Category Archives: Curatorial Projects

THIS JUST IN: Suggestions of A Life Being Lived catalog now available!

Thanks to the support of numerous people, the catalog for Suggestions of a Life Being Lived, the queer photography exhibition curated by Danny Orendorff and yours truly at SFCamerawork in September 2010 is NOW AVAILABLE! This project was a long time in the making. Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen! The catalog features a conversation between Danny and myself entitled, “A Queer Exploration of Three Public Themes.” The cover image was drawn by Jason Fitz Michael and Matt Momchilov and the catalog features full color images from all the artists featured in the show. Order a copy today through SFCamerawork! Or Amazon! And check out the write up of the book on the California College of the Arts News page!

Panel discussion at SFCamerawork

Thank you to all who attended the gallery walk-through and panel discussion at SFCamerawork this past Friday, October 22nd. The panel featured the artists Jeannie Simms, Greg Youmans, Chris Vargas, and Eric Stanley and was moderated by artist and activist, Tammy Rae Carland. Danny Orendorff and I led visitors on a tour of the gallery, highlighting 5 different works and then during the panel discussed the year long process of curating Suggestions of a Life Being Lived, including the impossibility of the categorization of queer art and the political motivations the guided us.

Documentation from Suggestions of a Life Being Lived

Check out the documentation from the exhibition, “Suggestions of a Life Being Lived” at SFCamerawork on the flickr page here. The opening was packed and really brought the gallery to life. The show is up until October 23rd, so please, visit the gallery again or for the first time! Thanks to everyone who made the opening such an incredible experience.

Reviews of “Suggestions of a Life Being Lived”

“Suggestions of a Life Being Lived” was reviewed by two local newspapers. Carmen Winant reviewed the show for KQED Art Spark and Sura Woods wrote an article entitled “Transgressions and an Activist Stance” for the Bay Area Reporter.

Photo of Allyson Mitchell’s installation Riot Granny TV Tent.

“Worse than Queer” SFCamerawork show featured in SF Guardian

Matt Sussman from the San Francisco Guardian featured Suggestions of a Life Being Lived in the Fall Arts Preview Issue. Thanks, Matt! We hope this brings people to the gallery on September 9th for our opening reception. (Photo from Aay Preston Myint’s SMILE).

Check out the preview and the other exciting Bay Area art events here.

Suggestions of A Life Being Lived, Press Release

Suggestions of Life Being Lived, guest curated by Danny Orendorff and Adrienne Skye Roberts, presents queerness as a set of political alliances and possibilities, informed by the projects of 16 artists working in photography, film, video, activism and education. Untethered to institutions of sexual or gender normativity and in pursuit of greater freedoms, the work in this exhibition represents queer activism, intentional and imagined communities, self-determinism, and DIY alternative world-making.

Suggestions of Life Being Lived
begins from a place of ‘outness’ and considers how a sense of liberated queerness is pursued and mediated within public spaces and behaviors. Less concerned with catergorical sexual identities or coming-out narratives, this exhibition presents work that looks outward towards collective and resistant expressions of queer community existing outside of dominant gay and lesbian culture.

Featuring works by Steven Miller, Tara Mateik, Killer Banshee Studios, Gay Shame, Kirstyn Russell, Jeannie Simms, Lenn Keller, Mercury Vapor Studios, Falling in love with Chris and Greg, Jason Fritz Michael, Darrin Martin & Torsten Zenas Burns, Eric Stanley & Chris Vargas, Aay Preston Myint and Allyson Mitchell.

Opening reception: Thursday, September 9th 5 – 8 p.m.
September 9 – October 23, 2010
657 Mission Street, 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105

Photo credit:  NC 17 from Steven Miller’s Reclamations series

Documentation from Home is something I carry with me

Here are a few installation shots  from Home is something I carry with me. The openings, film screening and various events were wonderful. Many people came to view the houses turned galleries. Thank you to everyone involved: artists, collaborators, funders, my parents and visitors! For more check out the Home is something I carry with me on Flickr.

Press Release: Home is something I carry with me

Home is something I carry with me is an alternative art exhibition and film screening featuring over forty local Bay Area artists whose work interrogates the concept of home. For one weekend, two homes in San Francisco’s Mission District will transform into exhibition spaces and the backyard of a third home will be used for an outdoor film screening. Home is something I carry with me emerged from the current climate of foreclosures, rapid development, and threats of rent control repeals. By reinventing three homes as art venues and opening them to the public, Home is something I carry with me exercises the rights of renters to use private residences for what we deem public good; an action that can be considered a resistance to the current housing crisis and the lack of economic sustainability for artists.  The work within this exhibition expands the notion of home by considering shifting relationship to place and identities formed through diasporic and migrant movement. Individual rooms within the homes will act as galleries organizing the work around themes of shelter, migrations, domestic space and memory, mapping, borders, neighborhoods and identities.

Press and artist preview
Thursday, September 3, 7 – 9 p.m. @ 3352 24th Street and 951 Shotwell Street
Friday, September 4th, 4 – 8 p.m. @ 3352 24th Street and 951 Shotwell Street
Film Screening
Friday, September 4th, 4 – 8 p.m. @ 348 Shotwell Street
Open Houses
Saturday, September 5th, 12 – 5 p.m. @ 3352 24th Street and 951 Shotwell Street
Reading and Performances
Sunday, September 6th 7 – 9 p.m. @ 951 Shotwell Street

Participating artists:  Mara Baldwin, Taha Belal, Jesse Brown, Michael Campbell, Julie Cloutier, Pablo Cristi, Cindy DeLosa, Amy Wilson Faville, Jonathan Fischer, Molly Goldberg, Pablo Guardiola, Alvaro Guillen, Jason Hanasik, Amber Hasselbring, Malak Helmy, Amanda Herman, Nanci Ikejimba, Josef Jacques, Amy Keefer, Claire Kessler-Bradner, Lynn Marie Kirby & Lisa Robertson, Milena Korolczuk, Laurel Lee, Lauren Mardsen, Lynne McCabe, Klea McKenna, Ranu Mukherjee, Jeff Norman, Alexis Petty, Simon Pyle, Hilary Schwartz, Renetta Sitoy, Lewis Watts, Mira M. White, Anna Whitehead, Megan Wilson and Carmen Winant

Participating filmmakers:  Terry Berlier, Michael Goodier, Amanda Herman & The Morris Family, Lynn Marie Kirby, Katherin McInnis, Gloria Moran, Kari Orvik with Veronica Majano & the Mission Neighborhood Resource Center

Curated by Adrienne Skye Roberts and funded by Southern Exposure’s Alternative Exposure Grant program

Postcard design by Alexis Petty