Francis Cape’s Utopian Benches is an installation of 17 poplar benches arranged in rows that together fill the gallery. Each bench was precisely replicated from existing benches crafted by American communal societies. Their form and design closely reflect their use within the specific community, and by extension their organizational structure and collective values. Of this work, Cape has asserted, “material culture reflects social structure.” The benches are shown alongside Cape’s suite of drawings that serve both as archival renderings and construction documents.LEARN MORE »
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.
The urban environment is in a constant state of transformation and movement, containing masses of people seeking individual identities and struggling for significance. Following the development of technology and city infrastructure, people have become anonymous objects, livings closely but separately in an alienated state.LEARN MORE »
Two weeks in Buenos Aires inspired the conception of Memory Under Construction. During their trip to the political and creative center of Argentina, the artists examined the collaborative reactions of Argentine artists to the years of dictatorship under the military regime of the 1970s and ‘80s.LEARN MORE »
Karin Sander’s conceptual works range from barely-there interventions to vibrant, encompassing installations. Her discursive practice focuses our attention on seemingly inconsequential aspects of the exhibition site and to the hidden systems that surround gallery visitors. For Wall Pieces (2004), a section of plaster wall in the Guggenheim was polished to a high sheen—a work only visible from specific angles and nearly unphotographable.LEARN MORE »
Magic—a community founded in 1972 by David Schrom in Palo Alto, California—serves as both a laboratory for and demonstration of cooperative living based on valuescience, the application of the scientific methods and principles of questions of value. Magic operates diverse public service programs promoting personal health and awareness, cooperative social action, and environmental stewardship. Magicians have taught valuescience at Stanford for 35 years, most recently through the Psychiatry Department at the School of Medicine.LEARN MORE »
Dr. Randy Auxier, a professor of philosophy at Southern Illinois University, will discuss the work of American philosopher Josiah Royce, focusing on Royce’s philosophy of community in the context of the North American utopian movements of the 19th century.LEARN MORE »
In The Headache, artists Blu Voelker, Santiago Insignares, Nolan Sheehan Jankowski, and Scott Isenbarger explore the nature of the headache through multiple mediums, creating work born from the causes and effects of the phenomenon.LEARN MORE »
Spring Break Colorado is an exhibition featuring artists who identify as being from Colorado. Pieces in the exhibition explore Colorado, as a subject of interrogation, a context of shared experiences as well as a site of nostalgia and personality formation.
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"When painting, I’m being pulled along like those strange attractors in chaos theory. The work makes demands and I respond until the work has a life of its own and feels somehow complete." –Terry Winters, The Paris Review
Terry Winters is widely regarded for paintings which translate systems of information—and the ways we think of them—into pictorial space. His forcefully made works combine physical gestures and cognitive images, which result in paintings that are rich in ambiguity and allusion.LEARN MORE »
PERFORMANCE IN THE EXPANDED FIELD:
Authorship, Citation, and Collaboration in Contemporary Bay Area Performance
Your North Surrealism Isn’t Our South Realism, or What Is Transgression Today?
“Permeated with urban problems and social contrasts, São Paulo offers quotidian situations promoting various types of encounters: I’m exposed to unimaginable situations, often discovering, accidentally, situations of conflict. My work uses these situations as starting points. Experiencing these accidents makes me think of ways to immortalize transitory and ephemeral forms. Although politically loaded, these accidents usually go unnoticed.” –Marcelo CidadeLEARN MORE »
“Fashion produces beautiful things that always become ugly with time.”
Throughout his career, John Miller has pursued an ambitious and cross-disciplinary investigation into so-called middlebrow culture and artifice-laden consumer societies. His recent relief sculptures and installations feature gilded junk—found Styrofoam, plastic objects, and discarded wood tables overlaid with gold leaf. The works reference the decadence of our current moment and speak to the instability of cultural and economic excess.LEARN MORE »
Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle is an internationally recognized conceptual artist known for his activist-inspired public works. Producing across multiple media, Manglano-Ovalle creates technologically advanced pieces that crystallize complex political and cultural narratives into iconic, beautiful form—a thundercloud, an iceberg, Mies van der Rohe’s architecture, or the fictitious Iraqi mobile biological weapons truck. His work prompts singular experiences from inverted utopias, refabricated images of war, and the insurgence of Modernism.LEARN MORE »
A Curious Recognition
A pivotal figure in American experimental filmmaking for over 40 years, James Benning’s primary subject is the expansive and complex American landscape. His most recent work centers around two cabins that he replicated on his property in the Sierra foothills: Henry David Thoreau’s shelter from Walden Pond and Ted Kaczynski’s plywood shack—iconic American structures that seemingly represent utopian and dystopian poles. Benning’s film Two Cabins (2011) layers perspectives and articulates intoxicating connections between the two structures.LEARN MORE »
Join Charles Desmarais, President; Hesse McGraw, Vice President for Exhibitions and Public Programs; Natasha Boas, Curator; and alumni for the New York reception for ENERGY THAT IS ALL AROUND. Desmarais, McGraw, and Boas will speak to the group at 6 pm. There will be a public reception from 7–9 pm.LEARN MORE »
The Fist: Notes on an Athletic Gesture
Image: Elisabeth Ajtay (MFA 2013), Ginnungagap (Yawning Void), 2012; photography, dimensions variable.
Admitted and prospective graduate students are invited to join SFAI for a graduate reception coinciding with SFAI's annual Open Studios event.
The exhibition Wrong's What I Do Best takes its title from what was originally a George Jones anthem, and later a catchall for a generation of Hard Country performers. Jones and his outlaw brothers—Johnny Paycheck, David Allan Coe, Hank Williams—were known equally for their crafted stage personas and unhinged private lives. These sincerely deluded, tragicomic figures inhabited characters of their own making, to personal peril and kindling for public legend.LEARN MORE »
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.LEARN MORE »
It Is Difficult
Image: Jessica Mei Flemming (BFA Printmaking, 2012), The Killing Fields, 2012
Admitted undergraduate and graduate students and their families are invited to campus for Early Registration Day. Join SFAI on April 26 to register early for Fall 2014 and get the first pick of courses.
Phone registration is also available for those who cannot attend in person. Call 415.749.4500 to schedule an appointment.
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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.LEARN MORE »
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.LEARN MORE »
Join SFAI for the 2013 Spring Show, highlighting the work of graduating Bachelor of Fine Arts and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate students. The campus-wide exhibition encompasses art in all media, which will be on view throughout the Diego Rivera Gallery, courtyard, Zellerbach Quad, and classroomsLEARN MORE »
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:LEARN MORE »