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Transforming Community Development through Arts and Culture

Public Programs

Transforming Community Development through Arts and Culture

November 13, 2019, 3–6:30 PM

Presented by YBCA, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, PolicyLink, & ArtPlace America. A celebration of the power of the arts to advance equitable and resilient communities.

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Everywhere at Once: Films by Sylvia Schedelbauer

Screenings & Films

Everywhere at Once: Films by Sylvia Schedelbauer

Presented by San Francisco Cinematheque

November 7, 2019

Sylvia Schedelbauer appears in person to present a retrospective of recent films.

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Endangered Spaces: San Francisco

Public Programs

Endangered Spaces: San Francisco

Presented by The New York Times & YBCA

November 7, 2019

Michael Kimmelman and June Grant address the politics of public space and how they have affected the city of San Francisco.

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Something Between Us: Films by Jodie Mack

Screenings & Films

Something Between Us: Films by Jodie Mack

Presented by San Francisco Cinematheque

October 24, 2019

Jodie Mack appears in person to present a collection of works.

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Fall Season

Dance

Fall Season

Presented by Alonzo King LINES Ballet

October 1–6, 2019

Experience the communion of jazz luminaries Charles Lloyd and Jason Moran with dance pioneer Alonzo King.

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Makino Takashi: Memento Stella

Screenings & Films

Makino Takashi: Memento Stella

Presented by San Francisco Cinematheque

September 26, 2019

Makino Takashi appears in person to present this digital video work.

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Let Her Sing

Music

Let Her Sing

Presented by Diaspora Arts Connection

September 21, 2019

An evening of exciting music and solidarity for the female voice.

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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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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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Where We Are: Defining Youth Engagement and Social Practice

Convenings & Conferences

Where We Are: Defining Youth Engagement and Social Practice

Presented by YBCA

July 27, 2019

A convening that explores youth organizing, civic engagement, and social practice.

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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

A show exploring 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.

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We Have Iré

Performances

We Have Iré

Paul S. Flores presented by YBCA

May 10–12, 2019

A multidisciplinary theater work exploring the true stories of Afro-Cuban immigrants living in the United States.

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Suzanne Lacy: We Are Here

Exhibitions

Suzanne Lacy: We Are Here

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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Requiem Mass: A Queer Divine Rite

Performances

Requiem Mass: A Queer Divine Rite

Holcombe Waller presented by YBCA

November 16–17, 2018

A performance that remembers those who suffered persecution for their sexual orientation and gender expression.

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Bay Area Now 8

Exhibitions

Bay Area Now 8

September 8, 2018–March 24, 2019

An exhibition that focuses on what is being created in studios across the region is not just desirable, but vital.

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Andrea Bowers: Climate Change is Real

Public Art

Andrea Bowers: Climate Change is Real

September 7–18, 2018

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

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Futurefarmers: Out Of Place, In Place

Exhibitions

Futurefarmers: Out Of Place, In Place

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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The Open Workshop: New Investigations in Collective Form

Exhibitions

The Open Workshop: New Investigations in Collective Form

March 9—July 29, 2018

A group of design experiments by Bay Area design-research studio The Open Workshop.

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Yishai Jusidman: Prussian Blue

Exhibitions

Yishai Jusidman: Prussian Blue

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: Damon Rich & Jae Shin

Exhibitions

Space Brainz–Yerba Buena 3000: Damon Rich & 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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Tania Brugera: Talking to Power / Hablándole al Poder

Exhibitions

Tania Brugera: Talking to Power / Hablándole al Poder

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

Featuring site-specific dance and performance happenings in the street, on fire escapes, and throughout public space.

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Dearest Home

Performances

Dearest Home

Kyle Abraham presented by YBCA

May 16–20, 2017

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 crafts 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.

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Teddy Cruz & Fonna Forman – Visualizing Citizenship: Seeking a New Public Imagination

Exhibitions

Teddy Cruz & Fonna Forman – Visualizing Citizenship: Seeking a New Public Imagination

March 10–June 18, 2017

Presenting case studies for more expansive and inclusive ways of thinking of the relationships between the United States and its neighbors

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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.

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Opposing Forces

Performances

Opposing Forces

Amy O'Neal presented by YBCA

February 16–18, 2017

Utilizing tropes of contemporary performance to expose fears around feminine qualities in our culture through the hyper masculine dance style of breaking.

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Clas/sick Hip Hop

Dance

Clas/sick Hip Hop

Amy O'Neal & UnderCover presented by YBCA

February 16–18, 2017

Clas/sick Hip Hop brings you “Opposing Forces” and “UnderCover Presents: A Tribute to The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.”

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Lynn Hershman Leeson: Civic Radar

Exhibitions

Lynn Hershman Leeson: Civic Radar

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.

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Honduran Garifuna Dance Party!

Performances

Honduran Garifuna Dance Party!

Aurelio presented by YBCA

December 4, 2016

Aurelio, a torchbearer of the Garifuna musical tradition, marries the music and the movements of his Caribbean coastal culture.

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The Poet of Havana

Performances

The Poet of Havana

Carlos Varela presented by YBCA

December 3, 2016

Legendary Cuban nueva trova singer-songwriter Carlos Varela, showcases a musical style that developed in post-revolutionary Cuba.

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Edward Simon and Ensemble Venezuela

Performances

Edward Simon and Ensemble Venezuela

Presented by YBCA

December 2, 2016

Pianist and composer Edward Simon leads Ensemble Venezuela in creating and showcasing underrepresented Venezuelan music.

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I Am Home: A Musical Reflection on Love, Migration and Identity

Performances

I Am Home: A Musical Reflection on Love, Migration and Identity

Diana Gameros presented by YBCA

December 1, 2016

Diana Gameros presents an evening of Latin-influenced indie-pop, folk, jazz, and orchestral music.

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SF Sonido Fest

Performances

SF Sonido Fest

Presented by YBCA

December 1–4, 2016

A four-day music festival featuring a rich diversity of Latin American & Caribbean singer-songwriters.

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Retribution

Performances

Retribution

Tanya Tagaq presented by YBCA

November 18, 2016

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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Erick Meyenberg: The wheel bears no resemblance to a leg

Exhibitions

Erick Meyenberg: The wheel bears no resemblance to a leg

October 14, 2016–February19, 2017

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

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Tom Sachs — Space Program: Europa

Exhibitions

Tom Sachs — Space Program: Europa

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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The Ocean After Nature

Exhibitions

The Ocean After Nature

June 17–August 28, 2016

An exhibition that considers the ocean as a site reflecting the ecological, cultural, political, and economic realities of a globalized world.

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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

This performance teases the senses weaving American jazz and traditional Ethiopian rhythms.

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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

This work questions whether war is a cycle that repeats itself or if it can be broken through deeper individual unlearning and learning.

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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.

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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

An annual ode to eclectic contemporary music featuring visionary musicians and sound explorers.

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Slow Dialogues: Time, Space, and Scale

Exhibitions

Slow Dialogues: Time, Space, and Scale

April 22–July 10, 2016

A site-specific dialogue with social, cultural, and environmental conditions of the Bay Area.

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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

A full sensory experience, the work inspires a significant perspective shift in how we interact with our environment.

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Samara Golden: A Trap in Soft Division

Exhibitions

Samara Golden: A Trap in Soft Division

March 11–May 29, 2016

Golden attempts to stage the sixth dimension–a place where the future, present, and past exist simultaneously.

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Analogy/Dora: Tramontane

Performances

Analogy/Dora: Tramontane

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company presented by YBCA

March 10–13, 2016

A meditation on perseverance, resourcefulness, and resilience while suggesting the amorphous nature of memory.

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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.

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Metahaven: The Sprawl

Exhibitions

Metahaven: The Sprawl

December 17, 2015–April 3, 2016

The project explores the mutation of propaganda in the age of social media.

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Kevin Cooley: Golden Prospects

Exhibitions

Kevin Cooley: Golden Prospects

December 17, 2015–April 3, 2016

Cooley blurs the lines between the natural and the environmentally harmful.

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Office Space

Exhibitions

Office Space

November 7, 2015–February 14, 2016

The exhibition cleverly subverts contemporary office culture to explore labor practices in the 21st century post-industrial economy.

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