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

Memory Overflow
Monday, March 31 - Saturday, April 5, 2014
Diego Rivera Gallery
Reception » Tuesday, April 1 | 5–7 pm
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,

As the German philosopher, Hegel, predicted in his philosophy of dialectical idealism, history has not yet come to an end. The form in which it used to unfold, however, has died. After the crisis of hegemonic centers—the disturbance of dominant power structures—and the dwindling of grand narratives decades ago, a multiplicity of voices arose from the darkness demanding the authority to write their own stories.

Mediated by curator Monica Vazquez Rodriguez, artists C. Franco Maldonado, David Lasley, and Shay Arick come together to offer reinterpretations of historical events. Powerful figures such as Napoleon Bonaparte, Fidel Castro, Adolph Hitler, and John F. Kennedy will be portrayed, deconstructed, and demythologized through multimedia installation, large-scale painting, and video. 

Memory Overflow blurs the boundaries between traditional and contemporary modes of representation, while exploring notions of non-linear narratives, the fixation on discovering meaning, and history itself. The exhibition, framed by the historical load of the Diego Rivera Gallery, challenges the way memory is generated in a space and questions power structures, social dynamics, and the role of the arts in the production of history.
Participating Artists

Shay Arick
C. Franco Maldonado
David Lasley
Diego Rivera

Curator: Monica Vazquez Rodriguez


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