MFA Exhibition 2020 Gray Room

Featured Artists:

Taylor Ann Berry, Cyd Bown, Lexygius Sanchez Calip, Becca Chacon, Henry Chambers, Mónica Coelho, Karl Daum, Samuel De Lemos, Colleen Donovan, Luis Flores, Giuliana Funkhouser, Christa Grenawalt, Katherine Hanover, Imani Maryahm Harrington, John James Hartford V, Whitney Humphreys, Jesse Yunho Kim, Ryan Golden Kirkpatrick, Sae Young Lee, Jiazhen Li

Taylor Ann Berry

Through two-dimensional paintings, three-dimensional sculptures, and wall installations; Taylor Ann Berry creates works that intrigue viewers and evoke a desire to investigate the forms, materials, colors, and images used in her pieces. The process of abstraction and transformation allows multi-layered images to arise and highlights the fragility and instability of our seemingly certain reality. Through the unification of media, systems, and overall abstractions; Berry conceives fantasy spaces that both seduce and repel the viewer.

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Sores I, 2019; Liquid latex and Styrofoam on wall, 36 X 24 X 7 inches


Cyd Bown

These images show parts of immersive, shared sensory experiences where visitors encounter an unfamiliar, shifting, responsive, otherworldly space; themselves; and each other — within this space.

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Title Not Known, 2019; Visitors, jumpsuits, goggles, breathing masks, and installation (still from infrared camera view), 119 x 216 x 164 inches, Duration variable


Lexygius Sanchez Calip

A Physio-temporal Art Practice

Physio—relating to nature and natural phenomena Temporal—relating to indefinite time as opposed to eternity, material, progressive, religious

Physio-temporal aims to disclose the dichotomic consequences of the perceptible and the indiscernible—the sensorial threshold. It is an anti-thesis to conventional thought, which incites de-acculturation processes that confront a conditioned mindset. In a similar way to time, my practice follows a phenomenological approach to space, emphasizing impermanence as an effort to subvert the established.

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For All That You Were Shall Fade No More, 2019; Single-channel video performance, 6:22 minutes


Becca Chacon

In these abstract self-portraits and psychological landscapes, there is a platform for various identities to interact together on a 2-dimensional surface. Steeped into different times and spaces through a process of layered mark-making, haphazard recollections and feelings appear as lines and shapes. The markings are the language by which memories are communicated. The paintings, drawings, and collages are a form of material rituals that create a space to engage with.

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Image:

I Am Both Sides, 2019; Acrylic and graphite on canvas, 56 x 56 inches


Henry Chambers

I consider the little everyday pressures that add up to quietly loom in the background of our lives. I explore the tensions created by precarity and how they affect our relationships as we attempt to hold on to the good memories.

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Past Due , 2017; Television monitor, static video, furniture, rope, and redacted bills, 108 x 96 x 65 inches


Mónica Coelho

I am interested in how we, as humans, function (body), what we believe, how we behave, and the distance between those parts of us. I am interested in how reality is perceived. I see art as the creator of an experience to be completed by each person’s own perspective of the world. To test my own perception and others, I often use space. I believe space is a very powerful tool in how the present is experienced, and how decisions are made even without being aware of them. Using these elements, my work and the process of making it points at the nonsense of the world and helps me understand it.

The last two years I have been focused on understanding Time. I started by exploring waiting spaces and moments, as well as gestures of hope. I realized that waiting and hoping come from the same verb in Portuguese, Esperar. Lately I have been exploring time as a measurement. In my work I seek to understand how the passage of time is counted and organized versus how it is perceived daily and what marks it leaves.

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Image:

Guideline series #5, 2019; Mix media drawing and cyanotype on paper, 11 x 9 Inches


Karl Daum

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Failed attempts in the act of falling up #5; Oil on canvas, 98.75 x 82.5 inches


Samuel De Lemos

Samuel De Lemos is a painter, philosopher, teacher, and poet. De Lemos draws from poetry, philosophy, and pedagogy to critique, parody, and analyze contemporary societal ironies, and paradoxes, and considers these cultural idiosyncrasies a rich well from where to draw and create. His creations can be in the form of a painting, filmmaking or sculpture, even animation. De Lemos often uses his discoveries to enrich his pedagogical discourse.

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Clavado ; Walnut wood and clave instruments


Colleen Donovan

Both disorienting and stabilizing, the transmedia work together to invert the physical space in which the piece currently resides. The laboring figure recognizes the camera as a bias tool, subservient to the surface or hands that carry it. Through abstraction, the act of generating representation becomes visibly more complex and conceptually scrutinized. The main pursuit of Contact Circuits is to provide an acute embodiment of the limitations when reinterpreting an experience through a fixed body, lens, and screen.

I run nine laps, turning the video cameras on or off as I pass by them. Then, I manually synchronize the five separate videos to play in the same order in which the action occurred. Each monitor or projector is installed where the footage it’s playing was previously filmed.

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Contact Circuit (9 laps) (Documentation of Screen 3/5), 2019; Video and audio, 72 x 48 inches, 7:05 minutes


Luis Flores

Imagery and imagination, through the eyes of a visual artist, brings more sense to the world. Contrasts in color and shapes, take on the experience and representation of the artist, who takes them all and creates a visual expression of life itself.

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Image:

Mexico 68, 2019-2020; Mixed Media, oil, charcoal, acrylic paint, and collage on canvas, 72 x 120 inches


Giuliana Funkhouser

I’m interested in meeting the Wizard, how about you? My artwork interrogates contemporary mass media entertainment and “content delivery” platforms promising instant connection while fragmenting reality in unprecedented ways. By presenting the darkly Babylonian aspects of weaponized narrative and social media interactions through photo and sound art installations I hope to celebrate the people and places continually pushed to the wayside in the name of technological acceleration, economic expansion and the siren song of paradise.

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Portal to Sound & Radio work/musings

Exhibition Documentation + Fine Art Photo/Portrait work

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The Witches Collective (Giuliana Funkhouser, Eliza Phelan-Harder & Kate Rannells), The Whispering, 2019; Sound art installation


Christa Grenawalt

My paintings explore vast natural landscapes and how they are intimately tied to our bodies. I paint outside with oversized canvases and found materials. Through texture, layering, and movement of pigments, organic materials are brought into the work; ocean water, rain, sand, grass, leaves, bark, and dirt pigment become part of the painting. In the studio, I explore the relationship of constructed spaces with natural elements to develop immersive experiences.

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2020 Vision Installation: Ocean Fire with The Nest We Built, 2020; Acrylic with organic materials on canvas; collected dead branches from under utility wires and grocery pallet wrap plastics, 120 x 180 x 36 inches


Katherine Hanover

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Image:

Play the System (1), 2019; Digital 2D animation, Infinite loop


Imani Maryahm Harrington

As an established pioneer who wrote the first literary play on the representation of women and HIV/AIDS and culture and also on post Hurricane Katrina topics, Imani Maryahm Harrington continues to incite critical practice about the relationships public and private domains have with rapid changes in the environment. Harrington’s practice and interests include the dynamics of collapses, erasures and erosions of public health with a vast need to explore interdisciplinary dimensions of time and space, and capturing visual pictorial literary lenses using multiple realms.

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Image:

Untitled Victorian Burlesque, 2019-2020; Installation, Dimensions variable


John James Hartford V

Through a destructive process, exhumed works are constructed of both collected material and found objects that resonate with personal traumas, memories, or appeal to the aestheticized & destroyed object. The work guides the viewer's attention to the visual object (icon)'s sediments of time and decay, in what I've come to describe as Post-Opulence.

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A Burnt House; Burnt media assemblage, 16.25 x 15.5 x 2 inches


Whitney Humphreys

“Gendered Machines": any non-human, mechanical objects that are associated with, signifiers of, or assigned a gender. My recent work is concerned with understanding how this phenomenon manifests in lived and fictional realities. A limiting and polarizing codification is typically imposed onto the objects that people create, use, and identify with, where things are generally understood to be either objects of service or of domination. This is a patriarchal oversimplification that my work seeks to complicate.

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Image:

Instrumentalized Bodies, 2020; Collage comprised of manipulated imagery sourced from advertisements for computing equipment, as well as stills from films including Metropolis, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Ex Machina


Jesse Yunho Kim

Having served my mandatory two-year service with the military, the ceasefire line has never left my mind. As I reflect back, the ceasefire line gives me confused feelings of sadness and frustration. My paintings are visual experiences of my internal pain that I feel every time I think about the border between North and South Korea. The beautiful landscape has been forever changed due to the military activity.

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Reason of War and Peace, 2019; Acrylic on canvas, 55 X 66 inches


Ryan Golden Kirkpatrick

I am in the mystery of existence, creating paintings as signposts to my location: geographical, psychological, subjective, and spiritual. I want to reveal myself. I want to conceal myself.

I am in the mystery of existence, creating sounds as beacons of my converging routes. Burning into dust, notes disappear. Burying into bodies, vibrations find a home.

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Image:

Terra Whisper, 2019; 23K gold leaf and acrylic on canvas, 60 x 48 inches


Sae Young Lee

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Things to Be Reminded, 2017; HD video, 3:19 minutes


Jiazhen Li

My work is related to the interaction between individuals and the world—how different social, political, and cultural powers influence individuals and how individuals react to that, especially the aesthetics, contradiction, and complexity between fragility and toughness, decay and development, loss and hope.

My work explores the boundaries of distance and intimacy, objectivity and subjectivity, and the relationship and responsibility between artist and subject.

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Image:

One Day I Saw Tumbleweeds Flying: Erleen at the Harvest Festival, 2018; Digital inkjet print, Dimensions variable


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Friday, Mar 15, 2019
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Thursday, Jun 18, 2020 - Friday, Jul 31, 2020
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Wednesday, Jun 10, 2020 -
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Commencement Ceremony 2020
Saturday, May 16, 2020
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BA + MA Symposium
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
10:00AM - 5:30PM
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POSTPONED: Yoshua Okón: In the Land of Ownership
Wednesday, Apr 29, 2020
4:30PM - 6:00PM
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POSTPONED: Media Art: Defining a Field
Thursday, Apr 23, 2020
6:00PM - 8:00PM
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VIRTUAL Graduate Open House + Open Studios
Saturday, Apr 18, 2020
11:00AM - 2:00PM
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April Undergraduate Virtual Q&A Sessions
Saturday, Apr 11, 2020
1:00PM - 2:00PM
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April Graduate Virtual Q&A Sessions
Tuesday, Apr 7, 2020
10:00AM - 6:00PM
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VIRTUAL Undergraduate Welcome Day
Saturday, Apr 4, 2020
10:00AM - 2:00PM
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CANCELED: Ana Teresa Fernández + Creativity Explored at SFAI
Thursday, Apr 2, 2020
6:00PM - 8:00PM
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POSTPONED: Then & Now: A Legacy of Filmmaking at SFAI (Panel Discussion)
Saturday, Mar 28, 2020
6:00PM - 8:00PM
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POSTPONED: Spring Student + Alumni Film Festival
Saturday, Mar 28, 2020 - Sunday, Mar 29, 2020
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POSTPONED: Whitney Lynn: Hole in Your Hand
Friday, Mar 27, 2020
4:30PM - 6:00PM
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CANCELED: Closing Reception: Soiled Matter
Tuesday, Mar 24, 2020
4:30PM
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Jefferson Pinder and Conrad Meyers in Conversation (Virtual Experience)
Friday, Mar 13, 2020
6:00PM - 7:30PM
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CANCELED: Soiled Matter
Thursday, Mar 12, 2020 - Thursday, Mar 26, 2020
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Opening Reception: Living in Memory
Tuesday, Mar 10, 2020
5:00PM - 7:00PM
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Living in Memory
Sunday, Mar 8, 2020 - Saturday, Mar 14, 2020
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CANCELED: Opening Reception: Of Here From There | De Aquí Desde Allá
Friday, Mar 6, 2020
6:00PM - 9:00PM
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CLOSED: Of Here From There | De Aquí Desde Allá
Friday, Mar 6, 2020 - Sunday, Apr 26, 2020
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Opening Reception: WHAT LIES BETWEEN
Friday, Feb 28, 2020
4:30PM
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Closing Reception: The Sistine Barn
Friday, Feb 28, 2020
4:30PM - 6:30PM
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WHAT LIES BETWEEN
Friday, Feb 28, 2020 - Tuesday, Mar 10, 2020
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Opening Reception: Poetry as Critical Form
Tuesday, Feb 25, 2020
5:00PM - 8:00PM
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Poetry as Critical Form
Sunday, Feb 23, 2020 - Saturday, Feb 29, 2020
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February Undergraduate Virtual Q&A Sessions
Saturday, Feb 22, 2020
1:00PM - 2:00PM
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Lawrence Weschler: The Fraught Crossroads
Thursday, Feb 20, 2020
5:00PM - 7:00PM
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Opening Reception: Amalgamation
Tuesday, Feb 18, 2020
5:00PM - 7:00PM
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The Sistine Barn
Tuesday, Feb 18, 2020 - Wednesday, Mar 4, 2020
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February Graduate Virtual Q&A Sessions
Tuesday, Feb 18, 2020
10:00AM - 6:00PM
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Amalgamation
Sunday, Feb 16, 2020 - Saturday, Feb 22, 2020
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Opening Reception: Photography Without Camera - Machine Gaze
Friday, Feb 14, 2020
4:30PM - 7:30PM
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Opening Reception: D-ARK: Tower, Black Boxes
Friday, Feb 14, 2020
4:30PM
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Alumni Mixer in Chicago
Thursday, Feb 13, 2020
5:00PM - 8:00PM
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Photography Without Camera - Machine Gaze
Thursday, Feb 13, 2020 - Tuesday, Feb 25, 2020
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D-ARK: Tower, Black Boxes
Thursday, Feb 13, 2020 - Wednesday, Feb 26, 2020
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Opening Reception: Side of ranch
Tuesday, Feb 11, 2020
5:00PM - 7:00PM
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Side of ranch
Sunday, Feb 9, 2020 - Sunday, Feb 16, 2020
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Opening Reception: Confrontation/Submission/Resistance
Friday, Feb 7, 2020
6:30PM - 8:30PM
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Thomas Chung: Death Threats, Indigenous Knowledge + Cheetos
Friday, Feb 7, 2020
4:30PM - 6:00PM
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Opening Reception: Essence
Monday, Feb 3, 2020 - Tuesday, Feb 4, 2020
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Essence
Monday, Feb 3, 2020 - Saturday, Feb 8, 2020
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Heavy Breathing: Trans Boxing Lecture + Workshop
Saturday, Feb 1, 2020
2:00PM - 4:00PM
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Confrontation / Submission / Resistance
Saturday, Feb 1, 2020 - Sunday, Feb 16, 2020
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Opening Reception: Eden, all the Butterflies Cried a Thousand Times
Friday, Jan 31, 2020
4:30PM - 6:30PM
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Opening Reception: Of Illogics + Rhythms
Friday, Jan 31, 2020
4:30PM - 6:30PM
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Eden, all the Butterflies Cried a Thousand Times
Friday, Jan 31, 2020 - Wednesday, Feb 12, 2020
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Of Illogics + Rhythms
Friday, Jan 31, 2020 - Tuesday, Feb 11, 2020
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January Undergraduate Virtual Q&A Sessions
Saturday, Jan 18, 2020
1:00PM - 2:00PM
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Homo Sapiens Kybernetiké
Friday, Jan 17, 2020 - Tuesday, Jan 28, 2020
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Generative Geography: Postcommodity Takes on Millennium Tower
Friday, Jan 17, 2020
2:00PM - 4:00PM
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January Graduate Virtual Q&A Sessions
Tuesday, Jan 14, 2020
10:00AM - 6:00PM
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To Be Real
Friday, Jan 10, 2020 - Sunday, Feb 23, 2020
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Exhibition Celebration: City Studio Fall 2019
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019
4:00PM - 5:30PM
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December Undergraduate Virtual Q&A Sessions
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019
8:00AM - 3:00PM
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December Graduate Virtual Q&A Sessions
Tuesday, Dec 10, 2019
10:00AM - 6:00PM
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City Studio Fall 2019 Exhibition
Saturday, Dec 7, 2019 - Saturday, Dec 14, 2019
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Flash Point
Friday, Dec 6, 2019 -
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Opening Reception: Fall 2019 BFA Exhibition
Thursday, Dec 5, 2019
5:00PM - 8:00PM
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Opening Reception: Flash Point
Thursday, Dec 5, 2019
5:00PM - 8:00PM
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Fall 2019 BFA Exhibition
Tuesday, Dec 3, 2019 - Saturday, Dec 14, 2019
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The Role of the Arts in the Tech of Tomorrow
Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019
7:00PM - 9:00PM
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Opening Reception: A Room of Ones Own
Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019
5:00PM - 7:00PM
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A Room of Ones Own
Monday, Nov 25, 2019 - Friday, Nov 29, 2019
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SFAI Graduate Preview Day
Saturday, Nov 23, 2019
10:00AM - 2:00PM
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Everything is a Vibrator
Friday, Nov 22, 2019 - Friday, Nov 22, 2019
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Closing Reception: Echo
Friday, Nov 22, 2019
4:30PM - 6:30PM
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Closing Reception: . . .
Friday, Nov 22, 2019
4:30PM - 6:30PM
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Miguel Calderón: On George Kuchar and Tropical Vultures
Thursday, Nov 21, 2019
6:00PM
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Opening Reception: White Walls - Black Joy
Tuesday, Nov 19, 2019
5:00PM - 7:00PM
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White Walls - Black Joy
Monday, Nov 18, 2019 - Saturday, Nov 23, 2019
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El Surrealismo en México: Histories, Reflections, Engagements
Sunday, Nov 17, 2019
5:00PM - 6:30PM
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Echo
Saturday, Nov 16, 2019 - Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019
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Opening Reception: . . .
Saturday, Nov 16, 2019
12:00PM - 9:00PM
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SFAI Concentrate: Open Studios
Saturday, Nov 16, 2019 - Sunday, Nov 17, 2019
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SFAI Concentrate: Film Screenings
Saturday, Nov 16, 2019 - Sunday, Nov 17, 2019
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SFAI Concentrate: Student Art Sale
Saturday, Nov 16, 2019 - Sunday, Nov 17, 2019
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Saturday, Nov 16, 2019 - Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019
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November Undergraduate Virtual Q&A Sessions
Saturday, Nov 16, 2019
8:00AM - 3:00PM
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Opening Reception: Postcommodity: The Point of Final Collapse
Friday, Nov 15, 2019
5:00PM - 8:00PM
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Postcommodity: The Point of Final Collapse
Friday, Nov 15, 2019 -
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Opening Reception: ECHOES: From There to Here
Thursday, Nov 14, 2019
5:00PM - 8:00PM
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November Graduate Virtual Q&A Sessions
Tuesday, Nov 12, 2019
10:00AM - 6:00PM
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Some New Voices
Monday, Nov 11, 2019 - Friday, Nov 15, 2019
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ECHOES: From There to Here
Monday, Nov 11, 2019 - Sunday, Nov 24, 2019
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Opening Reception: Another (Swell) Show
Thursday, Nov 7, 2019
6:00PM - 9:00PM
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Another (Swell) Show
Thursday, Nov 7, 2019 - Sunday, Dec 1, 2019
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ANTITHETICAL
Monday, Nov 4, 2019 - Monday, Nov 11, 2019
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Reception: From the Tower: Collecting Queer Histories
Friday, Nov 1, 2019
7:00PM - 8:00PM
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Artistic, Colorful and Unconventional: A Visual Tour of SFAI’s Queer History
Friday, Nov 1, 2019
6:00PM - 7:00PM
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Opening Reception: residue / cocoon
Friday, Nov 1, 2019
4:30PM
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Opening Reception: Vitality and Vivacity
Friday, Nov 1, 2019
4:30PM
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