Be sure to check out this show along with performances by Jeremiah Jenkins and Guy Overfelt. Curated by John Held, Jr. and Andrew McClintock!! Should be a good one
The San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) is proud to announce the first West Coast survey exhibition of Gutai (1954-1972)—a significant avant-garde artist collective in postwar Japan whose overriding directive was: “Do something no one’s ever done before.” Rejecting the figurative and abstract art of the era, and in an effort to transform the Japanese psyche from wartime regimentation to independence of thought, Gutai artists fulfilled their commitment to innovative practices by producing art through concrete, performative actions. With a diverse assembly of historical and contemporary art, including several site-specific performances commissioned exclusively for SFAI, Experimental Exhibition of Modern Art to Challenge the Mid-Winter Burning Sun: Gutai Historical Survey and Contemporary Response creates a dialogue with classic Gutai works while demonstrating the lasting significance and radical energy of this movement. This exhibition showcases North American, neo-conceptualist artists’ responses to groundbreaking Gutai performances; dozens of original paintings, video, photographs, and ephemera from private collections; and an expansive collection of Mail Art from more than 30 countries.
John Held, Jr. and Andrew McClintock
Walter and McBean Galleries
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, CA
February 8–March 30, 2013
Free and Open to the Public
Opening Reception Date:
Friday, February 8, 6:00–9:00 pm
The opening reception of Gutai Historical Survey and Contemporary Response features live, site-specific performances by local artists and alumni Guy Overfelt and Jeremiah Jenkins.