2013-2014 Season

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Community Engagement
Special Event
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company 30th Anniversary Celebration at YBCA


Migrating Identities
Jun 28 – Sep 29, 2013
Downstairs Galleries
The eight artists in this exhibition form a sampling of a generation’s response to relocation to the United States from another country. More »

Kota Ezawa: Boardwalk
Jun 28 – Nov 2015
Third Street Courtyard
A reconstruction of the Seaside Heights boardwalk, which was devastated during Hurricane Sandy, serves as a form of “visual disaster relief.” More »

Dissident Futures
Oct 18, 2013 – Feb 2, 2014
Downstairs Galleries
An investigation into possible alternative futures, either through active engagement with current political, economic, and technological structures, Dissident Futures furthers our understanding of how artists are addressing potentiality and the unknown, from the most desired future to the most feared.

YBCA and the Kadist Foundation present Joachim Koester
Nov 15, 2013 - Feb 16, 2014
Upstairs Galleries
Weaving documentary material of historical events with a fictional narrative, Koester’s installations research the outer fringes of culture, such as occult phenomena and secret societies.

YBCA and SFMOMA present
Public Intimacy

Feb 21 – Jun 8, 2014
Downstairs Galleries
Public Intimacy focuses on the ways that artists have explored interpersonal relationships, encounters, and exchange in everyday social life in South Africa. More »

Control: Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon
Feb 28 - May 25, 2014
Upstairs Galleries
An investigation of cybernetic systems of control within sound and architectural designs in the 20th and 21st centuries that attempt to manipulate the visitor’s awareness of sound and space.


Dohee Lee: ARA Gut
Summer: Invited Ritual

Jul 20, 2013
Grand Lobby
ARA Gut is a series of four seasonal performances composed and choreographed by Dohee Lee. Each is a new ritual created for an urban space with the intent of healing the relationship between humans and nature. More »

Ann Dyer: Vak: Song of Becoming
Sep 20-21, 2013
YBCA Forum
Vak challenges our understanding of audience, contemporary music, and spirituality in a concert performed by a 108-person choir made up of “every day” voices, which arouses our awareness of self and our connection to others. More »

Dimensions Dance Theater:
40th Anniversary Celebration

Oct 5, 2013
YBCA Forum
Dimensions Dance Theater celebrates its 40th anniversary with a retrospective of work and the full premiere of Down The Congo Line. More »

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence:
Project Nunway V: Dissident Futures

Nov 2, 2013
YBCA Forum
San Francisco’s preeminent Order of irreverently irreligious nuns returns to YBCA for a spectacular extravaganza of the haute-est couture. More »

Myra Melford: Language of Dreams
Nov 8-9, 2013
YBCA Forum
From the adventurous jazz pianist Myra Melford comes a powerful, multi-sensory experience reflecting on our collective histories as “Americans,” inspired by the writings of Eduardo Galeano. More »

New Frequencies Fest 2013
Dec 6-7, 2013
YBCA Forum
YBCA’s annual contemporary music festival presents genre-bending fusions of Appalachian and Native American music, Afro-Peruvian and electronica, Latin alternative and soul, electro-rock and Afro- Colombian, plus more global surprises. More »

Robert Moses’ Kin
Jan 23-26, 2014
YBCA Theater
One of the Bay Area’s most energizing and evocative modern dance companies Robert Moses’ Kin returns with a new production in partnership with YBCA, to inspire audiences with their passion-stirring performances.

Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company:
Untitled Feminist Show

Jan 30 – Feb 1, 2014
YBCA Theater
The New York Times called Young Jean Lee “the most adventurous downtown playwright of her generation.” In the absence of words—and clothes— this performance combines comic vignettes, contemporary dance, and evocative video imagery that is both hilarious and revealing. More »

Nora Chipaumire: Miriam
Feb 13-15, 2014
YBCA Forum
Renowned choreographer and dancer Nora Chipaumire, a former member of the acclaimed dance troupe Urban Bush Women, creates a deeply personal and immersive dance-theater installation that reverberates with tensions between public expectations and private desires. More »

Companhia Urbana de Dança / Sonia Destri Lie:

Mar 13-15, 2014
YBCA Forum
Brazilian dance sensation Companhia Urbana de Dança radiates an intoxicating blend of electrically charged athleticism and gritty urban dynamism to create a entirely new dance vocabulary. More »

Maya Beiser: All Vows
Mar 21-22, 2014
YBCA Forum
Cellist Maya Beiser and experimental filmmaker Bill Morrison go to the juncture where the spiritual and traditional meet contemporary, urban popular culture through music and imagery. More »

Margaret Jenkins Dance Company with the Kolben Dance Company:
40th Anniversary Season

Apr 3-6, 2014
YBCA Theater
Dancer and choreographer Margaret Jenkins returns to YBCA to celebrate the 40th anniversary of her company with two new works. More »

Mike Daisey: American Utopias
May 16-17, 2014
YBCA Theater
Master storyteller Mike Daisey examines how we create public spaces where we act out our dreams of a better world, through his experiences with Disney World, Burning Man, and the Occupy Movement. More »


André Gregory: Before and After Dinner by Cindy Kleine
Jul 11-14, 2013
Screening Room
An exploration of the life and work of groundbreaking director, actor, and artist André Gregory. More »

Band of Sisters by Mary Fishman
Jul 18-21, 2013
Screening Room
Band of Sisters tells the story of Catholic nuns and their work for social justice after Vatican II of the 1960s. More »

Viola by Matías Piñeiro
Jul 25-28, 2013
Screening Room
Matías Piñeiro, one of Argentina’s most sophisticated new cinematic voices, fashions a seductive version of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night in present-day Buenos Aires. Plus, a new short by master director Lucrecia Martel (The Headless Woman, La Ciénaga). More »

YBCA, Pacific Film Archive, and the Roxie present The Films of Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Oct-Dec 2013
Screening Room
A selection of works by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, one of the key figures of the New German Cinema movement which began in the late 1960s. The depth and scope of Fassbinder’s astonishing career is unparalleled in postwar world cinema.

Age Limit May Vary in Certain Areas: A History of X-Rated Cinema
Nov-Dec 2013
Screening Room
Before it was hijacked by the pornography industry, the “X” rating was intended for films with mature content—not necessarily sexual in nature—that were not appropriate for children. This series looks back at a time when “adult cinema” meant something more than just porn.

British Arrows Awards
Jan 2014
Screening Room
One of YBCA’s most popular film series, these sly, sexy, and often hilarious commercials represent the very best of British advertising.

13th Annual Human Rights Watch Film Festival
Mar 2013
Screening Room
This annual series puts a human face on threats to individual freedom and dignity and celebrates the ability of the human spirit to prevail.

New Filipino Cinema 2014
Jun 2014
Screening Room
Even if the rest of the world is still catching on, the Philippines remains one of the most creative and exciting countries for independent cinema.

community engagement

May 7 – Sep 15, 2013
Front Door Gallery
Ana Teresa Fernandez, Kenneth Lo, and Jennifer Locke explore our complex and often fragmented connections to others through an interactive experience paired with unexpected media to uncover what we lose and gain as we move through our lives. More »

YBCA: ConVerge
Third Thursday of every month
4-8 PM
Grand Lobby
A series of free, monthly public gatherings featuring artists from around the Bay Area. More »

Amplitude: A Poetic Reflection on Migrating Identities
Aug 2, 2013
Screening Room
An intimate evening of live readings that express, in the most personal of terms, the impact of migration and diasporic experiences on identity.

More upcoming Community Engagement events »

special event

Public Square: Dissident Futures Edition
Nov 2, 2013
Galleries/Grand Lobby
A day of interactive events in conjunction with the Dissident Futures exhibition and Project Nunway performance, culminating in a late-night dance party. More »

Dissident Futures: Art & Ideas Festival
Nov 29-30, 2013
Galleries/Grand Lobby
A two-day festival of interactive events in conjunction with the Dissident Futures exhibition that brings together artists, scientists, food activists, technologists, urban planners, and more.

Field of Inquiry: Body Politic Edition
Feb 1, 2014
Galleries/Grand Lobby
Through a series of installations around the YBCA campus, 30 Bay Area thought-leaders respond to the question, “What is on the other side of your body’s joy or shame?”

Public Square: Global South Edition
Mar 15, 2014
Galleries/Grand Lobby
A day of interactive events in conjunction with the performance by Companhia Urbana de Dança and the Public Intimacy exhibition, featuring the second Field of Inquiry: Future Soul Edition and culminating in a late-night Samba dance party.


Ann Dyer: Sound & Self
Aug 3-4, 2013
YBCA Forum
Vocalist and yogic sound instructor Ann Dyer lead a weekend of workshops that reveal how deepening one’s relationship to sound can bring greater physical health, mental clarity, and emotional well-being. More »

50 Cent Tabernacle
Five one-hour dance classes for just 50 cents.
Mix and match or take all five.
Oct 6, 2013: African Diaspora Dance
Dec 8, 2013: Global Dance
Feb 9, 2014: Contemporary Dance (Nora Chipaumire)
Mar 15, 2014: Dance from Brazil
Apr 5, 2014: Contemporary Dance (Margaret Jenkins Dance Company)


Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is grateful to the City of San Francisco for its ongoing support.

YBCA’s programs are made possible in part by: Adobe, Koret Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

YBCA Performance 13-14 is made possible in part by: Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Zellerbach Family Foundation, Panta Rhea Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America, Salesforce.com, and Members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

YBCA Exhibitions 13-14 ARE made possible in part by: Mike Wilkins and Sheila Duignan, Meridee Moore and Kevin King, Samira Rahmatullah and Munir Alam, Ronald Garrity, Savant Investment Group LLC Charitable Foundation, the Betlach Family Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District’s Community Benefit Fund, the Creative Ventures Council, and Members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Community Engagement and Youth Education Programs are made possible in part by: Adobe Foundation, Walter & Elise Haas Fund, Institute of Museum and Library Services, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, The Kimball Foundation, The Bernard Osher Foundation, The Sato Foundation, U.S. Bank, Wells Fargo Foundation, and Members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Special Innovation Projects in 13-14 supported, in part, by generous grants from: The James Irvine Foundation, Panta Rhea Foundation, Abundance Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Free First Tuesdays underwritten by Directors Forum Members.