Western Landscapes and Disels & Dinosaurs on view until November 22


Opens November 1

Idris Khan transforms the conceptual art of appropriation into an elegant and substantial meditation on the act of creativity. Appropriating icons of literature, music, and art, Khan methodically layers his material, whether it is Beethoven’s symphony, Milton’s Paradise Lost, or Bernd and Hilla Becher’s stylized sculpture of water towers. The process allows the artist to tease out certain areas adjusting the source material so that the soul of the piece is manifested in Khan’s accreted interpretation. For example, in Struggling to Hear… After Ludwig van Beethoven Sonatas, 2005, Beethoven’s entire series of sonatas becomes a dense wall of near blackness; a virtual illustration of the composer’s deafness.

Khan’s work tests our experience of these other art forms; words and music are experienced sequentially, however the artist compresses time visually. Photographic iconography such as Bernd and Hilla Becher’s water tower series—a body of work based on the inherent nature of recurring form—layer upon one another and ultimately create a ghostly animation describing the ‘essence’ of the form rather than each individual tower.

Born in Birmingham in 1978, Khan lives and works in London. He had a major solo exhibition at K20, Düsseldorf in 2008 and has also exhibited at Art Dubai (2008), Forum d’art contemporain, Luxembourg (2008), inIVA, London (2006), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2006), and Helsinki Kunsthalle (2005). His work is included in the collection of The National Gallery of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, among others.

  • Houses of Parliament, London, 2012, bromide print on rag board

    Houses of Parliament, London

Pier 24 Photography is please to announce the Fall 2012 Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program in collaboration with California College of the Arts and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

“Vanessa, Philadelphia,” 2006 © Zoe Strauss/Courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art

Lecture by Zoe Strauss
October 23, 2012 / 7PM
Timken Lecture Hall, California College of the Arts
1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco CA, 94107

Free and open to the public
No RSVP – Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis

Self-taught photographer, Zoe Strauss was born in 1970 in Philadelphia. She aspires “to create an epic narrative that reflects the beauty and struggle of everyday life,” which she historically examines within the context of her hometown. On her 30th birthday, she was given a camera and started taking pictures of life in Philadelphia’s marginal neighborhoods. She has since been described as the “chronicler of Philadelphia’s mean streets” and the city’s own Diane Arbus.

Between 2001 and 2011, she exhibited her photographs in a yearly exhibition titled Under I-95, which featured her prints affixed to columns under an elevated section of Highway I-95.

Strauss received a Seedling Award in photography from the Leeway Foundation in 2002, a Pew Fellowship in 2005, and in 2006, her work was included in the Whitney Biennial. In 2007, Strauss was named a 2007 USA Gund Fellow. This year, the Philadelphia Museum of Art organized Strauss’s mid-career retrospective, titled 10 Years.


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SF Camerawork and ZYZZYVA are proud to host Lucas Foglia for a special artists’s talk. The acclaimed Bay Area photographer will be presenting and discussing photographs from his series A Natural Order andFrontcountry and sharing the stories behind them. Named “one of the most beautiful and thought-provoking photo books of the year” by The GuardianA Natural Order comes from Foglia’s travels throughout the southeastern United States befriending, photographing, and interviewing a network of people who left cities and suburbs to live off the grid. Frontcountry, featured in the 2012 Fall issue of ZYZZYVA, documents the people who have chosen to remain in the rural American West while both the small towns and the wild areas they border continue to disappear.

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September 14, 2012
7:30 pm
San Francisco Art Institute Lecture Hall 800 Chestnut Street San Francisco, Ca (at Jones Street) TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR
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$10.00 general admission $5.00 students with ID— TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR
Emmet Gowin
Renowned photographer Emmet Gowin will open the 10th Anniversary PhotoAlliance Lecture Series and will speak on his long involvement with photography.

A lifetime of images from intimate portraits of family and of his wife, Edith, aerial photographs, strip mining sites, nuclear testing fields, large-scale agricultural fields and other scars in the natural landscape, lyrical montages of moths in Panama, and more, rarefied images of Edith.

From the SFAC website

Visible Horizons


Image: Rhonda Holberton, Failed Parachute, Video Still, 2012.

Exhibition dates: Friday, August 10 – Saturday, October 6, 2012
Opening Reception: Friday, August 10, 6pm – 8pm
Location: SFAC Main Gallery, 401 Van Ness Ave.
Hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 12pm – 5pm

Artists: Andrew ChapmanChris Duncan and Rhonda Holberton

The SFAC Galleries’ has commissioned new installations from three dynamic, young regional artists for our new exhibition, Visible Horizons.  Andrew Chapman, Chris Duncan and Rhonda Holberton, acting as both curators and artists, will be presenting three perspectives on the idea of the horizon, drawing attention to the roles access, visibility, and myth have on relationships between landscape, architecture, and the human body. In our daily lives the true horizon is largely obscured by natural and human-created objects; this augmented intersection of earth and sky is called the visible horizon. While the horizon can be understood as a site of unification, it also divides all visible directions into two categories: those that intersect the Earth’s surface, and those that do not. Chapman’s layered multimedia installation, Duncan’s interactive aural landscape and Holberton’s camera obscura will offer visitors a chance to challenge their literal and conceptual notion of where and what the horizon is and how we interact with it on a daily basis.

Free Public Programs will play a large role in this exhibition. Watch for announcements soon about experimental music nights, a special film screening and more!