International Archives 2nd half of 2014
In its seventh edition, Bay Area Now is experimenting with a new approach to curating that highlights collaborations with our region's artists and arts organizations, and pushes beyond presentation toward a multidisciplinary season-
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As the Bay Area goes through enormous technological, environmental, and social change, YBCA is also in the midst of a transformation under the new leadership of Deborah Cullinan, who began her tenure as Executive Director in September 2013. YBCA is located near much of the city's oft talked about turmoil and shift, and finds itself in a central role of being a creative space for art, dialogue, and even recalibration of high relief social and political contrasts and opposites. Initiated in 1997, at each turn of Bay Area Now YBCA has had the opportunity to revise its understanding of how the arts play a powerful role in communicating a nuanced experience of life of the region. In this edition, the platform is significant: the exhibition demonstrates how artists and the local community lead us into new territories of understanding during periods of change, and to even bigger questions about the work art does for the social realm.
The 15 organizations working with YBCA—featuring more than 200 artists throughout our galleries—were selected out of 50 proposals submitted to an open call conducted in fall 2013, and were reviewed by a distinguished panel of curators, scholars, and writers.
Working closely with their artists, each partner curated an exhibition that expresses the spirit and purpose of their unique mission and vision: n/a focuses on queer experience in contemporary art practice, queer theory, historiography, abstraction and difference; Creativity Explored, which assists developmentally disabled artists, showcases new installations exploring personal experience, pop culture and nature. Publication Studio installs a print-
Exhibiting organizations and artists include: [ 2nd floor projects ]: Daniel Case, Nicolaus Chaffin, Johnny Ray Huston, Curt McDowell; Adobe Books Backroom Gallery: Aaron Bray, Kristin Farr, Lori Gordon, Marc Kate, Jeff Meadows, Erik Otto, and Brian Tester; Bay Area Art Workers Alliance; Chinese Culture Foundation of San Francisco: Summer Mei Ling Lee; Creativity Explored: Christina Marie Fong, Tony Gomez, Marilyn Wong; di Rosa: Floris Schönfeld; the Estria Foundation: Bounce, Joker, Kufue, Irot, Agana, Griffin, Pemex; FOR-
Exhibition July 18 -
[ 2nd floor projects ], Bay Area Now 7, 2014. Installation view, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Image courtesy Phocasso/ Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.