A Very Crypto Town Hall
Tuesday, Oct 30, 2018, 7:00PM - 8:30PM
Walter & McBean Galleries
SFAI—Chestnut Street Campus
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Earn $1000! Possibly.  Ask questions! Definitely.

How is value generated through the presentation of artworks and ideas? What is the relationship between speculative economies and arts education? How has the history of exhibitions at SFAI contributed to the cultural life of the school, the city, and beyond?

Come one, come all to an important and timely community gathering about Ether Brown, a brand new grant award available to current SFAI students, faculty, and staff. Learn about its genesis, ethics, volatility, and most importantly, how to apply. The event also explores the past, present, and future of exhibitions and public programs at the school, and how the award emerged in tandem with Ether, a project currently on view in the Walter & McBean Galleries.

An open forum follows a series of short introductions. Come with questions, leave with an informed distrust of centralized financial systems coupled with a collective hope to survive educational collapse by creating a sustainable economy in the hands of citizens.

Everyone welcome!

Hosted by:
Will Brown, Artists
Gordon Knox, President, SFAI
Julian Wong-Nelson, Archives Assistant and Digital Specialist
Moderated by Katie Hood Morgan, Curator of Special Projects

Presented in conjunction with Will Brown: Ether, on view in the Walter and McBean Galleries through November 10.



Will Brown is an experiment whose main objective is to manipulate the structures of exhibition-making as a critical practice. Will Brown recently mounted a solo MATRIX exhibition at the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive and authored Bruce Conner: Brass Handles, published by J&L Books. Will Brown has realized projects with KADIST, the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art, and the Ulrich Museum of Art, and related press has appeared in The New York Times, Frieze, KQED, and Artforum. Will Brown received a Creative Work Fund Grant in 2015, an Alternative Exposure Award from Southern Exposure in 2012, and in 2013 was an artist-in-residence at Headlands Center for the Arts in Marin County, California.


Will Brown: Ether at San Francisco Art Institute is curated by Katie Hood Morgan, Curator of Special Projects, and organized with Christopher Squier, Manager of Exhibitions, Events, and Partnerships. The exhibition is made possible in part by a grant award from the Creative Work Fund, a program of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund that also is supported by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The organizers would like to thank the artists; Gordon Knox, SFAI President; Hesse McGraw, Principal, el dorado inc; and Elisa Isaacson, SFAI Grants Manager for their dedication to the success of this project.


SFAI’s Exhibitions and Public Programs are made possible by the generosity of donors and sponsors, including the Harker Fund of The San Francisco Foundation, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Grants for the Arts, the Koret Foundation, Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, The Robert Lehman Foundation, Meyer Sound, and Fort Point Beer Company. Ongoing support is provided by the McBean Distinguished Lecture and Residency Fund, The Buck Fund, and the Visiting Artist Fund of the SFAI Endowment.