Sat, November 17, 2012
  • Exhibition
    Oct 12, 2012 – Jan 27, 2013
    Downstairs Galleries
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    Swedish-born artist Nathalie Djurberg’s unsettling avian menagerie takes flight this fall at YBCA. Using actual bird species as inspiration for her sometimes grotesque forms, Djurberg explores physical and psychological transformation as well as pageantry, perversion, and abjection in avian society. In addition to the wild flock of more than eighty freestanding bird sculptures on view, the exhibition also includes five animated films, in which avian psychology is superimposed upon human behavior with extraordinary results. Her clay animations are set to music and sound effects by her partner and collaborator Hans Berg.

  • Exhibition
    Oct 27, 2012 – Feb 17, 2013
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    In conjunction with the exhibition The Parade: Nathalie Djurberg with Music by Hans Berg, YBCA presents A Mad Tea Party: Five Videos by Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, a selection of important works where complex and twisted narratives are performed by molding clay figures in constructed environments. Spanning the past eight years of the artists’ career, these animations depict their characteristically dark tales that plumb the depths of human psychology to dramatic effect, and include human and animal characters that are thrown together into strange and mythological scenarios laden with sexuality and violence.

  • Community Engagement
    Sep 25, 2012 – Jan 13, 2013
    Front Door Gallery

    The migration to a hybrid experience of life, one that combines the physical and the digital worlds, is well underway. The newest RBI installation, New World, New Sequence, channels the intersections of organic and engineered experiences in our era of ever more mediated realities. Using sound and sensory exploration, live projection, painting, sculpture, and interactive online resources, it asks what our shared responsibilities should be in the freer new world that is emerging.

    Community Engagement
  • Exhibition
    Oct 12, 2012 – Jan 27, 2013
    Downstairs Galleries
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    Nayland Blake was one of the pioneers of performance art in the Bay Area in the 1980s. His work often explored aspects of the queer urban lifestyle. Though now based in New York, his most recent work is a return to his earlier processes from that period, where materials and spontaneity generate sculptural works that are informal, precarious, nonsensical, and odd or uncanny. For his upcoming solo exhibition at YBCA, Blake will create spontaneous sculptures using his life as the catalyst. Also included in the exhibition are a DJ booth stocked with Blake’s collection of over three thousand LPs, which visitors will be invited to spin; and the recreation of a mural by Chuck Arnett (1962), which decorated the wall of the Tool Box, a leather bar in what is now San Francisco’s SoMa district.

  • Exhibition
    Oct 27, 2012 – Feb 17, 2013
    Upstairs Galleries

    William Cordova works in installation, performance, sculpture, film, photography, and drawing. He focuses on architecture and landscapes, and reconstructs, reconsiders, and reconnects past events to reveal their relevancy in today’s social climate. Creating ephemeral monuments, Cordova sees the visual arts as a platform for discussing our common experiences, needs, and struggles.

  • Exhibition
    Oct 13, 2012 – Jan 27, 2013
    FREE with gallery admission
    Downstairs Galleries

    FREE!LOVE!TOOL!BOX! provides visitors an opportunity to explore Nayland Blake’s unique collection of over 3,000 LPs. You are invited to sign up for a DJ set to spin at the turntables within the installation, Ruins of a Sensibility.

  • Community Program
    San Francisco Taiko Dojo — International Taiko Festival
    Nov 16, 2012 7:00pm
    Nov 17, 2012 1:00pm
    Nov 17, 2012 7:00pm
    Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater
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    Grand Master Seiichi Tanaka & the San Francisco Taiko Dojo
    International Taiko Festival

    Friday, November 16th  •  8:00pm $38 & $32
    Saturday, November 17th  •  8:00pm $38 & $32
    Matinee Saturday, November 17th  •  2:00pm $25

    San Francisco Taiko Dojo, one of the nation's foremost taiko drumming performance groups & schools under the direction of Grand Master Seiichi Tanaka, will bring the exuberance & the dynamic excitement of taiko drumming at its very best to Bay Area audiences. The 44th annual International Taiko Festival will be presented the Lam Research Theater at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Also performing are special guests artists, including the acclaimed Wako Daiko drumming ensemble from Japan, Tiffany Tamaribuchi, Sacramento Taiko Dan, Dance Brigade & the San Francisco Taiko Dojo Rising Stars.

    Special guests for the matinee include Wako Daiko, San Francisco Taiko Dojo Junior Rising Stars, Grass Valley Taiko, Maikaze Daiko, Enshoza, CAL Raijin Taiko, UC Davis Bakuhatsu Taiko Dan, Philip Gelb (Shakuhachi), Rachel Ebora & Walter Tsushima.

    Photo: Francisco Villaflor

  • Community Engagement
    Nov 17, 2012 5:30pm
    YBCA Forum

    If a YBCA performance is dinner, then Smart Night Out is the appetizer and the dessert. Smart Night Out is part workshop, part happy hour date, and part backstage sneak peek. This month features YBCA’s annual music series, New Frequencies. Tonight you’ll expand your musical horizons with a lively celebration of Afro-Cuban folklore and creative jazz improvisation, featuring the inimitable sounds of the Dafnis Prieto Proverb Trio. Immerse yourself in a range of dynamic activities, intimately scaled for a YBCA:You-only audience, including a pre-show discussion with fellow YOUers and a special guest speaker, specially curated food and drinks prior to the evening's performance, a post-show chat with drinks and dessert and recommended reading to help you dive into the work.

    Community Engagement
  • FilmVideo
    Nov 17, 2012 6:30pm
    Screening Room
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    Svankmajer takes on the myth of Faust, presided over by diabolic life–sized marionettes and haunted by skulking human messengers from hell. Stocked with puppet versions of Goethe and Christopher Marlowe’s characters, this tour–de–force work is alternately hilarious and shocking, blurring the lines between fantasy and reality. (aka: Lesson Faust) (1994, 97 min, 35mm)

  • Performance
    Nov 17, 2012 7:00pm
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    A lively celebration of Afro-Cuban folklore and creative jazz improvisation, featuring the inimitable sounds of the Dafnis Prieto Proverb Trio. The evening opens with renowned Cuban drummer Sandy Perez y Su Ladé and the Ramon Ramos Alayo Dance Company, and culminates with a dance party featuring contemporary Cuban dance music by Rumbaché playing timba, son, and fresh originals.


November 2012