Sean McFarland Lecture
Mar
30
12:00 pm12:00

Sean McFarland Lecture

  • San Francisco Art Institute Room 16 A

Sponsored by Food for Thought Lunch Time Lecture Series San Francisco Art Institute

Sean McFarland’s work explores history, and the representation of landscape. He earned his MFA from the California College of the Arts in 2004. He has exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Berkeley Art Museum, George Eastman Museum, White Columns, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Aperture Foundation. Sean is the recipient of the 2017 SECA Art Award from SFMOMA, 2005 Phelan Art Award in Photography, 2009 Baum Award for an Emerging American Photographer, 2009 John Guttmann Photography Fellowship, and a 2011 Eureka Fellowship. His work is the collections at National Gallery in Washington DC, SFMOMA, Milwaukee Art Museum, Oakland Museum, Berkeley Art Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art Library. He teaches art at San Francisco State University and is represented by Casemore Kirkeby Gallery, San Francisco.

FAKE NEWSROOM
Apr
13
May 30

FAKE NEWSROOM

  • Minnesota Street Project

FAKE NEWSROOM with Jason Fulford

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Hank Willis Thomas Lecture
Apr
13
7:00 pm19:00

Hank Willis Thomas Lecture

  • Minnesota Street Project

Sponsored by Pier 24 Photography & Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program

Photo conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas works with themes related to identity, history and popular culture. He often incorporates recognizable icons into his work, such as well-known advertising and branding campaigns, to explore the impact of mass image culture on the construction of identity. He first became known for B®anded, a series of photographs, and Unbranded: Reflections in Black by Corporate America 1968-2008, a body of work created from appropriating advertising images. In an interview with Time Magazine, Thomas said, “Part of advertising’s success is based on its ability to reinforce generalizations developed around race, gender and ethnicity which are generally false, but [these generalizations] can sometimes be entertaining, sometimes true, and sometimes horrifying.”

Thomas was the first recipient of the Aperture West Book Prize for his 2008 monograph, Pitch Blackness, published by Aperture. He received his BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and his MFA in Photography and MA in Visual and Critical Studies from the California College of the Arts, San Francisco. He has exhibited throughout the US and abroad including The International Center of Photography; Studio Museum in Harlem; Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford; National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.: Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain; and Musée du quai Branly, Paris, France.

Larry Sultan Here and Home
Apr
15
Jul 23

Larry Sultan Here and Home

  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

April 15–July 23, 2017 Floor 3

This major retrospective examines the work and career of Larry Sultan (American, 1946–2009), an internationally renowned photographer with deep ties to the Bay Area as both an artist and an educator. Sultan’s often intensely personal images—many drawn from his own family’s history—blend documentary and staged elements in their explorations of storytelling, family, and domesticity.

Larry Sultan: Here and Home explores the artist’s 35-year career through more than 200 photographs, a billboard created with conceptual artist and frequent collaborator Mike Mandel, a film, and “Study Hall”— a room offering a unique glimpse into Sultan’s exploratory process. Works on view include Sultan’s early collaborative projects of the 1970s, made with Mandel, as well as his later work including Pictures from Home(1983–92) The Valley (1997–2003), and Homeland (2006–09). (An exhibition of Mandel’s work, Mike Mandel: Good 70s, is on view on Floor 3 from May 20 – August 20, 2017.)

Katherine Bussard Lecture
Apr
17
11:00 am11:00

Katherine Bussard Lecture

  • California College of the Arts Room Ralls 202

Sponsored by California College of the Arts Photography Department Lecture Series

Katherine Bussard is the Peter C. Bunnell Curator of Photography at the Princeton University Art Museum. Previously, she served as associate curator of photography at the Art Institute Chicago. She has organized a number of exhibitions, including: Film and Photo in New York (2012); Souvenirs of the Barbizon: Photographs, Paintings, and Works on Paper (2011); So the Story Goes: Photographs by Tina Barney, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Nan Goldin, Sally Mann, and Larry Sultan (2006); and a biennial series dedicated to emerging photographers (2005–2011). Bussard is co-author of Color Rush: American Color Photography from Stieglitz to Sherman (2013). Her doctoral research on street photography at the City University of New York is the subject of Unfamiliar Streets: The Photographs of Richard Avedon, Charles Moore, Martha Rosler, and Philip-Lorca diCorcia (2014). Most recently, Bussard co-authored an award-winning publication exploring the intersection of photography, architecture, and urban studies. That book and the accompanying exhibition are entitled The City Lost and Found: Capturing New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, 1960–1980.

 

Liz Cohen Lecture
May
2
7:00 pm19:00

Liz Cohen Lecture

Sponsored by San Francisco Art Institute Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series

Liz Cohen is a photographer and performance artist whose work spans and manipulates the divisions between image, identity, and life. She is best known for the subversive project Bodywork, in which she transformed an aging East German Trabant into an American El Camino low-rider, and herself into a car customizer and bikini model. Her current project, Him, is an allusive and performative collaboration with the poet Eric Crosley, who identifies as a eunuch. Cohen is currently Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Photography Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Cohen received her MFA degree in Photography from the California College of the Arts. She holds a BFA in Studio Art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and a BA in Philosophy from Tufts University, both in Boston.  She has won numerous awards and grants including: a Studio Residency from The MacDowell Colony in 2001; a Studio Fellowship in 2002 from the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany; a Creative Capital Foundation Project Grant in 2005; an Artist’s Project Grant from the Arizona Commission for the Arts in 2007; a 2008 Traveling Scholars’ Award from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; and a Kresge Artist Fellowship in 2011.

SFAI & CCA SFMOMA PROJECT
May
5
10:00 am10:00

SFAI & CCA SFMOMA PROJECT

  • SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

Throughout the spring students from San Francisco Art Institute and California College of the Arts will collaborate with SFMOMA through a Sultan-inspired class that culminates in an experimental event on May 5, 2017 in the WHITE BOX theatre. Check out Classroom Antics for more insight into our research!

Mike Mandel Good 70s
May
20
Aug 20

Mike Mandel Good 70s

  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

May 20–August 20, 2017 Floor 3

Good 70s explores the tongue-in-cheek, socially conscious work of conceptual artist and photographer Mike Mandel (American, b. 1950), focusing on projects he made during what was, for him, an incredibly productive decade. This exhibition includes photographs, books, and a film, all made during the same period he was collaborating with his friend, the photographer Larry Sultan. (A retrospective of Sultan’s work, Larry Sultan: Here and Home, which also includes some of the artists' collaborative work, is on view on floor 3 from April 15 to July 23, 2017.)

Some of Mandel's diverse projects from the 1970s include Myself: Timed Exposures (1971), in which he inserts himself into funny and commonplace situations; Seven Never Before Published Portraits of Edward Weston (1974), which reproduces correspondence he initiated with men named Edward Weston; his Baseball-Photographer Trading Cards (1975), featuring subjects such as Ansel Adams and Imogen Cunningham; and his book SF Giants: An Oral History (1979).


Nick Meyer
Mar
9
12:00 pm12:00

Nick Meyer

  • San Francisco Art Institute Room 16A

Nick Meyer is a photographer and artist living and working in the hills of western Massachusetts outside of Northampton. he received his BFA from MassArt in 2005 and his MFA from California College of the Arts in 2008. His first book "Pattern Language" was published in 2010 and his second book "Either Limits or Contradictions" was published in 2017 by Daylight Books . His work has also appeared in Vice Magazine, Mass Appeal Magazine, Wired, SF station, and as illustration for the Novella "A Field Guide to the North American Family" (Mark Batty Publisher 2007/Random House 2016)  He is the recipient of the Pace Gallery Award. His work has been shown both nationally and internationally and is held in private and public collections.

Sponsored by Food for Thought Lunch Time Lecture Series San Francisco Art Institute

Lindsey White Lecture
Feb
17
4:30 pm16:30

Lindsey White Lecture

  • San Francisco Art Institute Lecture Hall

Sponsored by San Francisco Art Institute Graduate Lecture Series

Through photography, video, and sculpture, Lindsey White’s work explores the slippery ways in which images both document and manipulate ideas of the real. Inspired by the professional and amateur worlds of magic, comedy, and other “staged” professions, she’s interested in the relationship between image and illusion, art and entertainment, process and product. Like a good joke, the results tend to pit cartoonish occurrence against the mundane physicality of everyday life.

White has exhibited at Barengasse Museum, Zurich; ACME, Los Angeles; SFO Museum, San Francisco; Sydhavn Station, Copenhagen; Art Gym, Portland, OR; Aurora Picture Show, Houston; Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco; and Deadpan Exchange II Festival, Berlin. She is a 2017 recipient of SFMOMA’s Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art (SECA) Award with an upcoming show in July. White is a co-founder of Will Brown, a para-curatorial / artist-run experiment with Jordan Stein and David Kasprzak. Lindsey White is an Assistant Professor and the Photography Department Head at SFAI.