For this week’s Faculty Friday post, we feature SFAI Professor Lindsey White, who is the Chair of the Photography Department. White teaches “Laughing Matters and Graduate Critique Seminar,” and encourages students to infuse humor into their work:
Humor is a great entry point to tackle complex issues in society. Artists throughout the ages have relied on humor to express their day-to-day experiences and frustrations, tapping into both the light and dark sides of comedy to challenge social hierarchy while engaging in a critical discourse that puts laughs at the forefront.
White has exhibited at numerous venues such as San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery; Sydhavn Station, Copenhagen; Bolinas Museum, California; Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco; ACME., Los Angeles; The Art Gym at Marylhurst University, Oregon; San Francisco International Airport Museum; and Museum Bärengasse, Zurich.
White was awarded SFMOMA's 2017 SECA Award and residencies at Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, California, and Latitude, Chicago. Her work was recently featured in Photography Is Magic by Charlotte Cotton. White is also a co-founder of the para-curatorial/artist-run experiment Will Brown, which has realized projects with institutions such as the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive; CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco; di Rosa, Napa; Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University; and Kadist, San Francisco. White’s projects have been featured in Artforum, Frieze, The New York Times, Hyperallergic, and KQED.
White has an upcoming book, Controlled Miracles coming out on TBW Books. Currently, her work can be seen at Locust Projects in Miami and Premiere Junior. She also has a show up that she curated at SF City Hall called Rhodascope: Brian Belott’s RHODASCOPE: Scribbles, Smears, and the Universal Language of Children According to Rhoda Kellogg.
Top Image: Billboard Project, 2020, San Francisco. Courtesy the artist.