Fri, November 30, 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.

  • Community Program
    ODC Dance presents The Velveteen Rabbit
    Nov 23, 2012 1:00pm
    Nov 24, 2012 1:00pm
    Nov 25, 2012 1:00pm
    Nov 29, 2012 10:00am
    Nov 30, 2012 10:00am
    Dec 1, 2012 12:00pm
    Dec 1, 2012 3:00pm
    Dec 2, 2012 1:00pm
    Dec 6, 2012 10:00am
    Dec 7, 2012 10:00am
    Dec 8, 2012 12:00pm
    Dec 8, 2012 3:00pm
    Dec 9, 2012 1:00pm
    Lam Research Theater
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    ODC Dance presents
    The Velveteen Rabbit
    Lam Research Theater at YBCA

    A Bay Area holiday tradition for over 25 years, ODC’s enchanting production of The Velveteen Rabbit returns to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Based on the beloved children’s classic by Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit features inventive choreography by KT Nelson, engaging narration, a delightful musical score by Benjamin Britten, colorful costumes, and larger-than-life storybook characters portrayed by the exquisite dancers of ODC’s renowned professional company. Visit

    Sunday Nov 25, 2pm: Milk & Cookies Party following the performance in the Forum

    Photo: RJ Muna

  • Exhibition
    Nov 30, 2012 11:00am – 1:00pm
    Large Conference Room

    A curatorial workshop around a future exhibition Public Intimacy: Art and Social Life in South Africa (working title; spring 2014). Taking as a starting point SFMOMA’s growing collection of photography from South Africa and reflecting YBCA’s multidisciplinary approach to programming, this presentation will focus on the ways that artists have explored questions of intimacy, gender, sexuality, and violence in South Africa. The exhibition will feature contemporary South African artists, performers and other cultural producers, many of whom have an educational or activist dimension to their work. Public Intimacy is co-curated by Betti-Sue Hertz, director of visual arts at YBCA; Marc Bamuthi Joseph, director of performing arts at YBCA; Dominic Willsdon, Leanne and George Roberts Curator of Education and Public Programs at SFMOMA; and Frank Smigiel, associate curator of public programs at SFMOMA. Additional panelists include artists David Goldblatt and Kemang Wa Luhlere, and Catherine Cole, professor in the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

  • 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.

  • Exhibition
    Nov 30, 2012 5:30pm – 7:30pm
    FREE with gallery admission
    Downstairs Galleries

    This conversation examines queer punk history from the 1980s to the present, including the music, politics, lifestyle, and trends of local musicians and innovators. Moderated by Marke Bieschke, managing editor of the San Francisco Bay Guardian. Speakers include musician/tattoo artist Leslie Mah of Tribe 8; writer, dancer, and performer Brontez Purnell of Gravy Train!!! and The Younger Lovers; Jess Scott of Make-A-Mess Records, Brilliant Colors, Index, and Flesh World; and Matt Wobensmith, founder of Goteblüd Vintage Zine Store and Outpunk.
    In partnership with Down at Lulu’s.

  • FilmVideo
    Nov 30, 2012 6:30pm
    Screening Room
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    The films of Gunvor Nelson are rich and sensuous experiential puzzles filled with ambiguous yet uncannily resonant imagery, always embodying an aesthetic of inquiry and of seeking. A Bay Area resident for over thirty years (and teacher at SFAI for twenty), she has been sorely missed since her return to her native Sweden in 1993.

  • Performance
    Nov 30, 2012 7:00pm
    Dec 1, 2012 7:00pm
    YBCA Forum

    SOLD OUT What happens when you pair an up-and-coming violin virtuoso with five hip-hop dance acts on the same stage? We call it Clas/sick Hip Hop—a two-night mini-festival featuring legendary hip hop pioneer Rennie Harris and virtuoso violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain in a mashup of music and movement you won’t want to miss.


November 2012