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

Public Special Events


Market Fitness: Commodities
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Free and open to the public. Advanced registration required.
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,

Market Fitness
With Market Fitness, artist, writer, and instructor Christian Nagler brings together two seemingly distant topics of conversation in popular culture: the demystification of the financial system and the importance of individual exercise routines. Both economies and our physical selves are frameworks for cultural and personal existence; however, they are hardly fixed elements, responding in complicated ways—shifting values, recessions—as they face conditions from unemployment figures to IPOs.

Working with video artist Azin Seraj, Nagler merges these concepts into a sweaty, participatory project that pairs lessons on liquidity, derivatives, and exchange rate volatility with vigorous aerobic warm-ups and group movement exercises. Each “lesson” includes an incisively witty video, shot in apt locations such as the 1915 Pacific Coast Stock Exchange building (now home to a gym), and a soundtrack of reworked aerobic nightclub pop songs. The videos are included in the exhibition, while three Market Fitness courses are scheduled during the run of the exhibition. 

Get your sweat on in this session about commodities (November 20).

Classes will be held in the SFAI Cafe and space is limited. Register for your spot today!


The Temporary Structures Exhibition
September 14–December 15

Curated by Glen Helfand and Cydney M. Payton, this FREE interdisciplinary exhibition explores the allure of temporary architecture as a site of human interaction, spectacle, and fun. Inspired by San Francisco’s colorful history of World’s Fairs and expositions, the exhibition includes works—many of them site-specific—concerned with architectural aspirations, follies, and momentary acts of cultural transformation.

In addition to the works on display in the Walter and McBean Galleries, SFAI invites you to a series of exhibition-related film screenings, performances, lectures, and other events this fall! For a full schedule, please visit

Participating Artists
Pawel Althamer, Roberto Behar & Rosario Marquardt, David Gissen, Amy M. Ho, Paul Kos, Roy McMakin, Christian Nagler & Azin Seraj, Ben Peterson, Michael Robinson, Jonathan Runcio, Mungo Thomson, and Together We Can Defeat Capitalism

The Walter and McBean Galleries 
The Walter and McBean Galleries on SFAI’s 800 Chestnut Street campus house exhibitions, workshops, and other alternative and experimental avenues for presenting work by international contemporary artists.

Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am–6 pm
Closed Thanksgiving Day

For a complete schedule of SFAI's lectures and events, please visit