural guerrillas, and where “tea party” has taken on a whole new meaning.

The Guerrilla Café will be held in front of the Walter and McBean Galleries on Saturday, September 22. And, if you can't make on Saturday, check out the salon on Wednesday, October 10.

About the Artists
Together We Can Defeat Capitalism (TWCDC) is a loose collective of cultural guerrillas whose aim is to raise questions about early 21st Century Capitalism. TWCDC has been creating provocative public projects and installations and participating in exhibitions since 1996. Their most recent project is "Das Vegetal," Marxist Motorsport's number 68 car powered by waste vegetable oil. Previous projects include: creating "Bush Stops" using road paint and stencils, and the Stop Bush video game; holding a "Bed-in-for peace" after the events of 9/11; and reprogramming a traffic warning LED sign to question the excesses of Capitalism on May Day, 2000. Main TWCDC members include Amy Berk (b. 1976) and Andy Cox (b. 1961).


The Temporary Structures Exhibition
September 14–December 15

Curated by Glen Helfand and Cydney M. Payton, this FREE 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, please visit

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

For a complete schedule of Temporary Structures lectures and events, please visit