Auscultation to the Nation: Laetitia Sadier/Tim Gane
San Francisco World’s Fair Newsreel 1939
The Rule of the Game: Laetitia Sadier/Tim Gane
I Am Cuba (Soy Cuba) directed by Kalatozov: audio clip
Fragment pour le Future del l’Homme: Laetitia Sadier/Tim Gane
There Is a Price to Pay For Freedom (And It Isn’t Security): Laetitia Sadier/Tim Gane
Play Time (1968) directed by Jacque Tati: composer, Francis Lemarque
Watching The Wheels: John Lennon and Yoko Ono
Invitation au Silence: Laetitia Sadier/Tim Gane
Tracks from Silencio, solo album by Laetitia Sadier (Stereolab) with Tim Gane on guitar. Lyrics focus on Sadier’s concerns: the collapse of democracies, excesses of the financial system, lack of humanity in contemporary life .
Dj Margaret is joined in conversation with curators GLEN HELFAND and CYDNEY M. PAYTON on their current exhibition Temporary Structures opened at SFAI’s Walter and McBean Galleries, and continues through December 15, 2012.
TEMPORARY STRUCTURES explores the exciting possibilities of impermanence. Featuring over a dozen acclaimed international and Bay Area artists, the exhibition includes works—many of them site-specific—concerned with architectural aspirations, follies, and momentary acts of cultural transformation. The projects address aesthetic, political, and social ideals, ranging from the rise of consumer culture to 19th-century French uprisings to the recent Occupy movement, and help bring new meaning and understanding to the past and present. Participating artists include: Pawel Althamer, Roberto Behar & Rosario Marquardt, David Gissen, Amy M. Ho, David Ireland, Paul Kos, Roy McMakin, Christian Nagler & Azin Seraj, Ben Peterson, Michael Robinson, Jonathan Runcio, Mungo Thomson, and Together We Can Defeat Capitalism, plus a climbing performance as part of Paul Kos’s installation. Temporary Structures includes a rich series of performances, artist talks, and film screenings, all FREE and open to the public.
GLEN HELFAND is an independent writer, critic, curator, and educator. His writing appears regularly in Artforum and at Artforum.com, and he’s contributed to the Huffington Post, San Francisco Bay Guardian, SFWeekly, ArtInfo.com, Salon.com, among many other periodicals and exhibition catalogs. He was the associate editor of the design magazine CMYK and a co-founder of the Bay Area arts website Stretcher.org. He’s a Senior Adjunct professor at California College of the Arts, where he teaches courses on contemporary art (including classes focusing on suburban aesthetics, commerce in art, and professional practice). He also teaches in the graduate and undergraduate art programs at Mills College, and at the San Francisco Art Institute where he organizes the Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series. Helfand has curated exhibitions for the de Young Museum, San Francisco; the San Jose Museum of Art; the Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena; Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco; Dust Gallery, Las Vegas; and the Mills College Art Museum, Oakland. He lives in San Francisco.
CYDNEY M. PAYTON, former CEO and Chief Curator for MCA DENVER, has curated and organized numerous international, national, and regional exhibitions including Because 64 Crayons Made in the USA: Yu Cheng Chou; Star Power: Museum as Body Electric featuring David Altmejd, Carlos Amorales, Candice Breitz, Rangi Kipa, Wangechi Mutu, Chris Ofili, and Collier Schorr; Related: Anthony Giocolea; Recent Paintings: Suzanne Kuhn; FADE/Denver: Erwin Redl; The Peace Project: Robert Behar & Rosario Marquardt; See Into Liquid featuring Chiho Aoshima, Whitney Bedford, Tony Capellan, Vija Celmins, Ellen Gallagher, Roni Horn, Robert Longo, Richard Misrach, Jacco Oliver, Catherine Opie and Massimo Vitali; Blood: Lines & Connections featuring Adel Abdessemed, Sama Alshaibi & Joe Farbrook, Art for Humanity, Heman Chong, David D’Agostino, Boryana Dragoeva, Zhang Huan, Lea and Pekka Kantonene, Oleg Mavromati, Zhu Ming, Sabah Naim, Marcos Ramirez, Tarja Pitkanen-Walter and Victor Sydorenko; Chimera: Lynda Benglis; Sumer: Larry Bell; and The Nature of Things featuring Ellen Driscoll, Fischli & Weiss, David Humphrey, Sandy Skoglund, Alan Saret, and Alan Scarritt. Payton’s work and/or exhibitions have been noted in publications such as Artforum, Frieze, Art in America, The New York Times, W, and The Wall Street Journal. She has served on review panels such as Creative Capital (NY) and Taishin Art Awards (Taiwan). In 2008, MCADENVER, a commission that Payton oversaw working with British architect David Adjaye, received an award from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), UK. Recent publications include The Legend of Bud Shark and his Indelible Ink, Hardy Marks Publisher, DAP (2009), from an exhibition by the same title. A most recent project of note is The Thing Is To See: Photo-Souvenirs of Daniel Buren Works In Situ, 1968-1975, online at thethingistosee.com. Payton holds an MA in Curatorial Practice, Concentrating on the History and Theory of Architecture, California College of the Arts.
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Above: Roberto Behar & Rosario Marquardt, Watching the wheel go round and round (John Lennon) (2012)
Paul Kos, Gargoyle VIII (1985); reactivated with climbing performance for Temporary Structure (2012)
Christian Nagler & Azin Seraj, Market Fitness (2012)
Amy M. Ho, Up/Down (2012)
Roy McMakin, The bed I bought when I was a teenager that was later put in the creepy (maybe haunted) room in my parents’ basement where I had to sleep until Mike refused (2011)
David Ireland, Smithsonian Falls, Descending a Staircase for P.K.; reproduction from original photograph (1987)
Courtesy of San Francisco Art Institute