For the 2011 Sister City Biennial, the SFAC Gallery has partnered with the dynamic, Sydney-based, multi-disciplinary art center CarriageWorks. For our inaugural Biennial exhibition, Urbanition, the curators tasked the selected artists to create works addressed to the Mayors of San Francisco and Sydney that propose visionary solutions to make each city more humane, green and livable. The artists’ proposals range in subject matter from improving immigrant rights to commuting by jetpack, and from revamping the Sutro Baths to making BART a more human-centric system! The exhibitions will feature the proposals, (which will be presented in a wide variety of media including video, sculpture, drawing and performance), and a catalog which will be handed to officials from each City government. Educational programs, free and open to the public, will play a substantial role in both cities.
About the Sister Cities Biennial: Every two years the SFAC Gallery will partner with an arts institution in one of our Sister Cities around the globe. The collaborative efforts will result in a visual art exhibition in each location, featuring some of the best and brightest artists each city has to offer.
The 2011 Sister City Biennial is made possible through: The San Francisco Arts Commission, The San Francisco Mayor's Office of Protocol, CarriageWorks, The City of Sydney, Arts New South Wales. And supported by: Zip Car, Penfolds, Greg Norman Wine Estates and the Handlery Union Square Hotel.