September 15, 2013 - San Francisco Art Institute - Mickalene Thomas, Paul Laffoley, Anoka Faruqee, Dinh Q. Lê, + more
September 15, 2013

Mickalene Thomas, Paul Laffoley, Anoka Faruqee, Dinh Q. Lê, + more

Mickalene Thomas, Portrait of Mnonja, 2010. Rhinestones, acrylic, and enamel on wood panel, 96 x 120 inches. Courtesy of the artist; Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong; and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

September + October
Visiting Artists

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

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. 

Visit for a comprehensive Fall 2013 events calendar. 

About the San Francisco Art Institute
Founded in 1871, the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), a nonprofit art institution, is a vital convening place for arts communities and an international leader in fine arts education. A small school with global impact—notable faculty and alumni include Richard Diebenkorn, Ansel Adams, Annie Leibovitz, Enrique Chagoya, Kathryn Bigelow, Peter Pau, Paul Kos, George Kuchar, Catherine Opie, Lance Acord, Barry McGee, 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. 

SFAI’s Public Programs are made possible by the generosity of donors and sponsors. Support is provided by Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund. The Distinguished Visiting Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Painting Practices is funded by the Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation. Ongoing support is provided by the Buck Fund and the Visiting Artists Fund of the SFAI Endowment. 



SFAI presents Mickalene Thomas, Paul Laffoley, Anoka Faruqee, Dinh Q. Lê, + more
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