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Roll Call: Bay Area Arts and Culture
Adultry—DAVID & JOANNA (myspace.com/davidandjoanna)
San Francisco duo FREDDY MCGUIRE is visual artist and film/video maker ANNE MCGUIRE, accompanied by the electronic musician known as WOBBLY (Jon Leidecker). Together they perform as The Freddy McGuire Show, in twisted lounge mode.
Release of the Pressure
Prison For You
Down To The Sea
Pet Me Like A Cat
Beautiful Colors of the Fall
Poke My Guts
Anne is most widely regarded for her video work, which has screened internationally. For more on the videos of Anne McGuire, see Video Data Bank. Wobbly began as an improvised live mix radio program in Santa Barbara in 1990 and since 1994 has become the unintentional psuedonym of Jon Leidecker. Live performances are still laptop free and aim for extended narratives spun from spontaneous yet coherent multi-sample polyphony. It tries to sound like everything that’s ever happened. Selected recent albums are freely available online. (myspace.com/freddymcguire)
The Air We Breathe—FIGURINES
As She Breathes—LINDSAY COOPER
Be The Air We Breathe—LEWIS & CLARKE
APSARA DIQUINZIO is assistant curator of painting and sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, where she has organized solo exhibitions with R.H. Quaytman, Felix Schramm, Paul Sietsema, Mai-Thu Perret, and Vincent Fecteau. She also organized the 2008 SECA Art Award Exhibition and Abstract Rhythms: Paul Klee and Devendra Banhart. Formerly she worked at the Whitney Museum of American Art where she organized the exhibitions. She has contributed essays to numerous publications including Romanian Cultural Resolution Contemporary Art in Romania, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art: 75 Years of Looking Forward, and the 2004 Whitney Biennial exhibition catalogue.
D-L ALVAREZ is a visual artist and writer who examines the way we have been political and carries an obsession with history and the various ways it gets told. In drawings, sculptures, and films he made from 2002-07, his focus was on Southern California in the months just prior and immediately following the infamous Manson murders of August 1969. Drawings of Black Panther demonstrations, Hells Angels, Manson women and spaces of historical significance, moved in and out of focus. Similarly, his drawing for The Air We Breathe which wraps the exhibition catalogue, borrows an image of a couple in Dykes On Bikes from a San Francisco Pride March of the early seventies, with more than half of the drawing skidding into a motion blur. Darrell’s work has been shown internationally, he is represented by Derek Eller in New York.
ALLISON SMITH creates large-scale multimedia installations that critically engage popular forms of historical re-enactment and traditional craft in order to rethink, restage and refigure our sense of collective memory. Smith was born in Manassas, Virginia in 1972. She received a BA in psychology from the New School for Social Research, a BFA in sculpture from Parsons School of Design, and an MFA from the Yale University School of Art. In addition, she participated in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. She has produced solo exhibitions and projects for Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Berkeley Art Museum, and Indianapolis Museum of Art, and has contributed her work to major museum surveys at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Andy Warhol Museum, P.S.1 MoMA, Palais de Tokyo, The Mattress Factory, among others. She is chair of the Sculpture program at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She is represented by Haines Gallery, San Francisco.
Over the last decade equal rights for same-sex couples has proven to be one of this country’s most pressing political and civil rights issues. SFMOMA’s exhibition THE AIR WE BREATHE—its title drawn from a Langston Hughes poem--brings together thirty commissioned visual artists and eight poets who offer eloquent and thoughtful contributions to the cause of marriage equality for same-sex couples. Works on paper by thirty compelling contemporary artists interspersed with new poetry. With essays by three further prominent, outspoken writers—Eileen Myles, Martha Nussbaum and Frank Rich--the book and the exhibition it accompanies will help generate awareness and encourage dialogue about discrimination many citizens encounter on a daily basis because, as Hughes wrote in 1938, “equality is in the air we breathe.”
Visual artists in the exhibition include Laylah Ali, D-L Alvarez, Doug Ashford, Nayland Blake, Jennifer Bornstein, Andrea Bowers, Robert Buck, Johanna Calle, Martha Colburn, Sam Durant, Shannon Ebner, Nicole Eisenman, Simon Fujiwara, Liam Gillick, Robert Gober, Ann Hamilton, Sharon Hayes, Christian Holstad, Elliott Hundley, Colter Jacobsen, Matt Keegan, Carlos Motta, Catherine Opie, Nicolás Paris, Dan Perjovschi, Raymond Pettibon, Amy Sillman, Allison Smith, Lily van der Stokker, and Erika Vogt. Poets include George Albon, Will Alexander, John Ashbery, Dodie Bellamy, kari edwards (poem selected by Frances Blau and Rob Halpern), Kevin Killian, Ariana Reines, and Anne Waldman.
For more on the Air We Breathe and the artists and poets in this exhibition visit
Companion catalogues: The Air We Breathe, Artists and Poets Reflect on Marriage Equality; edited by Apsara DiQuinzio with texts by Eileen Myles, Martha Nussbaum, Frank Rich and many poets nationally.
Carlos Motta’s online project “We Who Feel Differently”
For more on two of the thirty visual artists in the exhibition visit
Darrell Alvarez: dl-alvarez.com
Allison Smith: www.allisonsmithstudio.com
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