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

Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series

Michael Robinson
Monday, October 29, 2012 - 7:30pm
Lecture Hall
Free and open to the public
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,

About the Lecture and Film Screening
As part of both the VAS lecture series and Temporary Structures exhibition, film and video artist Michael Robinson will discuss in this artist talk his work exploring the joys and dangers of mediated experience. Often drawing from media and pop culture—Sega videogames, clips from Full House, Michael Jackson music videos—he transfigures source materials into unfamiliar and sometimes unsettling short films. His film Victory Over the Sun (2007), which revisits now-abandoned sites of past World's Fairs, is featured in as part of the ongoing Temporary Structures exhibition. Robinson will  be showing other video pieces during this discussion.

Artist Bio
Named one of the top ten avant-garde filmmakers of the 2000s by Film Comment magazine, Michael Robinson has exhibited at the 2012 Whitney Biennial, New York; International Film Festival Rotterdam; Sundance Film Festival; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus; Tate Modern, London; MoMA P.S.1, New York; and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco. He was the recipient of a 2009 residency from the Headlands Center for the Arts, a 2011–2012 Film/Video Residency Award from the Wexner Center for the Arts, and a 2012 Creative Capital grant. Robinson holds a BFA from Ithaca College and an MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Visit Robinson'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 Sponors!
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.