Podcasts

SFAI Faculty Interviews
with Curator Ángel Rafael Vázquez-Concepción

Part of SFAI’s faculty exhibition More Than 700 Years, this podcast series features talks with SFAI artists, makers, and risk-takers.

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Podcast production by Cranium Corporation.


Interview with artist Mark Brest van Kempen

SEPTEMBER 2, 2019

Mark Brest van Kempen’s sculpture and performances use the landscape itself as artistic medium. From the Free Speech Monument at UC Berkeley to Land Exchange at the National Academy of Art in China, his work explores our complex relationship to the environment.

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Interview with artist Leila Weefur

SEPTEMBER 2, 2019

Leila Weefur (She/They/He) is an artist, writer, and curator who lives and works in Oakland, CA, and received an MFA from Mills College. Weefurs practice considers the complexities of phenomenological Blackness through video, installation, printmaking, and lecture-performances. Using materials and visual gestures to access the tactile memory, Weefur explores the abject, the sensual and the nuances found in the social interactions and language with which our bodies have to negotiate space.

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Interview with artist Wanxin Zhang

SEPTEMBER 2, 2019

Wanxin Zhang spent his formative childhood years under Mao’s regime during the 1960’s in China. Zhang is an award-winning sculptor who has over 25 years of teaching experience in both China and the United States. In 2010, the exhibition “Wanxin Zhang: A Ten Year Survey” opened at ASU Art Museum, and traveled to Idaho, Florida, Washington, Montana, and California. Zhang also exhibited in the 22nd UBC Sculpture Biennial in Japan in 2007, the Taipei Ceramics Biennial in Taiwan in 2008, and the International Sculpture Biennial in China in 2013. Zhang’s current research interests include multicultural influences, politics, and globalization.

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Interview with artist Meredith Tromble

AUGUST 27, 2019

Meredith Tromble is an artist and writer working at the intersections of art, science, and technology. The most recent works in her wide-ranging ouvre are performative interventions revealing psychological aspects of sustainability. Her writing practice began as a regular artist commentator for KQED-FM; she has since published in journals ranging fromFoundations of Chemistry and Leonardo to Artweek and Aspect, co-created and edited five art magazines, and edited a book on Lynn Hershman Leeson published by the University of California Press. Her many public lectures include appearances at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Tate Britain, and the University of Caldas in Colombia.

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Interview with artist Chris Bell

AUGUST 25, 2019

Chris Bell is a site-specific installation artist and sculptor. His experimental researches are concerned with systems common to western culture: electricity, architectural space, perception, and natural phenomena. He has received support from the Australian Council of the Arts, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, (1999, 2009). He won Melbourne’s Fundere Sculpture Prize in 2003 and a major public commission for Melbourne’s new civic square. The Exploratorium commissioned a kinetic installation for their new location in 2013. He has worked as a resident artist at Belfast’s Flax Art Studios, California’s Headlands Center for the Arts, LKV studios Trondheim, Norway and Kunstlerhaus Dortmund, Germany.

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Interview with artist Kal Spelletich

AUGUST 20, 2019

Kal Spelletich builds interactive machines and robots. He scours the city for industrial items whose technology can be reapplied and has collaborated with artists all over the world. Kal’s work involves, bio-morphic sensors, (sometimes uncontrollable) that trigger his robots providing viewers with a real-life experience. He is interested in the gap between what robots can’t do and what humans can do and the other way around. Recent exhibits have been in Namibia, Lubjianna, Berlin, Vienna, New York, India, Los Angeles and San Francisco. He curates, is an activist and has been featured in the NY Times, PBS, and in movies.

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Interview with artist Linda Connor

AUGUST 12, 2019

Since the late 1960s, Linda Connor has been teaching in the Photography department at SFAI and exhibiting, publishing, and teaching nationally and internationally. In 2002, she founded PhotoAlliance, a Bay Area non-profit organization dedicated to the understanding, appreciation and creation of contemporary photography, and currently serves as its president. Connor’s peripatetic practice demonstrates a longstanding interest in the relationship between systems of belief and the natural world, and has seen her photographing wide-ranging subjects, from sacred sites and intricately jagged cliff faces, to antique plate-glass negatives from San Jose’s Lick Observatory and petrified bodies from the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in Pompeii. She has recently begun printing some of her most iconic images as shimmering sublimation prints on aluminum plates, lending an ethereal quality to already exquisite prints.

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Interview with artist James Claussen

JULY 16, 2019

James Claussen’s surreal images combine elements of the natural world, machinery, his life and imagination. Using the absence and presence of color, shapes, forms and texture, Claussen's lithographs seek to explore space and spark imagination. Claussen's work is collected by corporations, private collectors and renowned art institutions including the Victoria & Albert Museum in London; Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri; Pratt Institute in New York, and the National Museum of Fine Arts in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, among others.

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Interview with artist J. John Priola

JULY 12, 2019

J. John Priola’s photography and video work reveals subtle details of mediated and natural landscapes, depicting what presence and absence look like, while vibrating in the space between art and idea. His work has been published and exhibited widely; selected collections include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; SFMOMA; The Art Institute of Chicago, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He is represented by Anglim Gilbert Gallery, San Francisco; Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla; and Weston Gallery, Carmel.

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Interview with artist Brad Brown

JULY 6, 2019

Brad Brown is an artist working primarily on drawings and works on paper. His drawing projects tend to be large, open-ended series that can remain unfinished for years. His largest project to date, The Look Stains, began in 1987 and consists of tens of thousands of works on paper that are continually worked on, torn up, re-drawn, and re-contextualized.

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About Cranium Corporation

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Postcommodity: The Point of Final Collapse
Friday, Nov 15, 2019 -
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MFA Exhibition: Gray Room
Friday, May 15, 2020 -
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MFA Exhibition: Clear Room
Friday, May 15, 2020 -
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MFA Exhibition: Fog Room
Friday, May 15, 2020 -
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BFA Exhibition: The Fountain Gallery
Friday, May 15, 2020 -
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BFA Exhibition: The Meadow Gallery
Friday, May 15, 2020 -
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BFA Exhibition: The Tower Gallery
Friday, May 15, 2020 -
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Tunnels of the Mind
Wednesday, Jun 10, 2020 -
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POSTPONED Jerry Garcia Paintings + Drawings: 1961–1995
Friday, Jun 12, 2020 - Sunday, Sep 6, 2020
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FIGURE 8
Thursday, Jun 18, 2020 - Friday, Jul 31, 2020
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Past Events

PhotoAlliance
Friday, Mar 15, 2019
7:30PM
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Tunnels of the Mind
Wednesday, Jun 10, 2020 -
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Commencement Ceremony 2020
Saturday, May 16, 2020
2:00PM
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BFA Exhibition: The Tower Gallery
Friday, May 15, 2020 -
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BFA Exhibition: The Meadow Gallery
Friday, May 15, 2020 -
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BFA Exhibition: The Fountain Gallery
Friday, May 15, 2020 -
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MFA Exhibition: Fog Room
Friday, May 15, 2020 -
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MFA Exhibition: Clear Room
Friday, May 15, 2020 -
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MFA Exhibition: Gray Room
Friday, May 15, 2020 -
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BA + MA Symposium
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
10:00AM - 5:30PM
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POSTPONED: Yoshua Okón: In the Land of Ownership
Wednesday, Apr 29, 2020
4:30PM - 6:00PM
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POSTPONED: Media Art: Defining a Field
Thursday, Apr 23, 2020
6:00PM - 8:00PM
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VIRTUAL Graduate Open House + Open Studios
Saturday, Apr 18, 2020
11:00AM - 2:00PM
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April Undergraduate Virtual Q&A Sessions
Saturday, Apr 11, 2020
1:00PM - 2:00PM
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April Graduate Virtual Q&A Sessions
Tuesday, Apr 7, 2020
10:00AM - 6:00PM
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VIRTUAL Undergraduate Welcome Day
Saturday, Apr 4, 2020
10:00AM - 2:00PM
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CANCELED: Ana Teresa Fernández + Creativity Explored at SFAI
Thursday, Apr 2, 2020
6:00PM - 8:00PM
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POSTPONED: Then & Now: A Legacy of Filmmaking at SFAI (Panel Discussion)
Saturday, Mar 28, 2020
6:00PM - 8:00PM
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POSTPONED: Spring Student + Alumni Film Festival
Saturday, Mar 28, 2020 - Sunday, Mar 29, 2020
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POSTPONED: Whitney Lynn: Hole in Your Hand
Friday, Mar 27, 2020
4:30PM - 6:00PM
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CANCELED: Closing Reception: Soiled Matter
Tuesday, Mar 24, 2020
4:30PM
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Jefferson Pinder and Conrad Meyers in Conversation (Virtual Experience)
Friday, Mar 13, 2020
6:00PM - 7:30PM
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CANCELED: Soiled Matter
Thursday, Mar 12, 2020 - Thursday, Mar 26, 2020
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Opening Reception: Living in Memory
Tuesday, Mar 10, 2020
5:00PM - 7:00PM
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Living in Memory
Sunday, Mar 8, 2020 - Saturday, Mar 14, 2020
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CANCELED: Opening Reception: Of Here From There | De Aquí Desde Allá
Friday, Mar 6, 2020
6:00PM - 9:00PM
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CLOSED: Of Here From There | De Aquí Desde Allá
Friday, Mar 6, 2020 - Sunday, Apr 26, 2020
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Opening Reception: WHAT LIES BETWEEN
Friday, Feb 28, 2020
4:30PM
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Closing Reception: The Sistine Barn
Friday, Feb 28, 2020
4:30PM - 6:30PM
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WHAT LIES BETWEEN
Friday, Feb 28, 2020 - Tuesday, Mar 10, 2020
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Opening Reception: Poetry as Critical Form
Tuesday, Feb 25, 2020
5:00PM - 8:00PM
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Poetry as Critical Form
Sunday, Feb 23, 2020 - Saturday, Feb 29, 2020
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February Undergraduate Virtual Q&A Sessions
Saturday, Feb 22, 2020
1:00PM - 2:00PM
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Lawrence Weschler: The Fraught Crossroads
Thursday, Feb 20, 2020
5:00PM - 7:00PM
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Opening Reception: Amalgamation
Tuesday, Feb 18, 2020
5:00PM - 7:00PM
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The Sistine Barn
Tuesday, Feb 18, 2020 - Wednesday, Mar 4, 2020
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February Graduate Virtual Q&A Sessions
Tuesday, Feb 18, 2020
10:00AM - 6:00PM
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Amalgamation
Sunday, Feb 16, 2020 - Saturday, Feb 22, 2020
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Opening Reception: Photography Without Camera - Machine Gaze
Friday, Feb 14, 2020
4:30PM - 7:30PM
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Opening Reception: D-ARK: Tower, Black Boxes
Friday, Feb 14, 2020
4:30PM
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Alumni Mixer in Chicago
Thursday, Feb 13, 2020
5:00PM - 8:00PM
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Photography Without Camera - Machine Gaze
Thursday, Feb 13, 2020 - Tuesday, Feb 25, 2020
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D-ARK: Tower, Black Boxes
Thursday, Feb 13, 2020 - Wednesday, Feb 26, 2020
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Opening Reception: Side of ranch
Tuesday, Feb 11, 2020
5:00PM - 7:00PM
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Side of ranch
Sunday, Feb 9, 2020 - Sunday, Feb 16, 2020
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Opening Reception: Confrontation/Submission/Resistance
Friday, Feb 7, 2020
6:30PM - 8:30PM
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Thomas Chung: Death Threats, Indigenous Knowledge + Cheetos
Friday, Feb 7, 2020
4:30PM - 6:00PM
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Opening Reception: Essence
Monday, Feb 3, 2020 - Tuesday, Feb 4, 2020
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Essence
Monday, Feb 3, 2020 - Saturday, Feb 8, 2020
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Heavy Breathing: Trans Boxing Lecture + Workshop
Saturday, Feb 1, 2020
2:00PM - 4:00PM
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Confrontation / Submission / Resistance
Saturday, Feb 1, 2020 - Sunday, Feb 16, 2020
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Opening Reception: Eden, all the Butterflies Cried a Thousand Times
Friday, Jan 31, 2020
4:30PM - 6:30PM
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Opening Reception: Of Illogics + Rhythms
Friday, Jan 31, 2020
4:30PM - 6:30PM
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Eden, all the Butterflies Cried a Thousand Times
Friday, Jan 31, 2020 - Wednesday, Feb 12, 2020
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Of Illogics + Rhythms
Friday, Jan 31, 2020 - Tuesday, Feb 11, 2020
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January Undergraduate Virtual Q&A Sessions
Saturday, Jan 18, 2020
1:00PM - 2:00PM
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Homo Sapiens Kybernetiké
Friday, Jan 17, 2020 - Tuesday, Jan 28, 2020
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Generative Geography: Postcommodity Takes on Millennium Tower
Friday, Jan 17, 2020
2:00PM - 4:00PM
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January Graduate Virtual Q&A Sessions
Tuesday, Jan 14, 2020
10:00AM - 6:00PM
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To Be Real
Friday, Jan 10, 2020 - Sunday, Feb 23, 2020
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Exhibition Celebration: City Studio Fall 2019
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019
4:00PM - 5:30PM
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December Undergraduate Virtual Q&A Sessions
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019
8:00AM - 3:00PM
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December Graduate Virtual Q&A Sessions
Tuesday, Dec 10, 2019
10:00AM - 6:00PM
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City Studio Fall 2019 Exhibition
Saturday, Dec 7, 2019 - Saturday, Dec 14, 2019
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CLOSED: Flash Point
Friday, Dec 6, 2019 - Saturday, Mar 28, 2020
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Opening Reception: Fall 2019 BFA Exhibition
Thursday, Dec 5, 2019
5:00PM - 8:00PM
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Opening Reception: Flash Point
Thursday, Dec 5, 2019
5:00PM - 8:00PM
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Fall 2019 BFA Exhibition
Tuesday, Dec 3, 2019 - Saturday, Dec 14, 2019
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The Role of the Arts in the Tech of Tomorrow
Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019
7:00PM - 9:00PM
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Opening Reception: A Room of Ones Own
Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019
5:00PM - 7:00PM
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A Room of Ones Own
Monday, Nov 25, 2019 - Friday, Nov 29, 2019
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SFAI Graduate Preview Day
Saturday, Nov 23, 2019
10:00AM - 2:00PM
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Everything is a Vibrator
Friday, Nov 22, 2019 - Friday, Nov 22, 2019
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Closing Reception: Echo
Friday, Nov 22, 2019
4:30PM - 6:30PM
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Closing Reception: . . .
Friday, Nov 22, 2019
4:30PM - 6:30PM
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Miguel Calderón: On George Kuchar and Tropical Vultures
Thursday, Nov 21, 2019
6:00PM
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Opening Reception: White Walls - Black Joy
Tuesday, Nov 19, 2019
5:00PM - 7:00PM
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White Walls - Black Joy
Monday, Nov 18, 2019 - Saturday, Nov 23, 2019
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El Surrealismo en México: Histories, Reflections, Engagements
Sunday, Nov 17, 2019
5:00PM - 6:30PM
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Echo
Saturday, Nov 16, 2019 - Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019
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Opening Reception: . . .
Saturday, Nov 16, 2019
12:00PM - 9:00PM
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SFAI Concentrate: Open Studios
Saturday, Nov 16, 2019 - Sunday, Nov 17, 2019
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SFAI Concentrate: Film Screenings
Saturday, Nov 16, 2019 - Sunday, Nov 17, 2019
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SFAI Concentrate: Student Art Sale
Saturday, Nov 16, 2019 - Sunday, Nov 17, 2019
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Saturday, Nov 16, 2019 - Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019
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November Undergraduate Virtual Q&A Sessions
Saturday, Nov 16, 2019
8:00AM - 3:00PM
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Opening Reception: Postcommodity: The Point of Final Collapse
Friday, Nov 15, 2019
5:00PM - 8:00PM
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Postcommodity: The Point of Final Collapse
Friday, Nov 15, 2019 -
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Opening Reception: ECHOES: From There to Here
Thursday, Nov 14, 2019
5:00PM - 8:00PM
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November Graduate Virtual Q&A Sessions
Tuesday, Nov 12, 2019
10:00AM - 6:00PM
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Some New Voices
Monday, Nov 11, 2019 - Friday, Nov 15, 2019
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ECHOES: From There to Here
Monday, Nov 11, 2019 - Sunday, Nov 24, 2019
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Opening Reception: Another (Swell) Show
Thursday, Nov 7, 2019
6:00PM - 9:00PM
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Another (Swell) Show
Thursday, Nov 7, 2019 - Sunday, Dec 1, 2019
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ANTITHETICAL
Monday, Nov 4, 2019 - Monday, Nov 11, 2019
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Reception: From the Tower: Collecting Queer Histories
Friday, Nov 1, 2019
7:00PM - 8:00PM
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Artistic, Colorful and Unconventional: A Visual Tour of SFAI’s Queer History
Friday, Nov 1, 2019
6:00PM - 7:00PM
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Opening Reception: residue / cocoon
Friday, Nov 1, 2019
4:30PM
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