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

Public Events

Hesse McGraw
Friday, March 7, 2014 - 4:30pm
Lecture Hall
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,

The Radical Normalcy of Artists

Hesse McGraw is a curator and writer and since June of 2013 has served as Vice President for Exhibitions and Public Programs at the San Francisco Art Institute. His current research posits that artists are the normal ones among us—their radical normalcy brings something new to the world, with profound effect particularly in contexts conventionally outside the reach of contemporary art. McGraw was previously the chief curator of the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska, where he commissioned and developed over two dozen exhibitions and projects, including major public initiatives by Theaster Gates and Michael Jones McKean.

In this talk, McGraw will share upcoming exhibitions and initiatives of SFAI, and further propose curatorial strategies to expand the agency of artists. 

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Michael Jones McKean
The Rainbow: Certain Principles of Light and Shapes Between Forms, 2012
Site-specific installation at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, Nebraska
Photographed on June 24, 2012
Courtesy of the artist and Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts