Temporary Structures

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Victory Over the Sun (Still), 2007 16mm Color Film With Optical Sound © Courtesy of the Artist and San Francisco Art Institute - Walter and McBean Galleries
Temporary Structures

800 Chestnut St.
San Francisco, CA 94133
September 14th, 2012 - December 15th, 2012
Opening: September 14th, 2012 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Financial District/Wharf
Tue 11-7; Wed-Sat 11-6
San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI)
architecture, mixed-media, installation
Free and open to the public.


Join the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) in the Walter and McBean Galleries for a FREE interdisciplinary exhibition that takes root in the exciting possibilities of impermanence. 

Featuring over a dozen acclaimed international and Bay Area artists, the exhibition includes works—many of them site-specific—concerned with architectural aspirations, follies, and momentary acts of cultural transformation. They explore aesthetic, political, and social ideals, ranging from the rise of consumer culture to 19th-century French uprisings to the recent Occupy movement, and help bring new meaning and understanding to the past and present.

An opening reception will be held Friday, September 14 from 6–9 pm. Meet and mingle with exhibition artists including Paul Kos, Christian Nagler, David Gissen, Amy M. Ho, Ben Peterson, Jonathan Runcio, and Together We Can Defeat Capitalism; enjoy wine and appetizers; and see a special climbing performance as part of Paul Kos's installation.

The exhibition and all associated events are FREE and open to the public. But space is limited for some events, and advance registration is required. Get full details at

Participating Artists
Pawel Althamer, Roberto Behar & Rosario Marquardt, David Gissen, Amy M. Ho, Paul Kos, Roy McMakin, Christian Nagler & Azin Seraj, Ben Peterson, Michael Robinson, Jonathan Runcio, Mungo Thomson, and Together We Can Defeat Capitalism

About the Curators
Glen Helfand is a visiting faculty member in SFAI’s History and Theory of Contemporary Art program. His writing, concentrating on contemporary art and culture, appears in Artforum and numerous other publications, and he has curated exhibitions for the de Young Museum, San Jose Museum, Mills College Art Museum, and Dust Gallery in Las Vegas.

Cydney M. Payton is former CEO and Chief Curator for the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. She holds an MA in Curatorial Practice, Concentrating on the History and Theory of Architecture, from California College of the Arts.


Opening Reception
Friday, September 14
6:00-9:00 PM
Walter and McBean Galleries Join us for wine and appetizers at the opening reception of Temporary Structures. Enjoy a special climbing performance as part of Paul Kos's installation. And meet several of the exhibiting artists, including David Gissen, Amy M. Ho, Paul Kos, Christian Nagler and Azin Seraj Ben Peterson, Jonathan Runcio, and Together We Can Defeat Capitalism.