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

Swell Gallery

Crappy Birthday
Monday, April 30 - Friday, May 4, 2012
Swell Gallery
Hours: Mon. through Sat., 9:00am - 5:00pm
SFAI Graduate Center
2565 Third Street
San Francisco,

Birthdays can either mark a joyous anniversary, a rite of passage, an asinine gathering, or a cruel reminder of another year passed. "Crappy Birthday"  is a show that merges these viewpoints while ruminating upon birthdays as ceremony and as celebration. These works probe the dark side of birthdays within the context of the customs, cliches, and paraphernalia they entail.

Closing reception: Friday, May 4, 7:15-10 pm. The closing reception will be a chance to exorcise past birthday traumas with cake, drinks, and merriment, and will also coincide with the last day of classes for SFAI's Spring 2012 semester.

Curated by Evan Reiser

Participating artists: Farhad Bahram, Joel Frudden, Conrad Guevara, Pete Hickok, Daniel Jefferies, Laura Kim, Li Ma, Rebecca Levitan, Zach Mitlas, Erno Raitanen, Maria Schumacher, Ingrid Wells and Evan Reiser.


The Swell Gallery is a graduate student-run art space dedicated to the examination of the role of the gallery in an educational sphere. The mission of the Swell Gallery is to provide a venue for the exploration and discussion of varying artistic perspectives from the student body, operating as a platform for exhibition, events, and dialogue.


Zach Mitlas
Happy Birthday Vercingétorix
Oil on canvas
31 x 46 inches