On going to December 16th- If Not Apollo, the Breeze at Kadist: If Not Apollo, the Breeze takes the ancient literary history of the oracle at Delphi as its starting point to explore the irrational, ambiguous, infallible, portentous, performative, hallucinatory, and predictive. Like the oracle itself, the exhibition presents a series of coded messages that address a future that is both hard to discern and right under our feet, like a road. Nine artists and one underground newspaper are included in the exhibition; Etel Adnan, Larry Bell, Mary Helena Clark, Trisha Donnelly, Terry Fox, Matthew Angelo Harrison, Tony Labat, Pope.L, Sturtevant, San Francisco Oracle (Allen Cohen, ed.). Kadist is located at 3295 20th Street.
November 1st, 15th and 29th, 7pm- Art Lecture Series at Mills College Art Museum: Organized each year in conjunction with the Studio Art MFA program and the Department of Art and Visual Culture, the 2017- 2018 lecture series allows students and faculty to invite contemporary artists to campus in order to gain greater perspective on current ideas and practices in the contemporary art world. All lectures are free and open to the public. Mills College Art Museum is located at 5000 Macarthur Blvd in Oakland.
November 1, 7pm, Lucie Stern Hall: Lawrence Rinder, on Art, Activism, and Audience Engagement Reflections on the Role of Museums in Contemporary Society. Rinder is the director and chief curator of Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA).
November 15, 7pm, Danforth Lecture Hall: Rhonda Holberton, Oakland- based artist who’s multimedia installations make use of digital and interactive technologies integrated into traditional methods of art production.
November 29, 7pm, Lucie Stern Hall: Isaac Julien, London- based filmmaker and installation artist who has exhibited internationally and won many awards for his work. His multi-screen film installations and photographs incorporate different artistic disciplines to create a poetic and unique visual language.
November 2nd – December 23rd, Seth Koen: Waver at Gregory Lind Gallery: Seth Koen’s practice includes commonplace materials such as yarn, thread, and needle in permutations that are at once unexpected and deceptively simple. With restraint and subtlety, Koen’s ambiguous forms defy utility and encourage novel spatial readings. He maintains an interest in sculptural line and the contrast and interplay between mass and line, much as a limb relates to a tree or a human body. Koen’s rustic, homespun aesthetic is one that provokes faraway or forgotten histories, as well as the familiar lure of folklore. Given the artist’s own childhood, spent by the seashore, the sculptures in the show are reminiscent of images and objects connected to men at sea: from mending nets to sharpening harpoons and carved bits of whalebone. Gregory Lind Gallery is located at 49 Geary Street, 5th floor.
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 2nd, 5-7:30pm
November 5th to December 16th- Marc Horowitz/ ‘You can’t do that to them,’ the wiser, older Architect said. at Ever Gold [Projects]: Marc Horowitz presents a new series of paintings and sculptures that explore the idea of time- based glitches and how a glitch can occur in lived experience. A glitch can be mundane, like the malfunction of a screen or speaker, but the time- based glitches Horowitz refers to are disorienting, creating rifts in time, space, and perspective. The works are designed to demonstrate the way in which a glitch, typically considered a mistake, might produce new spaces and new feelings with unexpected value. Ever Gold [Projects] is located at 1275 Minnesota Street, suite 105.
Opening reception: November 4th, 6- 9pm
Thursday, November 9th, 7- 8:30pm- Love Over Rules hosted by Sites Unseen at California Historical Society: Sites Unseen announces the unveiling of Love Over Rules, New York-based artist Hank Willis Thomas’s first permanent public artwork in the United States. The large-scale animated text-based neon artwork is Sites Unseen’s third public art project. The project will be installed at The Salma Family Building at 165 Jessie Street, in an alley close to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in the downtown Yerba Buena neighborhood. The artwork will be illuminated for the first time following a public artist talk. Thomas, who graduated from the California College of the Arts’ MFA program in 2004, has deep ties to San Francisco and the local culture. Annie Alley is located 165 Jessie Street and the California Historical Society is located at 678 Mission Street.
7pm: Remarks by Hank and Willie Brown in Annie Alley
7:15pm: First illumination of the artwork in Annie Alley
7:30– 8:30pm: Public reception at California Historical Society
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Friday, November 10th, 6- 10pm- Monster Drawing Rally 2017 at Minnesota Street Project: Southern Exposure’s annual Monster Drawing Rally is an incredible live drawing event and fundraiser where over 120 artists work side by side. As spectators spy on the creative process, sketches morph into full-fledged artworks – immediately available for affordable prices. All proceeds directly support Southern Exposure’s programs. There will be a DJ as well as food and drinks sponsored by The Slider Shack and Fort Point Beer Co. Monster Drawing Rally is located at an off- site location at 1275 Minnesota Street.
November 10th, 7- 10pm and November 11th, 12- 5pm- SFAI—Fort Mason Grand Opening Spectacle at Fort Mason Campus: San Francisco Art Institute’s Fort Mason Campus is the new 67,000 square foot home to over 160 art studios for students, faculty, and visiting artists; 3,300 square feet of new public exhibition space—open to the public and free of charge. The events will feature music, art installations, performances family friendly art activities, food and a Fort Point Co. beer garden. Students will also open their studios and offer a chance to see the work of over 100 emerging artists. The event will also offer visitors the opportunity to purchase student artwork. To open the new Fort Mason Campus, SFAI is also commissioning artists over the next year to share new works in, around, and beyond the building. This series will involve artists Sans Facon, Bill Fontana, Alicia McCarthy, Jon Rubin and more. Fort Mason Campus is located at 2 Marina Blvd.