Yung Jake, Unfollow, 2014

Yung Jake, Unfollow, 2014, single-channel video, 4:50 min. Courtesy of the artist, Steve Turner

Talks & Panels

Curator’s Talk: Mads Lynnerup on ‘Introspections’

Artist, Assistant Professor, and Chair of the San Francisco Art Institute’s New Genres Department Mads Lynnerup leads a conversation about Introspections, currently on view in MFA’s Screening Room.

Presented approximately every half hour, Introspections collects five short videos that satirize several key moments in American TV and social media culture. On view in conjunction with True Blue Mirror: Ellen Berkenblit and Sarah Braman through May 4, 2019, the works in Introspections amplify the exhibition’s themes of pop-culture assemblage, the representation and construction of identity, and the tension between the public and private spheres in the practice of making art.

By means of self-portraiture in playful parodies of commercial media conventions, these works feature the artist as director, actor, and subject. Included are pieces from Trisha Baga, Nao Bustamante, Bjørn Melhus, William Wegman, and Yung Jake that span four decades of discourse in video art—ranging from the absurd to the pensive—and investigate pop-cultural touchstones from talk shows to social media.

ABOUT THE CURATOR

Mads Lynnerup is an artist and assistant professor at the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), whose practice incorporates video, performance, sculpture, and installation. Influenced by social and economic issues, Lynnerup’s work playfully comments on everyday experiences, as well as on tendencies and trends within the art world. Lynnerup received an MFA from Columbia University in New York City and a BFA from San Francisco Art Institute. Lynnerup has an extensive national and international exhibition record, including commissions and exhibitions by Creative Time, PS1, and MTV in New York; SFMOMA; The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco; The Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany, to mention a few. He has received a Eureka Fellowship, an Artadia Award, and Toby Devan Lewis Award. He is currently the chair of the New Genres program at SFAI.