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San Francisco Art Institute announces September + October Visiting Artists

SFAI invites the public to engage with global leaders of art and culture who are defining the discourse of contemporary art and criticism. A catalyst for creative exchange and cultural innovation, SFAI’s programming brings internationally renowned figures into intimate dialogue with our undergraduate and graduate students and the public at large.

All lectures are free and open to the public.

Andy Bichlbaum
Tuesday, September 24, 7:30pm
Andy Bichlbaum is co-founder of The Yes Men—a quasi-organization that sheds light on institutional cover-ups and exposes high-level corruption by hijacking the media and infiltrating corporate communication streams.

Mickalene Thomas
Monday, September 30, 7:30pm
Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation Distinguished Visiting Fellow for Interdisciplinary Painting Practices
Through elaborate paintings and installations, acclaimed interdisciplinary artist Mickalene Thomas honors powerful women and constructs luxe interiors with layers of rhinestones, acrylic, and enamel.

Thomas will be in conversation with Charles Desmarais, president of SFAI.

Tom Marioni
Friday, October 4, 4:30pm
A seminal figure of Conceptualism, Tom Marioni pioneered the use of social situations as art with his legendary work The Act of Drinking Beer with Friends Is the Highest Form of Art.

Rachel Schreiber
Friday, October 11, 4:30pm
Artist and cultural historian Rachel Schreiber addresses the intersections of race and gender in labor activism through her work in photography, video, and writing. Schreiber is dean and vice president for academic affairs at SFAI.

Dinh Q. Lê
Friday, October 11, 7:30pm
Acclaimed interdisciplinary photographer Dinh Q. Lê is well known for his compelling woven photographs exploring memory and trauma rooted in the Vietnam War.

Jaimie Warren + Whoop Dee Doo
Monday, October 14, 7:30pm
Jaimie Warren is a conceptual artist whose incisive satires target art history, celebrity culture, race, and gender. Warren is co-founder of the faux public access television show Whoop Dee Doo.

Paul Laffoley
Thursday, October 17, 7:30pm
Presented in conjunction with Dissident Futures, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, October 18, 2013–February 2, 2014.

Paul Laffoley creates highly coded, diagrammatic paintings that engage conceptual realms of spirituality, dimensionality, time travel, and the origins and future of humankind.

Mark Van Proyen
Friday, October 18, 4:30pm
Mark Van Proyen has been a fixture in the Northern California art scene for three decades, writing criticism for publications such as Art Week, New Art Examiner, Art Issues, Art in America, ARTnews, Squarecylinder, and SFAQ.

Anoka Faruqee
Monday, October 21, 7:30pm
Anoka Faruqee’s psychedelic, optical paintings engage the limits and sensory subjectivity of visual perception. Faruqee’s illusory and hypnotic works fuse intricate compositions with charged juxtapositions of color to create moiré patterns and other visual effects.

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