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 Under Construction
Monday, March 10 - Saturday, March 15, 2014
Diego Rivera Gallery
Reception » Tuesday, March 11 | 5–7 pm
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,

Buenos Aires inspired the conception of Memory Under Construction. During their two-week trip to the political and creative center of Argentina, the artists examined Argentine artists’ collaborative reactions to living under the dictatorship and military regime of the 1970s–80s. Through this study, the group witnessed the ways in which artists relate to their surroundings, how they define experience through their art processes, and the concept of personal versus collective memory.

In the Diego Rivera Gallery, the artists present traces of recollections, offering a unified synthesis of their individual experiences. Through photography, Ilysa works to reconstruct and create moments in time that access the surreal, mysterious, and fantastical. Alyssa is interested in images that contain incomplete narratives, and she combines them to activate experiential photo essays that allow the viewer to participate and reconstruct memories of place. Julia’s sculptures reflect the experience of identity formed by the physical structures accrued in bodily memory. Brenna presents a memory compendium, a rough sketch of memories from her family—the heritage of her deceased parents and the "qipao" that delivers a message of love and inheritance. Shannon focuses on the fading and reemergence of memories, concentrating on physical and psychological reconstructions of the past. Xiao’s performative paintings signify decaying photographic memory and lingering sensual experience.

Participating Artists

Ilysa Austin
Alyssa Fujita Karoui
Julia CR Gray
Brenna Nolan
Jenny Peng
Shannon Miya, Russell
Xiao Wang.

Faculty member: Aaron Terry


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