San Francisco Art Institute announces Spring 2014 Public Programs

. February 1, 2014

The San Francisco Art Institute invites the public to engage with global leaders of contemporary art and culture through lectures and exhibitions during spring 2014. A hub for creativity and cultural innovation since 1871, SFAI’s Public Programs seek new forms of exchange between the SFAI community, artists, and the public.

Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Gravity Is a Force to Be Reckoned With, 2010. Installation view, MASS MoCA, North Adams. Mixed media, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.

Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Gravity Is a Force to Be Reckoned With, 2010. Installation view, MASS MoCA, North Adams. Mixed media, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.

Free and open to all.

Simone Leigh
Wednesday, February 5, 7:30pm

Karen Finley
Friday, February 7, 4:30pm

Jill Magid
Wednesday, February 12, 7:30pm

Wendy White
Tuesday, February 18, 7:30pm

Julio César Morales
Friday, February 21, 4:30pm

Carmen Goodyear and Laurie York, Women on the Land: Creating Conscious Community screening
In conjunction with Francis Cape: Utopian Benches
Tuesday, February 25, 7:30pm

Alice Channer
Thursday, February 27, 7:30pm

Irene Cheng
In conjunction with Francis Cape: Utopian Benches
Tuesday, March 4, 7:30pm

Hesse McGraw
Friday, March 7, 4:30pm

Karin Sander
Tuesday, March 11, 7:30pm

Dan Graham, Rock My Religion screening
In conjunction with Francis Cape: Utopian Benches
Thursday, March 13, 7:30pm

Terry Winters
Monday, March 24, 7:30pm

Marcelo Cidade
Friday, March 28, 4:30pm

John Miller
Monday, March 31, 7:30pm

Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle
Thursday, April 3, 7:30pm

Richard Meyer
Friday, April 4, 4:30pm

Timothy Berry
Friday, April 11, 4:30pm

James Benning
Tuesday, April 14, 7:30pm

Jennifer Doyle
Friday, April 18, 4:30pm

Basil Twist
Thursday, April 24, 7:30pm

Alfredo Jaar
Friday, April 25, 7:30pm

Walter and McBean Galleries—current exhibition

Francis Cape: Utopian Benches
January 21–March 15, 2014

Francis Cape’s Utopian Benches is an installation of 17 poplar benches arranged in rows that together fill the gallery. Each bench was precisely replicated from existing benches crafted by American communal societies. Their form and design closely reflect their use within the specific community, and by extension their organizational structure and collective values—”material culture reflects social structure.” Throughout the exhibition, the Walter and McBean Galleries and Utopian Benches will offer shared seating for formal and informal programs, both for the immediate San Francisco Art Institute community and diverse community groups.

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SFAI’s Exhibitions and Public Programs provide direct access to artists and ideas that advance our culture. The Walter and McBean Galleries, established in 1969, present exhibitions at the forefront of contemporary art practice. The gallery serves as a laboratory for innovative and adventurous projects and commissions new work from emerging and established artists. SFAI’s Public Programs develop meaningful interactions between artists, students, and audiences through lectures, education opportunities, and artist-driven experiences. Together, the exhibitions and public programs of the San Francisco Art Institute promote an environment that catalyzes the creative processes of its student artists and thinkers, and creates intimate connections between the SFAI community and the public.

SFAI’s Exhibitions and Public Programs are made possible by the generosity of donors and sponsors. Major support is provided by Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund.

Program support is provided by the Harker Fund of The San Francisco Foundation and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The Distinguished Visiting Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Painting Practices* is funded by the Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation. Ongoing support is provided by the McBean Distinguished Lecture and Residency Fund, The Buck Fund and the Visiting Artists Fund of the SFAI Endowment.

*Wendy White, Terry Winters, and John Miller are Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation Distinguished Visiting Fellows for Interdisciplinary Painting Practices.

Utopian Benches is loaned from the collection of Nion T. McEvoy. Special thanks to Murray Guy, New York.

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San Francisco, CA 94133

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