The San Francisco Art Institute 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. Purchase $40 early-bird tickets to a raucous, kick-off party on Saturday evening; and join us at Sunday’s FREE art festival to view and purchase new work of art from 200 student and alumni artists. Both events feature live music, and food and drinks from the Bay Area’s top chefs. Details at www.sfai.edu/SFAIWinterArtFest
SFAI Artist Talks: October-November, 2012
As a nexus 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). With more than a dozen FREE events remaining for Fall 2012, SFAI invites the public to engage with these exemplary creative practitioners. VAS lectures are at 7:30 pm in the lecture hall on SFAI’s 800 Chestnut Street campus. Details at www.sfai.edu/events
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.
22 Sue Williams
Painter Sue Williams shares her abstract works, whose bright colors and cartoonish shapes belie a sharp engagement with politics and sexuality.
Film and video artist Michael Robinson screens his work exploring the joys and dangers of mediated experience.
Mickalene Thomas discusses her elaborate paintings informed by classical genres of portraiture, landscape, still life, and the female nude.
Paul Sietsema talks about his layered, self-reflective drawing, painting, sculpture, and film work exploring society’s understanding of culture and history.
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.
19 Urs Fischer documentary screening (VAS)
This documentary on artist Urs Fischer, directed by Iwan Schumacher, focuses on a one-man exhibition at the New Museum in 2009.