Catharine Clark Gallery 21st Anniversary Exhibition: Portraiture Post Facebook

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Catharine Clark Gallery 21st Anniversary Exhibition: Portraiture Post Facebook

248 Utah Street
Ground Floor
94103 San Francisco

February 18th, 2012 - April 7th, 2012
Opening: February 18th, 2012 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Potrero District
Tue-Wed,Fri-Sat 11-6; Thu 11-7
Anniversary, portraiture


Catharine Clark Gallery announces the launch of its 21st Anniversary celebrations with a group exhibition Portraiture Post Facebook and event series that recognizes some of the unique themes and partnerships that have formed the gallery’s identity since it opened in 1991. The group exhibition dates are February 18 through April 7, 2012. Many of the gallery artists will be present for the opening reception on Saturday, February 18, from 4 to 7pm. See below for a list of dates and times for all the events.

In honor of this milestone, the gallery is also re-designing its website. The new was designed by the San Francisco-based graphic design studio MacFadden & Thorpe. It will launch for the opening reception and will be complete in April, 2012.

Saturday, February 18, 4–7pm: Join Catharine Clark Gallery to kick-off the anniversary festivities and celebrate the opening reception of the group exhibition Portraiture Post Facebook. The exhibition looks at portraiture as a genre in a post-social-networking environment. The definition of portraiture is quite expanded in this context and allows for both traditional and alternative approaches. The impetus for the exhibit is to acknowledge the impact of social media on both the personal and political, at home and overseas. The majority of the gallery’s artists will have work on display. A special thank you to Domaine Chandon for providing bubbly for the evening.

Saturday, February 25, 3–5pm: Catharine Clark Gallery hosts a book signing for the newly released book The Remarkables: Endocrine Abnormalities in Art, with authors Carol Z. Clark and Orlo H. Clark, MD. The authors’ comparative study of the parallel histories of medicine and art considers the ways in which artists depict endocrine abnormalities such as goiter, dwarfism, gigantism, and disorders of sexual development within the larger context of aesthetic, social, and medical history. Published by UC Press, the lavishly illustrated book examines artists’ documentation of diseases that were not understood before the late nineteenth century and that frequently incited shocking attitudes toward disfigurement or physical difference.

Saturdays, March 10, 17, 24, 10am–noon: Art Practical is collaborating with 826 Valenciaand Catharine Clark Gallery on an art writing workshop for youth over three weekends in March. Continuing Art Practical's mission to encourage discourse surrounding visual arts in the Bay, they will be hosting two workshops at Catharine Clark Gallery with middle-school kids aged eleven to fourteen, with the final session taking place at 826 Valencia. Over the course of the three sessions (two at CCG and one at 826 Valencia), the kids will produce their own pieces of art writing in response to Catharine Clark's anniversary show, and Art Practicalwill publish a selection of them as Shotgun Reviews on the site.  For more information, and to sign up any budding Art Smarts you might know, see here: For more information on Art Practical and 826 Valencia, and

Saturday, March 24, 7–11pm: Chef and artist Leif Hedendal (of Secret Dinner fame) and artist Anthony Discenza will present course after course of treasures from the forest floor, the Pacific Ocean, and the urban gardens of San Francisco, as well as delicate early spring vegetables from Mariquita farm and his other favorite growers. The creative and collaborative dinner is sure to be full of surprises! Seats for this unique evening are limited and are $350. Proceeds from the evening will benefit three non-profit organizations: di RosaHeadland Center for the Arts, and ZERO1: The Art and Technology Network. For tickets, please purchase by Friday, March 9, by calling             415-399-1439       or

Saturday, March 31, 1–3pm: Ken Goldberg hosts What Would Rembrandt Post?: Self-Portraiture in the Age of Facebook, an artist panel exploring contemporary approaches to self-portraits and their role in social media, in conjunction with an open call on Facebook to post your own self-portrait with up to 50 words about why you chose it:

Saturday, April 7, 4–6pm: Join Zyzzyva editors and guest authors for a live reading and launch of their Spring Issue featuring works by Catharine Clark Gallery artists.

For more information, visit or call us at (415) 399-1439.

Thank you for your support for the gallery and artists over the years! We look forward to many more to come!