Saturday, November 13th, 2010
at the San Francisco Art Institute
The San Francisco Arts Quarterly (SFAQ) is proud to announce a Symposium in celebration of our third issue.
Hosted Wine tasting 5-6pm
Panel Discussion 6-7:30
OPEN Bar 7-10
Blue Angel Vodka
Pabst Blue Ribbon
Live Music 7:30-10
Passenger and Pilot
And special guest
The SFAQ Symposium is free and open to the public.
Complementary food provided by Georges Restaurant
The symposium will feature a panel discussion with sought-after speakers, artists, curators, educators, and art journalists and focus on the diverse art movements that have grown from the cultural influences of San Francisco’s mission district, New Media and Latino Art to the “Mission School”. Led by J.D. Beltran, the chair of SFAI’s Post-Baccalaureate Program and teacher of Critical and Urban Studies, New Genres, and Film; the panel will feature Glen Helfand, Renny Pritikin, Tony Labat, and Amy Berk.
J. D. Beltran is chair of SFAI’s Post-Baccalaureate Program and teaches in the Critical Studies and Urban Studies programs in SFAI’s School of Interdisciplinary Studies as well as in the New Genres and Film departments in SFAI’s School of Studio Practice. She holds an MFA from SFAI and a JD from UC Berkeley. She is a conceptual artist, filmmaker, and writer exploring the contexts, language, and scope of portraying a subject and then mirroring it back. She received a 1999 Artadia award and was an artist-in-residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, SFMOMA, the Kitchen Gallery in New York City, the Singapore Digital Mediafest, the Biennale for Electronic Arts in Perth, the 2006 and 2008 ZeroOne San Jose New Media Biennials, and Bay Area Now 2 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. In 2009, her public art project for the city of San Jose was recognized as one of the best public artworks in the country by Public Art Network. She writes a column, “Art and Culture Fix,” for the online version of the San Francisco Chronicle. Beltran lives and works in San Francisco
Glen Helfand is a freelance writer, critic, curator and teacher. His writing on art, culture, design and technology, often concentrating on works by Bay Area artists, has appeared in Artforum, Art on Paper, Salon, SFGate, Wired, San Francisco Bay Guardian, and many other publications. He's a co-founder of the Bay Area-based arts website, stretcher.org and has curated exhibitions for the M.H. de Young Museum in San Francisco, the San Jose Museum of Art and numerous alternative and commercial gallery spaces. He has taught lecture and seminar courses on contemporary art at SFAI, San Francisco State University, California College of the Arts, and Mills College. He was a 2003 Artist-in-Residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Marin.
Tony Labat is Chair and associate professor in the New Genres department at SFAI. He has been producing thought-provoking work in various media for more than two decades. Dedicated to working in multiple disciplines with each project, his art often combines elements of installation, sculpture, performance and video. Labat's immigration to the United States from Cuba at age 15 has had a profound influence on the many evolutions of his work. Having exhibited at prestigious galleries and museums around the world, Labat's work resides in a number of prominent collections and has received several awards and grants, among them two from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Amy Berk uses an arte-povera mixture of minimalism and pop to address issues of feminism, the natural vs. the synthetic, the organic, and the sublime. Her work ranges in scope from very personal investigative paintings, videos, and sculptures to collaborative public art projects such as the Together We Can Defeat Capitalism project, which undertakes public art and Internet projects to raise questions about early 21st century capitalism. Berk has exhibited at many venues in the Bay Area and beyond, including Center for the Arts, Museum of Folk and Craft Art, Southern Exposure and scene/escena in San Francisco, the Oakland Museum, Traywick Gallery, the Bedford Gallery, the Oakland Art Gallery, and the Magnes in the East Bay, Kraushaar Gallery in NYC, and at the Museu du Republica in Rio de Janeiro. She also co-founded and co-publishes stretcher.org
Renny Pritikin is the Director of the Richard L. Nelson Gallery and the Fine Arts Collection at the University of California, Davis. Pritikin was named Chief Curator for all artistic programs (film/video,visual art, performing arts, education) of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco in January 1997 after serving as Director of the Visual Arts Program since 1992. From 1979 to 1992 he served as Executive Director of New Langton Arts in San Francisco, an alternative space internationally renowned for its presentations of new visual art, interdisciplinary performance, video, literature and music. Pritikin has curated numerous exhibitions, and has authored catalogue essays and articles. Some of his projects include: Alan Rath: Robot Dance and Other Sculpture; Bay Area Now, a regional survey; Fred Tomaselli: The Urge to be Transported; Eight from South Africa; The Art of Star Wars; Hall of Fame Hall of Fame; Don Ed Hardy at the Cuenca Bienal; and You See.
Pritikin has been a frequent consultant for the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Council, and was a founder of the National Association of Artists Organizations, and has also served on their Board of Directors. As a writer he received the 1989 McCarron Fellowship for art criticism, and has had three chapbooks of his poetry published, How We Talk (Collective Foundation POD Press, 2007), All These Trees (e.g. Press, Oakland, 1985) and Fourth Gear City Limits (Two Windows Press, Berkeley, 1976). In 1995 he received a United States Information Agency fellowship to tour and lecture in Japan and the Koret Israel Prize, a fellowship to visit Israel. In 1999 he travelled to Taiwan as a juror for the Ninth Annual International Print and Drawing Biennale at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum. In 2001 he was the curator chosen to represent the United States at the Cuenca (Ecuador) Bienal, and in 2003 he lectured in three cities in New Zealand as a Fulbright Fellow.
San Francisco Arts Quarterly MANIFESTO
The mission of the San Francisco Arts Quarterly is to provide the growing arts community of San Francisco with a free publication aimed at enabling galleries, artists, collectors, and the general public to connect and network, facilitating the growth of San Francisco's art driven economy. SFAQ is a newspaper and calendar that presents the public with a quarterly update on art community events and offer insight into the current and future state of a variety of arts throughout the city through a large editorial section.
The SFAQ calendar is a user-friendly guide that contains a pullout San Francisco MUNI map and a compilation of the various venues and spaces within San Francisco. The calendar includes the most comprehensive listings in print of openings, public events, performances, festivals, screenings and releases featured at various educational facilities, museums, established galleries, non-profit organizations, theaters, music halls, and more with an emphasis on alternative venues and up and coming spaces/galleries. SFAQ's calendar will expand the individuals' artistic perspective in San Francisco and facilitate their connection to the various events that are happening throughout the city.
Our diverse editorial section provides individuals with an in-depth look into the various districts of San Francisco's multi-faceted arts community. The publication is designed to inspire people to discover and explore aspects of San Francisco and the Bay Area that they do not typically experience, with the intention of unifying the varied areas into one comprehensive artistic whole extending throughout the city.