Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture: September 17, 2021 – January 30, 2022
The Exploratorium: September 2021 – January 30, 2022
McEvoy Arts / Minnesota Street Project: October 16, 2021 – January 22, 2022
Lawrence Weiner: OUT OF SIGHT is an interactive, public art installation that encourages community connection through the visual and performing arts. Presented in San Francisco by the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture (FMCAC) in partnership with McEvoy Arts and the Exploratorium, the artist’s suite of three medallions, or “marelles,” (French for hopscotch) are on view at various venues from September 2021 through January 2022. The installation at 1275 Minnesota Street (October 16, 2021 – January 22, 2022) is organized by McEvoy Arts in conjunction with the exhibition Next to You and made possible with support from the Minnesota Street Project.
Known for text-based works that recall visual poetry, literary aphorisms, or Zen koans, American conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner frequently transforms gallery walls into artistic messaging boards. In his ground-based mural OUT OF SIGHT, he creates a pathway to be viewed and navigated, both physically and intellectually. OUT OF SIGHT combines wit and whimsy in a game-like format, encouraging learning and self-actualization from the viewer through the use of graphical phrases embedded throughout the work. By being able to stand, walk, or jump from one position to the next, OUT OF SIGHT taps into the dynamic “gamification” of learning and self-discovery. The viewer navigates the creation as they see fit—interpreting the work while interacting with it.
The San Francisco edition of OUT OF SIGHT features a new color suite of marelles in English, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish languages and an engagement guide for families with young children created by the San Francisco Children’s Art Center.
Like Next to You, OUT OF SIGHT celebrates the potential within all of us to connect with ourselves and with each other in a process of shared exploration. Visitors can discover the nearby exhibition of artworks from the McEvoy Family Collection that revel in the joy, vitality, and healing power of the performing arts after a year of isolation. Admission to both the installation and exhibition is free.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Lawrence Weiner is considered a central figure in the development of conceptual art during the 1960s and is renowned for his predominantly language-based artworks, which he presents as sculpture. He attended the New York public school system and spent the late 1950s and early 1960s venturing across the United States, Mexico, and Canada. Solo exhibitions of his work have been held at Museo Nivola, Orani, Italy; Pérez Art Museum, Miami, FL; Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI; Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz, Austria; Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA; Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Spain; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, among others. He participated in documenta 5, 6, 7, and 13; the 36th, 41st, 50th, and 55th Venice Biennales; and the 27th Biennale de Sao Paulo. He has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts; a Guggenheim Fellowship; the Wolfgang Hahn Prize; a Skowhegan Medal for Painting/Conceptual Art; and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Weiner divides his time between his studio in New York City and his boat in Amsterdam.
Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture (FMCAC), a decommissioned military installation converted into a nonprofit cultural center, hosts a lively mix of arts, educational, and cultural programming. Each year FMCAC provides more than $2 million in support to local arts organizations, enabling groups to produce diverse and innovative artworks at the historic waterfront campus. With a nearly four-decade history as an arts and culture destination, FMCAC is now focused on reinvigorating its programming and amenities to better engage the evolving Bay Area creative community. Central to this new vision is the commissioning and presentation of adventurous and unconventional artworks best realized in nontraditional or historic settings. For more information, visit fortmason.org.
Minnesota Street Project, located in San Francisco’s historic Dogpatch district, offers economically sustainable spaces for art galleries, artists, and related nonprofits. Inhabiting three warehouses, the Project seeks to retain and strengthen San Francisco’s contemporary art community in the short term, while developing an internationally recognized arts destination in the long term. Founded by entrepreneurs and collectors Deborah and Andy Rappaport, Minnesota Street Project was inspired by the couple’s belief that philanthropic support for the arts today requires an alternate model – one suited to the innovative nature of Silicon Valley and the region as a whole. For more information, visit minnesotastreetproject.com.
Lawrence Weiner: OUT OF SIGHT is presented in San Francisco by Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture in partnership with McEvoy Foundation for the Arts and the Exploratorium. The presentation at 1275 Minnesota Street, San Francisco, is possible through the support of Minnesota Street Project.
Concurrent with OUT OF SIGHT at FMCAC, two new commissions will debut the same day: Wat Walls, a painting suite by East Bay muralist Thitiwat Phromratanapongse; and Kindred Swell, a site-specific dance by San Francisco-based choreographer and dancer Kim Ip. And in partnership with BOXBLUR and Immersive Arts Alliance, FMCAC will serve as a key viewing station for Shimon Attie’s Night Watch, a floating visual art installation passing through the San Francisco Bay featuring images of political asylum refugees projected onto a giant LED screen.