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February 24, 2009

SFAI’s Spring 2009 Visiting Artists and Scholars

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The San Francisco Art Institute is pleased to announce its Spring 2009 Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series as well as the Spring 2009 Graduate Lecture Series, Spheres of Interest: Experiments in Thinking & Action.

The Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series creates an open forum through which students and faculty at SFAI, as well as the wider Bay Area public, are challenged both to go beyond basic canonical approaches to the study of art and to discover a global perspective that is enabled by, and further encourages, conceptual and comparative approaches.

The Graduate Lecture Series, Spheres of Interest: Experiments in Thinking & Action, likewise invites SFAI’s students and faculty, together with the wider Bay Area public, actively to consider the thoughts and productions of an assemblage of international participants from a variety of fields. A goal of the series is to provoke its various audiences—through exposure to new and challenging ideas—to begin to imagine unfamiliar forms of perceiving and creating.

The Pilara Foundation Distinguished Visiting Photography Fellowships and the Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation Distinguished Visiting Painting Fellowships are each bestowed twice annually on three exceptional artists in photography and in painting whose work has profoundly impacted the contemporary global artworld. Consistently augmenting and enriching SFAI’s curriculum by advancing a broad interchange of ideas, the fellowships are generously supported by the Pilara Foundation and the Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation.

In addition to the public lectures they give, visiting artists and scholars, whether on campus for several days or for an entire semester, regularly engage with students, in an immediate and active way, by teaching intensives or by participating in seminars, critiques, or colloquia.

Spring 2009 Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series

Yoshiharu Tsukamoto/Atelier Bow-Wow
Monday, January 26, 2009 — 7:30pm

Exploring the idea of space within urban environments, Tokyo-based architecture studio Atelier Bow-Wow is owned and operated by Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kaijima.

Lawrence Weschler
Monday, February 9, 2009 — 7:30pm

Lawrence Weschler is an author whose works of creative nonfiction often chronicle the lives and practices of artists.

Dan Graham
Monday, February 16, 2009 — 7:30pm

First emerging on the art scene in the mid-60s, Dan Graham is a widely influential first-generation conceptual artist.

Shirin Neshat
Pilara Foundation
Distinguished Visiting Photography Fellow
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 — 7:30pm

An Iranian-born artist who has lived in the US since 1974, Shirin Neshat portrays, in her photographs and films, the emotional space of exile and the role of women in Islamic society.

Laura Owens
Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation
Distinguished Visiting Painting Fellow
Monday, February 23, 2009 — 7:30pm

Laura Owens is a painter who combines abstract with representational elements to create a highly personal and exuberant painting vocabulary.

Yto Barrada
Friday, February 27, 2009 — 7:30pm

Tangier-based photographer Yto Barrada’s photos capture the artificially rapidly changing coastline of postcolonial Morocco.

Fabian Marcaccio
Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation
Distinguished Visiting Painting Fellow
Monday, March 9, 2009 — 7:30pm

Fabian Marcaccio is a painter who addresses the formal issues of classical modern painting and American abstract expressionism through critical and personal lenses.

Boris Groys
Monday, March 23, 2009 — 7:30pm

Boris Groys is a philosopher, essayist, art critic, and media theorist who specializes in late-Soviet postmodern art and literature and in the Russian avant-garde.

Julia Christensen
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 — 7:30pm

Julia Christensen is an artist and writer currently based in Oberlin (Ohio, USA) whose work treads the fine line between art and research.

Isaac Julien
Pilara Foundation
Distinguished Visiting Photography Fellow
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 — 7:30pm

Visiting professor at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg, Isaac Julien is a Turner Prize–nominated filmmaker and installation artist.

Manohla Dargis
SFAI Film Department
Restating Cinema Lecture
Saturday, April 25, 2009 — 7:30pm

Manohla Dargis is one of the chief film critics at The New York Times.

Peter Saul
Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation
Distinguished Visiting Painting Fellow
Monday, April 27, 2009 — 7:30pm

Peter Saul is a painter whose acid-hued paintings meld cartoon imagery with biting social and political commentary on various aspects of American culture.

Julia Scher
Monday, May 4, 2009 — 7:30pm

Through her research and multimedia artwork, Julia Scher explores the dynamics of social control within the public sphere.

Spring 2009 Graduate Lecture Series—Spheres of Interest: Experiments in Thinking & Action

Hiroshi Yoshioka
Friday, January 23, 2009 — 12:00noon

Professor of Aesthetics and the Theory of Art at Kyoto University, Hiroshi Yoshioka concentrates his research on aesthetics, media and technology, and contemporary arts.

Nora Alter
Friday, January 30, 2009 — 5:00pm

Professor of German and of Film and Media Studies at the University of Florida, Nora Alter investigates twentieth-century cultural and visual studies from a comparative perspective.

Julio César Morales
Friday, February 20, 2009 — 5:00pm

Julio César Morales is an artist, educator, and curator who devises conceptual projects that address the friction within transcultural territories like Tijuana and San Francisco.

Lydia Yee
Friday, March 13, 2009 — 5:00pm

Lydia Yee is a curator at the Barbican Art Gallery in London, where, with Francesco Manacorda, she recently organized Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art (2008).

Ann Goldstein
Friday, March 27, 2009 — 5:00pm

Ann Goldstein is senior curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) where she has organized several large-scale survey exhibitions.

Tony Conrad
Friday, April 3, 2009 — 5:00pm

Composer and filmmaker Tony Conrad is a pioneering force in the development of minimalist composition and in the proliferation of underground film.

12th Activating the Medium Festival
Saturday, April 4, 2009 — 8:00pm

Since 1998, the nonprofit sound-arts organization 23five Incorporated has produced the Activating the Medium Festival, a forum for the most innovative and visionary practitioners of sound art. SFAI has cohosted the festival since 2006. The 2009 festival, the twelfth, is a retrospective of the work of Tony Conrad (see above) and is presented in conjunction with San Francisco Cinematheque.

James Meyer
Friday, April 24, 2009 — 5:00pm

Professor of Art History at Emory University in Atlanta, James Meyer specializes in minimalism and in contemporary forms of institutional critique.

Alexander Alberro
Friday, May 1, 2009 — 5:00pm

Professor of Art History at Barnard College in New York, Alexander Alberro teaches courses in modern and contemporary art.

For detailed information about Spring 2009 lecturers from both lecture series, please go to www.sfai.edu/vas and www.sfai.edu/spheres.

The Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series is organized by SFAI faculty member Glen Helfand. The Pilara Foundation Distinguished Visiting Photography Fellowships and the Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation Distinguished Visiting Painting Fellowships are organized by SFAI Photography department Chair Reagan Louie and SFAI Painting department Chair Brett Reichman.

SFAI’s exhibitions and public programs—a component of which is the Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series—are supported in part by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund. The Distinguished Visiting Photography Fellowships are funded by the Pilara Foundation, and the Distinguished Visiting Painting Fellowships are funded by the Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation. Additional funding for the Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series has been provided by Bob and Betty Klausner and the Artur Walther Foundation. Dan Graham’s lecture is cosponsored by the department of Art & Art History at Stanford University. Yto Barrada’s lecture is supported by the Cultural Services of the Consulate General of France in San Francisco. Manohla Dargis’s lecture is cosponsored by SFAI’s Film department. Julia Scher’s lecture is cosponsored by the Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium at UC Berkeley’s Center for New Media.

Supported by the Artur Walther Foundation, SFAI’s Graduate Lecture Series—Spheres of Interest: Experiments in Thinking & Action—is organized through SFAI’s Division of Graduate Studies in cooperation with SFAI’s Centers for Interdisciplinary Study.
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SFAI’s Low-residency MFA program is currently accepting applications for admission for Summer 2009.

SFAI’s full-time MFA program is currently accepting applications for admission, on a space-available basis, for Fall 2009.

The deadline for Fall 2009 admission to SFAI’s MA program is March 1, 2009.

The deadline for Fall 2009 admission to SFAI’s Post-Baccalaureate certificate program is March 1, 2009.

Inventive, inquisitive students from the broadest range of backgrounds and interests are invited to apply to join SFAI’s ongoing crossdisciplinary investigations of, and experiments in, contemporary global art practice and theory.

For more information (including important dates) about graduate, post-baccalaureate, and undergraduate admissions at SFAI, please go to www.sfai.edu/admissions.
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San Francisco Art Institute

Founded in 1871, SFAI is one of the oldest and most prestigious schools of higher education in contemporary art in the US. Focusing on the interdependence of thinking, making, and learning, SFAI’s academic and public programs are dedicated to excellence and diversity.

SFAI’s School of Studio Practice concentrates on developing the artist’s vision through studio experiments and is based on the belief that artists are an essential part of society. It offers a BFA, an MFA, and a Post-Baccalaureate certificate in Design and Technology, Film, New Genres, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture/Ceramics.

SFAI’s School of Interdisciplinary Studies is motivated by the premise that critical thinking and writing, informed by an in-depth understanding of theory and practice, are essential for engaging contemporary global society. It offers degree programs in Exhibition and Museum Studies (MA only), History and Theory of Contemporary Art (BA and MA), and Urban Studies (BA and MA).

SFAI’s Dual Degree MA/MFA program is ideally designed for students who seek a deep and balanced immersion in both theoretical discourse and art practice. A three-year commitment, the degree consists in an MA in History and Theory of Contemporary Art and an MFA in any area of study within the School of Studio Practice (see above).

For more information about visiting artists and scholars or other exhibitions and public programs at SFAI, please go to http://www.sfai.edu or call 415 749 4563.

Image above:
Dan Graham, Skateboard Pavilion, 1989. Architectural model, two-way mirror glass, brushed aluminum, steel, wood, and graffiti, 55 x 57 x 51.375 in. Courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery in New York and Paris. Photo by Steven White.

For more information go to: http://www.sfai.edu

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