YBCA presents the latest Room for Big Ideas project, We Carry Each Other, an installation featuring works of art by Eliza Barrios, Lynn Breedlove, Philip Huang & Theo Knox, and Christraper Sings. Using the mediums of sculpture, projection, movement, and sound, each of these artists explores the intimate complexities — including desire, perspective, and queerness — of individual and group identity. Each work of art offers an alternative narrative of a journey each of us takes, alone and together.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If a YBCA performance is dinner, then Smart Night Out is the appetizer and the dessert. Smart Night Out is part workshop, part happy hour date and part backstage sneak peek. This month features award-winning dancer and choreographer Bebe Miller who has been making dances for more than 25 years. Her newest work, A History, centers on the nuanced dancing relationship between veteran company members Angie Hauser and Darrell Jones over a 10-year period. An evening-length duet, the work invites audiences into the experience of dance-making.
Bebe Miller explores the unruly edges of the heart and mind, creating a unique physical language that fully expresses the human condition. The award-winning choreographer’s newest work, A History, centers on the nuanced dancing relationship between veteran company members Angie Hauser and Darrell Jones over a 10-year period. An evening-length duet, the work invites audiences into the experience of dance-making. Part performance, part installation, part interaction, A History shifts the focus from performance to process and can be seen simultaneously as both the result and the act of artistic creation.
Thu, Jan 24 – Sat, Jan 26 • 2:00, 4:00, 6:00 & 8:00pm Sun, Jan 27 • 2:00, 4:00 & 6:00pm
We are thrilled to once again bring you the new winners of British Arrows (formerly British Television Advertising Awards). Established in 1976, the British Arrows recognize the best television, online, outdoor and cinema commercials made by British advertising agencies and production companies. This year’s batch features an entertaining mix of compelling drama, uniquely British comedy, and all-around awe-inspiring innovation. If our commercials were this inventive, we’d have no desire to fast-forward through them. Sincere thanks to Dean Otto, Walker Art Center, for his help in arranging our presentation. (2012, 72 min, digital)