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.
RÊVERITÉ
Sunday, August 31-September 13, 2014
Swell Gallery

RÊVERITÉ explores the line between the real and imagined, the conscious and the subconscious, to re-contextualize material processes of fragmentation. The tangible world and the world of dreams are not polemic, but rather, interact freely, inviting new definitions of identity, reality, and corporeal presence.

Participating Artists

Christine Hyung-jin Cho, Indeterminacy of Life
Sai Li, The Days When You Came Into My Dreams
Vanessa Miller, Fluid Status

Curated by Kathryn Barulich

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ECSTASY FOR EVERYONE: A Theatrical Celebration of the Poetry and Art of James Broughton
Friday, September 5, 2014
Lecture Hall

In celebration of James Broughton’s centennial year, performance artist Jason Jenn brings Broughton’s mercurial wit, wonder, whimsy, and words to life on stage.

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Javier Téllez: Games Are Forbidden in the Labyrinth
Tuesday, September 9-December 13, 2014
Walter and McBean Galleries

Games Are Forbidden in the Labyrinth explores psychiatric confinement, surveillance architecture, and the game of chess as strategically interrelated systems. The exhibition’s two major works, Dürer’s Rhinoceros (2010), and Chess (2014), dislocate perception through reenactments of delirium.

Venezuelan-born artist Javier Téllez staged his film Dürer’s Rhinoceros within the panopticon of Hospital Miguel Bombarda in Lisbon, and collaborated with psychiatric outpatients who form the film’s cast. Following Jeremy Bentham’s original architectural plans for a panoptic institution, the prison housed the criminally insane, and operated continuously from 1896 until its conversion in 2000 into a museum.

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Artist Talk: Javier Téllez
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Lecture Hall

Javier Téllez will be in conversation with Joseph del Pesco (Kadist Art Foundation) and Hesse McGraw (SFAI) in conjunction with his solo exhibition, Games Are Forbidden in the Labyrinth, in the Walter and McBean Galleries. Their conversation will unravel issues of psychiatric confinement, surveillance, and power in relation to the exhibition. Games Are Forbidden in the Labyrinth is on view at SFAI September 9–December 13, 2014.

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Opening Reception: Games Are Forbidden in the Labyrinth
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Walter and McBean Galleries

All are welcome to a free public reception for the opening of Games Are Forbidden in the Labyrinth.

This exhibition by internationally recognized, Venezuelan-born artist Javier Téllez explores psychiatric confinement, surveillance architecture, and the game of chess as strategically interrelated systems. The exhibition’s two major works, Dürer’s Rhinoceros (2010), and Chess (2014), dislocate perception through reenactments of delirium. More information is available here.

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Mike Osterhout
Friday, September 12, 2014
Lecture Hall

Mike Osterhout (MFA, 1979) has an adventurous art practice ranging from branding a cow and pulling prints from its nose; tattooing multiple individuals to obtain “bloodprints”; hunting; small real estate acquisitions; serving as reverend for The Church of the Little Green Man; and programming for MO David, his “gallery as sculpture.”

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Jill Magid
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Lecture Hall

Jill Magid forges intimate relationships within bureaucratic structures—flirting with, seducing, and subverting authority. Her projects unsettle seemingly impenetrable systems, such as the NYPD, the Dutch Secret Service, and the estate of architect Luis Barragán. Her work has been presented by the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Tate Modern, London; and UC Berkeley Art Museum; among other venues.

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Chip Lord
Friday, September 19, 2014
Lecture Hall

Chip Lord was a founding member of Ant Farm, the radical Bay Area architectural collective that produced Cadillac Ranch and The Eternal Frame—a historical reenactment of the Kennedy assassination. His latest project, Venice Underwater, simultaneously examines flooding in Venice and the looming global catastrophe of rising sea levels. Lord’s work is in the collections of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Museum of Modern Art, New York; and Tate Modern, London.

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Richard Renaldi
Friday, September 19, 2014
Lecture Hall

Richard Renaldi’s new monograph, Touching Strangers (Aperture Foundation, 2014), depicts strangers making physical contact for the first time. Through this portrait-making process, Renaldi’s work reveals complexities of social interaction, physical intimacy, and comfort. 

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Matthew Goulish
Friday, September 26, 2014
Lecture Hall

Matthew Goulish is co-founder of Every House Has a Door, an experimental performance platform that engages historically neglected subjects. Goulish is well known for his book 39 Microlectures: In Proximity of Performance (Routledge, 2000), which takes on the nature of art, writing, death, and life in a format that explores reading as a performative act. Every House’s most recent project, Testimonium, is a collaborative response to Charles Reznikoff’s poems with the band Joan of Arc.  

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Katrín Sigurdardóttir
Monday, September 29, 2014
Lecture Hall

Katrín Sigurdardóttir explores the way physical structures and boundaries define perception. Through unexpected shifts in scale, she examines distance and memory and their embodiments in architecture, cartography, and traditional landscape representations. While alluding to real locations, her work questions the verity of these places, as well as our account of them. Sigurdardóttir’s work crosses the boundary between perceptual and embodied space, and between vision and experience.

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Wong Kit Yi
Friday, October 3, 2014
Lecture Hall

Wong Kit Yi interrogates social, cultural, and linguistic systems through video, sculpture, and performance. Influences include her childhood in Hong Kong; obstacles of self-identification; impossible quantifications of intangible ideas; and the navigation of space through objects and color. Wong’s work has been recently exhibited at the Queens Museum and P!, New York; and has been reviewed in The New York Times, Art in America, and Time Out Hong Kong

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Lisa Freiman
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Lecture Hall

Lisa Freiman is regarded as one of the most inventive contemporary art curators in the U.S. She is inaugural director of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Institute for Contemporary Art, and was formerly senior curator at Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA). At IMA, she conceived of 100 Acres—a sculpture park emphasizing experimentation, place-making, and public engagement. Freiman also served as the commissioner for the United States Pavilion in the 54th Venice Biennale, which presented site-responsive work by Allora & Calzadilla.

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Blake Stimson
Friday, October 10, 2014
Lecture Hall

Blake Stimson is an internationally recognized theorist and historian of contemporary art and photography. Stimson is author of Citizen Warhol (Reaktion Books, 2014), The Pivot of the World: Photography and Its Nation (MIT Press, 2006), and co-editor of Conceptual Art: A Critical Anthology (MIT Press, 1999). He teaches at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

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Robert H. Cumming
Friday, October 10, 2014
Lecture Hall

Robert H. Cumming’s photographic constructions animate the ubiquity of everyday life. Through documentation of handmade objects, props, and the disruption of drawing and painting on photographic images, his work calls attention to the medium and its claims to the real. 

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Llyn Foulkes + Tamar Halpern
Monday, October 13, 2014
Lecture Hall

Painter and musician Llyn Foulkes and writer/director Tamar Halpern come together for a screening and conversation regarding Llyn Foulkes: One Man Band. Halpern and Chris Quilty’s feature documentary chronicles Los Angeles-based Foulkes’s struggles and successes from ages 70 to 77, as he creates, destroys, and recreates large-scale artworks, including the piece that collapsed his marriage. With commentary from Dennis Hopper and George Herms, the film reveals how Foulkes’s obsessive vision and work ethic preserved his integrity at all costs, yet ultimately resulted in late-career art world recognition.

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John Divola
Friday, October 17, 2014
Lecture Hall

John Divola is a conceptual artist whose works have spanned multiple forms of photography. In his renowned series, As Far As I Could Get, Divola runs from the camera, which captures a self-timed image of the artist in landscapes throughout the world. In 2013, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Pomona College Museum of Art co-presented a major solo survey of Divola’s work.

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Allison Miller
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Lecture Hall

Los Angeles–based painter Allison Miller creates works that appear in flux. Her paintings form rich layers of references and processes, and adopt visual tropes ranging from landscape to portraiture and collage to cartoons. Miller is represented by Susan Inglett Gallery, New York, and has presented solo exhibitions at ACME, Los Angeles.

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Linda Mary Montano
Friday, October 31, 2014
Lecture Hall

Linda Mary Montano is a performance artist whose raffish practices include endurance; blurring the edge between art and life; recognizing the autobiographical need to fix life through art; and using Catholic imagery to speak to the mystery of the everyday. Montano's monograph You Too Are a Performance Artist: Art in Everyday Life (2013) was published by SITE Santa Fe in conjunction with her retrospective Always Creative

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Erin Shirreff
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Lecture Hall

Erin Shirreff’s work elegantly interleaves photography, sculpture, and video to craft new—and at times unknowable—experiences of form and images. Shirreff has presented recent solo exhibitions at Artpace, San Antonio; White Cube, London; The Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco. She is represented by Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York.

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Ya Ta Hey! Alcatraz + Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case
Friday, November 7, 2014
Lecture Hall

Ya Ta Hey! Alcatraz (1971) is an impressionistic documentary chronicling the 1969 occupation of Alcatraz by a community of Native American activists. Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case (2013) is a documentary that reflects on artist Ai Weiwei’s arrest by the Chinese government on bogus tax-evasion charges in 2011, and the subsequent year spent on probation during which he fought for his freedom.

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Robin Schwartz
Friday, November 7, 2014
Lecture Hall

For twelve years, Robin Schwartz has focused on the series Amelia and the Animals, which documents her young daughter engaging with animals of all species. Schwartz’s photographs have recently appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and Interview Magazine.

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Haunted Reflections: Walter Benjamin in San Francisco
Saturday, November 8, 2014
Lecture Hall

Walter Benjamin—literary and social critic, essayist, radio broadcaster, and philosopher—made critical contributions to the way we think about modernity. He has come to be recognized as one of the twentieth century’s most important intellectuals. With his pioneering studies of modern media and critique of commodity capitalism, he proved to be a visionary who foretold conditions that led to the rise of the Internet and globalization.

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Lucy Lippard
Saturday, November 8, 2014
Lecture Hall

Lucy Lippard is a critic, curator, activist, and writer known for groundbreaking scholarship on contemporary art, feminism, and place.

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Briony Fer
Friday, November 14, 2014
Lecture Hall

Briony Fer has written extensively on modern and contemporary art, including the major works On Abstract Art (Yale University Press, 2000), The Infinite Line: Re-making Art After Modernism (Yale University Press, 2004) and Eva Hesse: Studiowork (Fruitmarket Gallery, 2009). Her most recent project is an exhibition of Gabriel Orozco’s work, accompanied by the monograph Gabriel Orozco: Thinking in Circles (Fruitmarket Gallery, 2013). Fer is professor of art history at University College London. 

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SFAI CONCENTRATE
Saturday, November 15-16, 2014

San Francisco Art Institute’s free annual exhibition, sale, and festival—concentrated partying, revelry, art, and connections.  

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Collected
Saturday, November 15, 2014

Have photographs that document your time at SFAI? The alumni exhibition Collected will assemble images of all kinds through an open call. Join us as we highlight the history-making parties, events, and artistic eras that have shaped SFAI.

SFAI opens its doors for Concentrate—an annual exhibition, sale, and festival, featuring art and craft by over 200 artists. Come to the legendary Chestnut Street campus for artist-driven experiences, discussions, connections, and activities for all ages.

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Screening: Titicut Follies + Les maîtres fous (The Mad Masters)
Thursday, November 20, 2014

In conjunction with his solo exhibition Games Are Forbidden in the Labyrinth, artist Javier Téllez has selected two historic films that connect to issues of confinement and dislocation present within the exhibition.

Titicut Follies (1967) is an American documentary film directed by Frederick Wiseman about the patient-inmates of Bridgewater State Hospital for the criminally insane, a correctional institution located in Bridgewater, Massachusetts.

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Mitch Dobrowner
Friday, December 5, 2014
Lecture Hall

Mitch Dobrowner documents the American landscape in enigmatic black-and-white images. His cononical yet dystopic work captures the effects of time on the landscape through images of catastrophic storms, monsoons, tornados, and geological formations. 

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