Ruby Neri
Untitled, 1995
Paint on paper, 34 x 22 inches
Courtesy of the artist

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PANEL DISCUSSION » Mission School: Yes or No?
Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Lecture Hall
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,

In a 1956 ARTnews article, critic Hubert Crehan asked “Is There a California School?” and answered with a resounding “No,” claiming that the Abstract Expressionist school around the California School of Fine Arts (now SFAI) was too disparate and incoherent to constitute a “school.” The same year, Richard Diebenkorn made a case for a San Francisco School of Figuration in a symposium assembled at the Oakland Art Museum.

In conjunction with the current Walter and McBean Galleries exhibition ENERGY THAT IS ALL AROUND, Renny Pritikin, former chief curator at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), and Natasha Boas, curator of ENERGY THAT IS ALL AROUND and former public programs curator at YBCA, will reproduce the historic symposium, posing an updated question for 2013: Mission School: Yes or No? The panel aims to consider how defining a school or art movement affects history, art-making, and localism.

Come prepared to voice your opinions—responses will be recorded in the catalogue produced for the traveling exhibition.

Panelists will include: Kevin Killian, author; Dena Beard, associate curator, BAM/PFA; Ruby Neri, artist in ENERGY THAT IS ALL AROUND; and David Kasprzak, co-founder and director of Will Brown.

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Chris Johanson
This Conceptual Art Is an Energy Explosion about Positive Energy, 2002
Acrylic on paper
15 x 17 inches
Courtesy of Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, Calif.; collection of Tom Peters, Los Angeles