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.
Time/Space
Diego Rivera Gallery

Time/Space is a rotating exhibit featuring the work of nine SFAI graduate students. Each student’s work will be isolated in space or in time within the bounds of the week-long show, allowing focus on individual pieces and artists.

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Film Screening: The Idiocratic Life
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Lecture Hall

Join filmmaker Kent Kessinger for a screening of his documentary The Idiocratic Life, which offers an anthropological look at present-day American communes.

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SO BENT » Julie Tolentino
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Sculpture Ramp

Julie Tolentino will offer 46 durational performances of approximately 2 hours in collaboration with sound artist and San Francisco Art Institute alumni Robert Crouch, Stosh Fila, and special guest Rita Tolentino.

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ENERGY THAT IS ALL AROUND: MISSION SCHOOL » SFAI New York Reception
Thursday, April 17, 2014

Attend a special reception for SFAI friends and alumni in conjunction with the opening of ENERGY THAT IS ALL AROUND: Mission School at NYU's Grey Art Gallery.

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Jennifer Doyle
Friday, April 18, 2014
Lecture Hall

The Fist: Notes on an Athletic Gesture 

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Catherine Wagner
Friday, April 18, 2014
Lecture Hall

For over thirty years, Catherine Wagner has observed the built environment as a metaphor for how humans construct cultural identities by examining art museums, science labs, the home, and even Disneyland.

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Graduate Reception
Saturday, April 19, 2014

Admitted and prospective graduate students are invited to join SFAI for a Graduate Reception coinciding with the once-yearly Graduate Open Studios event.

Meet at the historic 800 Chestnut Street campus for tours, informational sessions, and lunch with SFAI faculty and alumni, followed by group transport to the Graduate Center to explore the studios of 150+ contemporary artists.

Check-in begins at 10:45 am.
 

Unable to attend this special Admissions event?

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Graduate Open Studios
Saturday, April 19, 2014

SFAI opens the doors of its graduate studios in this once-yearly event, offering a rare gimpse into the working processes of 150+ contemporary artists.

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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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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 15-23, 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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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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MFA Film Screening
Thursday, May 15, 2014

SFAI presents works by graduating MFA students, offering an introduction to intriguing new filmmakers.

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PRINCIPAL: MFA Exhibition
Friday, May 16-18, 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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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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