The Forgotten Space by Allan Sekula and Noël Burch, San Francisco Art Institute, January 25, 7:30pm. If you don’t believe that a film about the shipping industry can be interesting and engaging, think again. The Forgotten Space, based on Sekula’s long-term photographic project, Fish Story, is a timely exploration of the effects of globalization and neoliberal economic deregulation. You can see the work in the SFAI Walter & McBean galleries during the regular opening hours of the Oceans and Campfires: Allan Sekula and Bruno Serralongue exhibition (until February 18), but the screening on January 25 will be introduced by Sekula himself. This is a great opportunity to meet an artist who has spent a career studying the effects of capitalism on the lives of laborers.

Allan Sekula "Churn" From the series Ship of Fools 1999-2010 48 x 52 inches Courtesy of the artist, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica and Galerie Michel Rein, Paris Bruno Serralongue; photo provided by the SF Art Institute
Allan Sekula, “Churn” from the series Ship of Fools 1999-2010; 48 x 52 inches; Courtesy of the artist, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica and Galerie Michel Rein, Paris. Image provided by the SF Art Institute


Sound and Visual Constructions, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, January 26, 6pm and January 28, 2pm. These performances of experimental music and dance are inspired by the exhibition Gina Osterloh: Anonymous Front (until April 8). The first event features Dohee Lee, Suki O’Kane, Theresa Wong, and Adria Otte, and the second Laetitia Sonami and Jacqueline Gordon.

The Moon (Part One), Berkeley Art Museum, January 27, 7:30pm. One of the most beautiful buildings in the Bay Area, the Berkeley Art Museum will serve as a venue for several moon-themed performances. The guests will be sound artist Tana Sprague, “cosmic dance” band Shock, and cute electronic pop duo High Places. The next “Moon” event will take place on February 24.

Josh Short, Ever Gold Gallery, February 2-February 26. The artist Josh Short will be examining “contemporary American myths and rituals” with the use of music and martial arts. He is planning to open a “liberation center” with self-defense classes in the gallery, as well as invade the street space and radio waves with his “audio graffiti.” There will also be concerts by extreme music bands, as well as several Noise Pop festival artists. Check the gallery website for a detailed schedule of the “interventions.”

101 Collection: Route 3, CCA Wattis, January 19-February 25. This is an experiment in “anarchic order”: an exhibition organized without the overarching authority of a curator. All the decisions regarding the installation of the pieces were made by the chief preparator, the graphic identity was determined by the designer, the texts were written by the managing editor, and the works themselves were chosen by the exhibiting artists. The latter include seminal figures such as Paul McCarthy, Catherine Opie, Ed Ruscha, Rodney Graham, and Eleanor Antin.

At War, SOMArts, February 3-29. This exhibition, curated by Truong Tran and Peter Max Lawrence, explores the topic of identity as a site of conflict. The opening reception will be held on February 3 at 6pm.


San Francisco Art Institute

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Ever Gold Gallery

CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts


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