Summer Symposium: What Can Exhibitions Do?
Friday, Jun 19, 2015 - Saturday, Jun 20, 2015
Lecture Hall
800 Chestnut Street
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SFAI’s summer symposium considers traditional venues, spontaneous public presentations, and other platforms to explore the limits, edges, and possibilities for how exhibitions give form and voice to ideas.

Looking back in time for experimental precedents and forward to technological innovations, the symposium engages exhibitions of the past, present, and future to challenge conventional modes of contemporary art display. How do exhibitions—and display as a categorical mode—shape our understanding of contemporary art and artists?

Friday, June 19
6:30 pm
Keynote 1: Lawrence Rinder, “What Can Exhibitions Do (within Institutions)?”
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Saturday, June 20
9 am
Keynote 2: Jen Delos Reyes, “What Can Exhibitions Do (outside of Institutions)?”
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10:45 am–5 pm
Panels and Discussion
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10:45 am Session 1: What Have Exhibitions Done?
Panelists: Kevin Consey, Alla Efimova, Cléa Laurent Massiani, Marina McDougall, Susan Miller, Frank Smigiel, Margaret Tedesco

1:30 pm Session 2: Where Are Exhibitions Now? 
Breakout discussion groups

2:45-4:45 pm Session 3: Exhibiting Possibilities: Systemic Cracks and Utopic Contexts
Panelists: Drew Bennett, David Kasprzak, Christina Linden
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5 pm
Reception in Diego Rivera Gallery featuring talk with artist Alejandro Almanza Pereda on his in-process intervention with the Rivera fresco, and the related exhibition Little Obsessions, curated by SFAI MA candidates Guusje Sanders and Anita Gonçalves Dias Giansante, and featuring SFAI student-artists Enar de Dios Rodríguez, Rose Lou, and Cristina Velazquez.

This event is free and open to the public.

Lawrence Rinder is Director of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, where he earlier served as Assistant Director and Curator of twentieth-century art. He returned to the University of California from California College of the Arts, where he was Dean of the college. Previously, he was Curator of Contemporary Art at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, where he organized exhibitions including The American Effect, 2002 Biennial, and Tim Hawkinson. Rinder was also Founding Director of the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco. His many exhibitions include Barry McGee, 2012, curated with Dena Beard; Knowledge of Higher Worlds: Rudolf Steiner's Blackboard Drawings, 1997; Louise Bourgeois: Drawings, 1996; In a Different Light, 1995, curated with Nayland Blake; and Searchlight: Consciousness at the Millennium, 2000. 

Jen Delos Reyes is a creative laborer, educator, writer, and radical community arts organizer. Her practice is as much about working with institutions as it is about creating and supporting sustainable, artist-run culture. Delos Reyes worked within Portland State University from 2008–2014 to create the first flexible-residency Art and Social Practice MFA program in the United States, devising a curriculum focusing on place, engagement, and dialogue. Delos Reyes is director and founder of Open Engagement, an international conference on socially engaged art that began in 2007 and meets annually. She is currently working on Im Going to Live the Life I Sing about in My Song: How Artists Make and Live Lives of Meaning—a book exploring the artist’s impetus toward art and everyday life.

Alejandro Almanza Pereda, Artist-In-Residence
Drew Bennett, Artist-In-Residence Director, Facebook
Kevin Consey, Independent Nonprofit Management/Art Museum Consultant
Alla Efimova, Principal, KunstWorks
David Kasprzak, Artist, Will Brown
Christina Linden, Associate Curator of Painting & Sculpture, Oakland Museum of California
Cléa Laurent Massiani, Curator/Partner/Director, Bass and Reiner Gallery
Marina McDougall, Director, Center for Art & Inquiry, Exploratorium
Susan Miller, Curator
Frank Smigiel, Associate Curator, Performance and Film, SFMOMA
Margaret Tedesco, Director, [2nd floor projects], San Francisco

Additional participants to be announced.

Program PDF