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

Events

Since its founding in 1871, SFAI has sought to educate artists within an environment that presents the most advanced and experimental forms of contemporary art.

Through exhibitions, lectures, symposia, films, and interdisciplinary events, SFAI provides direct access to major practitioners and theorists of contemporary global culture, and connects students to the larger community of art and ideas. All events and exhibitions are free and open to the public.
RED EIGHT: New Paintings by Howard Friedman
Diego Rivera Gallery
The Diego Rivera Gallery is proud to present "RED EIGHT: New Paintings", the first exhibition of works by emerging artist and long time North Beach resident, Howard Friedman
 
Curated by Benjamin Ashlock, Diego Villalobos and Agnes Widbom
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WEAK FORCE
Monday, April 21-23, 2014
Lecture Hall

Body/Performance:
Poetry Reading Diptych

Over the course of two nights, seven Bay Area poets address languaging at the site of the body. Working with performance as the primary mode, they deploy extended techniques and performance-art methodologies—ultimately taking up embodiment under minoritization and late capitalism as material.

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Wrong's What I Do Best
Thursday, April 24-July 26, 2014
Walter and McBean Galleries

Working against both correctness and failure, Wrong’s What I Do Best revels in repeated derailments to present the work of artists who prod the edges of our world. 

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Basil Twist
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Lecture Hall

San Francisco–native Basil Twist has established himself, over a 20-year career, as one of the foremost puppeteers in the United States. His productions have toured the world and new projects have been commissioned by Lincoln Center, New York; Japan Society, New York; and Spoleto Festival, Charleston, South Carolina. Twist is renowned for having advanced new techniques and genres of performance that bring puppeteering into the realms of contemporary theater and visual art. Through both technical innovation and poetic force, his works conjure iconic worlds on the stage.

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SO BENT » Juliana Snapper
Friday, April 25, 2014
SFAI Rooftop Amphitheater

Vocal performance by radical opera singer Juliana Snapper.

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Alfredo Jaar
Friday, April 25, 2014
Lecture Hall

It Is Difficult

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Early Registration Day
Saturday, April 26, 2014

Admitted undergraduate and graduate students and their families are invited to join SFAI for Early Registration Day. Get acquainted with your new community and gain valuable information about student life at SFAI:

  • Register early for your fall courses with an Admissions Counselor or Faculty Advisor
  • Discuss your financial planning with a Financial Aid representative
  • Connect with Student Affairs to learn about career services, campus life, and other student support services

Lunch provided.

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Wrong's What I Do Best » Opening Reception
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Walter and McBean Galleries

Curated by Hesse McGraw and Aaron Spangler

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RE-
Monday, April 28-May 3, 2014
Diego Rivera Gallery

Playing with different verbs preceded by re—re-experience, reanimate, reencounter, re-envision, rediscover, reform, represent, reprocess—Erik Beltran, Carolin Rechberg, and Tim Kopra challenge perceptions of the work of art, the role of the artist, and the very language we use to talk about them.

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Northern California ArtTable
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

APPRAISALS: Determining Values in Today's Complex Marketplace » Explore the increasingly complex and essential world of fine art valuation at a panel discussion co-sponsored by Northern California ArtTable and SFAI.

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SO BENT » Monique Jenkinson
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Lecture Hall

Monique Jenkinson will perform her latest project, with a Q&A to follow led by San Francisco Art Institute Visiting Faculty Christian Nagler.

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Gala Vernissage
Wednesday, May 14, 2014

SFAI's exclusive preview of the 2014 Master of Fine Arts Exhibition: PRINCIPAL in support of scholarships for excellence and diversity in the arts; Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at the Old Mint.

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BFA Exhibition
Thursday, May 15-24, 2014
Campus-wide

Join SFAI for the 2014 BFA Exhibition—an annual exhibition showcasing the multimedia art practices of SFAI's emerging artists across programs.
 

Want to apply to the 2014 BFA Exhibtion?
All graduating BFA artists are eligible and encouraged to submit their application online for 2D/3D, Film/Video, and Site-Specific/Performance work.

Learn more at sfai.edu/bfa-exhibition-apply.

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PRINCIPAL: MFA Exhibition
Thursday, May 15-18, 2014

SFAI artists transform the Old Mint, a national historic landmark, with installations in the bank vaults, ballrooms, brick-lined hallways, courtyards, and every crevice between.

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MA Thesis Symposium
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Lecture Hall

Engaging a diverse and interdisciplinary range of topics across global contemporary art prac­tices, the MA Thesis Symposium represents the capstone of a two-year process of research, critical inquiry, and writing, and presents the emerging generation of SFAI scholars to the Bay Area academic community.

Moderated by Claire Daigle, Chair, MA Department.

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PRINCIPAL: The Moving Image
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Lecture Hall

In conjunction with the MFA Exhibition, PRINCIPAL: The Moving Image presents a curated screening of moving-image media from emerging MFA artists across disciplines, with explorations ranging from narrative films and short videos to digital animations and pioneering hybrids of sound/image.

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Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, May 17, 2014

Join SFAI in celebrating the accomplishments of its graduating BFA, BA, MFA, MA, and Dual Degree MA/MFA artists and scholars in the 2014 Commencement Ceremony. The Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts and the Douglas MacAgy Distinguished Achievement Award will be awarded at the ceremony to individuals who have made inspiring contributions to the visual arts; the recipients will address the class of 2014 and the public.

Recent Awardees: 

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PRINCIPAL: MFA Exhibition » Special Alumni Viewing
Saturday, May 17, 2014

Meet up with alumni for a special after-hours viewing of the 2014 MFA Exhibition PRINCIPAL at the historic Old Mint.

Celebrate with many of the exhibiting artists, whose achievements will have been formally acknowledged during the Commencement Ceremony earlier that day, including special exhibition performances. Refreshments will be served.

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