WHAT: What do indoor clouds, Google Street View and Dutch masterworks have in common? Find out at a unique evening event hosted by the SFAC Galleries in conjunction with its current exhibition Conversation 6. The SFAC Galleries brings together the de Young Museum’s special exhibition Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis assistant curator Melissa Buron of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and renowned photographer Doug Rickard to expand the dialogue around the exhibited works of Dutch installation artists Bernadnaut Smilde, who will be visiting from Amsterdam. Moderated by Galleries Director and exhibition curator Meg Shiffler, the panel will draw conversational threads that will enliven a broad discussion around major themes such as documentation, site, ephemerality vs. permanence, and “truth” in image making. This program is made possible through the generous support of the Graue Family Foundation.
Conversation 6: Berndnaut Smilde and Jason Hanasik is on view through April 27, 2013 at the SFAC Main Gallery at 401 Van Ness, open Wednesday – Saturday, noon – 5 p.m. Conversations is an ongoing series that features a substantive body of work by a local artist alongside works by an artist based on another point on the globe.
ABOUT THE PANELISTS
Berndnaut Smilde resides in Amsterdam and is internationally renowned for creating and documenting clouds inside of buildings/galleries. His cloud work was named one of TIME magazine’s “Top 10 inventions of 2012.” During Smilde’s time in San Francisco he will create a cloud in the Green Room in the Veterans Building, and editioned prints will be sold to benefit the SFAC Galleries. Conversation 6 features two large wall works – one from his Nimbus series (the cloud work) and another of a three year, site specific project utilizing Google Street View.
Melissa Buron, assistant curator in the European Art Department for the de Young Museum and the Legion of Honor the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, serving as the assistant curator of their current blockbuster exhibition, Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis, on view at the de Young through June 2, 2013. Buron will present on the current exhibition in response to Smilde directly referencing Dutch landscape painting in his work. Smilde told SFAC Galleries Director, Meg Shiffler, “I grew up looking at Dutch landscape painting and always imagined what those clouds would look like alone in a gallery.”
Doug Rickard brings his background as a student of history and sociology to his renowned series A New American Picture, which is comprised of digitally photographed screen images derived from Google Street View. Rickard’s cropped, panoramic images capture sites in America where rates of poverty and unemployment are high, educational opportunities are slim and racial inequality is looms. The artist will present works from this remarkable and vast project, and draw threads to Smilde’s workUntil Askeaton has Street View, which is currently on view at the Gallery.
This event is made possible through the generous support of the Graue Family Foundation and donors to the SFAC Galleries’ Programming Fund.