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April 1 - July 31, 2020

Venue
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Location
A Digital Art + Civic Experience

Color Checker (Pileup) 2 by Stephanie Syjuco, 2019

The planned exhibition at YBCA has been transformed into a digital art and civic experience going live on April 1. See ybca.org for more info. We encourage our community to take the census at home here.

Artwork by CE artists Andrew Li and Antonio Benjamin was licensed for use in this national campaign. Join the movement: Access the Come To Your Census Toolkits and Resources here.

Download the coloring sheet featuring Houses by Antonio Benjamin here.




We are proud to announce that seven CE artists are included in Come to Your Census: Who Counts in America? at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) — an art and civic experience that examines the issues around the 2020 Census and its direct impact on each individual living in America. 

About the Exhibition
During the four months that the 2020 Census will be open, this participatory experience will feature artworks and activations by over twenty-five Bay Area artists whose work investigates identity, public life, and belonging to educate and inspire the Bay Area’s diverse communities about what’s at stake in this critical population count.

Artists
YBCA will present more than twenty-five Bay Area artists working across a range of disciplines to offer art-based explorations of identity, visibility, and citizenship against the backdrop of a city that many historically marginalized and undercounted communities call home. Ranging from site-specific and participatory installations to paintings, films, ceramics, and photographs, the works interrogate the social, political, and cultural implications of being counted. There are more than twelve opportunities for the public to touch, respond to, or co-create work on a daily basis.

Featured CE Artists: Linda Davenport, Daniel Green, Camille Holvoet, Vincent Jackson, Bertha Otoya, Kate Thompson, and Gerald Wiggins

Participating Artists: Mark Baugh-Sasaki, Micah Bazant, Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, Lukas Brekke-Miesner, Cece Carpio, Yueqi Chen, Rodney Ewing, First Exposures, Guillermo Galindo, Ana Teresa Fernández, June Grant, Chris Hamamoto, James Hosking, Vida Kuang, Liz Lerman, Bijun Liang, Richard Misrach, Takeshi Moro, Leah Nichols, Joan Osato, Maria Paz, Yesica Prado, Jerome Reyes, Dorothy R. Santos, SF Urban Film Fest, Lava Thomas, Sanctuary City Project, Arleene Correa Valencia

Informed and Inspired
YBCA will offer multiple census-taking stations throughout its galleries and lobby where communities can safely participate in the census as well as printed directions in four languages—traditional Chinese, English, Spanish, and Tagalog to assist with digital completion of the census which predominantly is presented in English. Staff will be on hand to provide assistance and information about how the census impacts individual rights, neighborhoods, and cities.

YBCA invites families to join us for weekly storytelling hours and self-guided art-making stations that will allow youth to experience art and civic engagement. To learn more about the events and activities, visit here.

The Campaign
Come to Your Census: Who Counts in America? is part of COME TO YOUR CENSUS, an arts-driven citywide campaign led by the Art+Action coalition—headquartered and incubated at YBCA and commissioned by the City of San Francisco’s Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs (OCEIA)—mobilizing around the 2020 Census.

Artwork by CE artists Andrew Li and Antonio Benjamin was licensed for use in this national campaign. Join the movement: Access the Come To Your Census Toolkits and Resources here.

About Art+Action
Art+Action—San Francisco’s first coalition for civic participation that spans art, creative, community, business, technology, philanthropy, activist, and government sectors—has launched a city-wide arts-driven campaign that positions artists as catalysts to humanize the issues around the 2020 Census. In partnership with trusted institutions and messengers, including Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA)—their Headquarters and a Lead Partner—and ignited by support from San Francisco’s Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs (OCEIA), they’re galvanizing communities to participate in the 2020 Census to receive their fair share of resources and political representation. Although the movement is starting locally, the goal is to set off a national spark.


Opening Celebration
Saturday, March 28
Join the community for a day-long opening celebration, including a myriad of activities and programming. More details about the event will be available at ybca.org

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Hours
Monday: Closed
Tuesday - Sunday: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm

March 26 - July 1, 2020

Venue
CE YouTube page

Still from Tribute to Whitney Houston by Makeya Kaiser, 2016, Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC

What You Do is Creativity Explored's first all video and digital exhibition, curated by Dena Beard, Executive Director of The Lab.

Part 1 will be available on CE's YouTube page starting Thursday, March 26.

Digital Premieres:
Paul's Drag Race
by Paul Pulizzano (2018)
Work it Out by Christina Marie Fong (2020)

From the Archive:
Star Trek: The New One by David Jarvey (1994)

This first half of the exhibition also includes a funky trio of music videos by Makeya Kaiser, a short film called Home by Laron Bickerstaff, and experimental films by Kaocrew "Yah" Kakabutra, Anthony "Tony" Gomez, and Hahn Chau.

Part 2 will be available on CE's YouTube page starting Thursday, April 16.

Digital Premieres:
Birdwell and the Seven Little Boys by Kevin Chu (2019)
JohnLaddin by Kevin Chu (2019)
The Many Adventures of John Darling 
by Kevin Chu (2019)
Kevin & Derk: The Mystical Creatures by Trevor Cartmill-Endow (2016)
Walk in the Park by James Miles (2019)

From the Archive:
Love to Me by Michael Bernard Loggin and Douglas Sheran (1997)
Ova Art Lab: The White Project Rave and Mariachi by Unknown (1998)

View the exhibition here:

 


About the Exhibition

Diving into the Creativity Explored archive of digital media, film, and animations, Beard presents an exhibition of durational media, video and digital artwork created by artists with developmental disabilities. 

What You Do celebrates the artistic and collaborative processes behind CE’s digital media and animations department. CE artists have created original films, animations, digital artworks since 1999. This new exhibition includes a wide selection from the archive as well as recently completed works by current artists. 

“Programs like Creativity Explored challenge received ideas about how to evaluate a work of art. Each artist I encountered was irreducible in their ways of creating, although it is clear that there is a very strong and inspiring community at Creativity Explored,” Beard reflects. 

In preparation for the exhibition, CE and Beard coordinated the documentation of archival footage and artwork stored on VHS tapes in the archive. Special thanks to our partners at BAVC (Bay Area Video Coalition) for their services and assistance in the digitization process and to our in-kind sponsor, Metromile.

Featured Artists
Laron Bickerstaff
Trevor Cartmill-Endow
Hahn Chau
Kevin Chu
Christina Marie Fong
Anthony "Tony" Gomez
David Jarvey
Makeya Kaiser
Kaocrew "Yah" Kakabutra
Michael Bernard Loggins
James Miles
Paul Pulizzano
Douglas Sheran


About the Curator
Dena Beard is Executive Director of The Lab in San Francisco. She received her M.A. in Art History, Theory, and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was previously Assistant Curator at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. She believes it is important to constantly question perceptual and organizational models, deeply engaging with new modes of thinking around the arts. Beard has organized projects with artists such as Lutz Bacher, Sadie Barnette, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Ellen Fullman, Dora García, Jacqueline Gordon, Anna Halprin, Asher Hartman, Fritzia Irízar, Norma Jeane, Annea Lockwood, Barry McGee, Silke Otto-Knapp, Brontez Purnell, Wadada Leo Smith, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

 

March 6 - April 26, 2020

Venue
*CLOSED* SFAI Main Gallery - Pier 2 at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture

Location
San Francisco, CA

Untitled (House) by Enkh-Amar Shagdarguntev, stills from animated digital illustration

***San Francisco Art Institute and Of Here From There | De Aquí Desde Allá is closed to the public until further notice. Please refer to sfai.edu for up to date information.***

 

Creativity Explored, SFAI (San Francisco Art Institute), and Ana Teresa Fernández present Of Here From There | De Aquí Desde Allá, the first large-scale project featuring CE artists with developmental disabilities.


Created in partnership with Ana Teresa Fernández, the immersive installation surrounds visitors with fantastical, large-scale sculptures on which animated and time lapse videos are projected. Sculptural surfaces seem to undulate and pulsate, providing an exhilarating experience of the unique art and mark-making processes of almost 50 CE artists.

The videos capture the artists’ drawing processes, from Jose Nuñez’s dense repeating bird figures to the growing labyrinths of lines of Roland Record. These images multiply and spread quickly over the white surfaces of the giant flowers, clouds, floating boat, and dragon sculptures designed by CE artists in the installation.

Fernández, who received her MFA from SFAI in 2006 and taught at SFAI, facilitated more than 15 art making workshops in 2019 at Creativity Explored as a visiting artist-in-residence, exploring ideas of movement, migration, home, and place with the artists. But she became increasingly interested in their very personal visual vocabularies and intricate mark-making.

“Their voices are their marks, their depictions,” Fernández notes. "Their work is how they narrate or explain how it is they see the world. And through this collaboration, we wanted to recreate their magical landscape. A moment where we can be and exist in that world of marks."

Fernández documented the artists as they painted on translucent vellum, videotaping their brushstrokes from the other side of the easel as they worked and then creating time lapse videos of the developing images. Other artists worked on iPads so that the images could be rendered into digital animation. Examples of the 70 videos that will be used in the installation are available through Creativity Explored’s Instagram profile. More videos and information about the process behind the exhibition are documented on the Creativity Explored Tumblr.

At the free opening reception on Friday, March 6 the installation will be activated with performances by poet Leticia Hernández Linares, dancer Vanessa Sanchez (La Mezcla), and musician Tommy Guerrero

Join us as we celebrate CE artists’ first large-scale public art project at our inaugural installation for Of Here From There | De Aquí Desde Allá. The installation will be on view from March 6 to April 26, 2020 at SFAI Fort Mason Campus, Pier 2. The opening reception will take place on Friday, April 6 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm with performances beginning at 7:00 pm.

Of Here From There | De Aquí Desde Allá is generously supported by Kenneth Rainin FoundationGrants for the ArtsNational Endowment for the ArtsKoret Foundation and California Arts Council.



Opening Reception
Friday, March 6, 2020
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Performances begin at 7:00 pm 

General Information

Of Here From There | De Aquí Desde Allá will be on view through April 26, 2020.

San Francisco Art Institute – Fort Mason’s galleries are open to the public Wednesday - Sunday 11am - 7pm and are located on Pier 2 within Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, 2 Marina Blvd., San Francisco, CA. 

Galleries are free to the public. For more information, the public may visit sfai.edu or call (415) 749-4563.



About Ana Teresa Fernández

Ana Teresa Fernández, born in 1981 in Tampico, Mexico, lives and works in San Francisco. Her work explores the politics of intersectionality through time-based actions and social gestures, translated into masterful oil paintings, installations, and videos. 

Within her work, performance becomes a tool for investigation as strong feminist undercurrents flow together with post-colonial rhetoric. Through her work, the artist illuminates the psychological and physical barriers that define gender, race, and class in Western society and the global south.

Fernández has exhibited at the Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO, the Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV, Arizona State University Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ, the Grunwald Gallery at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, Humboldt State University, Eureka, CA; the Tijuana Biennial, Tijuana, Mexico; Snite Museum at Notre Dame University, Notre Dame, IN; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA and The Oakland Art Museum, Oakland, CA. 

Her work has been collected by institutions such the Denver Art Museum, the Nevada Museum of Art, and Kadist Art Foundation. The Headlands Center for the Arts granted Fernández the Tournesol Award in 2008 and her films have been screened at festivals internationally including, but not limited to, MADRID International Film Festival, Madrid, Spain, Claremont Film Festival, Claremont-Ferrand, France, the International Frauen Film Festival, Dortmund, Germany, the Female Eye Film Festival, Toronto, Canada, the San Diego Latino Film Festival, San Diego, CA, and the Honolulu Film Festival, Honolulu, HI. In 2018, Fernández’s solo exhibition for Gallery Wendi Norris’s offsite exhibition in Miami will travel to the Grunwald Gallery at Indiana University and be accompanied by a publication.

anateresafernandez.com
Instagram: @anateresafernandez

About San Francisco Art Institute 
Founded in 1871, SFAI is one of the country's oldest and most prestigious institutions of higher education in the practice and study of contemporary art. As a diverse community of working artists and scholars, SFAI provides students with a rigorous education in the arts and preparation for a life in the arts through an immersive studio environment, an integrated liberal arts and art history curriculum, and critical engagement with the world. Committed to educating artists who will shape the future of art, culture, and society, SFAI fosters creativity and original thinking in an open, experimental, and interdisciplinary context. 

sfai.edu
Instagram:@sfaiofficial

February 29 - March 28, 2020

Venue
Arc Gallery

Location
1246 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103


Arc Gallery presents another installation of 48 Pillars featuring new artwork by Steven Liu. CE Teaching Artists Geralyn Marie Montano and Larry Morace also have artwork included.

48 Pillars was inspired by a chance encounter at Flax Art and Design with a close-out sale of deep vertical panels, 48 x 12 x 1 5/8 inches. Twenty-four local Bay Area artists will produce two pieces each on these identically sized panels that will exactly ring the gallery, with 48 works total.
 
This is the third exhibition at Arc Gallery that is essentially a “structural constraint” show. Artists are unconstrained in subject matter except to the extent that works need to be a series; but they are constrained in format.

Featured artists include: Bob Armstrong, Kate Barrengos, Michael Chamberlain, Rea Lynn de Guzman, Natasha Dikareva, Marguerite Elliot, Matthew Frederick, Ester Hernandez, Shane Izykowski, Kathryn Kain, Michael Kerbow, Clare Kuo, Steven LiuGeralyn Marie Montano, Larry Morace, Leslie Morgan, Stephen Namara, Sarah M. Newton, Sandy Ostrau, Rachel Sager, Allison Snopek, Samanta Tello, Kay Weber, and Fumiyo Yoshikawa

Curated by Arc Gallery owner Michael Yochum.



Exhibition Dates

February 29 to March 28, 2019

Exhibition Location
Arc Gallery
1246 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94103



Opening Reception

Saturday, February 29, 2019
7:00 to 9:00 pm



Gallery Hours

Wednesday and Thursday, 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Saturday, 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm

  
For further information please contact arcgallerysf@gmail.com



When visiting 48 Pillars be sure to check out two new works by Steven Liu:
Untitled by Steven Liu, 2019
Untitled by Steven Liu, 2019 © Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, acrylic on wood, 48 x 12 x 1.5 inches
Untitled by Steven Liu, 2019
Untitled by Steven Liu, 2019 © Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, acrylic on wood, 48 x 12 x 1.5 inches
February 21 - March 22, 2020

Venue
East Gallery, Sanchez Art Center

Location
Pacifica, CA

Untitled (Portrait) by Vincent Jackson, 2018 © Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, oil pastel on paper, 16.5 x 11.75 inches

We are proud to present Looking Forward To It, a new group exhibition at Sanchez Art Center, East Gallery.

The exhibition includes an array original drawings, paintings, and ceramics by over 20 CE artists. Curated in partnership with Sanchez Art Center, the exhibition showcases the diverse ways CE artists view and depict the world around them. Through both abstract and figurative work, Looking Forward To It expresses a positive and optimistic outlook on life.

Looking Forward To It is on view from February 21 through March 22, 2020.

Sanchez Art Center is located at 1220 Linda Mar Blvd in Pacifica, about a mile east of Highway 1. Following opening night, galleries are open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 1–5 pm, and by appointment, through Mar 22.

For more information, call 650.355.1894 or email info@sanchezartcenter.org.



Opening Reception
Friday, February 21
7:00 to 9:00 pm
Music by Vivacé
Free and open to the public

Sanchez Art Center
1220 Linda Mar Blvd
Pacifica, CA 94044

2020-03-26

Featured Events

Part 1: What You Do Curated by Dena Beard
March 26 - May 31, 2020
Available March 26

What You Do is Creativity Explored's first all video and digital exhibition, curated by Dena Beard, Executive Director of The Lab. Part 1 will be available on CE's YouTube page&nb...


Part 2: What You Do Curated by Dena Beard
April 16 - May 31, 2020
Available April 16

What You Do is Creativity Explored's first all video and digital exhibition, curated by Dena Beard, Executive Director of The Lab. Part 1 will be available on CE's YouTube page&nb...