San Francisco Art Institute Artists Residencies and Exhibitions
January 2000 – August 2004
San Francisco Art Institute

During my tenure as SFAI Director of Exhibitions, I oversaw residencies, projects and exhibitions with international artists from Belgium, Cuba, France, Israel, Korea, Slovenia, and the United States. For all of these residencies, the artists also gave lectures or taught seminars and SFAI students worked with them on the installation and production of their exhibitions and projects.

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CLARE E. ROJAS
Clare Rojas
Residency/exhibition/performance
June 18 - July 31, 2004
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Clare Rojas’ year-long residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts culminated an exhibition at SFAI that included her drawings, paintings, and hand-made quilts. In the project space she also made site specific gouache murals and a stage set on which she performed her own country western and folk inspired songs as Peggy Honeywell, her alternate persona.
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Ghada Amer
Residency/exhibition
February 13 - April 20, 2002
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This exhibition of Amer’s work from 2000-2001 included twenty-hand sewn drawings and a new large-scale painting. The drawings, derived from a series of Amer’s prints, have repeated images of childhood and innocence, flora and fauna, superheroes and airplanes, and erotic figures. Drips with Big Figures represented a new direction in her painting with fields of color overlaid by loose, open threads that formed larger figures on an abstract, spacious canvas.
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Tania Bruguera
Residency/exhibition
February 13 - May 11, 2002
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Bruguera exhibited Estatica (Statistics) a flag made from the hair of Cuban citizens and La Isla En Peso (Island Burden), an eight-monitor video/sound installation of a body performance. For her project in process, she invited students, staff, and the public to tea to discuss their personal and socio-political associations with this commodity. She dried all of the bags and incorporated them into Poetic Justice, her installation at the 2003 Venice Biennale (image left).
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Raul Cordero
Residency/exhibition
December 7 - 29, 2001
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For Casting Cordero held a live screen test set in the gallery to select actors for 6 Chances, a circle of six synchronized video projections of what appeared to be one man kissing six different young women. In Déjame contarte un video (Let Me Tell You a Video) a grid of 35mm photo contact sheets repeating the same 30 black-and-white images from floor-to-ceiling, creating the photographic equivalent of video looping.
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Los Carpinteros
Residency/exhibition
October 11 - November 17, 2001
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Los Carpinteros exhibited two installations at SFAI: Espejos de Agua (Mirrors of Water), six wooden drafting tables filled with water that infused them with new meaning and metaphor. Bibloteca (Library, Part 1) contained a “library” of thirty-six carpenter’s tapes with textual fragments of banned or censored books offer both portability and the ability to conceal. A series of large-scale watercolor drawings explored concepts and ideas for future sculptures and installations.
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Gal Weinstein
Residency/exhibition
2001
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Gal Weinstein created two site specific installations: Untitled (Silicone Curtain) invited and hindered passage through the gallery space, a stand-in for a border. He also made two large-scale drawings in his signature medium, steel wool: Window Installation echoed elements of SFAI’s architecture, while Wall Installation, depicted lions devouring a carcass. Weinstein’s use of mundane materials wrly comments on the division between “high” art and craft, as his works reference politics.
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Michal Helfman
Residency/exhibition
January 10 - February 2, 2001
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Caesarea, a video installation framed by club lighting, documented a twelve hour party on an Israeli beach. Hundreds of club goers dance in the lavish party set designed by Helfman, then the stage is broken down, rapidly compressed from twelve hours into sixty seconds. For Helfman the looping beach party scene simulates a Roman bacchanal and the hedonism of enjoying pleasurable moments that suddenly and tragically collapse in uncertain times.
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