Fri, January 18, 2013
  • Exhibition
    Oct 12, 2012 – Jan 27, 2013
    Downstairs Galleries
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    Swedish-born artist Nathalie Djurberg’s unsettling avian menagerie takes flight this fall at YBCA. Using actual bird species as inspiration for her sometimes grotesque forms, Djurberg explores physical and psychological transformation as well as pageantry, perversion, and abjection in avian society. In addition to the wild flock of more than eighty freestanding bird sculptures on view, the exhibition also includes five animated films, in which avian psychology is superimposed upon human behavior with extraordinary results. Her clay animations are set to music and sound effects by her partner and collaborator Hans Berg.

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  • Exhibition
    Oct 27, 2012 – Feb 17, 2013
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    In conjunction with the exhibition The Parade: Nathalie Djurberg with Music by Hans Berg, YBCA presents A Mad Tea Party: Five Videos by Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, a selection of important works where complex and twisted narratives are performed by molding clay figures in constructed environments. Spanning the past eight years of the artists’ career, these animations depict their characteristically dark tales that plumb the depths of human psychology to dramatic effect, and include human and animal characters that are thrown together into strange and mythological scenarios laden with sexuality and violence.

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  • Exhibition
    Oct 12, 2012 – Jan 27, 2013
    Downstairs Galleries
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    Nayland Blake was one of the pioneers of performance art in the Bay Area in the 1980s. His work often explored aspects of the queer urban lifestyle. Though now based in New York, his most recent work is a return to his earlier processes from that period, where materials and spontaneity generate sculptural works that are informal, precarious, nonsensical, and odd or uncanny. For his upcoming solo exhibition at YBCA, Blake will create spontaneous sculptures using his life as the catalyst. Also included in the exhibition are a DJ booth stocked with Blake’s collection of over three thousand LPs, which visitors will be invited to spin; and the recreation of a mural by Chuck Arnett (1962), which decorated the wall of the Tool Box, a leather bar in what is now San Francisco’s SoMa district.

    Exhibition
  • Exhibition
    Oct 27, 2012 – Feb 17, 2013
    Upstairs Galleries

    William Cordova works in installation, performance, sculpture, film, photography, and drawing. He focuses on architecture and landscapes, and reconstructs, reconsiders, and reconnects past events to reveal their relevancy in today’s social climate. Creating ephemeral monuments, Cordova sees the visual arts as a platform for discussing our common experiences, needs, and struggles.

    Exhibition
  • Exhibition
    Oct 13, 2012 – Jan 27, 2013
    FREE with gallery admission
    Downstairs Galleries

    FREE!LOVE!TOOL!BOX! provides visitors an opportunity to explore Nayland Blake’s unique collection of over 3,000 LPs. You are invited to sign up for a DJ set to spin at the turntables within the installation, Ruins of a Sensibility.

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  • FilmVideo
    Jan 17, 2013 – Jan 20, 2013
    Screening Room
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    Thu, Jan 17 & Fri, Jan 18  •  7:30pm
    Sat, Jan 19  •  4:00pm & 7:30pm
    Sun, Jan 20  •  2:00pm & 4:00pm
    Does hell exist? If so, who ends up there, and why? Is it possible we’ve gotten hell wrong? Hellbound? is a provocative and unique example of the burgeoning independent Christian film genre that we rarely see in San Francisco, and will appeal to believers and non-believers alike. Featuring an eclectic group of authors, theologians, pastors, social commentators and musicians (including members of Deicide and GWAR), you’ll never look at hell the same way again. (2012, 85 min, digital)

    Film/Video
  • Community Program
    San Francisco Performances: Wayne McGregor | Random Dance
    Jan 18, 2013 7:30pm
    Jan 17, 2014 7:30pm
    Jan 19, 2014 2:00pm
    Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater
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    San Francisco Performances presents
    Wayne McGregor | Random Dance
    FAR

    Choreographer/Director/Tech Magician Wayne McGregor’s astounding company returns to SF Performances with an evening-length tour-de-force for ten dancers that blurs the lines between live performance, philosophy and real-time technology. FAR features a superbly hip score by Brian Eno collaborator Ben Frost and an ambitious set featuring 3,200 computerized LED penlights. As with his other works, a cognitive research process informed FAR’s creation, sparked by the 18th-century Age of Enlightenment.


    Photo: Ravi Deepres

    Performance

January 2013

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