Now and When
Exhibition Dates: June 4 - September 4, 2010
Opening reception: Friday, June 4, 2010
401 Van Ness @ McAllister
Window Site 155 Grove Street
Artists: The Bureau of Urban Secrets, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Taro Hattori, Packard Jennings, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Ken Lo, Gay Outlaw and Bob Schmidt, Joseph del Pesco, Paul Schiek and Margaret Tedesco & Matt Borruso.
In celebration of its 40 anniversary, the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) Gallery presents Now & When, an exhibition featuring ten commissioned works by emerging and established Bay Area artists. This thematic presentation is based on the concept of time capsules as a paradoxical act of preserving an object, idea, material or event. New projects by the Bureau of Urban Secrets, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Taro Hattori, Packard Jennings, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Ken Lo, Gay Outlaw & Bob Schmitz, Joseph del Pesco, Paul Schiek and Margaret Tedesco & Matt Borruso, critically confront the value, meaning and methodologies of marking time and assigning narrative to events both in the past and future. While many of the time capsules in Now & When reflect a deeply personal perspective, others turn a timely and critical eye toward subjects ranging from pop culture to the history of urban space.
This exhibition draws its inspiration from a time capsule project produced by the Gallery in 1990. This previous capsule contained small works by artists such as the Gorilla Girls and Karen Finley that responded to the actions of Senator Jesse Helms, the NEA, and issues surrounding censorship. The capsule was transported by protestors down Van Ness Street in front of City Hall, and ceremoniously buried in the empty lot next to the Gallery’s then home at 155 Grove Street. As originally intended, it was exhumed five years later and the contents were exhibited as a reminder of recent cultural and political struggles. Our current exhibition, Now & When, pays homage to this historic moment in the gallery's past, while it celebrates our present and looks toward an amazing future.
This exhibition is supported in part by the Zellerbach Family Foundation and the Graue Family Foundation.
Image credit: Installation detail, Proof, Margaret Tedesco & Matt Borruso