ArtSlant - Openings & events http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/show en-us 40 - San Jose Museum of Art - February 20th 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM <p>Join San Jose Museum of Art for the next ArtRage! Come by after work, grab a cocktail, and enjoy the festivities! Explore the exhibition "Around the Table: food, creativity, community", which celebrates the role that food plays in our lives.&nbsp;<br /><br />Entertainment/activities:&nbsp;<br />- Caitlin Freeman of Blue Bottle Coffee will lead a DIY art project: decorate your own cookie to be displayed in a giant cookie wall.<br />- Cookie Wall Photo booth&nbsp;<br />- Live music from Oakland's Fantastic Negrito! Founded by lead singer and songwriter Xavier Dphrepaulezz, the high energy band plays "black roots music for everyone". Check them out:<a href="http://blackballuniverse.com/fantastic-negrito/" rel="nofollow">http://blackballuniverse.com/fantastic-negrito/</a><br /><br /><a href="http://www.sjmusart.org/event/artrage-02-14" rel="nofollow">http://www.sjmusart.org/event/artrage-02-14</a></p> <p>http://www.sjmusart.org/around-the-table</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:38:45 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list - Asian Art Museum - February 21st 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM <div class="summary editor_content" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Breathe deeply, and get ready for the world&rsquo;s first major art exhibition about yoga.</span></div> <div class="summary editor_content" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div class="body editor_content" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Millions of people around the world practice yoga to find spiritual insight and improved health. While many are aware of yoga&rsquo;s origins in India, few may know about its philosophical underpinnings or its fascinating history over thousands of years. <em>Yoga: The Art of Transformation</em> goes beyond postures and delves into how yoga has evolved into a global phenomenon through an exploration of its visual history. Borrowed from 25 museums and private collections in Europe, the U.S. and India, the artworks featured in the exhibition date from the 2nd to the 20th centuries. Images ranging from benevolent deities and gurus to Tantric goddesses and sinister yogis reveal how yoga practices&mdash;and perceptions of them&mdash;have transformed over time and across communities. Exhibition highlights include stunning masterpieces of Indian sculpture and painting; pages from the first illustrated book of yoga postures (asanas); and a Thomas Edison film, <em>Hindoo Fakir</em> (1902), the first American&nbsp;movie ever produced about India. &nbsp; </span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">The Asian Art Museum is the only U.S. West Coast venue for this exhibition.</span>&nbsp;</div> <div class="body editor_content" style="text-align: justify;"> <div><em>&nbsp;</em></div> <div><em>Yoga: The Art of Transformation</em> was organized by the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution with support from the Friends of the Freer and Sackler Galleries, the Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne and the Ebrahimi Family Foundation.<br /><br /></div> <div>Presentation at the Asian Art Museum is made possible with the generous support of The Bernard Osher Foundation, Helen and Rajnikant Desai, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, Kumar and Vijaya Malavalli, Society for Asian Art, and Walter &amp; Elise Haas Fund.</div> <div> <h3>&nbsp;</h3> <h3><span style="font-size: small;">We&rsquo;re celebrating the opening of <em>Yoga: The Art of Transformation</em> with two amazing kickoff events:</span></h3> <h4><a href="http://www.asianart.org/events/288" target="_blank">Yoga Opening Night Party</a>&nbsp;</h4> <div>Friday, Feb 21, 7&ndash;11 pm&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Take a deep breath and dance the night away with MC Yogi, DJ Drez and DJ Sol Rising. Not your speed? Stretch out in a yoga class earlier in the evening led by MC Yogi or spend some time in our galleries. Either way, be the first to see the exhibition that The New York Times called &ldquo;immensely pleasurable.&rdquo; AcroYogis, Non Stop Bhangra with Dholrhythyms, gallery tours, storytelling, complimentary sips by Laughing Glass Cocktails, and cash bars make this a feel-good party for the body and soul. <a href="http://www.asianart.org/events/288" target="_blank">View the full schedule</a>.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h4><a href="http://www.asianart.org/events/289" target="_blank">Yoga Festival</a>&nbsp;</h4> <div>Saturday, Feb 22, 10:30 am&ndash;4pm</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Practice yoga in the museum&rsquo;s beautiful Samsung Hall with your choice of one of three 90-minute classes taught by top notch teachers: the Art of Attention with Erica Jago; AcroYoga with Jenny Sauer-Klein and Adam Rinder; and Vinyasa Flow with Stephanie Snyder. Open your mind and chill out in our collection galleries and yoga exhibition. Got kids? Bring &lsquo;em! Yoga for the little ones, art making activities, storytelling sessions, curatorial-led gallery talks, tours, and the Yogi Tea Lounge round out this family-friendly event. <a href="http://www.asianart.org/events/289" target="_blank">View the full schedule</a>.</div> </div> </div> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 07:57:08 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Justin Margitich - City Limits - February 21st 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM <p>"Circuiting"<br />Justin Margitich<br /><br />February 21-March 15, 2014<br />OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, February 21, 7-11pm<br /><br />(Image above: Justin Margitich, Circuitous #6, Acrylic on wood panel. 2014. 24 x 18 inches.)<br /><br />City Limits is pleased to present Circuiting, a solo exhibition of new paintings by Justin Margitich. The works, on black sandpaper and wood panel, are the first paintings by the artist after several years of working exclusively in large scale graphite and metal point drawings. Noticing the liminal forms created by sharpening his metalpoint stylus on fine sandpaper, Margitich began using his own incidental marks as beginnings of compositions, painting striations of color on what was previously scrap material. Influenced as much by Frank Stella's early "black paintings" as the subtle gradients of Andreas Schultze, the works in Circuiting are an exercise in precision and repetition, finding new value in various kinds of mark making and leaving little to be discarded.<br /><br /><br /><br />Justin Margitich is a Bay Area artist interested in using repetition of forms as a system of language. Many of his works include complex two-dimensional shapes arranged into perspectival landscapes. He received his BFA from California College of the Arts in 2008 and his MFA from San Francisco Art Institute in 2013. His work has been exhibited at various galleries in the Bay Area and at Moskowitz Gallery in Los Angeles.</p> Sat, 08 Feb 2014 22:01:36 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Angel Jo, Daren Wilson, Peter McBride, Andrew Kontrabecki - Park Life - February 21st 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">There is beauty in functional pottery in its potential to contain. A cup of tea, a homemade meal, a flower gathered from a walk all transform the object to take on a new image and role. With function, the object becomes a collaboration full of meaning, sometimes beyond the imagination and intent of the creator.&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><em>Image in the Object</em> showcases the work of four artists in the bay area who use ceramics as a tool for creative usability. Each body of work has gone through a similar process of building and firing, but the variety of design all began with the artist&rsquo;s sense of the environment the pieces will ultimately live within.</span></p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 08:33:09 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Buck Ellison - Ratio 3 - February 21st 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Ratio 3</strong> is pleased to announce an exhibition of photographs by <strong>Buck Ellison</strong>. For his first solo exhibition with the gallery, Ellison presents images that emphasize the camera&rsquo;s ability to both create and document displays. By staging compositions that subtly reference the presentation of prized commodities, Ellison produces images that reflect upon the relationship between display and bourgeois tastes, aspirations, and values.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Ellison approaches photography traditionally and methodically, shooting with a large format camera and printing in a color darkroom. Drawing on a wide range of motifs, Ellison&rsquo;s photographs turn an analytical eye on commerce and culture. With&nbsp;<em>Rolex Jump, Design Frank Rothenberger, Cardinali-Rothenberger GmBH, CHIO Aachen</em>&nbsp;(2012), Ellison strips the sport of show jumping of both horse and rider, presenting the horse jump as a sculptural object and a vessel for lifestyle branding.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Rather than simply condemn or celebrate bourgeois culture, Ellison adopts an ambivalent position, willfully acknowledging his own participation in the systems he examines. With&nbsp;<em>Untitled (Dock)</em>(2011), Ellison presents the full edition of five prints and two artist&rsquo;s proofs as a single work, creating both a playful affront to market logic and a tongue-in-cheek imitation of serial photography.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">In&nbsp;<em>Zahnarzts&ouml;hne</em>&nbsp;(2013), the largest image of the exhibition, Ellison creates an enlargement of a small section of a polo shirt. The photograph invites viewers to see beyond what can be noticed at first glance, showing the knitting, sewing, and loose threads that make up the garment. This meditative gaze is indicative of Ellison&rsquo;s approach to his entire practice. Criticism and condemnation are forgone; instead he invites viewers to simply look closer.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Buck Ellison (b. 1987, San Francisco) lives and works in Frankfurt am Main. He received his BA in German Literature and Visual Arts from Columbia University, New York in 2010 and will receive an MFA from the Staatliche Hochschule f&uuml;r Bildende K&uuml;nste Frankfurt &ndash; St&auml;delschule in July of this year. Recent exhibitions include&nbsp;<em>Snakes in the Grass</em>, Clarence Mews, London (2014);&nbsp;<em>Press Days</em>, Galerie Gillimeier Rech, Berlin;&nbsp;<em>Influence</em>, Espace d&rsquo;art 1m3, Lausanne; and&nbsp;<em>Merry Company</em>, Galerie Wilma Tolksdorf, Frankfurt am Main (all 2013).</span></p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 04:12:23 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Julio Cesar Morales - San Francisco Art Institute - February 21st 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM <p><em>Los Halfies</em></p> <p>Employing a range of visual strategies, Julio C&eacute;sar Morales explores issues of</p> <p>migration, underground economies, and labor, on personal and global scales. From</p> <p>a series of indelible watercolors diagramming human trafficking to the historical</p> <p>reenactment of a famous meal, his work engages complexities of social interactions</p> <p>and political perspectives. Morales was the founder/director and co-curator of</p> <p>Queens Nails, an artist-run project space in San Francisco, and is currently the</p> <p>curator of visual arts at Arizona State University Art Museum.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.eventbrite.com/e/sfai-graduate-lecture-julio-cesar-morales-registration-9897431484?aff=es2&amp;rank=1&amp;sid=9847f0387e2a11e3b57722000a880143" rel="nofollow">RSVP Online</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.sfai.edu/events" rel="nofollow">sfai.edu/events</a><br /> 415.771.7020</p> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 15:47:02 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Jeremiah Barber, Ingrid Rojas Contreras - Southern Exposure - February 21st 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p>Performance by Jeremiah Barber and Ingrid Rojas Contreras<br />Friday, February 21, 2014, 7:00 &ndash; 9:00 PM</p> <p>In 2007, Rojas Contreras briefly lost her memory in an accident, an event that inspires questions about self, identity and personal history in this performance. For <em>Other Half Orbit</em>, the two performers lay half-submerged in a wide pool of water, the images of their bodies completed by their reflections, speaking of half-remembered moments, dreams and memory loss; the sound of their voices passes through both water and air.</p> <p>This performance is part of the <em>White Hot Lamp Black</em>, on view February 7 &ndash; March 8, 2014 at Southern Exposure. Documentation of Jeremiah Barber and Ingrid Rojas Contreras&rsquo;s performance will be on display as part of the exhibition after February 21.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 01:08:36 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Group Show - Yerba Buena Center for the Arts - February 21st 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>YBCA in collaboration with SFMOMA presents<br /> <em>Public Intimacy: Art and Other Ordinary Acts in South Africa</em></strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><em>Public Intimacy</em> focuses on the ways that artists have explored interpersonal relationships, encounters, and exchange in everyday social life in South Africa. Initially formed from a consideration of South African photography in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art collection, the exhibition, curated by both institutions, also includes works in painting, print-making, sculpture, media arts, graphic design, plus a series of integral live art projects.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><em>Public Intimacy</em> focuses primarily on works that have been produced in the last five years, but also contains some historical works, including approximately 25 photographs shown in SFMOMA&rsquo;s exhibition <em>South Africa in Apartheid and After: David Goldblatt, Ernest Cole, Billy Monk</em> (Dec 2012 - Mar 2013). Differentiating itself from the exhibitions such as <em>South Africa in Apartheid and After</em> and <em>The Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life</em> (International Center of Photography, New York, Sep 2012 - Jan 2013), which exposed how apartheid prohibitions such as the Group Areas Act controlling inter-social movement, and the Immorality Act controlling interpersonal association governed the conditions for public intimacy in the past, <em>Public Intimacy</em> explores how those conditions are and have been changing.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">This exhibition aims to identify new directions in recent South African art practice; many artists making work in the past five years are interpreting social and political conditions in more personal, muted or indirect ways than was often the case during the period of great national optimism that immediately followed the ending of apartheid. Many of them are younger artists who have grown up only under the current conditions. Yet this contemporary tendency is prefigured in the work of an older generation of photographers, such as David Goldblatt and Santu Mofokeng, who approached issues of interpersonal relationships with a similarly discreet, often poetic, sensibility.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">The exhibition includes works by artists in SFMOMA&rsquo;s permanent collection such as David Goldblatt, Pieter Hugo, i-jusi (Garth Walker), William Kentridge, Sabelo Mlangeni, Santu Mofokeng, Billy Monk, Zanele Muholi, Lindeka Qampi and Jo Ractliffe. Also included are works by Ernest Cole, Nicholas Hlobo, Sello Pesa and Vaughn Sadie, Athi-Patra Ruga, Mikhael Subotzky (with Patrick Waterhouse), and Kemang Wa Lehulere, among others.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><em>Public Intimacy</em> also includes a publication and a symposium on &ldquo;visual activism&rdquo; affiliated with the third biennial conference of the International Association for Visual Culture.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><em>Public Intimacy</em> is co-curated by Betti-Sue Hertz, Director of Visual Arts at YBCA; Dominic Willsdon, Leanne and George Roberts Curator of Education and Public Programs at SFMOMA; and Frank Smigiel, Associate Curator of Public Programs at SFMOMA.</span></p> <div class="event-title"><strong>Opening Night Party</strong></div> <div class="event-date"><strong>Feb 21, 2014 8:00pm &ndash; 10:00pm</strong></div> <div class="event-time">&nbsp;</div> <div class="event-venue">Downstairs Galleries</div> <div class="event-admission">$12 in Advance / $15 at the Door / FREE for YBCA and SFMOMA Members and YBCA:You</div> <div class="event-description"> <p>Celebrate the opening of <em>Public Intimacy</em> with a night of music and performance from an array of artists, libations from YBCA mixologists, and an exclusive first look at this stirring exhibition.</p> <p>Optional: include an RSVP for free admission to <a href="http://www.ybca.org/node/2822" target="_blank">Athi-Patra Ruga's performance <em>The Elder of Azania</em></a> at 10 PM.</p> <p>All Members must RSVP to <a href="mailto:membership@ybca.org" target="_blank">membership@ybca.org</a></p> </div> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></p> Sat, 11 Jan 2014 19:09:41 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Ealish Wilson - Berkeley Art Center - February 22nd 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Learn a skill! &nbsp;The artist will teach us the smocking technique with printed textiles as a way to create sculptural form with fabric. This workshop is suitable for adults or high-school age students with an interest in sewing,<strong>&nbsp;free and open to the public.&nbsp;</strong></p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 11:36:37 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Seth Koen - Gregory Lind Gallery - February 22nd 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Gregory Lind Gallery</strong> is pleased to present a new series of works by <strong>Seth Koen</strong>, comprising a group of wood and crochet sculptures along with a series of letterpress prints made during his fellowship at Kala Art Institute. Shapes sprout from the walls like strange flora and fauna, while other pieces resemble sleek handwriting squiggles suspended like decisive gestures and surging statements in space.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">The new works encompass two facets of Koen's artistic work: sculpture in the real world, and sculpture in a hypothetical, idealized world of forms and ideas. His three-dimensional pieces are bound by the limits of physics, particularly gravity, which compels problem-solving tactics that influence and strengthen the resulting works. Koen's letterpress works on paper use photographs of his drawings and sculpture from the past 15 years as source material. The rendering of his sculptures back into a two-dimensional space immediately frees them from the rigid constraints of the physical universe. In the absence of materiality, Koen's two-dimensional translations of his sculpture present the forms at their most essential.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">In general, Koen's artistic practice has included the use of commonplace materials, such as yarn, thread, and needle&mdash;in permutations that are as uncannily familiar as they are fresh and unprecedented. Koen's monochromatic combinations of balls, loops, lines, and other basic shapes suggest the rudimentary building blocks of children's toys, but with a subtlety that is sophisticated and engages the viewer in the creation of novel and unexpected interpretations of space and form. Many of Koen's works are continuations of his interest in the balance between mass and line, as well as the creation of quirky, iconic images that spur imaginative associations.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Seth Koen is originally from Maine. He received his BA from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA and an MFA from Mills College in Oakland, CA. He has shown widely in the U.S., including shows in the San Francisco Bay Area at The Lab, Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery, Richmond Art Center, Rena Bransten Gallery, Headlands Center for the Arts, and San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery; as well as Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York; B. Sakata Garo, Sacramento; Western Colorado Center for the Arts, Grand Junction; Chela, Baltimore; and Hafemann Gallery, Wiesbaden, Germany. Koen has been featured in <em>Art in America</em>, <em>Sculpture Magazine</em>, <em>The New York Times</em>, <em>Artweek</em>, and <em>American Craft</em>. He has been the recipient of the Kala Art Institute Fellowship, Cadogan and Trefethen Fellowships, and the Jay Defeo Prize. He currently lives in Sacramento, CA.</span></p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 08:27:26 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list - Kadist Art Foundation - February 22nd 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Join us&nbsp;this Saturday&nbsp;for a participatory celebration in honor of Kazemir Malevich's 135th birthday (among other things) with artists Hans Winkler and Tony Labat. "People would say, 'Well, what are you celebrating?' because it was blank. And we would say, 'What would you like to celebrate?'"</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 09:59:29 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Grace Munakata - Paul Thiebaud Gallery (SF) - February 22nd 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Fri, 31 Jan 2014 23:42:02 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list - Richmond Art Center - February 22nd 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM <p id="docs-internal-guid-3f163182-7c4d-f4e8-1868-904f468fd1db" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;" dir="ltr">A free art-making event. Get in the groove and express yourself by drawing and painting while listening to live music by internationally acclaimed musicians India Cooke and friends. Drawing materials provided or bring your own. All ages. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. RSVP appreciated by calling 510-620-6772. More at: <a style="text-decoration: none;" href="http://www.therac.org" rel="nofollow">www.therac.org</a></p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 20:16:28 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Aimée Brown, Emily Floyd, Pey Chwen Lin, Patsy Payne, Hyeyoung Shin, Clare Szydlowski, Seiko Tachibana, Lisa Turner, Imin Yeh - San Francisco State University Fine Arts Gallery - February 22nd 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Progressive Proof: Innovative Prints from the Pacific Rim&rdquo; brings together nine women artists whose work in printmaking transcends the two-dimensional. Using paper, but also materials as diverse as glass, fiber blocks and water, these artists reshape traditional ideas of art in the form of prints, sculpture and social practice. Curated by artist and Professor of Art Susan Belau, the exhibition features new work by artists living in Australia, Canada, Taiwan and the U.S.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">This exhibition is presented in association with the 42nd annual SGC International Printmaking Conference, held March 26 &ndash; 29 in the Bay Area. SGC International is the largest print organization in North America.</p> <p><br />This exhibition has been generously supported by the SF State Instructionally Related Student Activities Fund and the SGC International Printmaking Conference 2014.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 18:13:20 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list - SOMArts Cultural Center - February 22nd 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p dir="ltr">Hidden Cities, curated by Pireeni Sundaralingam and featuring 26 moving and still images and interactive, site-specific installations that rethink urban space in San Francisco. In Hidden Cities, the second of three SOMArts Commons Curatorial Residency exhibitions in 2014, exhibiting urban activist-artists, including architects and social interventionists, reveal the overlooked within the city, make visible the invisible, give voice to the unheard and encourage the gallery visitor to physically explore urban social and spatial structures in new ways.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">The opening showcases a range of performative practices that engage both the artist and gallery visitor in co-production. Several of the artists will give 3-minute introductions to their pieces. A parkour team demonstrates new ways to investigate San Francisco&rsquo;s architecture by interacting with its physical spaces. Urban-activist groups, including Lemonopoly and Kearny Street Workshop, will move about the gallery during the reception and provide roving, interactive explorations of their perspectives on hidden aspects of the city.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;The Sludge Economy&rdquo;, a large-scale map of San Francisco by Lize Mogel, straddles the fields of art and cultural geography, reveals the infrastructure of human waste, specifically sewage treatment plants, and the social, environmental, and racial justice issues that are sometimes equally as invisible as the physical infrastructure. A chocolate cake designed by Mogel and printed with locations of sewage plants as a visual aid and dessert will be served at the opening reception.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 00:09:30 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Athi-Patra Ruga - Yerba Buena Center for the Arts - February 22nd 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>YBCA in collaboration with SFMOMA presents<br /> Athi-Patra Ruga: <em>The Elder of Azania</em><br /> <br /> </strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Athi-Patra Ruga&rsquo;s ongoing performance series <em>The Future White Women of Azania</em> (2010-present) features fantastical characters&mdash;usually played by the artist&mdash;whose upper bodies sprout colorful, liquid-filled balloons, while their lower bodies pose or process in stockings and heels. Drawn both from classical Greek and Roman accounts of southern Africa and activists&rsquo; dreams of a pre- and post-apartheid black African utopia, Azania, in Ruga&rsquo;s presentation, occurs as a state in flux (those balloons do break). Ruga&rsquo;s new installment, <em>The Elder of Azania</em>, introduces another shape-shifter: a spiritual figure, both king and trickster, both Xhosa goat spirit and Vaslav Nijinsky&rsquo;s famous faun.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Part of the exhibition <a href="http://www.artslant.com/sf/events/show/315241-public-intimacy-art-and-other-ordinary-acts-in-south-africa" target="_blank"><em>Public Intimacy: Art and Other Ordinary Acts in South Africa</em></a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Fri, Feb 21, 10 PM &amp; Sat, Feb 22, 6 PM &bull; YBCA Forum<br /> $12 in Advance / $15 at the Door, includes admission to<a href="http://www.ybca.org/public-intimacy" target="_blank"> <em>Public Intimacy</em></a> Opening Night Party, 8&ndash;10 PM.<br /> $10, performance only.<br /> FREE with RSVP for SFMOMA and YBCA Members</strong></p> Sat, 11 Jan 2014 19:18:24 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list