California Contemporary Art: in Context

This panel will investigate and discuss recent artistic trends and practices in the context of California and global shifts. Where are artist focused? How do they respond to their environments? What can be gleaned from their practices? What new media or technologies are they employing? The panel aims to present an overview of various artistic practices and works.

About the Panelists

Moderator: William Moreno is Associate Director of ArtPadSF. He was previously the Director of The Claremont Museum of Art in Los Angeles and The Mexican Museum, San Francisco.

Peter Selz, Professor Emeritus of Art History at UC Berkeley, former Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture at MoMA and Founding Director of the Berkeley Art Museum. Prof. Selz has authored many reviews and articles including 15 books on 20th Century Art, from German Expressionist Painting (1957) to The Art of Engagement (2005).

Alma Ruiz is Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA). She has curated numerous exhibitions with a primary focus on postwar period in Italy and Latin America as well as working with emerging artists. Her most recent projects include “From the Recent Past: New Acquisitions” (2011), “Suprasensorial: Experiments in Light, Color, and Space” (2010), “Collecting Collections: Highlights from the Permanent Collection of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles” (2008), “Poetics of the Handmade” and “MOCA Focus: Alexandra Grant” (both 2007). She has been a juror and panelist for numerous exhibitions and art biennials in the United States and Latin America.

Lawrence Rinder is director of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Previously he was Dean of the College at the California College of the Arts and Curator of Contemporary Art at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Among the exhibitions he has organized are In a Different Light (with Nayland Blake), Tim Hawkinson, The American Effect, and the 2002 Whitney Biennial. ArtLife, a book of his collected essays was published by Gregory R. Miller in 1995 and his novella, Tuleyome, by Skank Editions in 2011. He has taught at UC Berkeley, Columbia University and Deep Springs College.

Erik Bakke is a San Francisco Bay Area based artist whose primary activity is painting. Bakke’s recent works incorporate California history and performance. Bakke has worked as a curator, organizing exhibitions in San Francisco, New York, Paris, and Berlin among others. While residing in New York City he edited a variety of art and culture magazines. He continues to write and is the editor for the artist- run aftershock magazine.

3:00pm to 5:00pm

Tour ArtPadSF with Marianna Stark

Marianna Stark, current board member and former chair of SFMOMA’s SECA (Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art), co-founder of Northern California ArtTable’s “In Conversation” lecture series, former executive director of the San Francisco Art Dealers Association, collector and publisher of “Stark Guide to San Francisco”, will take visitors on a guided tour. Listen in and learn as she asks dealers about their program aesthetic, personal bios, and what they’re showing at ArtPadSF.
Attendance limited, advance registration required. Please inquire at [email protected]

6:00pm – 8:00pm

The Minks

A San Francisco-based “mostly” all-girl Kinks tribute band

Dusk – 10:00pm

“No Dialogue” video works

Video works selected by Dorka Keehn, Bay Area artist and curator, and Jasmine Moorhead of KrowsWork Gallery (and ArtPadSF exhibitor) will be projected from the roof of the Phoenix Hotel onto the rear wall of the Mayfair Hotel, achieving approximately a 50’ x 50’ image on the wall.