Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series
Monday, October 22, 2012 - 7:30pm
Free and open to the public
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
Painter Sue Williams came to prominence in the early 1980s with works that echoed and argued with the dominant postmodern feminist aesthetic of the time. In the years since, her aesthetic interests have moved toward abstract works whose bright colors and cartoonish shapes belie a sharp, confrontational engagement with politics and sexuality.
Williams has had solo shows at the Center for Contemporary Art, Geneva, Switzerland; the Vienna Secession; and the Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Germany, and was included in three consecutive Whitney Biennials in the 1990s. In 2010, 303 Gallery in New York presented Al-Qaeda Is the CIA, a 20-year retrospective of Williams’s work. Williams is a recipient of the Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation Distinguished Visiting Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Painting Practices at SFAI this semester.
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 www.sfai.edu/events
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.