Fall 2012 Visiting Artists

Fall 2012 Visiting Artists

San Francisco Art Institute

Mickalene Thomas, Portrait of Mnonja, 2010. Rhinestones, acrylic, and enamel on wood panel. 96 x 120 inches. Courtesy of the artist.
October 16, 2012
Fall 2012 Visiting Artists

Continuing through November 30, 2012
Free and open to the public


As anexus for compelling voices and visions in contemporary art, the San Francisco Art Institute is proud to present the Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series (VAS) and Graduate Lecture Series (GLS) each semester. With more than a dozen events remaining for Fall 2012, SFAI invites students and the public to engage with these exemplary creative practitioners.
Event Schedule


October 17: Jayson Musson (VAS)
Jayson Musson discusses his work as the character Hennessy Youngman of the satirical video series Art Thoughtz, as well as his newer work made of Coogi sweaters.

October 19: Mark Pauline(GLS)
Mark Pauline, an SFAI alumnus and founder of Survival Research Laboratories, talks about his pioneering work in large-scale machine performance.

October 22: Sue Williams (VAS)
Painter Sue Williams shares her abstract works, whose bright colors and cartoonish shapes belie a sharp engagement with politics and sexuality.

October 26: Thomas Zummer(GLS)
Scholar, artist, writer, and curator Thomas Zummer discusses his work in philosophy, aesthetics, and the history of technology.

October 29: Michael Robinson (VAS)
Film and video artist Michael Robinson screens his work exploring the joys and dangers of mediated experience.


November 2: John Roloff(GLS)
SFAI Sculpture Department Chair John Roloff presents his conceptual work with site, process, and natural systems.

November 5: Mickalene Thomas(VAS)
Mickalene Thomas discusses her elaborate paintings informed by classical genres of portraiture, landscape, still life, and the female nude.

November 9: Simon O’Sullivan(GLS)
Art historian Simon O’Sullivan discusses his recently published monograph, On the Production of Subjectivity: Five Diagrams of the Finite-Infinite Relation.

November 12: Paul Sietsema(VAS)
Paul Sietsema talks about his layered, self-reflective drawing, painting, sculpture, and film work exploring society’s understanding of culture and history.

November 14: Carolee Schneemann(VAS)
Carolee Schneemann discusses her work—spanning performance, video, installation, photography, text, and painting—and the role it has played in transforming discourse on the body, sexuality, and gender.

November 16: Liz Cohen(GLS)
Artist Liz Cohen presents her immersive, multi-media work that looks at how people on the fringe are the engines for invention.

November 19: Urs Fischer documentary screening(VAS)
This documentary on artist Urs Fischer, directed by Iwan Schumacher, focuses on his solo exhibition at the New Museum in 2009.

November 30: Cornelia Butler(GLS)
Cornelia Butler, Chief Curator of Drawings at MoMA in New York, discusses her work on the first North American survey of Brazilian artist Lygia Clark.

VAS lectures are at 7:30pm and GLS lectures are at 4:30pm, in the lecture hall on SFAI’s 800 Chestnut Street campus.

Also at SFAI: Return to SFAI Alumni Celebration + Winter Art Festival
November 3–4, 2012
SFAI welcomes vanguard artists (and SFAI alumni) Carlos Villa, Karen Finley, Penelope Houston, Debora Iyall, and others for a weekend extravaganza that embodies the verve and nerve of SFAI’s art community. Details here.
About the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI)
Founded in 1871, the San Francisco Art Institute, a nonprofit institution, is an international leader in contemporary arts education and a vital convening place for arts communities. A small institution with global impact—notable faculty and alumni include Richard Diebenkorn, Ansel Adams, Annie Leibovitz, Enrique Chagoya, Kathryn Bigelow, Peter Pau, Catherine Opie, Ruby Yang, Paul Kos, George Kuchar, Lance Acord, and Kehinde Wiley—SFAI enrolls approximately 650 students in undergraduate and graduate programs, and offers a wide range of continuing education courses and public programs. VAS and GLS provide students, faculty, and the wider Bay Area with direct exposure to major figures in contemporary art and culture.

SFAI’s exhibitions and public programs—a component of which is the Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series—are supported in part by the Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund. Sue Williams, Mickalene Thomas, and Paul Sietsema are recipients of the Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation Distinguished Visiting Fellowships in Interdisciplinary Painting Practices, funded by the Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation.





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