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

Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series

Allan Sekula and Bruno Serralongue in conversation
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 7:30pm
Lecture Hall
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,

The exhibition Oceans and Campfires: Allan Sekula and Bruno Serralongue will be on view in SFAI’s Walter and McBean Galleries from December 1, 2011–February 18, 2012. This conversation follows the opening reception, which will be held November 30 from 5:30–7:30 pm.

Allan Sekula is a photographer and writer whose works make critical contributions to questions of social reality and globalization, focusing on what he describes as “the imaginary and material geographies of the advanced capitalist world.” His books include Photography Against the Grain, Fish Story, and Allan Sekula: Dismal Science: Photoworks 1972–1996. He has had solo exhibitions at Witte de With, Rotterdam; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; the Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels; and the Berkeley Art Museum, and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the NEA, the Getty Research Institute, Atelier Calder, and United States Artists. Sekula is on the faculty of the Program in Photography and Media at the California Institute of the Arts.

French artist Bruno Serralongue employs the techniques of photojournalism to expose the conditions of contemporary humanity. Instead of focusing on obvious, newsworthy spectacles, his camera looks at less-acknowledged phenomena. In this manner, he has developed a distinctive body of work that questions the truth of photographic representation and how images are produced, disseminated, and circulated in contemporary contexts. Serralongue has had solo exhibitions at the Jeu de Paume, Paris; La Virreina, Barcelona; WIELS, Brussels; and Air de Paris, Paris. Two monographs of his work have been published, including Bruno Serralongue (JRP Ringier, 2011).

The event is free and open to the public.


Allan Sekula
Bad Ship
From the series Ship of Fools

40 x 61 inches

Courtesy of the artist, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica and Galerie Michel Rein, Paris

Bruno Serralongue
South Sudan
24 x 32 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Air de Paris, Paris


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. Allan Sekula in conversation with Bruno Serralongue in connection with the exhibition Oceans and Campfires: Allan Sekula and Bruno Serralongue is supported by Etant donnés: The French-American Fund for Contemporary Art, a program of FACE.