Graduate Lecture Series
Friday, April 12, 2013 - 4:30pm
Free and open to the public
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
Lecture: The Constant Gardener
Frances McCormack creates large, abstract oil paintings and works on paper that are informed by her research on the history of gardens. The desert garden and the walled gardens of the Near East, and their associations with the idea of paradise, is a theme she frequently explores in her work.
In October of 2012, McCormack's piece Artifacts—a collaboration with composer Kurt Rohde and writer Sue Moon—premiered in San Francisco at the Conservatory of Music. Additional performances are scheduled in Boston, New York, and Los Angeles this year and next. A mid-career survey of McCormack’s work, From the Ground Up: Painting, Process, and the Garden, was exhibited at the Palo Alto Art Center in 2007. Her curatorial projects include Silence, Exile, and Cunning—a 2010 exhibition for the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. Among other awards, McCormack was the recipient of the first SFAI Faculty Residency at the American Academy in Rome. She is represented by the Elins Eagles-Smith Gallery, San Francisco, and the R. B. Stevenson Gallery, La Jolla, California. McCormack is Associate Professor and Painting Department Chair at SFAI. www.francesmccormack.com
Plunge Struggle and Sprout, 2009
Oil on canvas
60 x 54 inches
Courtesy of the artist
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 www.sfai.edu/events