SFAI’s Fall 2007 Visiting Artists and Scholars

SFAI’s Fall 2007 Visiting Artists and Scholars

San Francisco Art Institute

September 28, 2007
SFAI’s Fall 2007 Visiting Artists and Scholars
San Francisco Art Institute

San Francisco, CA 94133

800 345 SFAI / 415 749 4500


Visiting Artists and Scholars at SFAI in Fall 2007

The San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) is pleased to welcome, throughout the Fall 2007 semester, an impressive array of visiting artists and scholars. Of decisive importance to SFAI’s educational mission, visiting artists and scholars provide the students and faculty at SFAI, as well as the Bay Area public at large, with an opportunity to engage publicly and directly with the major practitioners and theorists of contemporary global art and culture.

The Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series creates an open forum through which students, faculty, and members of the public are challenged both to go beyond basic canonical approaches to the study of art and to discover a global perspective that is enabled by, and further encourages, conceptual and comparative approaches.

The Graduate Lecture Series, Spheres of Interest: Experiments in Thinking & Action, likewise invites students, faculty, and members of the public to engage with the thoughts and productions of an assemblage of international participants from a variety of fields. A goal of the series is to provoke its various audiences, through exposure to new and challenging ideas, to imagine unfamiliar forms of perceiving and creating.

In addition to the public lectures they give, visiting artists and scholars, whether on campus for several days or for an entire semester, regularly engage with students, in an immediate and active way, by teaching intensives or by participating in seminars, critiques, and colloquia.

Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series

Carsten Nicolai

Monday, September 24

Kerry James Marshall

Distinguished Visiting Painting Fellow

Wednesday, September 26

Liz Larner

Wednesday, October 10

Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla

Wednesday, October 17

Allora and Calzadilla will also have a site-specific exhibition of new work (including videos), curated by Hou Hanru, SFAI’s director of Exhibitions and Public Programs, in the Walter and McBean Galleries on the SFAI campus from October 19 to December 15, 2007. The opening reception for the exhibition will be held on Thursday, October 18 from 5:30 to 7:30pm at the Walter and McBean Galleries. Advance screening of videos starts October 2 in the Walter and McBean Galleries.

Francesco Bonami

Wednesday, October 24

Amy Sillman

Distinguished Visiting Painting Fellow

Monday, November 5

Iona Rozeal Brown

2007 Richard C. Diebenkorn Teaching Fellow

Wednesday, November 7

Patty Chang and David Kelley

Monday, November 12

Pedro Reyes

Wednesday, November 14

Julie Mehretu

Distinguished Visiting Painting Fellow

Monday, November 19

Choi Jeong-Hwa

Monday, December 10

Graduate Lecture Series–Spheres of Interest: Experiments in Thinking & Action

Jürgen Bock

Friday, September 21


Friday, September 28

Lia Gangitano

Friday, October 12

Françoise Vergès

Friday, November 2

Lynn Hershman Leeson

Chair of SFAI’s Film Department

Friday, November 9

Camille Norment

Friday, November 16

Florian Hecker and Chris Watson

Acoustic Landscapes and Noise

Friday, November 30

Dont Rhine

Friday, December 7

SFAI’s public programs are supported in part by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Peter Norton Family Foundation, and the Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund. The Distinguished Visiting Painting Fellowships are also funded by the Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation. Additional funding is provided by InSight. Through educational activities, community outreach, volunteer opportunities, and social programming, InSight’s mission is to advance the visibility and promote the success of SFAI within the Bay Area community and beyond. The Allora and Calzadilla exhibition is sponsored by the Franco Soffiantino Gallery in Turin, Italy, and is presented in collaboration with the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago and the Moore Space in Miami. It is also presented concurrently with the exhibition Apocalypse Now: The Theater of War, co-curated by Jennifer Allora, Guillermo Calzadilla, and Jens Hoffmann at CCA Wattis Institute in San Francisco, on view from 30 November 2007 to 26 January 2008. The Richard C. Diebenkorn Teaching Fellowship was established in 1998 by the generosity of Richard Diebenkorn’s family. The 25,000 dollar fellowship makes it possible for the contemporary artist to whom it is awarded both to teach at SFAI and to pursue studio work. Carsten Nicolai’s lecture is copresented by Volume http://www.volumeprojects.org

San Francisco Art Institute

Founded in 1871, SFAI is one of the oldest and most prestigious schools of higher education in contemporary art in the US. Focusing on the relation between thinking, making, and learning, SFAI’s academic and public programs are dedicated to excellence and diversity.

SFAI’s School of Studio Practice is centered on the development of the artist’s vision through studio-based experiments and the understanding that the artist is an essential part of society. It offers a BFA, an MFA, and a Post-Baccalaureate certificate in Design Technology, Film, New Genres, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture.

SFAI’s School of Interdisciplinary Studies is motivated by the premise that critical thinking and writing, informed by an in-depth understanding of both theory and practice, are essential for engaging global society. It offers degree programs in History and Theory of Contemporary Art (BA and MA), Urban Studies (BA and MA), and Exhibition and Museum Studies (MA only).

For more information about exhibitions and public or academic programs at SFAI, please go to http://www.sfai.edu or call 415 749 4500.

Image above:

Kerry James Marshall, Watts 1963, 1995. Acrylic and collage on unstretched canvas;

114 x 135 inches. Photo courtesy of Saint Louis Art Museum, Museum Minority Artists Purchase Fund

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