As we approached the sixth edition of this landmark YBCA program, we found ourselves once again rethinking the premise of Bay Area Now. With the first exhibition in 1997, we adopted a bold directive to expose the breadth and depth of artistic activity that was occurring in the Bay Area and that was, at that time, largely unrecognized. Arguably, the effect of that show and its subsequent incarnations has been the widespread recognition today of the vibrancy and impact of the Bay Area arts community.
YBCA has changed significantly since that original project in 1997, maturing from a community-based organization that was barely four years old into a multi-disciplinary institution recognized nationally and internationally for its innovative and groundbreaking programs. It is within this context that we chose to revisit the purpose of Bay Area Now. In so doing, an overarching idea that emerged was the recognition that the Bay Area is an enormous source of creativity, innovation and experimentation and that what originates here is often adopted and embraced not only around the country, but around the world.
This spirit of innovation and subsequent dissemination of ideas remains at the heart of Bay Area identity. It is at the heart of YBCA as well. BAN6 reflects both the evolution of YBCA and the evolution of the arts in the Bay Area and affirms YBCA’s role as a gathering place for art and ideas – bringing together some of the most interesting and provocative thinkers with similarly creative and innovative artists. Through a series of public conversations, an exhibition, films and performances, we seek to uncover what is most original and provocative in the world of art and ideas in the Bay Area and share that with our audiences locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. We invite you to join us and add your voice to the conversation.
Ken Foster, Executive Director
BAN6: PART I - IDEAS
The unusual concentration of intellectual curiosity and creative energy in the Bay Area has fueled experimentation and innovation in a number of fields that have had significant impact on contemporary culture. Part I of BAN6 highlights six areas of influence — Food, Futurism, Environment, Community Activism, Radical Identities and Technology — through a series of roundtable conversations hosted by YBCA between February and June of 2011. Various “experts” have been invited to participate in a public conversation with the BAN6 artists and YBCA curators. The public is also invited to observe and participate in a broader post-event conversation with the artists and guest speakers. Each gathering will also be podcast on YBCA’s web site to further extend the reach of both the ideas and the art of the Bay Area around the world.
BAN6: PART II – ART
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is pleased to present the sixth edition of its signature triennial event, Bay Area Now, a celebration of local artists across an array of disciplines ─ from performance to visual art, film/video and community engagement. Bay Area Now 6 (BAN6) follows an expanded format centered around YBCA’s commitment to exploring art and ideas and is designed to encourage dialogue among artists across disciplines. YBCA will also host a series of public programs designed to continue the conversations from the first half of the year.
BAY AREA NOW 6 Opening Night PartyJul 8, 2011 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Grand Lobby$12 advance, $15 at the door, FREE for YBCA Members*
Chances are you're less than six degrees of separation away from at least one of the artists featured in Bay Area Now 6. Be among the first to see their new work and celebrate the opening of the six edition of YBCA’s signature triennial event.
Kick off BAN6 with a BANG! Be among the first to see all-new artwork while celebrating the opening of the sixth edition of YBCA's signature triennial exhibition with live music by local bands and DJs, delicious food for sale from local food trucks, including Best Falafel award-winner Liba, and swanky cocktails. Tantalizing audiophiles will be critically-acclaimed "dreamy synth-pop" quartet Dominant Legs and a DJ set by oOoOO, whose "druggy and otherworldly" sound has captivated and creeped-out audiences from here to Barcelona. Completing the audio experience will be a radio variety show beamed directly to wireless headsets, thanks to our generous silent disco sponsors, Silent Storm Sound System.** If you need a break from all the art, music and people-watching, you'll be able to get your hands dirty with Hayes Valley Farm, who will be activating our Sculpture Court with Urban Farm Fashions!
* YBCA Members: no need to reserve in advance. Just come to the membership table and check-in. Basic Members will receive two complimentary tickets and Household members and above will receive four tickets. Note that memberships purchased after 2pm on July 8th will need proof of purchase for admission.
** Headsets are FREE with admission price, but only a limited number are available—first come, first served!