The Bay Area’s long-running series Porchlight invites storytellers to explore the magic and mystery of the things we do over and over. Whether it’s describing day jobs, night shifts, bad choices, or nasty habits, these stories celebrate and lament all too common sensations; stuck in a groove, won’t quit, don’t stop, can’t fight the feeling.
Oops, I Did It Again is one of three events that examine the concept of performance as edition, curated by visual artist Jonn Herschend for What is an edition, anyway?. Encompassing literary, musical, and comedic practice, the events acknowledge performance’s implicit conundrum between poles of repetitive and unique actions. Original, limited-edition posters, designed by Herschend and THE THING Quarterly co-founder Will Rogan, are released at each event and installed in the gallery on the day of the performance.
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS
Arline Klatte and Beth Lisick founded Porchlight in 2002 with the goal of getting people of the Bay Area onstage to tell their stories. They have produced over 250 shows with a wide variety of folks, including school bus drivers, mushroom hunters, politicians, socialites sex workers, musicians, authors, system analysts, filmmakers, and social workers. Porchlight has also produced shows in collaboration with LitQuake, SketchFest, SFFILM, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Shakespeare & Co. in Peris, and the Storymoja Hay Festival in Nairobi. They are thrilled to be collaborating with MFA for the first time. porchlightsf.com
ABOUT THE CURATOR
Jonn Herschend (b. 1967) is an interdisciplinary artist, filmmaker, and conceptual publisher. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at institutions such as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; SITE Santa Fe; the Telluride Film Festival; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. He is a winner of the Fleishhacker Eureka Fellowship, three Golden Gate Awards from the SFFILM Festival, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art SECA Art Award. He is co-founder and co-editor, along with Will Rogan, of the experimental publication THE THING Quarterly. Herschend received his MFA from the University of California, Berkeley. He has taught at California College of the Arts, San Francisco State University, Stanford University, and UC Berkeley. He currently teaches at the San Francisco Art Institute. He lives and works in San Francisco, California.