Performance Art Institute

Venue  |  Exhibitions
Performance, January 22, 2011 © Taylor Savvy
Performance Art Institute
575 Sutter St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
Venue Type: Alternative Space
Heather Smith, Program Director
Open hours
Wednesday-Saturday, 12:00-6:00
(415) 501-0575
Gallery type
Admission to the institute is free.

The Performance Art Institute (PAI) is multifaceted art space dedicated to performance art and issues that matter in our society and culture. At the core of PAI is the artist-in-residence program, which is one of the first and only of its kind. In housing and showcasing new genre artists connected to performance, film, video, sound and avantgarde music, the artist-in-residence program focuses on the development and presentation of new work created in the freethinking and accessible atmosphere of PAI and San Francisco. Through creative alliances with local museums and nine bay area schools, artists from around the world are presented with the opportunity to meld their residency into the maximum creative environment to ideate, compose, perform and document fresh work.

September 8, 2010


SAN FRANCISCO – The Marina Abramovic Institute West, one of the West Coast’s premier organizations for showcasing cutting-edge performance art and artistic expression, announced today it will re-launch in late October as the Performance Art Institute, under the continued leadership of Stephen Tourell.

“Our new name more accurately reflects our expanded mission,” said board president and co-founder Stephen Tourell. “We are broadening our horizons within the realm of performance art, but will continue to create a place where international performance artists can come and practice their art form.”

Co-founded and inspired by Marina Abramovic, the seminal Serbian performance artist, the Performance Art Institute (PAI) will maintain its impressive location in San Francisco’s Union Square and its central role in the San Francisco art scene.  The Institute will also continue to run an artist-in-residency program following its initial performance art residencies completed by Israeli artist couple Lital Dotan and Eyal Perry, and Italian artist Nico Vascellari.

“We look forward to continuing to work with Marina, as she brings great expertise, history and inspiration to our program,” said Tourell. ”The Performance Art Institute will carry on MAI West’s legacy and sense of creative energy, while embracing the next generation of artistic culture as it evolves worldwide.”

For more information, please contact Heather Smith at or 415.501.0575.


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