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

Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series

Mungo Thomson
Monday, October 8, 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
Mungo Thomson will discuss his humorous, conceptually driven work. Discover first-hand how he artfully riffs on art-world figures, pop culture, science, and mysticism, and don't miss his Yoga Brick Wall (Black) installation in SFAI's Temporary Structures exhibition.

Thomson's work and artist talk are part of both the Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series and the Temporary Structures exhibition in the Walter and McBean Galleries at the San Francisco Art Institute. This event is FREE and open to the public. But space is limited, and advance registration is recommended

Artist Bio
Appropriating and transforming sounds and spaces, Los Angeles–based artist Mungo Thomson has turned the Whitney Museum’s coat check hangers into wind chimes; morphed the architecture of James Turrell’s skyspaces into a bouncehouse; parodied Michael Heizer’s monumental granite work Levitated Mass with an inflatable parade-float replica; and color-inverted NASA photographs of galaxies into large-scale murals befitting a gallery’s white walls

Other exhibition venues include the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Kadist Art Foundation, Paris; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles; the 2008 Whitney Biennial, New York; the 2008 Le Havre Biennale, Le Havre, France; and the 2004 California Biennial at the Orange Country Museum of Art, Newport Beach. Thomson attended the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program, and received an MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles. Visit Thomson's website at


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

The Walter and McBean Galleries 
The Walter and McBean Galleries on SFAI’s 800 Chestnut Street campus house exhibitions, workshops, and other alternative and experimental avenues for presenting work by international contemporary artists.

Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am–6 pm
Closed Thanksgiving Day


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.