SFAI Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series: Tom Sachs

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Space Program 2.0: Mars Installation View, 2012
SFAI Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series: Tom Sachs

800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco , CA 94133
April 3rd, 2013 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Financial District/Wharf
415 749 4500
Tue 11-7; Wed-Sat 11-6; Open until 7:30 pm on lecture nights
San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI)
Free and Open to the Public


This event is FREE and open to the public. But space is limited, and advance registration is recommended:

A lot has been made of the conceptual underpinnings of Tom Sachs' sculpture and installation art. His sampling of capitalist culture in his subject matter—remixing, dubbing, and spitting it back out—results in transformed and transforming imagery. His complete embrace of "showing his work" leaves all the steps that led up to the end result on display: seams, joints, screws, foamcore, and plywood. In Sachs' work, nothing is erased, sanded away, or rendered invisible. His pieces are never finished. Like any good engineering project, everything can be stripped down, stripped out, redesigned, and improved.

In an early show, he made Knoll office furniture out of phone books and duct tape. Later, he recreated Unite d'Habitation by Le Corbusier (1952) using only foamcore and a glue gun. Other notable projects by Sachs have included his versions of various Cold War masterpieces, such as the Apollo 11's Lunar Excursion Module and the bridge of the battleship USS Enterprise. And, because no engineering project is more complex and pervasive than the corporate ecosystem, he's made his own versions of that, too: a McDonald's of plywood, glue, and assorted kitchen appliances, and Hello Kitty and her friends in materials ranging from foamcore to bronze.

Sachs' recent project SPACE PROGRAM: MARS (2012) at the Park Avenue Armory included a four-week mission to Mars that recast the 55,000 square foot Wade Thompson Drill Hall as an immersive space odyssey with an installation of dynamic and meticulously crafted sculptures.

Artist Bio
Tom Sachs is a sculptor, installation artist, and painter known for his innovative renaming, examination, and questioning of icons of capitalist culture and systems of daily life. Sachs' work has been included in many exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad, and is in the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Centre Georges Pompidou, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo. Major solo exhibitions include the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (2009), Fondazione Prada, Milan (2006), Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin (2003), the Bohen Foundation, New York (2002), and SITE Santa Fe (1999).  Born in New York in 1966, Sachs studied at the Architectural Association in London and received a B.A. from Bennington College, Vermont, in 1989. He currently lives and works in New York.