ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Matthew Gottschalk - San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery (Window Site) - December 16th - March 6th, 2015 <p style="text-align: justify;">Take a holiday stroll in the Civic Center and check out our two new exhibitions!The best time to view our brand new Grove Street window installation&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em><a href=";c=QDjlFFePJuMxzy0mSdAIkc65GXhxAX4MrZK-wguHGQ_oSBn6nI4wmQ==&amp;ch=eincpE_7b_OtEIuuF4RWFnLOFoVG6C-ABrQTs0vsoqkq--Qu6kBs6w==" shape="rect" target="_blank">The Higher We Rise, The Further I Seem</a></em>,&nbsp;by&nbsp;<a href=";c=QDjlFFePJuMxzy0mSdAIkc65GXhxAX4MrZK-wguHGQ_oSBn6nI4wmQ==&amp;ch=eincpE_7b_OtEIuuF4RWFnLOFoVG6C-ABrQTs0vsoqkq--Qu6kBs6w==" shape="rect" target="_blank">Matthew Gottschalk</a>&nbsp;is when the sun is low. Gottschalk's playful structures are activated with projections that emphasize the ever-changing nature of our urban landscape. Then look for the surprise.&nbsp;In his installations, Gottschalk is known for creating hand-carved wooden marionettes as protagonists.&nbsp;These&nbsp;marionettes serve as extensions of the artist, enabling him to playfully insert himself into a variety of landscapes and environments.&nbsp;A single marionette is placed into this installation, representing not only the artist but also the everyman. (To see more of Matthew's work check out his solo exhibition at&nbsp;<a href=";c=QDjlFFePJuMxzy0mSdAIkc65GXhxAX4MrZK-wguHGQ_oSBn6nI4wmQ==&amp;ch=eincpE_7b_OtEIuuF4RWFnLOFoVG6C-ABrQTs0vsoqkq--Qu6kBs6w==" shape="rect" target="_blank">Alter Space</a>.)&nbsp;</p> Thu, 25 Dec 2014 15:37:43 +0000 Clare Kirkconnell - John Berggruen Gallery - January 8th, 2015 - January 31st, 2015 <p style="text-align: justify;">John Berggruen Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by California-based artist Clare Kirkconnell. The exhibition &ndash; the first of the gallery&rsquo;s 45th year in business &ndash; opens&nbsp;Thursday, January 8th, and continues through&nbsp;Saturday, January 31st. John Berggruen Gallery will host a reception for the artist on&nbsp;Thursday, January 8th from 5:30 to 7:30pm&nbsp;to coincide with the San Francisco Art Dealers Association&rsquo;s First Thursdays. This is Kirkconnell&rsquo;s third solo show at John Berggruen Gallery.<br /><br />In this exhibition of fourteen new paintings, Kirkconnell continues to communicate her vested interest in nature through her selection of organic subject-matter and through her process, which mimics the elemental unpredictability intrinsic to the natural world. She mixes her paint directly on the canvas, allowing the pigments to pool and mix freely. Despite the surrender to entropy this process entails, Kirkconnell relies heavily on a grid to structure her compositions. Although it is a recurring theme in her paintings, the grid takes center stage in the new works exhibited in Juxtapositions.<br /><br />The prominent position the grid assumes in her works is rooted in her early experience with and exposure to the fiber arts. Kirkconnell&rsquo;s grandmother taught the artist to knit and weave, and thereby introduced her to the grid, at a very early age. From then on, it became a powerful informant behind her creative impulse. &ldquo;Graph paper was a constant tool from early on,&rdquo; Kirkconnell has acknowledged, explaining that &ldquo;the warp and weft of those clean blue lines inspired [her] to create much more readily than a blank sheet of paper.&rdquo; The impulse, however, is not to treat each of the small squares comprising the grid as distinct, solid, matte blocks. Unlike graph paper, stained glass, and screen pixels, each of Kirkconnell&rsquo;s subcomponents borrows from the next. Each square blends into its neighbors, harboring unique graduations of hue and tone that create an alluring visual display by freeing the pure, unmodified grid of its inherent rigidity and severity.<br /><br />Kirkconnell is also interested in investigating how colors interact with each other, and the overall effect these interactions produce. Driven by a budding interest in color theory, she has researched at length the work of French chemist Michel Eugene Chevreul, whose color principle &ndash; namely that the perception of a given color can change depending on the colors surrounding it &ndash; greatly advanced art in Europe in the eighteenth century. Kirkconnell employs the grid as a playground upon which to explore this theory in her art. The combinations of earthy tones used in this latest body of work make the canvases subtly shift and pulsate, morphing as if alive, sometimes in entirely unexpected ways.<br /><br />Born in Brownsville, Texas, in 1955, Clare Kirkconnell spent a number of years in Mexico City before returning to Houston to finish high school. She developed an interest in the arts early on and continued her education at Palomar College in San Marcos, California. After college, Kirkconnell spent several years as a fashion model traveling the world from bases in New York and Paris. She concurrently studied acting, landing several film and television roles, including a three-year run as the female lead in the highly acclaimed drama The Paper Chase. Never abandoning her early interest in painting, Kirkconnell then continued her studies at Santa Monica College and Otis Parsons School of Design. Her work has been consistently well-received and can be found in many important private collections. When not in the studio, Kirkconnell divides her time between her husband and son, the family wine business, &ldquo;Hollywood and Vine Cellars,&rdquo; and a deep, abiding urge to see every corner of the globe.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 25 Dec 2014 15:25:40 +0000 Donald Bradford, Peter Combe, Alex Couwenberg, Ned Evans, Alex Weinstein - Andrea Schwartz Gallery - January 7th, 2015 - January 30th, 2015 <p><strong></strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>Contact: Jennifer Draughon</p> <p>Andrea Schwartz Gallery</p> <p>545 - 4<sup>th </sup>Street, San Francisco, CA 94107</p> <p>415.495.2090 &ndash; Phone</p> <p>415.495.2094 &ndash; Fax</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>LA | SF&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong></p> <p><strong>January 7 &ndash; January 30, 2015</strong></p> <p><strong>Opening Reception: Wednesday, January 7, 2015 5:30 PM &ndash; 7:30 PM</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Andrea Schwartz Gallery is pleased to announce, LA | SF, a group exhibition featuring new work by Donald Bradford, Peter Combe, Alex Couwenberg, Ned Evans, and Alex Weinstein with an opening reception held on Wednesday, January 7 from 5:30 &ndash; 7:30 pm.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>&ldquo;This series began as a meditation on loss and evolved into a celebration of life.&rdquo;</em></p> <p><em>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </em>--Donald Bradford</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The wall of yarn skeins, belonging to a loved one, became the focal point for Donald Bradford&rsquo;s reflections on loss.&nbsp; Through his characteristic loose, painterly style and vibrant colors, the series developed into a tribute of a life lived.</p> <p><em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;After nearly five decades of surfing and painting, a symbiosis occurs between the two, a deeply interwoven relationship feeds both passions.&rdquo;</em>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; --Ned Evans</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>From the sand to the ocean and water, Ned Evans finds inspiration in his two passions of surfing and art.&nbsp; His works are derived from the memory and the ephemeral experience the ocean gives to those who love it.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>&ldquo;My paintings are visual resting places where the viewer&rsquo;s interpretive associations can collect inside.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp; </em> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; --Alex Weinstein</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Alex Weinstein mixes abstraction with the faintest traces of representational imagery in his painting and sculptures to evoke the essence and texture of hazy sea surfaces.&nbsp; The atmospheres he creates become quiet, contemplative places for the audience to interpret as they see fit.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Andrea Schwartz Gallery was established in 1982 and is located in the South of Market district of San Francisco in our new gallery space located at 545 &ndash; 4<sup>th</sup> Street. ASG exhibits contemporary work of mid-career artists from the Bay Area and across the country.&nbsp; ASG is a member of SFADA.&nbsp; Gallery Hours are Monday - Friday 9 - 5, Saturday 1 &ndash; 5. The gallery will be closed 1/21.&nbsp; For further information and materials please contact Jennifer Draughon at 415-495-2090 or; Additional information may also be found on our website, Thank you!</p> Tue, 23 Dec 2014 22:24:22 +0000 - San Francisco Art Institute - April 10th, 2015 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM <p><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>Erick Beltr&aacute;n</strong></a></p> <p>Erick Beltr&aacute;n&rsquo;s taxonomical installations fuse text and image to interrogate how editions, multiples, and reproductions alter (and define) social, cultural, and political ideologies. Through invented classification systems that play up tensions between truth and fiction, he investigates traditional mechanisms of order, value, reproducibility, and distribution. Beltr&aacute;n has recently exhibition at Bienal de S&atilde;o Paulo; Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art; TBA21 Contemporary, Vienna; Taipei Biennial; CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco; among others.</p> <p>RSVP TODAY via Eventbrite &raquo; <a href="&ldquo;;" rel="nofollow"></a></p> <p>Image: Erick Beltr&aacute;n, <em>Atlas Eidolon</em>, 2014; sculpture; 197 x 232 x 197 inches</p> Tue, 23 Dec 2014 20:46:48 +0000 - San Francisco Art Institute - April 10th, 2015 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM <p><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>Jonn Herschend</strong></a></p> <p>Interdisciplinary artist, filmmaker, and experimental publisher Jonn Herschend utilizes quotidian systems&mdash;PowerPoint presentations, academic lectures, photographic evidence, infomercials, and educational videos&mdash;to deploy and complicate questions of truth. He is co-founder (with Will Rogan) of The Thing Quarterly&mdash;an object-based subscription service that disseminates original, limited-edition artworks. He has exhibited at SITE Santa Fe; SFMOMA; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and the 2014 Whitney Biennial.</p> <p>RSVP TODAY via Eventbrite &raquo; <a href="&ldquo;;" rel="nofollow"></a></p> <p>Image: Jonn Herschend, <em>Brown Trout</em>, 2014; cell phone image</p> Tue, 23 Dec 2014 20:26:18 +0000 - San Francisco Art Institute - March 6th, 2015 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM <p><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>Shaun Leonardo</strong></a></p> <p>Shaun Leonardo (MFA Painting, 2005) probes conventions of portraiture to reveal complexities of masculinity and manhood. Through self-conscious and physically demanding performances, as well as cutout paintings, drawings, and sculptures, his work negotiates ideals of worth, achievement, and maleness. Leonardo is the recipient of awards from Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, New York Studio School, NYFA, and The Jerome Foundation. His work was recently exhibited in <em>Crossing Brooklyn</em> at the Brooklyn Museum.</p> <p>RSVP TODAY via Eventbrite &raquo; <a href="&ldquo;;" rel="nofollow"></a></p> <p>Image: Shaun Leonardo, <em>One-on-Ones</em>, 2014; performance still: Memorial Hall Lawn, Harvard Yard, Cambridge, Massachusetts; courtesy of the artist; photographed by Kami Nzeribe</p> Tue, 23 Dec 2014 19:35:39 +0000 - San Francisco Art Institute - February 27th, 2015 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM <p><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>Eva Hayward</strong></a></p> <p>Writer Eva Hayward researches aesthetics, the environment, and transgender theory. Her forthcoming book <em>SymbioSeas</em> (Penn State University Press) illuminates underwater representations and trans-species mediations. She has recently published articles in <em>Cultural Anthropology</em>, <em>Parallax</em>, <em>Women&rsquo;s Studies Quarterly</em>, and <em>Women and Performance</em>. Hayward is assistant professor in gender and women&rsquo;s studies at University of Arizona, Tucson.</p> <p>RSVP TODAY via Eventbrite &raquo; <a href="&ldquo;;" rel="nofollow"></a></p> Tue, 23 Dec 2014 19:09:03 +0000 - San Francisco Art Institute - February 20th, 2015 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>Rirkrit Tiravanija</strong></a></p> <p>Rirkrit Tiravanija is celebrated for installations that invite social engagement and are activated by viewers&rsquo; interactions. For two decades, Tiravanija has been regarded as one of the most important figures of Relational Aesthetics, a practice in which the audience is regarded as a community, and the artwork is experienced as a shared encounter. Tiravanija&rsquo;s wide-ranging work critically connects the personal and social with the political&mdash;his long-term project <em>The Land</em> is a hybrid place for art, architecture, advocacy, and solidarity with local rice farmers in a village near Chiang Mai, Thailand.</p> <p>The exhibition <a href="&ldquo;;" rel="nofollow"><em>A Special Curatorial Project with Rirkrit Tiravanija: The Way Things Go</em></a> is on view at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, February 13&ndash;June 21, 2015.</p> <p>RSVP TODAY via Eventbrite &raquo; <a href="&ldquo;;" rel="nofollow"></a></p> <p>Fort Point Beer Company Beer Garden &raquo; 5 pm</p> <p>Image: Rirkrit Tiravanija, <em>The Land Project, Chiang Mai, Thailand</em>, 1998&ndash;ongoing; installation (ongoing sustainable art project); dimensions variable; courtesy neugerriemschneider, Berlin; photographed by Liz Linden</p> Tue, 23 Dec 2014 18:33:17 +0000 - San Francisco Art Institute - February 6th, 2015 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Asuka Ohsawa</strong></a></p> <p>Visual storyteller Asuka Ohsawa creates drawings, printed ephemera, and textile works that mine the wonders and worries of her world. Her graphic narratives fuse elements of pop, manga, anime, and comics to reveal intertwined fairytales of bunnies, garden gnomes, unicorns, books, bicycles, acrobats, Gumby, and Bettie Page. Ohsawa is represented by Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York, and Massimo Carasi, Milan. She is currently completing her first year as <a href="" rel="nofollow">assistant professor in printmaking at SFAI.</a></p> <p>RSVP TODAY via Eventbrite &raquo; <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a></p> <p>Image: Asuka Ohsawa, <em>Vim &amp; Vigor</em>, 2013; gouache on paper; 21 x 26 inches</p> Tue, 23 Dec 2014 18:07:14 +0000 - San Francisco Art Institute - January 30th, 2015 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM <p><a href="" rel="nofollow"><strong>Jennifer A. Gonz&aacute;lez</strong></a><br /><a href="" rel="nofollow"><strong> <em>Cartographies of Democracy</em></strong></a></p> <p>Jennifer A. Gonz&aacute;lez writes about contemporary art with an emphasis on digital bodies, corporeality, installation art, critical race studies, and democracy. Her book <em>Subject to Display: Reframing Race in Contemporary Installation Art</em> (The MIT Press, 2008) examines contemporary artists who use installation art to stage critical assessments of race politics in the U.S. Gonz&aacute;lez is professor in the history of art and visual culture at UC Santa Cruz and teaches in the Whitney Independent Study Program.&nbsp;<br /><br />RSVP TODAY via Eventbrite &raquo;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> Tue, 23 Dec 2014 01:25:44 +0000 - San Francisco Art Institute - April 7th, 2015 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM <p><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>Mel Chin<br /> McBean Distinguished Lecture</strong></a></p> <p><br /><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Mel Chin</a>&rsquo;s pioneering art practice inserts contemporary art into unlikely contexts, including destroyed homes, toxic landfills, and popular television, in each case poetically extending the capacity of art to amplify social engagement. Chin&rsquo;s <em>Revival Field</em> (1989&ndash;ongoing) utilized plants to remove toxic, heavy metals from the soil, and innovated the field of green remediation. More recently, Chin&rsquo;s <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><em>Operation Paydirt/Fundred Dollar Bill Project</em> </a>envisaged practical models to make New Orleans a lead-safe city. Chin&rsquo;s transformative works marry symbolic, aesthetic gestures with pragmatic, scalable solutions to address complex cultural and environmental challenges.<br /><br />RSVP TODAY via Eventbrite &raquo;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> Tue, 23 Dec 2014 00:47:47 +0000 - San Francisco Art Institute - April 28th, 2015 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM <p><a href="" rel="nofollow"><strong>Constance M. Lewallen</strong><br /> <strong>Conversation + Book Release of <em>500 Capp Street</em></strong></a><br /><br /><em>500 Capp Street</em> is the late David Ireland&rsquo;s (MFA, 1974) best-known work, an 1890s Victorian in the Mission District of San Francisco that the artist transformed into an immersive artwork, studio space, and the site of legendary dinners. Ireland&rsquo;s renovations became experiments in form, material, and social space and presaged many artist-designed homes.&nbsp;<br /><br />Join curator and author Constance M. Lewallen for the book release of <em>500 Capp Street</em>, the first publication to chronicle the remarkable history of Ireland&rsquo;s home.&nbsp;<br /><br />RSVP TODAY via Eventbrite &raquo;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> Tue, 23 Dec 2014 00:02:41 +0000 - San Francisco Art Institute - April 21st, 2015 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM <p><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>Annie Lapin</strong></a></p> <p>Annie Lapin&rsquo;s paintings perform a Grey Gardens-esque dance through high and low forms. Her buoyant works enmesh gilded-era patterns and structures with contemporary graffiti, dissolving figures, and pure painterly decay. Working from Los Angeles, Lapin calls to mind nothing less transcendent than Kim Kardashian&rsquo;s two-year-old painting on an Herm&egrave;s bag. Lapin has presented solo exhibitions at venues including Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro; Pasadena Museum of California Art; and Grand Arts, Kansas City. She is represented by <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Honor Fraser, Los Angeles</a>.</p> <p><br />RSVP TODAY via Eventbrite &raquo;&nbsp;<a href=";h=OAQGiKLMx&amp;enc=AZPzay3UOgR8YBosTKqKxlSm9ifJ4RQM7EiwZlfF9MK0AKZESxtOJW9PPvAcVRZIE1s&amp;s=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> Mon, 22 Dec 2014 23:28:25 +0000 - San Francisco Art Institute - April 14th, 2015 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Michael Jones McKean</strong></a></p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Jones McKean</a>&rsquo;s peripatetic practice connects seemingly disparate cultural histories to specific forms. His sculptures and installations have included enclosed storms, half-scale riverboats, prehistoric meteorites, and urban-scale rainbows. He constructs spaces of uncanny scale&mdash;failed epics, specific objects that serve as synecdoche for expansive narratives, or condensed moments of universal phenomena. McKean is the recipient of numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship and an Artadia Award. He is associate professor of sculpture and extended media at Virginia Commonwealth University.<br /><br />RSVP TODAY via Eventbrite &raquo;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> Mon, 22 Dec 2014 22:32:47 +0000 - San Francisco Art Institute - March 10th, 2015 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM <p><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>Jon Rubin</strong></a></p> <p>Jon Rubin&rsquo;s interdisciplinary projects include launching a radio station in an abandoned neighborhood that only plays the sound of an extinct bird; founding a barter-based nomadic art school; lending pigeons to museum-goers, who train them to fly &ldquo;home&rdquo; to the museum; and co-directing Conflict Kitchen, which solely serves cuisine from countries with which the United States is in conflict. Rubin is an associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University and head of the Contextual Practice area.<br /><br />RSVP TODAY via Eventbrite &raquo;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> Mon, 22 Dec 2014 22:04:48 +0000 Lewis Hyde - San Francisco Art Institute - March 3rd, 2015 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM <p><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>Lewis Hyde</strong></a></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Lewis Hyde</a>&rsquo;s landmark cultural criticism celebrates the public life of the imagination. His grandly influential 1983 book, <em>The Gift</em>, illuminates and defends artistic practices that lie beyond the market. <em>Trickster Makes this World</em> (1998) argues for disruptive figures as the primary catalyst of lively and fearless cultures. His most recent book, <em>Common as Air</em>, outlines the unquantifiable value of the &ldquo;cultural commons,&rdquo; which is increasingly threatened by the privatization of knowledge. A MacArthur Fellow and former director of creative writing at Harvard, Hyde is the Richard L. Thomas Professor of Creative Writing at Kenyon College.&nbsp;<br /><br />RSVP TODAY via Eventbrite &raquo;&nbsp;<a href=";h=qAQF_o90X&amp;enc=AZPa41HFIpcRx40ffF9yy5KPyhJTFgWXRHG2-L23UlqOU9AeQ2B_1Tnz4wlzOCVe4tY&amp;s=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> Mon, 22 Dec 2014 21:31:23 +0000