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

Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series

Jayson Musson
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 7:30pm
Lecture Hall
Free and open to the public. Advance registration is recommended.
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,


About the Lecture
Artist and filmmaker Jayson Musson discusses his work as the character Hennessy Youngman, the bitingly funny voice behind the video series Art Thoughtz, as well as his newer work, a series of textural, abstract “paintings” made of cut-up, colorful Coogi sweaters (a style associated with the likes of Bill Cosby and the Notorious B.I.G.).

This event is FREE and open to the public. But space is limited, and advance registration is recommended.

Artist Bio
Jayson Musson is best known for his work as the character Hennessy Youngman in Art Thoughtz. Described by Art in America as “Ali G with an MFA,” Youngman spouts sharply critical observations about the art world through the guise of a foul-mouthed, swaggering hip-hop personality. Musson’s new paintings were recently on view in Halcyon Days at Salon 94 Bowery, New York. He has also exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA; Dazed & Confused Magazine Gallery, London; Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago; and Postmasters Gallery, New York. A native New Yorker, Musson received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from the University of Arts, Philadelphia and his MFA in Painting from the University of Pennsylvania. Visit Musson's website at


About the Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series
SFAI’s Visiting Artists and Scholars (VAS) lecture series provides students and faculty—as well as the wider Bay Area public—with direct exposure to major figures in contemporary global art and culture. It creates an open forum through which SFAI’s students are challenged to go beyond basic canonical approaches to the study of art and to discover a global perspective that encourages conceptual and comparative approaches. In addition to the public lectures they give, visiting artists and scholars regularly engage with students in an immediate and active way, by teaching intensives or by participating in seminars, critiques, or colloquia.

All VAS lectures begin at 7:30 pm in the Lecture Hall on SFAI’s 800 Chestnut Street campus. For a complete schedule of SFAI's lectures and events, please visit 


Thank You to Our Sponsors!
SFAI’s exhibitions and public programs—a component of which is the Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series—are supported in part by the Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund. The Winfred Johnson Clive Foundation Distinguished Visiting Fellowships in Interdisciplinary Painting Practices are funded by the Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation. The Richard Diebenkorn Teaching Fellowship is funded by the generosity of the family of Richard Diebenkorn.