Summer symposium:
“What Can Exhibitions Do?”

Summer symposium:
“What Can Exhibitions Do?”

San Francisco Art Institute

June 4, 2015
Summer symposium: “What Can Exhibitions Do?”

June 19–20, 2015

San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI)
800 Chestnut Street, Lecture Hall
San Francisco, CA 94133

T +415 749 4534

What can exhibitions do?” SFAI’s summer symposium considers traditional venues, spontaneous public presentations, and other platforms to explore the limits, edges, and possibilities for how exhibitions give form and voice to ideas.

Looking back in time for experimental precedents and forward to technological innovations, the symposium engages exhibitions of the past, present, and future to challenge conventional modes of contemporary art display. How do exhibitions—and display as a categorical mode—shape our understanding of contemporary art and artists? Two provocative keynote lectures will be followed by an afternoon of panels and breakout discussion groups.


Friday, June 19
Keynote one: “What Can an Exhibition Do (within the Institutional Context)?”
Larry Rinder, Director, Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive

Saturday, June 20
Keynote two: “What Can an Exhibition Do (outside of the Institutional Context)?”
Jen Delos Reyes, Director/Founder, Open Engagement

Reception, Diego Rivera Gallery
Reception features artist talk with Alejandro Almanza Pereda on his in-process intervention with SFAI’s Diego Rivera fresco.

Free and open to all.


Keynote speakers
Lawrence Rinder is Director of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. He returned to the University of California from California College of the Arts, where he was Dean. Previously, he was Curator of Contemporary Art at the Whitney Museum of American Art, where he organized exhibitions including The American Effect, 2002 Biennial, and Tim Hawkinson. Rinder was also Founding Director of CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco. His many exhibitions include Barry McGee, 2012, curated with Dena Beard; Knowledge of Higher Worlds: Rudolf Steiner’s Blackboard Drawings, 1997; Louise Bourgeois: Drawings, 1996; and Searchlight: Consciousness at the Millennium, 2000.

Jen Delos Reyes is a creative laborer, educator, writer, and radical community arts organizer. Her practice is as much about working with institutions as it is about creating and supporting sustainable, artist-run culture. Delos Reyes worked within Portland State University from 2008–2014 to create the first flexible-residency Art and Social Practice MFA program in the U.S., devising a curriculum focused on place, engagement, and dialogue. Delos Reyes is currently working on I’m Going to Live the Life I Sing about in My Song: How Artists Make and Live Lives of Meaning—a book exploring the artist’s impetus toward art and everyday life.

Alejandro Almanza Pereda, Artist-In-Residence
Kevin Consey, Independent Nonprofit Management/Art Museum Consultant
Alla Efimova, Principal, KunstWorks
David Kasprzak, Artist, Will Brown
Christina Linden, Associate Curator of Painting & Sculpture, Oakland Museum of California
Cléa Laurent Massiani, Curator/Partner/Director, Bass and Reiner Gallery
Marina McDougall, Director, Center for Art & Inquiry, Exploratorium
Susan Miller, Curator
Ted Purves, Chair and Associate Professor of Fine Arts, California College of the Arts
Frank Smigiel, Associate Curator, Performance and Film, SFMOMA
Margaret Tedesco, Director, [2nd floor projects], San Francisco


About San Francisco Art Institute
San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), founded in 1871, is one of the country’s oldest and most prestigious institutions in the practice and study of contemporary art. As a diverse community of working artists and scholars, SFAI provides students with a rigorous education in the arts and preparation for a life in the arts through an immersive studio environment, an integrated liberal arts and art history curriculum, and critical engagement with the world. Committed to educating artists who will shape the future of art, culture, and society, SFAI fosters creativity and original thinking in an open, experimental, and interdisciplinary context.

SFAI offers BFA, BA, MFA, and MA degrees, a dual MA/MFA degree, a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, and a range of exhibitions, public programs, and public education courses. SFAI enrolls approximately 680 students in degree programs. Notable past faculty and alumni include Lance Acord, Ansel Adams, Kathryn Bigelow, Enrique Chagoya, Angela Davis, Richard Diebenkorn, Paul Kos, George Kuchar, Annie Leibovitz, Barry McGee, Catherine Opie, Peter Pau, Laura Poitras, and Kehinde Wiley.


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