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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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