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

Graduate Lecture Series

Michelle Handelman
Friday, March 30, 2012 - 4:30pm
Lecture Hall
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,

Michelle Handelman is a New York artist who makes confrontational works that explore the sublime in its various forms of excess and nothingness. Using video, photography, public sculpture, and live performance, she creates visceral experiences that deal with themes of sexuality, gender, desire, and loss. During the 1990s, Handelman was based in San Francisco where she directed a feature documentary on the leather dyke scene called BloodSisters. While in San Francisco, she performed in several works by Lynn Hershman Leeson and collaborated with Monte Cazazza, pioneer of the industrial music scene. She is the recipient of a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship and a 2010 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship.

Handelman’s work has been featured in solo exhibitions at Participant Inc., New York; Art Claims Impulse, Berlin; Cristinerose Contemporary Art, New York; Catherine Clark Gallery, San Francisco; and Arthouse at the Jones Center, Austin, TX. Her videos have screened internationally, including at the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; the American Film Institute, Los Angeles; the Pacific Film Archive at UC Berkeley; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and numerous gay and lesbian film festivals. Her performances and installations have been featured at PERFORMA 05, New York; The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT; Momenta Art, New York; 3LD Art & Technology Center, New York; and The Lab, San Francisco.


Michelle Handelman in collaboration with Amelie Chabannes
The Portrait of Dorian Gray
Digital C-print
24 x 48 inches