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Exhibition Detail
Lecture: Pleading in the Blood
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco , CA 94133

June 28th, 2013 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Self-Obliteration, Ron AtheyRon Athey, Self-Obliteration,
Portland, 2008, Digital photograph
© Photograph by Circle 23 for 2 Gyrlz Performative Arts, Portland, Oregon
Financial District/Wharf
415 749 4500
Tue 11-7; Wed-Sat 11-6; Open until 7:30 pm on lecture nights
Lecture Hall: Free and open to the public

Coming into performance through the Los Angeles punk scene in the early 1980s, artist and writer Ron Athey is best known for his visceral works such as Four Scenes From a Harsh Life(1994) and Self-Obliteration (2007–2011), which position his own queer, post-AIDS body against a politically violent mainstream. Now in the third decade of his artistic career, Athey continues to explore challenging subjects like the relationships between desire, sexuality, trauma, and ecstatic experience. The first book dedicated to Athey and his work will be published in 2013 by the Live Art Development Agency. 

About the Graduate Lecture Series
SFAI's Graduate Lecture Series (GLS) allows students to engage with emerging and established artists, curators, critics, and historians working in both local and global art communities. As an investigation of the contemporary issues relevant to students’ full education and experience, GLS gives the entire graduate body a common interdisciplinary foundation. It also plays a crucial role in defining individual praxis and the meanings of “success” within the current and future landscape of contemporary art. In addition, students have the opportunity to meet with some of the guests for individual critiques, small group colloquia, and informal gatherings after the lectures.

All Summer GLS lectures begin at 6:30 pm on Fridays in the Lecture Hall on SFAI’s 800 Chestnut Street campus. For a complete schedule of SFAI's lectures and events, please visit

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