Public Intimacy focuses on the ways that contemporary artists have explored interpersonal relationships, encounters, and exchange in everyday social life in South Africa. Initially formed from a consideration of South African photography in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art collection, the exhibition also includes works in painting, printmaking, sculpture, media art, graphic design, and performance, with an emphasis on 2008 to the present. Artists include David Goldblatt, Pieter Hugo, i-jusi (Garth Walker), William Kentridge, Billy Monk, Zanele Muholi, Lindeka Qampi, Jo Ractliffe, Ernest Cole, Nicholas Hlobo, Sabelo Mlangeni, Santu Mofokeng, Sello Pesa and Vaughn Sadie, Athi-Patra Ruga, Mikhael Subotzky (with Patrick Waterhouse), and Kemang Wa Lehulere, among others.
Los Angeles-based artist Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon works in sound, installation, and sculpture. Her work is often devised around audio and spatial feedback systems that manipulate the visitor’s awareness of sound and space, incorporating the physical and sonic qualities of surrounding architecture to engage the viewer’s senses. Gordon investigates sonic and architectural applications of cybernetic systems in the 20th and 21st centuries to technological design, from anechoic chambers to the military’s use of Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) speakers. Reverse engineering those implements of social control; the dissonant spaces she creates uncover how such systems regulate human subjectivity, mobility, and perception.
This exhibition is a part of Control: Technology in Culture, a new series of exhibitions in the Upstairs Galleries showcasing work by emerging and midcareer artists who examine the social, cultural, and experiential implications of technology.
YBCA ConVerge presents a communal "stitch and b*tch" session led by embroidery artist Mei-ling Humphrey and her visiting mother, Catherine Wong. From 4:30-6 PM, sit around a giant embroidery hoop with Mei and Catherine, engaging in communal learning, labor, and expression.
In addition, YBCA Artist-in Residence Myra Melford partners with Berkeley's Jazzschool to present a Jazz Pop-Up Club featuring a cross-section of inter-generational Jazzschool students. The sextet unites middle school, high school and college age players, led by trumpeter and Jazzschool Young Musicians Program director Erik Jekabson. Besides featuring trumpeter Erik Jekabson, the ensemble includes Eric Nakanishi and Quinn Rocklinone on saxophone, Arabelle Schoenberg on piano, Kanoa Mendenhall on bass, and Dillon Vado on drums.
YBCA was recently awarded a two-year grant from the Doris Duke Foundation to fund an artist residency with Myra Melford, winner of the prestigious 2012 Alpert Award in the Arts for music. Melford, also received a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship and numerous other awards. During her residency, YBCA and Melford will implement Jazz@YBCA, a series of pilots, creating innovative ways to strengthen the Bay Area Jazz ecology and attract new audiences.
(Trailer) Rafea is a Bedouin woman who lives with her daughters in one of Jordan's poorest desert villages on the Iraqi border. When she is selected for an intriguing program called the Barefoot College in India, Rafea travels to join 30 illiterate women from different countries to train to become solar engineers. Will she be able to empower the other women in the village to join her in the struggle to rewire the traditions of the Bedouin community that stand in their way? (2012, 75 min, digital)