Past Events

April 12, 2018
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Dilexi Series Panel

The Dilexi Series is a collection of groundbreaking films that put art on television. A discussion panel will be led by former Pacific Film Archive curator Steve Seid, accompanied by Dilexi artists Anna Halprin, Philip Makanna, and Dilexi producer Jim Newman. The event is free and open to the public.

Broadcast across the Bay Area in 1969, the Dilexi Series includes work by Julian Beck, Walter De Maria, Kenneth Dewey, Robert Frank, Anna Halprin, Philip Makanna, Yvonne Rainer, Terry Riley and Arlo Acton, Edwin Schlossberg, Andy Warhol, William Wiley, and Frank Zappa. Commissioned by Jim Newman and KQED-9 TV, the Dilexi Series was visually original, thematically diverse, and subversive programming made with complete disregard for “good” TV.

The panel is presented in conjunction with WHEN THE MEDIUM WASN’T: San Francisco’s Dilexi Series. Curated by Steve Seid and co-presented with the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Screenings daily in MFA’s media room.

Admission free.

 

April 7, 2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Turntable Drawings | Danny Clay & Jon Fischer

Turntable Drawings is a collaboration between composer Danny Clay and printmaker Jon Fischer. The pair manufactures records imprinted with mathematical textures, original recorded materials, and direct casts of existing LPs that include some of history’s earliest recorded sounds.

The workshops place records and turntables in MFA’s main gallery for invited artists and visitors to browse and play. Clay and Fischer will also conduct a “turntable orchestra,” inviting guest artists from various disciplines (music, visual art, performance, creative writing) and students to interact with the soundscape.

Turntable Drawings | Workshop Schedule
Saturday, February 24 | 3 – 5 pm, with cellist Theresa Wong and bassist Jeff Denson
Saturday, March 10 | 3 – 5 pm, with performance artist Amy Foote and poet Michael Wayne Turner III
Saturday, March 24 | 3 – 5 pm, with poet Roy Doughty
Wednesday, April 4 | 3 – 5 pm, with tape musician Greg Gorlen
Saturday, April 7 | 3 – 5 pm, with Mana Saxophone Trio

Turntable Drawings | Final Performance
Saturday, April 7 | 6 – 8 pm

Clay and Fischer’s Turntable Drawings and Christine Marie’s Shadows in Stereo are a series of workshops and performances in conjunction with Stories, MFA’s Spring 2018 exhibition. These live experiments revisit the 20th century technologies of augmented reality (Marie) and vinyl records (Clay, Fischer) with visitors and invited artists, musicians, writers, and dancers. Artists will be working in the MFA gallery space throughout the Stories exhibition, developing their projects for final performances. Attendees will experience a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process.

Admission free.

 

March 3, 2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Shadows in Stereo | Christine Marie

Shadows in Stereo is an analog, 3-D stereo imaging experience. Artist Christine Marie uses handmade lights, simple objects, and wire sculpture to cast 30-foot shadows onto walls, ceilings, and floors which spring to life when viewed through 3-D anaglyph glasses. Visitors are invited to wander about the space, their own shadows becoming part of the experience.

Marie will create performances inspired by found 3-D film footage including scenes from James Cameron’s Avatar and 1980s NASA VR simulations. Shadows in Stereo questions what role analog techniques play amid digital technology and modern storytelling, creating an alternative visual space of discovery and exploration.

Shadows in Stereo | Workshop Schedule
Tuesday, February 20 | 5 – 6 pm
Wednesday, February 21 | 5 – 6 pm
Thursday, February 22 | 5 – 6 pm
Tuesday, February 27 | 5 – 6 pm
Wednesday, February 28 | 5 – 6 pm
Thursday, March 1 | 5 – 6 pm

Shadows in Stereo | Final Performance
Saturday, March 3 | 6 – 8 pm

Clay and Fischer’s Turntable Drawings and Christine Marie’s Shadows in Stereo are a series of workshops and performances in conjunction with Stories, MFA’s Spring 2018 exhibition. These live experiments revisit the 20th century technologies of augmented reality (Marie) and vinyl records (Clay, Fischer) with visitors and invited artists, musicians, writers, and dancers. Artists will be working in the MFA gallery space throughout the Stories exhibition, developing their projects for final performances. Attendees will experience a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process.

Admission free.