Diego Rivera Gallery
McMaison, Nicely and 2012 Darren Cultural Exchange
Sunday, September 16, 2012 - 9:00am - Friday, September 28, 2012 - 5:00pm
Diego Rivera Gallery
Opening Reception: Tuesday, September 18, from 5:00-7:00 pm
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
About the Student Exhibitions and Artists
The meeting of mass media and lifestyle, especially as sited in the domestic everyday, haunts this body of work, McMaison. A play on the French word for house, the suburban McMansion (a generic idyllic location of the American dream), and the McDonald’s Happy Meal (a edible version of happiness, force-fed by media and branding, and packaged in the shape of an rudimentary house), McMaison offers a frame for observing the ways in which people today intimately carry out their lives in homes infiltrated by mass media. This show features large-format prints that document artist Elizabeth Cayne’s collage process, as well as an interactive installation that features a modern dollhouse surrounded by thousands of paper cut out accessories for the audience, provided with clean cotton gloves, to play with, under supervision of Cayne or a security guard. McMaison asks: How large of a role does lifestyle, especially as mediated by catalogues, television, iPhones, etc. and manifested via the accumulation of personal possessions (including dwelling spaces), play in determining one’s sense of self? McMaison ponders these themes surrounding the intersection of domesticity, consumerism, desire, and happiness.
Mary Alyssa Block
On Tuesday, September 18, the Diego Rivera Gallery presents five new large-scale paintings on paper from Bay Area artist Mary Alyssa Block. This allusive body of work examines the feelings of confusion and anxiety that come along with a difficult face-to-face conversation. Combining introspective imagery, a painterly acumen, and a serial comic book format, the artist is able to tell quiet and deliberate stories about the struggle to be loved and feel happiness.
2012 Darren Cultural Exchange
Darren Cultural Exchange is an exhibition of artifacts from our northern neighbors, the Darrenites. In collaboration with the Darren City Museum, the Diego Rivera Gallery provides a glimpse into the spectacular cultural wealth and diversity of the Principality of Darren. Darren Cultural Exchange is an eye-opening multimedia experience and makes distinctive statements about contemporary notions of nationhood and modern academics. This show was curated by the Cultural Committee of Darren with help from the Morings. For more information, visit the website: http://nuclearfamily.wikia.com/wiki/Principality_of_Darren
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 4:30 and a reception from 5–7 pm. For a complete schedule of SFAI's lectures and events, please visit www.sfai.edu/events