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

Public Special Events


Film Screening: I am Cuba (Soy Cuba)
Monday, October 1, 2012 - 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Lecture Hall
Free and open to the public
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,

About the Film
Shot through the lens of communist director Mikhail Kalatozov in 1964, I am Cuba (Soy Cuba) was intended as propaganda in support of the Cuban revolution as it transitioned from Batista to Castro. Released to mixed reviews from Cuban and Russian audiences, the varied opinions about the film’s cultural and political implications suppressed it from larger audiences for decades. For the Cubans, the film stereotyped and romanticized their culture; for the Russians, the film identified too directly with capitalism. Unarchived, remastered, and re-released in the 1990s by Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese, the film now seems exceptionally revealing of the utopian idealism of the communist era. In addition, the film startles with its exceptional camerawork and the beauty of its silver gelatin-like surface.

This film screening is one of three to be held in conjunction with the Temporary Structures exhibition. Don't miss Playtime by Jacques Tati (October 15) and Urs Fischer by Iwan Schumacher (November 19). 


About Temporary Structures
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

For a complete schedule of SFAI's lectures and events, please visit