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Count Us In: Showing Up For the Census Right Now

Digital Conversations

Count Us In: Showing Up For the Census Right Now

Presented by SF Urban Film Fest & YBCA & Art+Action

June 30, 2020, 4–5 PM

A virtual conversation about the importance of the Census for San Francisco and the Bay Area.

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Alchemy of the Reset with Pedro Noguera

Digital Conversations

Alchemy of the Reset with Pedro Noguera

Live on YBCA.org

June 24, 2020, 12 PM

Brett Cook, Liz Lerman, and Meklit Hadero are joined by Pedro Noguera

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Alchemy of the Reset with Natalie G. Diaz

Digital Conversations

Alchemy of the Reset with Natalie G. Diaz

Live on YBCA.org

June 17, 2020, 12 PM

Brett Cook, Liz Lerman, and Meklit Hadero are joined by Natalie G. Diaz

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Alchemy of the Reset with Diane Ragsdale

Digital Conversations

Alchemy of the Reset with Diane Ragsdale

Live on YBCA.org

May 27, 2020, 12 PM

Brett Cook, Liz Lerman, and Meklit Hadero are joined by Diane Ragsdale.

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See Black Women

Digital Conversations

See Black Women

Stream at YBCA & MOAD's Facebook Pages

May 19 & May 26, 2020, 4 PM

A two-part conversation featuring nine Bay Area Black Womxn Artists and Curators about visibility, grief, and our present paradigm shift in culture and practice

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Rightfully Ours

Performances

Rightfully Ours

Co-presented by San Francisco Girls Chorus and Berkeley Ballet Theater

February 29, 2020, 7:30 PM

Inspired by the legacy of the women who fought for the passage of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution.

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Pocket-Size Cinema in Spain: Experiments in Super-8

Screenings & Films

Pocket-Size Cinema in Spain: Experiments in Super-8

Presented by San Francisco Cinematheque

February 27, 2020, 7:30 PM

A program of contemporary and historic films made in Super-8mm by Spanish filmmakers.

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Paul Taylor Dance Company

Dance

Paul Taylor Dance Company

Presented by San Francisco Performances

February 19–23, 2020

The West Coast premiere of Taylor’s final work, “Concertiana,” and other signature dances that defined dance in America.

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let me tell you what home looks like

Screenings & Films

let me tell you what home looks like

SF Urban Film Fest

February 8, 2020, 7 PM

As cities gentrify, black artists and activists create new narratives, shift the audience gaze, amplify unheard voices, and showcase their resilience.

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Diaspora: Identity and the Pathos of Global Labor

Screenings & Films

Diaspora: Identity and the Pathos of Global Labor

SF Urban Film Fest

February 6, 2020, 6:30 PM

Films and a panel discussion explore personal experiences of diaspora within the global labor market.

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SF Urban Film Fest 2020

Festival

SF Urban Film Fest 2020

SF Urban Film Fest

February 3–8, 2020

Exploring Place and the Populist Revolt, investigating how cities are ground zero for the struggle to find or hold on to a place, for both incumbents and newly arrived.

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Be Water: Civil Disobedience and the Fight for Democracy in Hong Kong

Screenings & Films

Be Water: Civil Disobedience and the Fight for Democracy in Hong Kong

SF Urban Film Fest

February 3, 2020, 6:30 PM

Alex Yong Kang Chow co-curates this event looking at the Hong Kong demonstrations from the lived experience of the student protestors.

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Interludes: New and Recent Films by Nathaniel Dorsky

Screenings & Films

Interludes: New and Recent Films by Nathaniel Dorsky

Presented by San Francisco Cinematheque

January 23, 2020, 7:30 PM

New and recent works by the master filmmaker Nathaniel Dorsky.

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Transitions

Performances

Transitions

Presented by The Nocturnists

January 16, 2020, 7:00 PM

Join us for an evening of medical storytelling on the theme of “Transitions.”

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The Christmas Ballet

Dance

The Christmas Ballet

Presented by Smuin Contemporary Ballet

December 12–23, 2019

Light up your holiday season with Smuin’s The Christmas Ballet!

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Celebrating Jonas Mekas 2: Walden

Screenings & Films

Celebrating Jonas Mekas 2: Walden

Presented by San Francisco Cinematheque

December 8, 2019, 5 PM

Cinematheque closes its 2019 exhibition year with a rare screening of Mekas’ legendary film.

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The Velveteen Rabbit

Performances

The Velveteen Rabbit

Presented by ODC/Dance

November 29–December 8, 2019

ODC/Dance enlivens Margery Williams’ classic tale of a well-worn nursery rabbit that becomes real.

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Sarah Rifky

Public Programs

Sarah Rifky

Presented by Curatorial Research Bureau

November 14, 2019

Curator and writer Sarah Rifky talks about her experience founding and running small-scale arts organizations.

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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

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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Na Kim

Public Programs

Na Kim

Presented by Curatorial Research Bureau

October 24, 2019

Graphic designer and curator Na Kim talks about her dynamic design practice.

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Fall Season 2019

Dance

Fall Season 2019

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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Ute Meta Bauer

Public Programs

Ute Meta Bauer

Presented by Curatorial Research Bureau

September 26, 2019

Internationally-renowned curator and professor of contemporary art talks about her curatorial work.

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The Body Electric

Exhibitions

The Body Electric

September 6, 2019–February 23, 2020

Works by an intergenerational and international group of artists who have seized upon the screen as a place to rethink the body and identity.

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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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Transform Fest Fall 2017: Program C

Performances

Transform Fest Fall 2017: Program C

Presented by YBCA

September 16 & 21, 2017

Amy Seiwert’s Imagery, Larry Arrington, Sandra Lawson Ndu, Minoosh Zomorodinia & Fogbeast perform.

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Transform Fest Fall 2017: Program B

Performances

Transform Fest Fall 2017: Program B

Presented by YBCA

September 15 & 23, 2017

Fauxnique and RAWdance perform.

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Transform Fest Fall 2017: Program A

Performances

Transform Fest Fall 2017: Program A

Presented by YBCA

September 14 & 22, 2017

Visual and performance artist Jesse Hewit and street-dance theater company Embodiment Project perform.

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Transform Fest Fall 2017

Festival

Transform Fest Fall 2017

Presented by YBCA

September 14–23, 2017

Seven newly commissioned performances by prolific Bay Area artists—spanning from contemporary dance to experimental performance—to pop-up installations, community conversations, and even a late-night party that creates dance floor citizenship

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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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Take This Hammer: Art + Media Activism from the Bay Area

Exhibitions

Take This Hammer: Art + Media Activism from the Bay Area

March 11–August 14, 2016

Who is an activist? What role does art play in social change?

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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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Earth Machines

Exhibitions

Earth Machines

August 14–December 6, 2015

This exhibition considers the relentless stream of new technological products in light of their underlying material precariousness and profound ecological impact.

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Won Ju Lim: Raycraft is Dead

Exhibitions

Won Ju Lim: Raycraft is Dead

August 14–December 6, 2015

Lim presents a new iteration of an ongoing body of work that considers our relationships to the spaces we occupy and own.

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Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art

Exhibitions

Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art

June 13–October 11, 2015

The first comprehensive survey of performance art by visual artists of African descent from the United States and the Caribbean.

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Shana Moulton: Picture Puzzle Pattern Door

Exhibitions

Shana Moulton: Picture Puzzle Pattern Door

April 16–August 2, 2015

A multimedia installation featuring a humorous, playful, and sometimes painful world where kitsch, mysticism, pop culture, and spirituality collide.

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Nate Boyce: Polyscroll

Exhibitions

Nate Boyce: Polyscroll

January 23–April 5, 2015

A body of work that emphasizes the hand drawn and painterly representation, in order to forefront how our tools create the semblance of space and depth in 2D and 3D within the longer history of painting and sculpture

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Lucy Raven: Hollywood Chop Riding

Exhibitions

Lucy Raven: Hollywood Chop Riding

November 14, 2014–January 11, 2015

Lucy Raven uncovers the complexities at play in technology.

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Alien She

Exhibitions

Alien She

October 24, 2014–January 25, 2015

A view into the passion and diversity of Riot Grrrl, a pioneering punk feminist movement that emerged in the early 1990s.

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Landscape: the virtual, the actual, the possible?

Exhibitions

Landscape: the virtual, the actual, the possible?

October 24, 2014–January 25, 2015

The exhibition considers visual, perceptual, and conceptual systems that have become increasingly unstable, both physically and metaphorically.

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Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon: It Only Happens All of the Time

Exhibitions

Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon: It Only Happens All of the Time

March 7–June 15, 2014

Gordon explores sound’s ability to establish different levels of intimacy.

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Public Intimacy: Art and Other Ordinary Acts in South Africa

Exhibitions

Public Intimacy: Art and Other Ordinary Acts in South Africa

February 14–June 8, 2014

An exhibition that brings together twenty-five artists and collectives who disrupt expected images of a country known largely through its apartheid history.

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