Fort Mason—Opening Spectacle

Thank you to everyone who celebrated with us at the Opening Spectacle on November 10 and 11!

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ARTIST COMMISSIONS

To open the new Fort Mason Campus, SFAI is commissioning artists over the next year to share new works in, around, and beyond the building. Here's a preview of what's on, and (also) what's to come.

This series is developed in partnership with SFAI and THE OTHER THING (a creative studio formed in 2013 as an offshoot of THE THING Quarterly).

Alicia McCarthy

Alum and faculty Alicia McCarthy (BFA 1994) kicks off this series with a mural of interwoven color, energy, and gesture—visible throughout the entire space.

Sans façon

You are here, an outdoor installation by art collective Sans façon, debuted for the Opening Spectacle on November 10. The blimp-sized inflatable arrow will fly above our pier as a beacon for the new campus.

Jon Rubin

Jon Rubin's newly-commissioned project will reveal the hidden histories of SFAI in the form of famous and infamous retired student art pieces. Descriptions of these projects will be displayed on banners, which will hang from the ceiling rafters—much like the retired jerseys of famous basketball players.

Bill Fontana

Internationally-renowned sound artist Bill Fontana will re-present his 1981 work Landscape Sculpture with Foghorns. Originally installed on the eastern wall of Pier 2, the temporally-specific installation layers and overlaps with the contemporary soundscape of the San Francisco waterfront.
 

Photo credits: 1. Robert Campbell and Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture. 2. Alicia McCarthy, Untitled, 2017; Water based spraypaint on marine grade plywood, 186 x 186 in. Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Stephanie Smith and Miguel Novelo. 3. Aerial view of Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture.

Sound Installation: Bill Fontana | Landscape Sculpture with Foghorns
Friday, Feb 16, 2018 - Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019
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Cine | Club
Friday, Sep 14, 2018 - Friday, Dec 14, 2018
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Undergraduate Virtual Information Sessions
Thursday, Oct 4, 2018 - Thursday, Feb 7, 2019
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All National Portfolio Days
Sunday, Oct 14, 2018 - Sunday, Jan 27, 2019
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All Performing and Visual Arts Fairs 2018
Thursday, Oct 18, 2018 - Tuesday, Nov 6, 2018
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Graduate Virtual Information Sessions
Thursday, Oct 18, 2018 - Thursday, Feb 21, 2019
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A Very Crypto Town Hall
Tuesday, Oct 30, 2018
7:00PM - 8:30PM
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Spon-Tah-neity
Thursday, Nov 8, 2018 - Sunday, Nov 18, 2018
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2018 Alumni Weekend at Concentrate
Thursday, Nov 8, 2018 - Sunday, Nov 11, 2018
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Shadow Master Screening
Saturday, Nov 10, 2018
2:00PM - 4:00PM
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Parsing Dissent
Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 - Tuesday, Nov 27, 2018
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Untitled Still Life
Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 - Tuesday, Nov 27, 2018
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International Virtual Information Sessions
Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018 - Monday, Nov 19, 2018
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From/To: the Frontier of Chinese Art Education
Friday, Nov 16, 2018 - Sunday, Dec 9, 2018
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Poverty of Sensibility—Panel 21: Art/Education in the 21st Century III
Friday, Nov 16, 2018 - Sunday, Nov 18, 2018
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Opening Reception: China Academy of Art at SFAI
Friday, Nov 16, 2018
5:00PM - 8:00PM
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Undergrad Fall Open House | On-Campus
Saturday, Nov 17, 2018
10:00AM
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Bill Berkson Tribute
Saturday, Nov 17, 2018
4:00PM
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Fall 2018 BFA Exhibition
Tuesday, Nov 20, 2018 - Wednesday, Nov 28, 2018
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Opening Reception: Fall 2018 BFA Exhibition
Tuesday, Nov 20, 2018
5:00PM - 7:00PM
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Closing Reception: Fall 2018 BFA Exhibition
Wednesday, Nov 28, 2018
5:00PM - 8:00PM
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Henry “Hank” Wessel Memorial
Sunday, Dec 2, 2018
2:00PM
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National Portfolio Day
Saturday, Jan 12, 2019
12:00PM - 4:00PM
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Past Events

Opening Reception: Untitled Still Life
Saturday, Nov 10, 2018
4:30PM - 6:00PM
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Opening Reception: Parsing Dissent
Saturday, Nov 10, 2018
4:30PM - 6:00PM
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Shadow Master Screening
Saturday, Nov 10, 2018
2:00PM - 4:00PM
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Concentrate 2018: Student Art Sale + Open Studios
Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 - Sunday, Nov 11, 2018
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Grad Fall Open House
Saturday, Nov 10, 2018
10:00AM - 2:00PM
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Opening Reception: Into the World: Cherel Ito and SFAI Documentary Photography
Friday, Nov 9, 2018
5:30PM - 7:30PM
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Into the World: Cherel Ito and SFAI Documentary Photography
Friday, Nov 9, 2018 - Sunday, Nov 11, 2018
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PhotoAlliance Lecture: Eirik Johnson
Thursday, Nov 8, 2018
7:30PM
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2018 Alumni Weekend at Concentrate
Thursday, Nov 8, 2018 - Sunday, Nov 11, 2018
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Leonardo Celebrates 50th Anniversary at SFAI: The Convening
Saturday, Nov 3, 2018 - Sunday, Nov 4, 2018
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Opening Reception: Very Private Matters
Friday, Nov 2, 2018
6:30PM - 8:00PM
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Very Private Matters
Friday, Nov 2, 2018 - Tuesday, Nov 6, 2018
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Bean Gilsdorf: Soft Histories
Friday, Nov 2, 2018
4:30PM - 6:00PM
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A Very Crypto Town Hall
Tuesday, Oct 30, 2018
7:00PM - 8:30PM
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Opening Reception: Everyone is Touching; Textured Apogee
Tuesday, Oct 30, 2018
5:00PM - 7:00PM
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Everyone is Touching; Textured Apogee
Monday, Oct 29, 2018 - Sunday, Nov 4, 2018
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Book Launch: Mariana Castillo Deball’s Ixiptla IV – Feathered Changes, Serpent Disappearances
Saturday, Oct 27, 2018
5:00PM - 7:00PM
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Ojos Suaves/Soft Eyes: Mirjam Wirz, José “Morelos” Ortega, Carlos Icaza
Friday, Oct 26, 2018
6:00PM
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Jarrett Earnest: What it Means to Write About Art: Notes on the Future of Criticism
Friday, Oct 26, 2018
4:30PM - 6:00PM
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Climbing the City
Thursday, Oct 25, 2018 - Sunday, Nov 4, 2018
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DeShawn Dumas: Black Light: Wake Work Against the Aestheticization of Politics
Tuesday, Oct 23, 2018
7:00PM
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Avatars
Monday, Oct 22, 2018 - Sunday, Oct 28, 2018
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Opening Reception: Bloom & Decay: Beyond Opulence
Friday, Oct 19, 2018
6:30PM - 8:00PM
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Bloom & Decay: Beyond Opulence
Friday, Oct 19, 2018 - Wednesday, Oct 31, 2018
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Frank Smigiel: Thinking Inside the Box, or Building Institutional Walls
Friday, Oct 19, 2018
4:30PM - 6:00PM
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Graduate Virtual Information Sessions
Thursday, Oct 18, 2018 - Thursday, Feb 21, 2019
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All Performing and Visual Arts Fairs 2018
Thursday, Oct 18, 2018 - Tuesday, Nov 6, 2018
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The Pleasure, Profits and Politics of Sex & Photography A Show & Tell with Annie Sprinkle
Wednesday, Oct 17, 2018
7:00PM
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Environmental Network
Monday, Oct 15, 2018 - Saturday, Oct 20, 2018
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Whole Earth Catalog 50th Anniversary
Sunday, Oct 14, 2018 - Sunday, Oct 28, 2018
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All National Portfolio Days
Sunday, Oct 14, 2018 - Sunday, Jan 27, 2019
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PhotoAlliance Lecture: George LeGrady
Friday, Oct 12, 2018
7:30PM
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Ad Minoliti: Non-Binary Geometry and Feminist Expanded Painting
Friday, Oct 12, 2018
4:30PM - 6:00PM
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Bik Van der Pol: Creating Publicness
Tuesday, Oct 9, 2018
7:00PM
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Alive in Strange Lands
Monday, Oct 8, 2018 - Sunday, Oct 14, 2018
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Opening Reception: Untitled
Friday, Oct 5, 2018
4:30PM - 6:30PM
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Untitled
Friday, Oct 5, 2018 - Tuesday, Oct 16, 2018
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Opening Reception: Strength In Awareness
Friday, Oct 5, 2018
4:30PM - 6:30PM
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Strength In Awareness
Friday, Oct 5, 2018 - Tuesday, Oct 16, 2018
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Undergraduate Virtual Information Sessions
Thursday, Oct 4, 2018 - Thursday, Feb 7, 2019
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Between You & Me: Ana Teresa Fernández and Julio César Morales
Tuesday, Oct 2, 2018
7:00PM - 8:30PM
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Some Shape or Form: A Clay Show
Monday, Oct 1, 2018 - Sunday, Oct 7, 2018
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MAXIMAL
Monday, Sep 24, 2018 - Sunday, Sep 30, 2018
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Opening Reception: 2235
Friday, Sep 21, 2018 - Tuesday, Oct 2, 2018
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2235
Friday, Sep 21, 2018 - Tuesday, Oct 2, 2018
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Opening Reception: 4 Artists: Representational Painting of America
Friday, Sep 21, 2018
4:30PM - 6:30PM
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4 Artists: Representational Painting of America
Friday, Sep 21, 2018 - Tuesday, Oct 2, 2018
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Katharine Kuharic, 2018 Diebenkorn Teaching Fellow
Tuesday, Sep 18, 2018
7:30PM
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Opening Reception: Happy Birthday!
Tuesday, Sep 18, 2018
5:00PM - 7:00PM
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Happy Birthday!
Monday, Sep 17, 2018 - Monday, Sep 24, 2018
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Peggy Phelan: Contact Warhol: Photography Without End
Friday, Sep 14, 2018
4:30PM - 6:00PM
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Opening Reception: Will Brown: Ether
Thursday, Sep 13, 2018
6:00PM - 9:00PM
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Will Brown: Ether
Thursday, Sep 13, 2018 - Saturday, Nov 10, 2018
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Yugen
Monday, Sep 10, 2018 - Saturday, Sep 15, 2018
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Opening Reception: Reintroducing…love?
Friday, Sep 7, 2018
4:30PM - 6:30PM
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Reintroducing…love?
Friday, Sep 7, 2018 - Tuesday, Sep 18, 2018
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Opening Reception: The Unhappy Marriage of Sculpture and Textiles: Towards a More Progressive Union
Friday, Sep 7, 2018
4:30PM - 6:30PM
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The Unhappy Marriage of Sculpture and Textiles: Towards a More Progressive Union
Friday, Sep 7, 2018 - Tuesday, Sep 18, 2018
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Opening Reception: South American Roots
Tuesday, Sep 4, 2018
5:00PM - 7:00PM
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South American Roots
Sunday, Sep 2, 2018 - Saturday, Sep 8, 2018
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Public Reception: XL Catlin Art Prize Traveling Exhibition
Friday, Aug 31, 2018
6:00PM - 9:00PM
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Opening Reception: The Invitation to Forget You is One I Must Decline
Tuesday, Aug 28, 2018
5:00PM - 7:00PM
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The Invitation to Forget You is One I Must Decline
Monday, Aug 27, 2018 - Friday, Aug 31, 2018
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Opening Reception: Moira
Friday, Aug 24, 2018 - Tuesday, Sep 4, 2018
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Moira
Friday, Aug 24, 2018 - Tuesday, Sep 4, 2018
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Opening Reception: Serenade & Nocturne
Friday, Aug 24, 2018 - Tuesday, Sep 4, 2018
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Serenade & Nocturne
Friday, Aug 24, 2018 - Tuesday, Sep 4, 2018
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XL Catlin Art Prize Traveling Exhibition
Wednesday, Aug 22, 2018 - Sunday, Oct 7, 2018
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Opening Reception: ONWARD
Tuesday, Aug 21, 2018
5:00PM - 7:00PM
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ONWARD
Monday, Aug 20, 2018 - Saturday, Aug 25, 2018
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City Studio Summer 2018 Closing Reception
Saturday, Aug 18, 2018
3:00PM - 5:00PM
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Closing Reception: Martin Machado: Fluid State
Friday, Aug 17, 2018
4:30PM - 7:00PM
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City Studio Summer 2018 Exhibition
Monday, Aug 13, 2018 - Saturday, Aug 18, 2018
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Closing Reception: SFAI-Shanghai University Summer Art Program Exhibition
Thursday, Aug 9, 2018
11:00AM - 1:00PM
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Sofía Córdova: The Thread of Operations is Broken
Monday, Jul 30, 2018
6:30PM
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Opening Reception: REFLECTIONS
Friday, Jul 27, 2018
4:30PM - 6:30PM
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Reflections
Friday, Jul 27, 2018 - Friday, Aug 3, 2018
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Admit on the Spot Day
Friday, Jul 27, 2018
12:00PM - 4:00PM
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Matmos Performs at SFAI
Tuesday, Jul 24, 2018
8:00PM
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Opening Reception: With Light Comes Soft Collisions
Tuesday, Jul 24, 2018
5:00PM - 7:00PM
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Benjamin Britton: The Incandescent Sub-Present
Monday, Jul 23, 2018
6:30PM
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With Light Comes Soft Collisions
Thursday, Jul 19, 2018 - Monday, Jul 30, 2018
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Rudy Lemcke: The New World: Of Video Games and Museums
Monday, Jul 16, 2018
6:30PM
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2018 Summer Symposium // Uprising
Saturday, Jul 14, 2018
1:00PM - 4:00PM
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Opening Reception: The Swell Show
Friday, Jul 13, 2018
4:30PM - 6:30PM
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The Swell Show
Friday, Jul 13, 2018 - Wednesday, Jul 25, 2018
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Arrived! Opening Reception
Friday, Jun 29, 2018
4:30PM - 6:30PM
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Arrived!
Friday, Jun 29, 2018 - Monday, Jul 16, 2018
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Opening Reception: Shadows
Friday, Jun 29, 2018
4:30PM - 6:30PM
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Shadows
Friday, Jun 29, 2018 - Wednesday, Jul 11, 2018
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Aaron Terry: Art in the Age of #instagood Production
Monday, Jun 25, 2018
6:30PM
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The Past Didn’t Go Anywhere
Sunday, Jun 24, 2018 - Saturday, Jul 7, 2018
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Admit on the Spot Day
Friday, Jun 22, 2018
12:00PM - 4:00PM
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Opening Reception: Martin Machado: Fluid State
Friday, Jun 8, 2018
6:00PM - 9:00PM
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Anhedonia: Paintings and Drawings by Emily Benz
Saturday, Jun 2, 2018 - Sunday, Jun 10, 2018
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