ArtSlant - Recently added http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/show en-us 40 James Broughton, Jason Jenn - San Francisco Art Institute - September 5th 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM <p class="p1">In celebration of James Broughton&rsquo;s centennial year, performance artist Jason Jenn brings Broughton&rsquo;s mercurial wit, wonder, whimsy, and words to life on stage.</p> <p class="p1">Broughton was an award-winning poet and poetic filmmaker, and a notable figure in the San Francisco Renaissance, Radical Faeries, CMG, and Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence communities. Broughton&rsquo;s work speaks to us with a beguiling trickster charm, devoutly spiritual and sexually liberated, with themes exploring gender, humor, and imagination. The recent documentary&nbsp;<em>Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton</em>&nbsp;(screening at the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.roxie.com/" target="_newwin" rel="nofollow">Roxie Theater</a>&nbsp;and the&nbsp;<a href="http://bampfa.berkeley.edu/filmseries/" target="_newwin" rel="nofollow">Pacific Film Archive Theater</a>) illuminates his extraordinary life. Jenn's theatrical celebration commemorates Broughton's life and work. Broughton taught at SFAI from 1968-1982 and lived with an exuberance that earned him the nickname &ldquo;Big Joy."</p> <p class="p1"><a href="http://www.hiveworld.org/" target="_newwin" rel="nofollow">Jason Jenn</a>&nbsp;is a Los Angeles&ndash;based multimedia artist, performer, director, writer, lyricist, graphic designer, photographer, videographer, editor, creative consultant, and self-proclaimed "jack of many trades." He is a global creative producer with Midwestern rural roots and a double major in Film and Media Studies and Theatre Arts from the University of Iowa. Jason worked in the commercial Hollywood film and television industry before transitioning out to his own independent multimedia company ReEvolutionary Productions in 2000. He creates performances regularly for the Los Angeles Radical Faeries, Planet Queer, and Spirit Studio Silverlake. In recent years, he has performed pieces honoring the gay Greek poet Constantine Cavafy, the iconic Jean Cocteau, and various nature spirits.</p> <p class="p1"><a href="http://sfai.edu/jamesbroughton" rel="nofollow">http://sfai.edu/jamesbroughton</a></p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:05:38 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Art Hazelwood, Rodney Weiss, Anita Toney, Kenneth Srivijitakkar, Doug Minkler, Veronica Graham, Sam Vaughan, Katie Gilmartin, David Lance Goines - SOMArts Cultural Center - September 11th 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Coalition on Homelessness invites you to our 14th annual art auction fundraiser held at SOMArts in San Francisco. Bid on beautiful work by over 100 local artists in our live and silent auctions. Enjoy live music by Quinn DeVeaux and the Blue Beat Review, exciting raffle prizes, live tortilla screen printing by the Great Tortilla Conspiracy, complimentary dinner, and an open wine and beer bar.&nbsp;</p> <p>This year, we are celebrating 25 years of The Street Sheet, the country's oldest street &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; newspaper, published by the Coalition and sold by impoverished San Franciscans. The Coalition on Homelessness is a social justice organization dedicated to the elimination of homelessness and its social, political, and economic causes. Our grassroots organizing model ensures the voices of some of the most disenfranchised San Franciscans lead the fight against homelessness.</p> <p>Come support the Coalition on Homelessness and enjoy this wonderful event.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For more information:</p> <p>Visit cohartauction.tumblr.com</p> <p>Call (415) 346-3740 Ext. 303</p> <p>Email artauction14@gmail.com</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:20:58 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Paul Madonna, Rodney Weiss, Art Hazelwood, Ronnie Goodman, and over 100 more. - SOMArts Cultural Center - September 11th 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM <p>The Coalition on Homelessness invites you to our 14th annual art auction fundraiser held at SOMArts in San Francisco. Bid on beautiful work by over 100 local artists in our live and silent auctions. Enjoy live music by Quinn DeVeaux and the Blue Beat Review, exciting raffle prizes, live tortilla screen printing by the Great Tortilla Conspiracy, complimentary dinner, and an open wine and beer bar.&nbsp;</p> <p>This year, we are celebrating 25 years of The Street Sheet, the country's oldest street &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; newspaper, published by the Coalition and sold by impoverished San Franciscans. The Coalition on Homelessness is a social justice organization dedicated to the elimination of homelessness and its social, political, and economic causes. Our grassroots organizing model ensures the voices of some of the most disenfranchised San Franciscans lead the fight against homelessness.</p> <p>Come support the Coalition on Homelessness and enjoy this wonderful event.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For more information:</p> <p>Visit cohartauction.tumblr.com</p> <p>Call (415) 346-3740 Ext. 303</p> <p>Email artauction14@gmail.com</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:10:54 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list various artists - Sandra Lee Gallery - September 3rd - September 27th <p>Sandra Lee Gallery is pleased to present its triennial juried show. The 2014 exhibition, Real and Surreal, will feature 37&nbsp;works in September and 38 in October, thoughtfully selected by juror Dewitt Cheng, from a collection of over 1000 pieces. The caliber of art and quality of imagination among the submissions were such an inspiration that they required a sequential show. The gallery will be filled with outstanding works in our first group show in September, and an additional 25 pieces in our second group show in October.</p> <p>Three years ago, we dedicated the triennial show to applicants from the west coast. This year we have expanded the breadth of our search and put out a national call for artists to submit under the theme: Real and Surreal. The theme explores the realm between reality and the inexplicable, and opens up the show to works that inhabit the outer limits of the imagination. Applicants were encouraged to enter any style of work except for photography and video.</p> <p>Sandra Lee Gallery continually seeks and supports talented artists of innovative persuasions to share with our patrons and art lovers. Following the September show,out of the 50 selected works, the juror will select one first prizewinner and two second prizewinners during the opening reception. Don&rsquo;t miss this rare opportunity to view excellence, celebrate with the winners, and connect with the artists and other art enthusiasts.</p> <p>DeWitt Cheng is an art writer and critic for Artillery, Art Ltd,VisualArtSource.com and other publications, and is the Curator for Stanford Art Spaces, an exhibition program serving several university venues.</p> <p>Selected works will be on display starting September 3, 2014, through September 27, 2014.</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 06:11:14 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Stefanie Vega, Aunia Kahn, Alexandra Manukyan, Ransom & Mitchell - Bash Contemporary - October 10th - November 8th <p>Carnivale-themed group&nbsp;show featuring the amazing &amp; talented team Ranson &amp; Mitchell and brilliant painted works by Aunia Kahn &amp; Alexandra Manukyan. Stefanie Vega will showcase three of her sideshow dollwerx</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 01:50:02 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Matt Borruso - Steven Wolf Fine Arts - September 13th - October 25th <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Steven Wolf Fine Arts presents <em>Wax House of Wax</em>, an exhibition of new work by San Francisco based artist Matt Borruso. The sculptures, collages, prints and paintings Borruso has constructed for this exhibition gather numerous disparate elements to form an uncanny personal universe.‬</span><span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;"> <br /></span></p> <div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">‪In the main space, slabs of polished burl are paired with plastic reproductions of ears, candles and scythes. These precarious arrangements are supported by chipboard table bases and Plexiglas tubes. Surrounding them are images of the fantastic and domestic: macram&eacute; pot hangers, latex monster film props, feather boas, chrome furniture. Pages from how-to photography books and European cooking magazines have been incised and effaced, while posters bearing the devotion and abuse of past fans have been reoriented, their figures redacted and their seams amplified.‬</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">‪In the second room numerous objects are set on a single table: some found, others have been mechanically cast in black wax. Magazines lay open, the two-dimensional images on their pages sliced apart and remade as sculptural components. Replicated in mirrors, their display is both vertical and horizontal, drooping and laid out flat. Finally they enter the reaching non-space of multiplied reflections.&nbsp;&nbsp;‬</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">‪Matt Borruso lives and works in San Francisco. Solo shows include <em>The Hermit's Revenge Fantasy</em> and <em>Full Spectrum Aura</em> at Steven Wolf Fine Arts, Return to Holy Mountain at 2nd Floor Projects, and Scanners, a collaboration with Nick Hoff at the Mina Dresden Gallery. His work has been included in exhibitions at the Manhattan Cultural Council, Derek Eller, and Anna Kustera in New York; the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery; the Headlands Center for the Arts; and recently at Exile Projects in Berlin, among others. In September 2014 his work will be featured in <em>Allegorical Procedures: Bay Area Collage 1950-Present</em> at San Francisco State University. ‬</span></div> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:10:04 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Willard Dixon, Chiyomi Longo, Anthony Delgado - SFMOMA Artists Gallery - September 6th - October 23rd <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Willard Dixon, an artist based in Marin County, California, will show recent oil paintings created on special shaped panels that add to the three-dimensional illusion of his realistic landscapes. This series depicts places such as Treasure Island, the Golden Gate Fields racetrack, and New York's Central Park.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Chiyomi Longo will exhibit recent abstract paintings including large-scale works on panel and canvas. In this body of work, Longo uses mixed media including sumi ink, acrylic, charcoal, and oil paint.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Anthony Delgado is a photographer based in the Bay Area. He will show his recent candid color photographs taken during Easter and other holy days in Seville, Spain, and Ispica, Sicily.</span></p> <div style="overflow: hidden; color: #000000; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration: none; text-align: justify;"><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Source: <a style="color: #003399;" href="http://www.sfmoma.org/visit/artists_gallery/artists_gallery_exhibitions#ixzz3BOuXNlPK" target="_blank">http://www.sfmoma.org/visit/artists_gallery/artists_gallery_exhibitions#ixzz3BOuXNlPK</a> </span><br /><span style="font-size: small;"> <a style="color: #003399;" href="http://www.sfmoma.org" target="_blank">San Francisco Museum of Modern Art</a></span></div> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:06:52 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list David Park, Richard Diebenkorn, Nathan Oliveira, Manuel Neri - John Berggruen Gallery - September 4th - October 18th <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>John Berggruen Gallery</strong> is pleased to present <em>David Park, Richard Diebenkorn, Nathan Oliveira, Manuel Neri: Figures and Landscapes</em>, an historical survey of works celebrating the iconic art of the Bay Area Figurative movement. This exhibition will be accompanied by an illustrated catalogue. Many of the works included in <em>Figures and Landscape</em>s are on loan from private collections and have rarely been shown to the public. We would like to extend our warmest gratitude to the individuals who have allowed us the opportunity to bring these paintings together in commemoration of the creative accomplishments of such distinguished artists. Please join us for our opening reception on Thursday, September 4<sup>th</sup>, 2014 between 5:30&ndash;7:30 PM.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">John Berggruen Gallery, now approaching its 45<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;anniversary, is closely intertwined with the history of the Bay Area Figurative era. The longer we meditate on these artists and the history they forged together, the richer our understanding of this movement becomes. These four artists interpreted a forward looking modernist program not to require a specificity of medium and place, like their Abstract Expressionist cousins in New York City, but rather, deferred to optimism and a reverence for nature for inspiration. The majesty and mystery inherent in works such as Diebenkorn&rsquo;s&nbsp;<em>Landscape with Smoke,&nbsp;</em>1960, originates from the view that man and nature can indeed coexist in serenity, a perspective that defines the San Francisco Bay Area. </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The freely brushed but carefully delineated canvases of these Bay artists quickly distinguished themselves as being disinterested in commercial interests, favoring instead psychological and pre-classical themes.&nbsp;While Diebenkorn and David Park consolidated and refined the wildness of the 1960's into elegant, color saturated canvases, Manuel Neri and Nathan Oliveira, the younger members of these four Bay Area favorites, were inspired by the fundamental quality of isolation. Neri's singular impasto figures and Oliveira's spiritual color fields contemplate man within and without the context of his natural environment. Together, these artists extract from the Bay Area a timeless and enduring view of man working together with nature. Through an exhibition offering a taste of the historical scope of these artists&rsquo; accomplishments, we also celebrate our own heritage.</p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:03:20 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Yolanda Lopez, Art Meza, Adolfo Arias, Fern Balladares - Mission Cultural Center For Latino Arts - August 9th - September 12th <p style="text-align: justify;">In conjunction with the Lowriding season MCCLA is thrilled to present featured artists: Yolanda Lopez, Art Meza, Adolfo Arias, and Fern Balladares whose art work represent lowrider culture past and present. Join us at the opening reception to meet the artists, hear excerpts of Meza&rsquo;s Lowriting book, view screening of &ldquo;Why I Ride&rdquo; a documentary on 80&rsquo;s lowrider car scene in San Francisco, walk along the display of lowrider cars parked in front of the center, and listen to oldies by DJ Soulera. Be a part of reclaiming public space. Don&rsquo;t miss out.</p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:53:00 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Ehren Tool - Palo Alto Art Center - September 7th 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM <p>Hundreds of handcrafted ceramic cups will be distributed to veterans and community members during the free Community Day and Containers of Community Closing Celebration on September 7, noon-4 p.m., at the Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.<br /><br />All of the wheel-thrown ceramic cups were created onsite by veteran and Berkeley-based artist Ehren Tool during his June residency. The cups have been presented in the Glass Gallery of the Art Center, along with a selection of monotypes, to honor the community of veterans and highlight their shared experience. Prior to the residency, the Palo Alto Art Center collected images and artifacts from community members, relating to their own service or that of their friends and family.<br /><br />Ehren creates ceramic objects that promote awareness and dialogue about the consequences of war. All of his cups are wheel-thrown and feature decal-produced and embossed images and symbols related to war, violence, and the veteran experience in cross-generational conflicts. Since 2001, he has given away most of these cups, offering more than 14,500 to members of various communities.<br /><br />A Veteran Artist Panel will also be held on Sept. 7, from 3-4 p.m., in the meeting room of the Art Center. During this discussion, Ehren and other veteran artists will discuss the importance of art in their lives, and how art serves as a critical form of self-expression for the greater community.<br /><br />Combat Paper Exhibition, will also be on view at the Art Center August 27-September 28. During this exhibition, people will be able to view mixed-media works by San Francisco artist collaborative Combat Paper. Working in communities affected by warfare, Combat Paper leads hand papermaking workshops for veterans and uses papermaking processes to transform uniforms and artifacts into art. A two-day hand papermaking workshop for veterans and non-veterans will be held at the Art Center on September 6, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and on September 7, noon-3 p.m.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 04:17:12 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Group Show - City Limits - August 30th - September 13th <p>Sixty artists have been invited to contribute to Something Completely Different, a sprawling salon-style group show unlike any of the previous exhibitions at City Limits. The participating artists, at various stages of their respective careers, have been asked to contribute one new work which differs from anything they have made before. Although the format of the exhibition has changed, the simple invitation to "make something different" aligns with the goal for every exhibition at City Limits: to show new works by artists which deviate from their usual art practice or discipline.</p> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 21:11:05 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Jennifer and Kevin McCoy - Johansson Projects - October 25th - January 3rd, 2015 <p style="text-align: justify;">Husband-and-wife artists Jennifer and Kevin McCoy explore the underbelly of pop media through crafting undersized worlds and capturing their every angle on miniature, twisting cameras. These micro-models are simultaneously projected as immense floating films, obscuring reality through hyperbolic representation.<br /><br /> Much of the McCoy's works are alive, which is to say, they are never quite silent or still. Constantly spitting and stuttering, the installations can only be fully viewed through their repetition, filming and reception. Rather than recording a prior event, the camera, screen, and viewer's eye are integral ingredients in the conjuring of an image event. The seeing of the sculpture is folded into to the sculpture itself, the camera acting as an extension of the eye and vice versa, mechanical and human gazes melting into one. Toys and technology mingle in the badlands between reality and fantasy, autobiography and fiction.<br /><br /> The McCoy's work has been widely exhibited in the US and internationally, recent exhibitions include the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the British Film Institute in London, The Beall Center in Irvine, CA, pkm Gallery in Beijing, the San Jose Museum of Modern Art, the Nevada Museum of Art, and Artists Space in New York. Their art is held in numerous museum collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA-NY, The Milwaukee Art Museum, and MUDAM the Museum of Modern Art in Luxembourg. Articles about their work have appeared in Art in America, Artforum, The New York Times, The Wire, Art International, Wired Magazine and The Independent.</p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:34:52 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Group Show - Spoke Art - September 6th - September 27th <p style="text-align: justify;">Spoke Art is proud to present: KUBRICK - An art show tribute to the films of Stanley Kubrick. Over 60 artists were invited to re-imagine their favorite characters, scenes and thematic concepts from one of the world&rsquo;s most prolific directors. Spanning a plethora of mediums from sculpture and painting to limited edition prints, the show seeks to honor one of the 20th century&rsquo;s most significant directors while also reinterpreting his impact in a contemporary context. <br /> <br /> Widely known for his controversial techniques and highly controlled directorial style, Kubrick has fabricated a diverse repertoire of films and imagined worlds for his viewers. One of the great idiosyncratic masterminds in history&rsquo;s cinema, Kubrick has cultivated a noteworthy genre completely his own. Critical discussions of humanity, morality and social justice all appear in his work regularly. Contextually disparate but psychologically banded, all of Kubrick&rsquo;s films challenge the viewer both intellectually and ethically. A true auteur, Kubrick&rsquo;s work pushes our understanding of human nature to severe place. Extreme violence, salaciousness and deranged psychological behavior are commonplace motifs instrumented to establish Kubrick&rsquo;s pessimistic undertones. Even through satire, Kubrick manages to take levity to a place of lunatic proportion. <br /> <br /> All the artists were allowed to select the film of their choosing, there were no guidelines on subject matter or content. Each artist was given free reign to re-interpret and render their take on Kubrick&rsquo;s entire cinematic collection. Resulting in a variegated display, KUBRICK is an experiment in modernity, a cross-section between film and art. <br /> <br /> <em>KUBRICK- An Art Show Tribute</em> will debut on Saturday, September 6th, from 6pm - 10pm. There is no cover charge, complimentary beverages will be served and some artists will be in attendance. The exhibition will be on view until September 27th.</p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:22:29 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Group Show - Southern Exposure - September 5th - October 25th <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Fabrications</em>&nbsp;is a pop-up bazaar drawing inspiration from a traditional Persian marketplace. Taraneh Hemami, in this latest iteration of her&nbsp;<em>Theory of Survival</em>project, invites twelve California-based Iranian artists to join her in engaging with Iranian political and cultural historical moments, exploring decades of collective activism and revolutionary actions inside Iran and in its larger diaspora.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">As an ongoing project,&nbsp;<em>Theory of Survival</em>&nbsp;invites artists, scholars and audiences to engage with a historical archive belonging to the library of the Iranian Students Association of Northern California, active from 1964 to 1982. Publications and documents from the archive reflect Iranian and Bay Area history during the critical years between the CIA coup and the aftermath of the Iranian Revolution.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Within a labyrinth of niches and patterned archways designed by the H. Majd Design Group, the&nbsp;<em>Fabrications</em>&nbsp;bazaar is a site for gathering and exchange: market booths overflow with handcrafted and manufactured objects; a library boasts a growing collection of publications and archives; and a teahouse becomes a stage for performances, games and storytelling. The artists of&nbsp;<em>Fabrications</em>&nbsp;transform, exalt and comment on the commodification of the graphic imagery of underground protest culture, exploring a web of connections between past and current radical movements across the globe.</p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:40:03 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Javier Téllez - San Francisco Art Institute - November 20th 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM <p>In conjunction with his solo exhibition&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.sfai.edu/labyrinth" rel="nofollow">Games Are Forbidden in the Labyrinth</a></em><em>,&nbsp;</em>artist Javier T&eacute;llez has selected two historic films that connect to issues of confinement and dislocation present within the exhibition.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://tellezscreening.eventbrite.com" rel="nofollow">RSVP via Eventbrite</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>JOIN THE CONVERSATION</strong></p> <div>Learn more about the films, get real-time updates leading up to the event, and see who else is attending the screening of&nbsp;<em>Titicut Follies&nbsp;</em>+&nbsp;<em>Les ma&icirc;tres fous</em>&nbsp;(<em>The Mad Masters</em>).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Share on&nbsp;<strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/852718108095082/" target="_newwin" rel="nofollow">Facebook</a>&nbsp;</strong>+&nbsp;<strong><a href="https://twitter.com/SFAIevents" target="_newwin" rel="nofollow">Twitter</a></strong>&nbsp;@SFAIevents +<strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://instagram.com/sanfranciscoartinstitute" target="_newwin" rel="nofollow">Instagram</a>&nbsp;</strong>@sanfranciscoartinstitute &raquo; #SFAI&nbsp;#labyrinth</div> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 22:28:06 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Javier Téllez - San Francisco Art Institute - Walter and McBean Galleries - September 9th - December 13th <div class="ap-whitebox-body description"> <div> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Games Are Forbidden in the Labyrinth</em> explores psychiatric confinement, surveillance architecture, and the game of chess as strategically interrelated systems. The exhibition&rsquo;s two major works, <em>D&uuml;rer&rsquo;s Rhinoceros</em> (2010), and <em>Chess</em> (2014), dislocate perception through reenactments of delirium.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Venezuelan-born artist Javier T&eacute;llez staged his film <em>D&uuml;rer&rsquo;s Rhinoceros</em> within the panopticon of Hospital Miguel Bombarda in Lisbon, and collaborated with psychiatric outpatients who form the film&rsquo;s cast. Following Jeremy Bentham&rsquo;s original architectural plans for a panoptic institution, the prison housed the criminally insane, and operated continuously from 1896 until its conversion in 2000 into a museum.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Bombarda was the world&rsquo;s only panopticon prison to surround an open courtyard, and its small cells encircled a central surveillance tower. T&eacute;llez conducted workshops with the patients to develop fictional everyday scenarios they enacted within the cells. These fragmented tableaux contrast with voiceovers quoting Plato&rsquo;s Cave, Jeremy Bentham&rsquo;s letter on the panopticon, Kafka&rsquo;s short story &ldquo;The Burrow,&rdquo; and a patient&rsquo;s imagined account of life inside the institution.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">A taxidermy rhinoceros adds absorbing rhythm to the narrative&mdash;during interludes between the diorama-like actions within the cells, prisoners pull the animal around the courtyard perimeter. This melancholic motion refers to Albrecht D&uuml;rer&rsquo;s famous sixteenth-century engraving of Ganda, the first rhinoceros to visit Europe. Ganda landed in Portugal in 1515 as a gift to King Manuel I, yet was re-gifted to Pope Leo X, only to perish in a shipwreck en route from Portugal to Italy.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In <em>Chess</em>, T&eacute;llez deposes traditional chess pieces with psychiatric implements&mdash;intricate anatomical assemblages resting on sample miniature beds&mdash;to form an uncertain playing field of expectant theatricality. The giant game combines disparate references to psychiatry, art history, literature, and mass culture, such as Lewis Carroll, Bruegel the elder, Hieronymus Bosch, electroconvulsive treatment, the Rorschach test, the Michelin man, and the Sharon Tate murders. Throughout the exhibition, <em>Chess</em> will be activated with historic games and real-time performances.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For nearly two decades, mental illness has served as a primary locus of Téllezʼs practice. Working in collaboration with psychiatric patients, T&eacute;llez&rsquo;s films and installations diminish stereotypes associated with mental illness&mdash;as critic Mich&egrave;le Faguet stated, &ldquo;[they] engage in an ethical manner with communities of individuals who live outside the models of normative behavior that define the parameters of a ʻsaneʼ society, but that are constantly shifting in relation to the ideological structures that determine this social order.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Games Are Forbidden in the Labyrinth</em> opens new spaces for play across formerly closed systems, and inverts the power dynamics between surveillance tower and cell.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>About the Artist</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Javier T&eacute;llez was born in 1969 in Valencia, Venezuela. T&eacute;llez&rsquo;s work has been shown nationally and internationally in venues such as MoMA PS1, New York; ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany; Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon; The Power Plant, Toronto; Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City; S.M.A.K., Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art, Ghent; and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. His work was included in dOCUMENTA (13) (2012); TRACK, Ghent (2012); Lyon Biennale (2011); Whitney Biennial, New York (2008); Manifesta, Trento, Italy (2008); Sydney Biennale (2008 and 2004); Yokohama Triennale, Japan (2001); and Venice Biennale (2003 and 2001). T&eacute;llez is a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellow (1999) and was a guest of the DAAD Artists-in-Residence Programme in Berlin 2010 to 2011. A retrospective of his work opens at Kunsthaus Z&uuml;rich in October 2014. He currently lives and works in New York.</p> </div> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Games Are Forbidden in the Labyrinth</em> will be accompanied by a catalogue published by <a href="http://www.romapublications.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_newwin">Roma Publications</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Games Are Forbidden in the Labyrinth</em> at San Francisco Art Institute is co-presented with <a href="http://www.kadist.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_newwin">Kadist Art Foundation</a>. <em>Chess</em> was jointly commissioned by <a href="http://www.redcat.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_newwin">REDCAT</a>, Los Angeles, and Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> </div> <p style="text-align: justify;">All are welcome to a free public reception for the opening of&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.sfai.edu/labyrinth" rel="nofollow">Games Are Forbidden in the Labyrinth</a>.</em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This exhibition by internationally recognized, Venezuelan-born artist Javier T&eacute;llez explores psychiatric confinement, surveillance architecture, and the game of chess as strategically interrelated systems. The exhibition&rsquo;s two major works,&nbsp;<em>D&uuml;rer&rsquo;s Rhinoceros</em>&nbsp;(2010), and&nbsp;<em>Chess</em>(2014), dislocate perception through reenactments of delirium. For more information visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sfai.edu/labyrinth" rel="nofollow">sfai.edu/labyrinth</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Beer provided by&nbsp;<a href="http://fortpointbeer.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_newwin">Fort Point Beer Company</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><a href="https://labyrinthopening.eventbrite.com" rel="nofollow"><strong>RSVP via Eventbrite</strong></a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>JOIN THE CONVERSATION</strong></p> <div style="text-align: justify;">Get the latest news about the artist, real-time updates leading up to the event, and see who else is attending the Opening Reception:&nbsp;<em>Games Are Forbidden in the Labyrinth.</em></div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Share on&nbsp;<strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/701501413256253/" rel="nofollow" target="_newwin">Facebook</a>&nbsp;</strong>+&nbsp;<strong><a href="https://twitter.com/SFAIevents" rel="nofollow" target="_newwin">Twitter</a></strong>&nbsp;@SFAIevents +<strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://instagram.com/sanfranciscoartinstitute" rel="nofollow" target="_newwin">Instagram</a>&nbsp;</strong>@sanfranciscoartinstitute &raquo; #SFAI&nbsp;#labyrinth</div> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:03:08 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list