With new student shows nearly every week (here, Y-Axis, 2008, a multimedia installation by Brandon Truscott, Andres
Garcia Franco, and John Melvin), the Diego Rivera Gallery is a valuable site for experimentation and exhibition.

Diego Rivera Gallery

Invisible Merkin: Discretion and Ostentation
Monday, June 17 - Saturday, June 22, 2013
Diego Rivera Gallery
Opening reception: Tuesday, June 18, 5 - 7 pm. Free and open to the public
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,

About the Student Exhibition

Relative to the duality presented in Gustave Courbet's work L'Origine du Monde (The Origin of the World), Invisible Merkin: Discretion and Ostentation presents the flirtation between the literal and coded: figure vs. landscape. Brittany Acocelli doesn’t depict the site of desire in a literal way, but rather illustrates the feminine anatomy of the landscape, codifying the otherwise concealed parts of the body and elaborating on the visual metaphors of space and penetrability. In David Lasley’s images, a vulgar sexuality is poked fun at in terms of masculine beauty, and the idealized figure. His characters’ intentions are meant to show off the virility of the romantically desperate male. Like a dirty text message, these works seek to invert and abbreviate innocent intentions into sensual statements that emphasize graphic eroticism.

Participating Artists
Brittany Acocelli
David Lasley 


About the Diego Rivera Gallery Exhibitions
The Diego Rivera Gallery, home to SFAI’s historic Diego Rivera Mural, is a student-directed exhibition space for work by SFAI students. The gallery provides an opportunity for students from all academic programs to present their work or curate in a gallery setting; to use the space for large-scale installations; or to experiment with artistic concepts and concerns in a public venue.

The Gallery is open daily from 9 am–5 pm for exhibition and mural viewing on SFAI’s 800 Chestnut Street campus. Opening receptions are on Tuesdays, with an artist talk at 5:30 and a reception from 5–7 pm. For a complete schedule of SFAI's lectures and events, please visit www.sfai.edu/events