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The YBCA:ConVerge series is a free monthly public gathering featuring creative and generative social art practices. ConVerge is where community and innovative multi- and inter-disciplinary arts practices come together in our free and public spaces in a fluid, interactive, experimental format designed to engage audiences. YBCA's Grand Lobby and Front Door Gallery will come alive during ConVerge events with social art, live music and inspiring curated performances, as well as drinks prepared by YBCA mixologists.
Part of Third Thursdays in Yerba Buena, FREE art, drinks, fun… Get your culture on each month in downtown San Francisco with artworks, talks, performances, and interactive events throughout the neighborhood! thirdthursdaysf.org
The Chasm ArenaMar 20, 2014 4:00pm – 8:00pm
YBCA Converge will host interactive presentations and conversations with artists Zeina Barakeh, Michal Gavish, Cece Carpio, Dennis Kim, and Michelle Lee, who are featured in The Chasm Arena show in the Front Door Gallery. The evening will include maker sessions, spoken word, and pointed dialogues about the themes in their work. It will illuminate some of the important issues and the impact of disconnects and divides that exist in our lives, often stemming from historical, geographical, and political fissures.
ConVerge: 0th and InfrasoundMay 15, 2014 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Organized in conjunction with the exhibition Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon: It Only Happens All the Time, May’s YBCA ConVerge investigates sound’s relationship to the body through special performances by 0th and Infrasound. 0th is an all-female group whose performances incorporate dance, sculptural installation-based electronic instruments, multi-channel video installations, and robotics to investigate technology’s hold on contemporary life. Members include Jacqueline Gordon, Caryl Kientz, Canner MEFE, and Amanda Warner. Infrasound is a spatial acoustic concert series initiated and performed by Scott Arford and Randy Yau, one that provides a framework for exploring the complex relationship between sound, space, perception, and the body. Demanding that the audience “hear with their body,” Infrasound investigates the possibility of sound, especially low frequencies, to measure the capacity of architecture; it is about the physicality of sound and the physical experience of sound.
Ilana Crispi is a San Francisco-based visual artist. Using ceramics, fiber, and traditional craft along with contemporary technologies and junk materials, she creates excessively crafted objects and environments. Her creations are sometimes temporary and change over time. They occupy the gallery space and extend beyond to the street and sometimes into unexpected encounters. Her work often focuses on ideas of perception, the ways in which we perceive our environments, and the things we desire. She sculpts the ephemeral and challenges ideas of authenticity or value.
Originally from Los Angeles, Crispi has also lived and worked in Providence, New York, and Madrid. She received her MFA from Mills College and BA in comparative literature and visual arts from Brown University. She was the recipient of the Eklind Fellowship and the Resident Artist at the Montalvo Arts Center, the de Young and Legion of Honor museums in San Francisco, and at the Rochester Folk Art Guild in New York. Her work has been shown at conventional and alternative sites including public streets in Oakland; Ramon’s Tailor, Southern Exposure, Artist's Television Access, Little Tree Gallery, and the de Young Museum in San Francisco; the Children's Discovery Museum in San Jose; and Shanghai Normal University Gallery in Shanghai, China. Crispi teaches studio practice and art history at City College of San Francisco and Skyline College.
Zeina Barakeh (b. Beirut) is a San Francisco-based artist. Her work examines how people and spaces become polarized during binary divisions. Through animation, digital media, and archival installations, she interrogates constructions of identity, history, memory, and territory.
Selected solo and two-person exhibitions include Jaffa Mangoes: History, Memory, and Myth, Ictus Gallery, San Francisco; The Third-Half, Anspacher Galleries, The Public Theater, New York; Passages, Golden Thread’s ReOrient Festival, Theater Artaud, San Francisco; Facettes, Espace SD, Beirut. Group exhibitions include Women Redrawing the World Stage, SOHO20 Chelsea Gallery, New York; The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art, and Society, Bernstein Gallery, Princeton University; Proliferations, Off Space, San Francisco; Internal Exile: From Palestine to the U.S.A. to Mexico, SOMArts Bay Gallery, San Francisco. Upcoming: Residency at the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions, Rutgers University, New Jersey.
Barakeh obtained an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute where she currently serves as Director of Graduate Administration.
Michal Gavish is an Israeli-born San Francisco-based, multi-media artist. Her paintings and video works examine personal histories, contemplating their place between fact and fiction. She received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her previous PhD in Physical Chemistry has lent its scientific research methods to her current art practice and has influenced her imagery by touching upon issues of perception. Her fictional narrative is inspired by her work as a stage designer.
Solo exhibitions: Presented Past, Hungarian Jewish Museum, Budapest; My Objectivity, Sandra Lee Gallery, San Francisco; My Objectivity, Zadik Gallery, Tel Aviv; Jaffa Mangoes: History, Memory and Myth, Ictus Gallery, San Francisco; Meine Sachlichkeit, Spinnerei, Leipzig; 2011 Featured Artist, National WCA; Conversations, artBO, Bogota. Group Exhibitions: The Future Imagined, Zero One Silicon Valley Biennale; Corner of Hatzionut Ave and Hagefen, Bet Hagefen, Haifa; By Mainly Unexpected Means, Meridian Gallery, San Francisco; Personally Political, Tachles, Berlin; Re Bound, Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Sonoma; Proliferations, Off Space, San Francisco; Invisible Homes, SOMArts, San Francisco.
From the Philippines and now living in the Bay Area, Cece Carpio paints people and places working towards a more dignified existence. Using acrylic, ink, aerosol, and installations, her work tells stories of immigration, ancestry, resistance, and resilience. She documents evolving traditions by combining folkloric forms, bold portraits, and natural elements with urban art techniques.
Carpio has produced and exhibited work in the Philippines, Fiji Islands, Cuba, Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Italy, Norway, the UK, and throughout the United States. She recently been awarded the Rockwood Institute Fellowship for leaders engaged in the Arts as a critical agent of change. She also received the New York Foundation for the Arts Immigrant Artist Fellowship; a teaching residency at Café R.E.D & La Botica Espacio Cultural at Xela, Guatemala; and an artist residency with KulArts at SOMA San Francisco. The City of Oakland, the SF Arts Commission, the Multicultural Community Center at UC Berkeley, and the Oakland Museum of California have commissioned her work.
She can often be found collaborating with her collective, Trust Your Struggle, teaching, and traveling around the world in pursuit of the perfect wall.
Michelle “Mush” Lee is a Bay Area poet, playwright, performer, and educator whose work has been presented nationwide. She has been a featured artist at the National Asian American Theater Festival (NYC), Girlfest Hawaii (Honolulu), the Grounded: New Works Theater Festival (SF), and Russell Simmon’s HBO Def Poetry Jam. She holds degrees from UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University, is an alumna of the Hip Hop Theater Festival's Future Aesthetics Artist Program, and currently serves as the Arts-in-Education Program Director at Youth Speaks. She writes, speaks, and teaches in the belief that transcendent art is a vehicle for transformative education.
Dennis Kim aka Denizen Kane is a poet and musician. He is one of the founders of I Was Born With Two Tongues, a spoken word quartet, and Typical Cats, a Chicago-based hip hop collective. His full-length works include LPs with Two Tongues and Typical Cats, solo albums, and a play. His poetry has been featured in the Asian Pacific American Journal; Columbia Review; Echoes upon Echoes: New Korean American Writings; Screaming Monkeys, and on three seasons of Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry Jam.
YBCA's programs are made possible in part by:
National Endowment for the Arts
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is grateful to the City of San Francisco for its ongoing support.
Community Engagement and Youth Education Programs are made possible in part by:
Adobe Foundation, Walter & Elise Haas Fund, Institute of Museum and Library Services, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, The Kimball Foundation, The Bernard Osher Foundation, The Sato Foundation, U.S. Bank, Wells Fargo Foundation and members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts