SFAA Newsletter September 2022
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Michael Heizer, 45°, 90°, 180°, City, 1970-2022
© Michael Heizer/ Triple Aught Foundation. Courtesy of the artist and Triple Aught Foundation. Photo: Ben Blackwell
City by Michael Heizer (SFAI 62-66) a vast art project in the Nevada desert 50 years in the making, will finally open to the public. The artist’s sprawling gesamtkunstwerk has been described as the largest contemporary artwork on earth, evoking the scale of Mesoamerican cities and Indigenous burial mounds. City, a vast complex of outdoor structures and landmasses the Land artist Michael Heizer began constructing in the desert of Nevada in 1970, will finally begin welcoming public visitors next month. The site’s opening on 2 September, more than 50 years after work at the site began, marks the fulfillment of Heizer’s most ambitious and career-defining project.
Our fulcrum, a funnel
A lever, a pivot,
A place we all did visit.
San Francisco Art Institute
A tether, a cord, an institution, and a root.
Rooting to assemble
Without our former temple,
Bring your earnest pictures
See what alchemy new mixtures
- Judy Gittelsohn
Bill Jacobson, Untitled, 1975
From series American Trip 1975-1980
A 55 Film by Kirk LeClaire (BFA'78/MFA'83) and Finley Fryer!
“In 1975 a young filmmaker accompanies photographer Robert Frank on a three dayroad trip from California to New York City.”
- Winner for Best Documentary, Oregon Documentary Film Festival, 2022!
- Finalist for Best Documentary B International Film Festival, Sweden
- Official Selection Mint Film Festival 2022 Montana
Watch the trailer HERE.
Bill Jacobson, Untitled, 1975
From series American Trip 1975-1980
PhotoAlliance and the Tenderloin Museum are presenting a lecture by artists Bill Jacobson (MFA'82) and J. John Priola (MFA'97) on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 7:00 pm PDT at Tenderloin Museum!
Ticketing is limited, Get yours HERE.
398 Eddy St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Robert Colescott, Pygmalion, 1987
acrylic on canvas, 90 x 114 inches
The bold and richly rendered works of Robert Colescott (SFAI faculty 70-85) traverse art history to offer a satirical take on issues of race, beauty, and American culture. Often ahead of his time, Colescott explored the ways in which personal and cultural identities are constructed and enacted through the language and history of painting. This presentation offers a long overdue celebration of Colescott as one of the most consequential artists of his time. Read MORE.
235 Bowery, New York, NY 10002
David Johnson, Boys and Flags, Hunters Point, 1947
Courtesy of the David Johnson Photograph Archive, University of California Regents, University of California, Berkeley
The San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) Galleries is pleased to present David Johnson: In the Zone (1945-1965), an exhibition at San Francisco City Hall featuring 65 photographic works on loan from UC Berkeley's Bancroft Library.
Johnson was born in 1926 in the segregated South near Jacksonville, FL and was the first member of his household to learn to read or write. After serving in the Navy during World War II, he moved to San Francisco to study at the California School of Fine Arts (later renamed the San Francisco Art Institute) in the newly formed Photography Department led by renowned photographer Ansel Adams. Johnson was the first Black artist to graduate during what is now known as the program's "Golden Decade" from 1945 to 1955.
San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC)
401 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 325, San Francisco, CA 94102
Illustration by neonhoney / Los Angeles Times
photographs by Momodu Mansaray
"There is a specific power that comes from telling your own story. No middle man, no filter. That’s freedom. Black Image Center, which celebrated the grand opening of its physical space in May, is a world built on this tenet. Two years ago, six young-ish photographers came together (mostly) on Instagram with the idea to economically and creatively empower Black image makers, storytellers and creatives in L.A. — and a community has surrounded them. They’ve organized, planned, raised funds, thrown activations, braved L.A.’s real estate market and the process to become a nonprofit organization."
Dorothy Cross, Crossing, 2022
published by Dürer Editions
Crossing looks at the various strands that connect and weave their way through her career, from Dorothy Cross (MFA'82) earliest works in the ’90s to her latest exhibition ‘Damascus Rose’ at the Frith Street Gallery, in London 2022.
“In some ways this book is about what is not here. The chosen works are extricated from the choreography of their first showing – selected from over thirty years of exhibitions where they held roles amongst a cast of characters. In this book, new relationships are formed by reimagining their original scenarios and allowing works that had formerly never met to cross paths. All works attempt to make sacred: from a walrus hair on a thimble to a meteorite nestling in the crown of a gilded human skull. Life and work are inextricable, both being an attempt to sing in outer space, knowing one can only imagine the sound.” - Dorothy Cross.
Get your copy HERE.
illustration by Johnalynn Holland
"In 1969 a UCLA student who was also an undercover FBI agent revealed in the campus newspaper that the school’s philosophy department had recently hired a member of the Communist Party. A week later, the San Francisco Examiner reported that that person was a twenty-five-year-old professor named Angela Davis."
From SFAI Library Archives.
We are collecting photographs for our first photo album.The book will be a visual example of our rich legacy. The theme is 800 Chestnut. Please send us one or more images of your time at SFAI.
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Many thanks to Michael Heizer, Triple Aught Foundation, Gagosian Gallery, The Art Newspaper, Judy Gittlesohn, Studio Judy G, Kirk LeClaire, 55 Films, Finley Fryer, Photo Alliance, SF Art Commission Galleries, David Johnson, UC Berkeley Bancroft Library, Black Image Center, L.A. Times, Dorothy Cross, Durer Editions, Angela Davis, NY Times Review, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor.
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