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

Diego Rivera Gallery

Then and Now: Photography at the San Francisco Art Institute, 1945–2013
Sunday, October 21, 2012 - 9:00am - Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 5:00pm
Opening reception: Tuesday October 23, 2012, 5:00–7:30 p.m.
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,

About the Exhibition
In celebration of the pioneering spirit, rich history, and current energy of fine art photography at the San Francisco Art Institute, 24 current graduate photography students created work in response to alumni work made during the early years of the school’s photography program. Primary source materials, including several original silver gelatin prints, held in the Anne Bremer Memorial Library were consulted. Current student work and selected alumni work from the library’s collection will be displayed in the gallery together. As a whole, the exhibition meditates on the continuities and differences in the conceptualization and practice of fine art photography from the beginnings of the country’s first fine art photography program to today, and the potential for visual archives to inform and inspire contemporary image making.

Special thanks to Jeff Gunderson, J. John Priola, Tamara Freedman (Spot Design Custom Framing), and Stefan Kirkeby (Smith Anderson North Gallery) for their support.

Curated by Toni Gentilli

Participating Artists
Adam Donnelly
Alexis Courtney
Amber Crabbe
Amelia Konow
Andréanne Michon
Caity Fares
Claudia Martin
Courtney Ann Greenlee
Dara Rosenwasser
Elizabeth Ajtay
Erin Hall
Grace Kim
John Steck, Jr.
Kelly Nettles
Marcella Davis
Marie-Luise Klotz
Maya Smira
Naaman Rosen
Oliver Leach
Rohit Krishnan Sabu
Samantha Croteau
Toni Gentilli
Tony Maridakis
Tristan Cai

and select SFAI alumni


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