About Contemporary Photography

This session will explore the state of contemporary photography in context with other regional and international art forms. What informs current work and imagery? What should one consider when collecting photography?

About the Panelists

Moderator: Cathy Kimball is the Executive Director at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art . During her eleven years at the ICA she has implemented a number of new programs including an annual “NextNew” presentation, focusing on emerging Bay Area artists, as well as the ICA’s “Night Moves” program, which includes multi-media installations that project in the front window. In 2007, the ICA opened in a new space with expanded galleries, a contemporary art library and the only open-access Printmaking Center in the South Bay. Ms. Kimball was previously a curator at the San Jose Museum of Art and the New Jersey Center for Visual Arts.

Luis Delgado Qualtrough is a Bay Area-based photographer. Luis’ photographic work integrates narrative and sequential still images to create idea driven content. His prints and artist books are in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Fine Art Houston, Stanford University Green Library, Bancroft Library UCB, Bibliotheque Nacional Paris, Art Museum of The Americas Washington DC and others.

Meg Shiffler has been the Director of the San Francisco Art Commission Gallery since 2005. She is also a visiting faculty member in the MA department of the San Francisco Art Institute. Prior to her tenure at the Arts Commission, Shiffler worked in New York as a freelance curator, researcher and consultant for the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Andrea Rosen Gallery and the Ursula Meyer Art Conservancy. She co-founded the multidisciplinary art center Consolidated Works in Seattle, WA. Meg attended the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College in New York.


Four ladies from San Francisco known singularly as Kim West, Abbey Kerins, Mary Elizabeth Yarbrough and Wendy Farina. Their name is a “revolving” acronym, with one of the finer ones being Technicolor Inner Troll Syndrome. The quartet ply their trade in a kind of witchy, experimental doom-laden pop, which could easily evoke reminiscences as diverse as Sabbath, The Shop Assistants, Boris, or Christian Death with some Terry Riley/Eno repetition added for good measure.
The T.I.T.S sound is underpinned by Mary Elizabeth’s tumbling darkened bass lines and Wendy’s totally animal drum pound. Abbey’s guitar lays down the acerbic riff, while Kim’s emits a subtly oscillating sheet of feedback. Over the top, all four harmonise with a kind of semi-operatic, fantasy whisper. The effect is this inexplicable feel of time-travelling castle metal - of four ladies of the lake casting forth a single Excalibur, sinking it into stone so deep, no Arthur shall ever wield it.

4:00pm – 6:00pm

Sunday Salon

A festive closing event hosted by ArtPadSF Director, Maria Jenson. For more info contact: [email protected]