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

Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series

Film Screening: Urs Fischer Documentary
Monday, November 19, 2012 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Lecture Hall
Free and open to the public
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,

About the Film Screening
Directed by Iwan Schumacher, this 90-minute documentary on artist Urs Fischer is structured around an approaching pinnacle of the artist’s career: a one-man exhibition at the New Museum, New York, in 2009. The film shows Fischer to be an artist who derives his creative energy from apparent contradictions—he swings between hedonist and workaholic, traditional art and pop culture, spontaneity and precision—and offers a revealing view of the complex creative process behind an exhibition.

Urs Fischer was released in 2010. This screening marks the film’s West Coast premiere.

This screening is one of three to be held in conjunction with the Temporary Structures exhibition. Don't miss I am Cuba (Soy Cuba) by Mikhail Kalatozov (October 1) and Playtime by Jacques Tati (October 15). Urs Fischer is also part of the VAS lecture series

Swiss-born, New York-based artist Urs Fischer has achieved international success (and a reputation as the new enfant terrible of contemporary art) with his installations, sculptures, excavations, large-scale photographs, and other manipulations of space and architecture. 

Born in 1947 in Lucerne, Switzerland, director Iwan Schumacher trained as a photographer at the Kunstgewerbeschule Zurich before turning to work as a cameraman, scriptwriter, and film producer. He has worked on films such as 22 Fragen an Max Bill and Wir Bergler in den Bergen..., and has made several documentaries about Swiss artists, including Markus Raetz.


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


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.