Live Art

July 19 - October 04, 2012
Stage Presence Performance Series Stage Presence Performance Series

Fourth-floor performance gallery

The exhibition Stage Presence, exploring the theatrical in contemporary art, is paired with performances in the fourth-floor media arts gallery and, in a grand finale, the Haas Atrium.

Past

Shana Moulton and Nick Hallett: Whispering Pines 10
Buy tickets Shana Moulton and Nick Hallett: Whispering Pines 10

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Moulton's alternate persona, Cynthia, moves between domestic spaces, technology, and mental (if colorful) breakdown in her ongoing video series. In Whispering Pines 10, she inhabits…

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Margaret Tedesco: Catalogue #3 and Cameo. Nights, and night
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July 26: Catalogue #3 and Dear Hanna,
July 28 and 29: Cameo. Nights, and night.

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Tedesco works across performance, installation, and photography. In her weekend appearances she draws on and restages her 2005 work Cameo, in which a woman translates…

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Anne McGuire: Music Again
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Drawing on her earlier video work I Am Crazy and You're Not Wrong (1997), Bay Area artist McGuire develops an in-gallery television special where live, simulcast, and recorded…

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Cliff Hengst: Maybe
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Thursday, August 9
Ballimbo, 2004
Incantation to Destroy a Cultural Institution, 2012
with Wayne Smith and Scott Hewicker

Saturday, August 11
Ballimbo, 2004
Suicide, 1997
Make Me Wanna Holler, 1992
Lines, 2012
In My Room, 1992
Clowny Sadcakes, 1993 

Sunday, August 12
Ballimbo, 2004
When Life Puts That Juju on Me, 2009
Shout Out to All My Departed Pets, 2001
You Can If You Think You Can, 2012
Maybe, 1999
You, 2004
Stink Bomb, 2005

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Hengst is a San Francisco-based painter and performance artist. Here he presents a series of new and revisited solo works, including Stink Bomb, I Am a Tree, and Elvis. Hengst's…

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My Barbarian: Broke People's Baroque Peoples' Theater
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My Barbarian animates theatrical styles from Baroque spectacle to camp drag to riff on the absurdities of the American financial crisis. In a performance of wastefulness,…

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D-L Alvarez and Kevin Killian: The Visitor Owl
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This collaboration between writer Killian, visual artist Alvarez, and the San Francisco Poets Theater features hyperbolic reenactments of two seminal Sidney Poitier films about…

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Richard T. Walker: the speed and eagerness of meaning (longer longing version)
Buy tickets Richard T. Walker: the speed and eagerness of meaning (longer longing version)

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Walker's meditative works combine spoken language, original music compositions, video, and photography to focus on the relationships among humans, language, and the environment.…

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Rashaad Newsome: Shade Compositions
Rashaad Newsome: Shade Compositions

Newsome's Shade Compositions takes up the body language and voice of certain women of color — wondering how a seemingly sassy street expression extends across the globe as an…

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Image: Tucker Nichols, 2012. Commissioned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Courtesy the artist.