YBCA Calendar


Bay Area Now 8

Sep 08, 2018 – Mar 24, 2019
The only survey exhibition of its kind in Northern California, YBCA's signature triennial BAY AREA NOW returns in its eighth manifestation as a key component of YBCA's 25th anniversary season.

Exhibition Tour

Sep 08, 2018 – Mar 23, 2019
Join us every Saturday at 2PM for a guided tour of our exhibitions.

San Francisco Performances
Jessica Lang Dance

Feb 28, 2019 – Mar 02, 2019
Jessica Lang's work draws equally from modern dance and ballet, transforming and redefining movement with stunning visuals and emotional engagement.

Call + Response
Josiah McElheny

Feb 28, 2019
Josiah McElheny presents a selection of books he has produced as an essential component of his practice, discussing the importance role of printed matter, art history and the book form in art and research.

SF Cinematheque
Filmwerkplaats Collective: Hometown

Feb 28, 2019
Representing Filmwerkplaats, filmed entirely in Rotterdam, the haunting, collectively authored Hometown (2015) interweaves sonic and imagistic contributions from collective members to form a searching and drifting, subtly surrealistic song of life and landscape in contemporary Rotterdam.

Artists and Journalists honor the Remarkable
Overlooked: New York Times Series

Mar 05, 2019
Join us for an inspiring evening honoring individuals from The New York Times’s “Overlooked” series — distinguished, pioneering women and people of color whose lives weren’t covered by Times obituaries.

World's On Fire

Mar 07, 2019 – Mar 10, 2019
World’s on Fire explores the cyclical nature of human experience with smoldering choreography and fiery music, played live by the renowned old time ensemble The Crooked Jades.

CRB Special Event
IN-FO.CO and Inventory Press: A Talk by Shannon Harvey and Adam Michaels

Mar 07, 2019
Shannon Harvey and Adam Michaels, founders of IN-FO.CO and Inventory Press, talk about their design and publishing practices.

Call + Response
Frances Richard—Gordon Matta-Clark: Physical Poetics

Mar 14, 2019
Frances Richard in conversation with Gwen Allen, San Francisco State University Professor of Art History, and James Voorhies, CCA Chair of the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice, about her new book, Gordon Matta-Clark: Physical Poetics.

Call + Response
Barbara Stauffacher Solomon

Mar 20, 2019
Barbara Stauffacher Solomon in conversation with James Voorhies, CCA Chair of the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice, and Vee Moran, publisher of Owl Cave Books, about her two new books Making the Invisible Visible and Read any Good Boots Lately (Owl Cave Books).

Free Third Thursday
Culture for Community featuring Urban Works Agency

Mar 21, 2019
Join us for a game-night featuring works from artists and architects from the Bay Area Now 8 exhibition, including board games designed by architecture-collective Urban Works Agency (UWA). Represented by collective member Janette Kim, they will feature five games set up in our Grand Lobby space with rotating guides to help you design, think, and then re-think what you know about cities.

Imaging the Avant-Garde: Taiwan's Film Experiments of the 1960s

Mar 28, 2019
First presented at the Taiwan International Documentary Festival (TIDF), "Imaging the Avant-Garde" showcases experimental films - rare and rescued from the 1960's - by some of Taiwan's most bold and creative artists.

YBCA'S 25th Anniversary Party

Mar 30, 2019
This is not a gala. It’s circus acts, burlesque, hip-hop, drag, live music, DJs, booze & bites, all-night dancing, and much more.

Call + Response
Maria Lind

Apr 03, 2019
Maria Lind speaks about her curatorial practice, specifically her experience engaging and building diverse publics at Tensta konsthall in Stockholm. This edition of Open Seminar is organized in conjunction with Associated Professor Christina Linden’s “Global Art Worlds” graduate seminar.

Glass House: Films of Ariana Gerstein

Apr 04, 2019
Recalling at times the lush animation works of Gunvor Nelson, the tactile films of Ariana Gerstein reconcile her fascination with filmic materiality with the soft ephemeralities of light, time and memory. Artist appears in person to present a mini-retrospective of these works, 2000–2018.

Alonzo King LINES Ballet with Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ
Spring Season 2019

Apr 12, 2019 – Apr 21, 2019
Join us for a season of experimentation as Alonzo King LINES Ballet partners with Emmy award-winning Vietnamese musician and composer, Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ.

2019 Member Day

Apr 14, 2019
Take your Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Membership beyond our walls to enjoy exhibitions all around town—for free!

Suzanne Lacy
We Are Here

Apr 20, 2019 – Aug 04, 2019
Co-presented by YBCA and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Suzanne Lacy: We Are Here is the first full retrospective of the Los Angeles–based artist. The YBCA presentation offers a new, experimental approach to authorship and participation, inspired by Lacy’s own commitment to collaborative creation.

Suzanne Lacy Opening Night Party

Apr 20, 2019
Celebrate the opening of Suzanne Lacy: We Are Here with an evening filled with art, DJs, dancing, and special performances from Youth Speaks, YR Media, and Caleb Duarte with students from N.E.S.T., the Fremont High School Newcomer Educational Support and Transition Program.

Call + Response
Allan deSouza

Apr 25, 2019
Allan deSouza in conversation with James Voorhies, CCA Chair of the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice, about his new book How Art Can Be Thought: A Handbook for Change (Duke University Press).

Dorrance Dance
ETM: Double Down

May 09, 2019 – May 11, 2019
Michelle Dorrance returns with the San Francisco premiere of ETM: Double Down, celebrating the extreme mobility of the percussive body, combining rhythm with interactive electronic music technology in a perfect fusion of movement and sound.

A Tribute to A Tribe Called Quest's Midnight Marauders

May 16, 2019 – May 18, 2019
Celebrate the return of UnderCover with A Tribe Called Quest’s Midnight Marauders - one of the most influential hip-hop albums of all time.