Balancing Aesthetics and Activism: A Panel Discussion featuring Christina Seely, Kim Anno and Jesse Schlesinger

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Madrid, Christina Seely: LUX © Courtesy of the Artist and San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery (main site)
Balancing Aesthetics and Activism: A Panel Discussion featuring Christina Seely, Kim Anno and Jesse Schlesinger

401 Van Ness Ave. (at McAllister)
San Francisco, CA 94102
November 9th, 2010 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Union Square/Civic Center
Tue-Sat 11-6


Capacity limited to 50.

Date: November 9, 2010 6:30 PM
Location: 6:30pm, Artist, Christina Seely and SFAC Gallery Director, Meg Shiffler will lead a walk-through of Seely’s exhibition, LUX. To join the tour, meet at San Francisco City Hall in the North Light Court (enter City Hall through the Goodlett entrance)
7:00 – 8pm, Panel discussion at the SFAC Gallery at 401 Van Ness (inside the Veterans Building)

The San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery is pleased to present Balancing Aesthetics and Activism; an evening panel discussion with three dynamic Bay Area-based artists; Christina Seely, Kim Anno and Jesse Schlesinger. The discussion will focus on the unique ways that each artist responds to contemporary ecological issues in their lives and art practices.


This panel is presented on the occasion of the final weeks of Christina Seely's installation at San Francisco City Hall of large-scale photographic banners based on her ongoing, international project LUX.  The banners, which rim City Hall's grand North Light Court, depict some of the planet's most brightly illuminated cities, according to NASA's map of Earth at night. LUX is inspired by the complex dialogue between the immense beauty produced by man-made light and the complexity of what this light represents - the loss of darkness on the planet due to the over-consumption of resources.


More information about Christina Seely's LUX project can be found here.


Panel Speakers:
Christina Seely ( is a visual artist and teaches photography at the California College of the Arts. Seely is a principle member of Civil Twilight, a design collective that won Metropolis Magazine's 2007 Next Generation Competition with a proposal for Lunar Resonate Streetlights (streetlights which dim and brighten depending on the brightness of the moon). Seely has recently exhibited at The Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago, IL), Scion Installation Space (Culver City, CA) and The Photographic Center Northwest (Seattle, WA).


Kim Anno ( is a Professor and Chair of the Painting Department at the California College of the Arts. She is a painter and bookmaker and has been included in exhibitions at the Varnosi Museum in Hungary, the Berkeley Art Museum, the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, the Museum of Modern Art in Rio De Janeiro, Zaloren Contemporaneo in Mexico City, Marcia Wood Gallery in Atlanta, and DC Dusseldorf in Germany, among others. Locally, she is represented by Patricia Sweetow Gallery. Anno has received the Gerbode Foundation's Purchase Award for SFMOMA and the Honolulu Academy of Fine Art, as well as the Fleishhacker Foundation's Eureka Fellowship, among other awards. Anno believes passionately in expanding the function of art in society. She is an originator of the Rising Tide Conference concept and seeks to continue to build bridges whether actual or virtual.


Jesse Schlesinger ( is a visual and social practice artist residing in San Francisco. He works in a variety of media including sculptural installation, photography, and drawing.  Schlesinger's practice reveals a conversation between culture, agriculture, and the natural world. His work is a direct synthesis of his personal history with carpentry, eight years of experience farming with Dirty Girl Produce, and a dream of Black Mountain and the "back-to-the-land movement." Schlesinger received a painting/drawing BFA from the California College of the Arts in 2008. He has shown at Triple Base Gallery, the San Francisco Arts Commission, and Lobot. Recently, he took a position as a co-curator at 18 Reasons, the Bi-Rite space for art, food, and community.

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