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Graduate Lecture Series

Wilfredo Prieto
Friday, October 12, 2012 - 5:30pm
Lecture Hall
Free and open to the public
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,

About the Lecture

In More with Less, Cuban-born artist Wilfredo Prieto will describe how he creates powerful art with minimal gestures, often starting with mundane objects and stripping away elements, or constructing intentionally underwhelming situations. His previous projects have included a library of 5,000 books with blank pages; an installation of national flags on flagpoles with the colors reduced to grayscale; and a potted plant watered with single drips from a water tanker and mobile generator.

Artist Bio
Wilfredo Prieto has had recent solo exhibitions at S.M.A.K., Ghent, Belgium; the Dia Art Foundation, New York; and El Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam, Havana. Prieto’s work has been included in group exhibitions including the 29th São Paulo Biennial (2010); I’m Not Here: An Exhibition Without Francis Alÿs at de Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam (2010); Stowaways at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco (2009); and That Was Then… This Is Now at MoMA P.S.1, New York (2008). Prieto is a recipient of the Cartier Award (Frieze, London, 2008), and the UNESCO Prize for the Promotion of the Arts (7th Havana Biennial, Galería DUPP, 2000). He studied at the Instituto Superior de Arte, Havana, and has held residencies at Gasworks, London; the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, New York; and the Kadist Art Foundation, Paris. Prieto lives and works in Barcelona.


About the Graduate Lecture Series
SFAI's Graduate Lecture Series (GLS) allows students to engage with emerging and established artists, curators, critics, and historians working in both local and global art communities. As an investigation of the contemporary issues relevant to students’ full education and experience, GLS gives the entire graduate body a common interdisciplinary foundation. It also plays a crucial role in defining individual praxis and the meanings of “success” within the current and future landscape of contemporary art. In addition, students have the opportunity to meet with some of the guests for individual critiques, small group colloquia, and informal gatherings after the lectures.

All GLS lectures begin at 4:30 pm on Fridays in the Lecture Hall on SFAI’s 800 Chestnut Street campus. For a complete schedule of SFAI's lectures and events, please visit