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Gilbert & Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore

Theater

Gilbert & Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore

Presented by Lamplighters Music Theatre

August 17–18, 2019

Gilbert and Sullivan’s first international sensation.

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Relaxation Day at YBCA

Public Programs

Relaxation Day at YBCA

August 15, 2019

Celebrate National Relaxation Day and 3rd Thursday with YBCA and Blue Shield of California.

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Four Acts of Light & Wonder

Dance

Four Acts of Light & Wonder

Presented by Garrett + Moulton Productions

August 9–11, 2019

An evening of radiant dance and live music celebrating the irrepressible nature of the human spirit.

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Remembering Phil Solomon

Screenings & Films

Remembering Phil Solomon

Presented by San Francisco Cinematheque

August 8, 2019

This tribute includes several of Solomon’s greatest films.

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Art of Peace

Exhibitions

Art of Peace

July 23—August 25, 2019

Art and artists raising awareness about the continued escalation of death due to gun violence in our country.

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Identity & Pride

Exhibitions

Identity & Pride

Youth Exploration of Self

June 18—July 14, 2019

Through sculpture, photography, digital art, prints, and textiles, the show explores broad themes of identity, including gender, ethnicity, culture, community, and love.

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Public Square

Event

Public Square

June 1, 2019

YBCA Fellows unveil their yearlong projects through workshops, visual and performance art, dance, music, and more.

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A Tribute to A Tribe Called Quest’s Midnight Marauders

Performances

A Tribute to A Tribe Called Quest’s Midnight Marauders

UnderCover presented by YBCA

May 16—18, 2019

UnderCover honors the album with a genre-bending tribute show featuring thirteen Bay Area bands and music producer Starita.

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We Have Iré

Performances

We Have Iré

Paul S. Flores presented by YBCA

May 10–12, 2019

A new multidisciplinary theater work exploring the true stories of Afro-Cuban immigrants living in the United States, as well as their influences on and experiences with American culture.

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We Are Here

Exhibitions

We Are Here

Suzanne Lacy

April 20–August 4, 2019

The first full retrospective of the Los Angeles–based artist, co-organized by YBCA and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

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Bay Area Now 8

Exhibitions

Bay Area Now 8

September 8, 2018–March 24, 2019

At a time when the challenges facing artists in the Bay Area continue to mount, an exhibition that focuses on what is being created in studios across the region is not just desirable, but vital.

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Climate Change is Real

Public Art

Climate Change is Real

Andrea Bowers

September 7–18, 2018

A public art project commissioned for the Global Climate Action Summit.

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Out Of Place, In Place

Exhibitions

Out Of Place, In Place

Futurefarmers

April 20—August 12, 2018

A collective, playful, inquiry-based approach to art making that spans multiple disciplines and ways of inhabiting the world..

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New Investigations in Collective Form

Exhibitions

New Investigations in Collective Form

The Open Workshop

March 9—July 29, 2018

A group of design experiments that test how architecture can empower the diverse voices that make up the public realm and the environments in which they exist.

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Prussian Blue

Exhibitions

Prussian Blue

Yishai Jusidman

December 1, 2017–March 25, 2018

A series of paintings rendered almost exclusively in one of the earliest artificially developed pigments used by European painters—Prussian Blue.

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Edgar Arceneaux

Exhibitions

Edgar Arceneaux

December 1, 2017—March 25, 2018

Edgar Arceneaux explores historical patterns around race and representation through drawings, installations, and theater.

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Space Brainz–Yerba Buena 3000

Exhibitions

Space Brainz–Yerba Buena 3000

Damon Rich and Jae Shin

June 30, 2017–January 28, 2018

Where the art center becomes a laboratory for dissecting how power works through built space.

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Talking to Power / Hablándole al Poder

Exhibitions

Talking to Power / Hablándole al Poder

Tania Brugera

June 16–October 28, 2017

A survey exhibition that presents all of Bruguera’s long-term, socially engaged art projects to date.

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Last Blue Couch in the Sky

Performances

Last Blue Couch in the Sky

Kim Epifano presented by YBCA

June 2–4, 2017

A two-part dance performance starting at Tutubi Plaza and ending in YBCA’s Forum. This production reveals the cultural erasure witnessed in the South of Market neighborhood.

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Dearest Home

Performances

Dearest Home

Kyle Abraham presented by YBCA

May 16–20, 2017

At its core, a work about love, longing, and loss that weaves together movement and vulnerability with cross-cultural conversation and community action.

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For You

Performances

For You

Erika Chong Shuch presented by YBCA

April 1, 2017

Erika Chong Shuch creates a once in a lifetime experience for her audience, crafting performances informed and inspired by select submissions from local creatives.

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The Blues Project

Performances

The Blues Project

Dorrance Dance presented by YBCA

March 16–18, 2017

A dynamic evening of rhythm, original live music, explosive energy, and raw emotion, The Blues Project  is a collaboration of today’s best tap artists, musicians, and choreographers.

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A Tribute to The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

Performances

A Tribute to The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

UnderCover presented by YBCA

February 16–18, 2017

Fifteen Bay Area ensembles pay homage to Grammy award–winning, iconic artist Lauryn Hill, lending their unique, creative voices to songs from her timeless soul and hip hop album.

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Opposing Forces

Performances

Opposing Forces

Amy O'Neal presented by YBCA

February 16–18, 2017

With curiosity, vulnerability, and power, five world-class B-Boys uncover binary perceptions of gender using a diverse range of dance contexts: battling, commercial dance, intimate duets, and cyphering, all set inside a futuristic geometric landscape.

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Clas/sick Hip Hop

Dance

Clas/sick Hip Hop

Amy O'Neal & UnderCover presented by YBCA

February 16–18, 2017

Dance that challenges conventional thought, and live music that hails the queen of poetic lyrics, Clas/sick Hip Hop brings you Opposing Forces and UnderCover Presents: A Tribute to The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

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Civic Radar

Exhibitions

Civic Radar

Lynn Hershman Leeson

February 10–May 21, 2017

An acclaimed retrospective of Bay Area artist Lynn Hershman Leeson’s revolutionary career from the 1960s to the present day.

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les vérités

Performances

les vérités

Gregory Dawson presented by YBCA

January 27–28, 2017

“les vérités” builds on the rich, raw, highly energized style of movement that dawsondancesf has been building for the past decade, revisiting themes that disrupt traditional forms of choreography.

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Retribution

Performances

Retribution

Tanya Tagaq presented by YBCA

November 18, 2016

Tagaq’s portrait of a violent world in crisis, hovering on the brink of destruction. It’s a complex, exhilarating, howling protest that links lack of respect for women’s rights to lack of respect for the planet, to lack of respect for Indigenous rights.

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/pe-LO-tah/

Performances

/pe-LO-tah/

Marc Bamuthi Joseph presented by YBCA

November 18–20, 2016

/peh-LO-tah/ links culture and sport to the complexities of soccer as a conduit for both global joy and global corruption.

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In Concert with Nanook of The North

Performances

In Concert with Nanook of The North

Tanya Tagaq presented by YBCA

November 17, 2016

Tanya Tagaq’s intense, evocative vocalizations, based on Inuit throat singing traditions, help reclaim the controversial 1922 film “Nanook of the North.”

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The wheel bears no resemblance to a leg

Exhibitions

The wheel bears no resemblance to a leg

Erick Meyenberg

October 14, 2016–February19, 2017

An intricate case study of participation and coproduction between an artist and a specific community.

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Space Program: Europa

Exhibitions

Space Program: Europa

Tom Sachs

September 18, 2016—January 15, 2017

Tom Sachs and his team of astronauts set their sights on the next frontier of space exploration.

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This Was Made Here: A Diasporic Odyssey

Performances

This Was Made Here: A Diasporic Odyssey

Meklit presented by YBCA

May 19–21, 2016

Meklit marries the two cultures to create music that transcends culture and dialect, accessible to anyone who enjoys music that makes you move!

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Luciano Chessa

Performances

Luciano Chessa

Presented by YBCA

April 30, 2016

A retrospective self-portrait by the internationally renowned artist Luciano Chessa.

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The Unlearning

Performances

The Unlearning

Theresa Wong presented by YBCA

April 29, 2016

Berkeley-based cellist and composer Theresa Wong, together with the violinist Carla Kihlstedt, will present “The Unlearning” in its West Coast premiere.

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The Crossing

Performances

The Crossing

Edward Schocker and the Crossing Ensemble presented by YBCA

April 29, 2016

A performance that invites audiences to physically experience sound as they move from a space immersed in music to a place of quiet and calm.

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Memory Trace

Performances

Memory Trace

Pamela Z presented by YBCA

April 28, 2016

An exploration of the concept of memory inspired by her late mother’s affair with memory loss.

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New Frequencies Fest 2016

Music

New Frequencies Fest 2016

Presented by YBCA

April 28–30, 2016

The New Frequencies Fest is an annual ode to eclectic contemporary music featuring visionary musicians and sound explorers.

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echo::system–treadmill dreamtime running in place

Performances

echo::system–treadmill dreamtime running in place

Grisha Coleman presented by YBCA

April 15–17, 2016

Transforming abstract information about the environment into a full sensory experience, the work inspires a significant perspective shift in how we interact with our environment.

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Analogy/Dora: Tramontane

Performances

Analogy/Dora: Tramontane

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company presented by YBCA

March 10–13, 2016

MacArthur Genius and legendary choreographer Bill T. Jones, and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, return to YBCA to present the West Coast premiere of “Analogy/Dora: Tramontane.”

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The Odyssey–from Vietnam to America

Performances

The Odyssey–from Vietnam to America

Vân-Ánh Võ presented by YBCA

January 22–23, 2016

The Odyssey–from Vietnam to America explores the personal and spiritual journeys of the Boat People escaping war and reflects upon the resilience of the human spirit and the price of freedom.

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