The latest Room for Big Ideas installation, Reimagine: That Which We Know But Don’t Realize, explores the ways in which we simultaneously create and conceal meaning in landscapes, and how that process defines us in relation to our environment.
Connect is a public art project designed by David Szlasa to activate the exterior of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts as a new platform for creative expression. "Swim," a collection of fantasy movement gestures, is the first video to be presented on a new fifty-foot wide projection screen overlooking Howard Street.
The work of David Shrigley effortlessly infuses a comedic sensibility into a serious fine art practice. David Shrigley: Brain Activity showcases the diversity of the artist’s work — amateurish, crude drawings, hand-crafted sculptures made of unusual materials, and installations characterized by incongruities of scale — offering insightful and often surreal commentary on the absurdities of life, death and everything in between. Irreverent and mischievous, Shrigley’s art presents the kind of odd scenarios you never come across in real life, but wish you did.
YBCA:You members are invited to this art-making workshop with artist Miriam Klein Stahl. Stahl collaborated with her former student, Gabby Miller, to create original interactive artwork for the Occupy Oakland movement. This work—displayed in the Occupy Bay Area exhibition—serves as an inspirational platform in which the viewer becomes both the artist and the visionary. Stahl will lead a printmaking workshop in which Youers will create the very Occupy Oakland poster hanging in the gallery. Materials supplied, but bring a t-shirt or any other item you want to silkscreen!
Tan Zuoren is a civil rights advocate who investigated the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, including the deaths of 512 Wenchuan students, and the corruption which resulted in poor building construction. For his efforts, he was charged with “inciting subversion of state power.” During his trial, police violently detained witnesses, which is an obstruction of justice. He was sentenced to five years in prison. Disturbing the Peace is a confrontational film, with Ai Weiwei directly taking on the police and other authorities, and paying a heavy price for doing so. (2009, 78 min, digital)
We seem to be obsessed with recording as many images as possible. And nowadays we often mentally record a multitude of photos in a single moment. This permits us to observe the moment from different perspectives. This film program brings together films that appraise the surface of the photographic image, circling the moment and even entering it. Features works by Paul de Nooijer, Jean Eustache, Tim Macmillan, Maki Satake, Jean-Gabriel Périot, and Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen. (92 minutes)