Tirtzah Bassel, “Airport in Security”, 2012, duct tape on wall. Image courtesy of FOR-SITE Foundation.
September 10th to December 18th – Home Land Security at Fort Winfield Scott, The Presidio: Organized by the FOR-SITE Foundation, this exhibition extends their focus on provocative art about place, inviting viewers into decommissioned batteries, an administrative building, and a chapel that served for decades as key sites in the US Army’s coastal Defense System. Home Land Security brings together works by contemporary artists and collectives from around the globe to reflect on the human dimensions and increasing complexity of national security, including the physical and psychological borders we create, protect, and cross in its name. Starting September 10th, the exhibit will be open Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm.
Nick Cave “Soundsuits” performance documentation. Image courtesy of The Anderson Collection.
September 14th to August 14th – Nick Cave at the Anderson Collection at Stanford University:Interdisciplinary artist Nick Cave challenges conventions on what it means to be a visual artist, a performer, a crafter, and an educator. Cave is well known for his Soundsuits, full-body sized sculptures, often worn as costumes and performed in. Soundsuits conceal the wearer’s identity leaving the viewer with no indication of race, gender, or age. This exhibition will present eight Soundsuits along with three video works by Cave as well as a recently completed documentary on the artist, titled Here. The Anderson Collection is at 314 Lomita Drive, Stanford University. Hours are Wednesday through Monday 11am – 5pm.
MINNESOTA STREET PROJECT EXHIBITS
Rebecca Bollinger “Alphabetically Sorted”, 1994, video still. Image courtesy of Artadia.
September 10th to 24th – Above Accents Across: An Exhibition of San Francisco Bay Area Artadia Awardees at Minnesota Street Project:This exhibition serves foremost as a celebration of the history of Artadia in San Francisco. Founded in San Francisco, Artadia is a national non-profit organization that supports visual artists with unrestricted, merit-based awards and fosters connections to a network of opportunities. The ten artists whose works are included in this exhibition—John Bankston, Rebeca Bollinger, Castaneda/Reiman, Enrique Chagoya, Desirée Holman, Guy Overfelt, Brion Nuda Rosch, Sergio De La Torre, and Richard T. Walker—are all Artadia San Francisco Awardees who still live and work in the Bay Area. The exhibition spans three spaces at Minnesota Street Project: Galleries 200, 201, and the Atrium. Artist Desirée Holman’s closing event will take place on Saturday, September 24. The opening reception will be Saturday September 10th, from 4:00 to 6:00pm at Minnesota Street Project 1275 Minnesota Street.
September 16th to October 29th – Todd Hido: Intimate Distance at Casemore Kirkeby: Nocturnal illumination, weather phenomena, and differing temperatures of electric light lend an eerie quality to Oakland-based artist Todd Hido’s work. Intimate Distance is Todd Hido’s first mid-career survey to date and opens in conjunction with the release of his monograph from Aperture of the same title. The opening reception and artist talk will be Saturday, September 17th from 4-6pm. Casemore Kirkeby is located at Minnesota Street Project, 1275 Minnesota Street in San Francisco.
Libby Black “Sometimes it Snows in April” 2016, gouache on paper. Image courtesy of the artist and Minnesota Street Project.
September 14th to October 1st – After Pop-Life, curated by Glen Helfand at Minnesota Street Project:After Pop Life is an exhibition and event series organized by critic and curator Glen Helfand and inspired by the late musical genius and cultural force of Prince, whose untimely passing earlier this year marked a moment of tremendous loss, but also appreciation of his gifts to culture. With works by more than thirty contemporary artists, the exhibition honors the pervasiveness of Prince’s legacy and how his prodigious musical output and indelible personal style seem more alive than ever. The project will activate two galleries in the Minnesota Street Project complex with artworks that are at once thoughtful, playful, and of course, sexy. Events in conjunction with this exhibit include: Saturday, September 17th 5pm-8pm, Reception and literary evening featuring Kevin Killian. Saturday, October 1st 7pm-11pm, Closing event featuring a fashion show and dance party benefitting #YesWeCode. Minnesota Street Project is located at 1275 Minnesota Street in San Francisco.
Christoph Roßner “Piano Nights” 2015, acrylic on canvas. Image courtesy of Romer Young Gallery.
September 16th to October 29th – Christoph Roßner: Silent Servant at Romer Young Gallery: This exhibition by German painter Christoph Roßner will feature a series of large-scale paintings centered around objects in domestic interiors. Hovering between representation and abstraction, depiction and association, Christoph Roßner captures his motifs. Exaggerations, gaps and voids complete his ambiguous compositions. Finding inspiration in his surrounding environment and the arrangement of objects, Roßner uses painting to create an atmosphere of concentrated tranquility, otherworldliness, and melancholia. The opening reception is Friday September 16th, 6-9pm. Romer Young is located at 1240 22nd Street in San Francisco.
Tom Sachs “Landing Exploration Module” installation view. Image courtesy of the artist and YBCA.
September 16th to January 15th – Tom Sachs Space Program: Europa at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA): Targeting Jupiter’s icy moon, Europa, this expansive sculpture exhibition offers an unprecedented view into Sachs’ extraordinary artistic output and advances his quest to find extraterrestrial life with bricolaged sculptures. The exhibition will fill YBCA with everything his astronauts need to successfully complete their voyage—including the Mobile Quarantine Facility, Mission Control, the Apollo-era Landing Exploration Module (LEM), and special equipment for conducting scientific experiments—immersing the audience in a universe of sculpture occupying the entire downstairs galleries in addition to YBCA’s public spaces. Saturday, September 17th 1-6pm – Europa Live Demonstration. YBCA is located at 701 Mission Street in San Francisco.
Ruth Laskey “Twill Series (Thistle Blossom/Mineral Orange)”, 2016 hand-woven and hand-dyed linen. Image courtesy of Ratio 3.
July 6th – August 6th – Ruth Laskey, Ara Peterson, and Noam Rappaport at Ratio 3: For this exhibition, Ruth Laskey will present new weavings from her Twill Series. Her investigations into the definitive nature of the blank canvas have evolved into increasingly complex relationships between form, color, and space. She employs dye, thread, and a loom to weave intricate geometric forms that fade in and out of focus and suggest subtle movement. Alongside Laskey’s new work will be Noam Rappaport paintings and drawings by Ara Peterson. The opening reception is Wednesday, July 6th from 6-8pm. Ratio 3 is located at 2831 A Mission Street in San Francisco.
Elizabeth Bowler “Terraform II” 2016. Image courtesy of Headlands Center for the Arts.
July 8th – August 6th – Elizabeth Bowler: Terraform the 2015-16 Tournesol Award Exhibition at the Luggage Store:The Tournesol Award, given by the Headlands Center for the Arts, recognizes one local painter each year, supporting them in taking the first major steps toward establishing a career in the Bay Area. The award gives artists financial and professional support to assist their artistic development in the critical first years after receiving an MFA. 2015-16 Tournesol Awardee Elizabeth Bowler‘s self-illuminated, sculptural paintings depict transient topographies of light and livingness. Bowler utilizes materials from the farthest reaches of painting’s history—including hand-mixed oil paints and rabbit skin glue—to construct works that evoke inquiries into a host of contemporary concerns of the medium, both formal and phenomenological. There will be an artist talk on Wednesday, July 20th at 6pm. The Luggage Store is located at 1007 Market Street in San Francisco.
Left: Leo Bersamina ” Right: David Huffman “Rope a Dope” 2016 acrylic oil spray paint on wood panel. Images courtesy of Anglim Gilbert Gallery.
Saturday July 16th, 4-6pm – Opening reception for Leo Bersamina and David Huffman at Anglim Gilbert Gallery: Two Bay Area artists present new work in this exhibit at the Minnesota Street Project location of Anglim Gilbert Gallery. Leo Bersamina’s practice ignores lines between disciplines: paintings and sculptures often employ photographs, while photography has been woven and sculptural, and in many instances painted. David Huffman’s paintings are formal abstractions about the human experience. He uses readymade symbols to create repetitive patterns with mixed media. The exhibit runs July 9th – August 20th at their Minnesota Street Project location.
Scenes from a previous Open House at Headlands Center for the Arts.
Sunday, July 17th, 12-5pm – Summer Open House at the Headlands Center for the Arts: Headlands Center for the Arts is a multidisciplinary, international arts center dedicated to supporting artists; the creative process; and the development of new, innovative ideas and artwork. A couple times a year they host open houses designed to connect visitors to art in real time. With over 40 artists participating, visitors can roam the various buildings of the campus, engage with artists in their studios, experience new work and works in progress, see performances, hear readings and stay for a house made lunch in the Mess Hall. Headlands Center for the Arts is located in Fort Barry in the Marin Headlands.
Image Courtesy of SF Art Book Fair
Friday, July 22nd, – 24th – San Francisco Art Book Fair at Minnesota Street Project:The 2016 San Francisco Art Book Fair is the inaugural event of an annual multi-day festival of artists’ publications. The fair includes artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, zines, printed ephemera, and artists’ multiples presented by independent publishers, antiquarian dealers, artists, collectors, and enthusiasts, as well as a diverse range of programs and live performances. The mission of the fair is to foster the unique art publishing community of the Bay Area while providing a platform for national and international publishers to exhibit their work to a new audience. The opening preview is Friday July 22nd 6pm – 10 pm.
Works by Daniel Gordon, Shannon Finley and Chris Johanson available in the live auction. Images courtesy of Headlands Center for the Arts.
Wednesday, June 1st, 6:30 pm – Headlands Center for the Arts: Benefit Art Auction at Fort Mason Center:Headlands Center for the Arts is a multidisciplinary, international arts center dedicated to supporting artists, the creative process, and the development of new, innovative ideas and artwork. Headlands artists programs support artists of all disciplines—from visual artists to performers, musicians, writers, and videographers—and provide opportunities for independent and collaborative creative work. The annual Benefit Art Auction features live and silent auctions, entertainment, food, and cocktails. Purchase tickets here.The Benefit Art Auction takes place in the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco.
Richard T. Walker “an is that isn’t always”, 2015 video still. Image courtesy of FraenkelLab.
June 3rd – July 16th – Richard T. Walker: Contingency of an Afterthought at FraenkelLAB:Founded by Frish Brandt and Jeffrey Fraenkel, FraenkelLAB is Fraenkel Gallery’s new venue for adventurous artwork in any medium. The second exhibition in the space presents new work by the San Francisco-based British artist Richard T. Walker. Walker employs a variety of media, including video, music, photography, and performance to explore and question the experience of the individual within the natural landscape. Featured will be a series of new works, including neon sculptures, light box installations, photographic collages, and a single-channel video projection. The opening reception is Friday, June 3rd from 5 – 9:00 pm. FraenkelLAB is located at 1632 Market Street in San Francisco.
Stephanie Syjuco “Head Bundle”, 2016 from the series “Cargo Cults”, archival pigment print. Image courtesy of Catharine Clark Gallery.
June 4th – August 27th – Stephanie Syjuco: Neutral Calibration Studies (Ornament + Crime) at Catharine Clark Gallery:This exhibit features works across a wide swath of media that touch on the legacy of historical colonialism, fictional fabrications, and perceptual studies of photographic “neutrality.” Syjuco employs unlikely materials with ingenious vision—found 3-D models, publicly-sourced audio files, “ethnic” carpets downloaded from eBay, photo shoots staged with mass-produced fashion garments, and a large-scale “still life” installation—to create a perceptual clash that bridges historical representation with contemporary forms. The opening reception is Saturday, June 4, from 3 – 5 pm, with an artist talk at 2:30 pm. Catharine Clark Gallery is located at 248 Utah Street in San Francisco.
Artists in action at a previous Monster Drawing Rally. Image courtesy of Southern Exposure.
Friday, June 24th, 6 – 11:00 pm – Southern Exposure’s annual Monster Drawing Rally: This year the event has a new off-site location and will be held at Minnesota Street Project.Over the course of the night, 120 artists at all stages of their careers take shifts to draw for an hour in front a live audience, bringing their private studio practices to the public. As spectators spy on creative process, sketches morph into full-fledged artworks made from collage, watercolor, ink, and graphite or even performative acts. Finished drawings are immediately available for $75 each. The Monster Drawing Rally is an integral part of Southern Exposure’s mission to make art and artists more accessible. This annual gathering is a fantastic way to view new talent, interact with the Bay Area’s artistic community and support Southern Exposure’s programming all at once. Purchase tickets in advance here.
Paul Kos “Lot’s Wife”, 1969 (installation view) salt, and Jersey cattle. Image courtesy of di Rosa.
Saturday, June 25th, 4 – 6:00 pm – Curators in Conversation with Equilibrium: A Paul Kos Survey at di Rosa. This exhibition explores the work of Paul Kos and reflects on the San Francisco-based artist’s longstanding engagement with the Western landscape, from his native Wyoming to his second home in the California Sierras. Throughout his career, Kos (b. 1942) has presented an expanded idea of sculpture and continues to employ diverse media and subject matter. Primarily drawn from the artist’s personal collection and the di Rosa holdings, Equilibrium features sculpture, installation, film, video, photography, and works on paper. In conjunction with the exhibition co-curators Amy Owen and Tanya Zimbardo join guest speaker Constance Lewallen in conversation to discuss Paul Kos’s diverse body of work and engagement with the natural landscape. The exhibition is on view until October 2nd in the Gatehouse Gallery at di Rosa, located at 5200 Sonoma Highway in Napa.