Current Guest Programmers for L@TE: Friday Nights @ BAM/PFA
Sarah Cahill, recently called “new music’s tireless advocate” by Chloe Veltman in the New York Times and “as tenacious and committed an advocate as any composer could dream of” by Joshua Kosman in the San Francisco Chronicle, has commissioned, premiered, and recorded numerous compositions for solo piano. Composers who have dedicated music to her include John Adams, Terry Riley, Frederic Rzewski, Pauline Oliveros, Julia Wolfe, and Evan Ziporyn. Cahill’s newest project, A Sweeter Music, in collaboration with video artist John Sanborn, has toured to Cal Performances in Berkeley, Merkin Hall in New York, the Chicago Cultural Center, and Rothko Chapel in Houston. Cahill is on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory and hosts a weekly music show on KALW. She also curates the annual Garden of Memory summer solstice concert, which she started in 1995, at the Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland.
Cahill writes: “I’m very excited to be involved in Friday night programming in Gallery B, having been an avid visitor to the museum for most of my life. The space lends itself to a vast variety of musical possibilities, and I have invited composers and musicians who are inspired by the particular acoustics and resonance of the gallery. Interestingly, each of them has a special connection to visual art: Terry Riley, the series’ first performer, collaborated frequently with the artist Bruce Conner, and Ellen Fullman does some work as a graphic artist (and her instrument is a work of art in itself). Each musician in the series—Riley, Fullman, William Winant, Carl Stone, Ken Ueno, Joan Jeanrenaud, and others—has an international career, while all are based in the Bay Area. This series features pioneers, experimenters, progressive thinkers, creating new and appealing music on invented and traditional instruments, computers, and the human voice.”
Abby Chen is currently the curator and artistic director of the Chinese Culture Foundation of San Francisco. She initiated the Xian Rui/Fresharp Artist Excellence Series in 2008 to support midcareer artists of Chinese descent in the U.S., the first program of its kind. Her recent exhibitions include Present Tense Biennial, Gender Identity Symposium, WOMEN, and Moment For Ink. She has also curated exhibitions for Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Museum of Chinese in America in New York, and Pingyao International Photography Festival. Chen led the project Culture Mapping in partnership with the Chinatown Community Development Center to investigate arts in immigrant neighborhood and advocate for city funding for underserved communities. In 2012, Abby Chen received a summer scholarship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. She holds an M.A. in visual and critical studies from California College of the Arts.
Past L@TE Programmers
The work of Oakland-based artist Zarouhie Abdalian often responds to the specific attributes of a given location, architectural setting, or social landscape. She typically employs modest materials to produce subtle conceptual or formal effects that stage an alteration, or a shift of perception, within the landscape. Abdalian received her M.F.A. from California College of the Arts in 2010 and since then has exhibited solo projects and participated in several group exhibitions, both in the Bay Area and abroad, including a site-specific architectural work for the international exhibition Untitled (12th Istanbul Biennial), 2011 that utilized the properties of sound.
Mark Allen is an artist, educator and curator. He is the founder and executive director of Machine Project, a nonprofit performance and installation space investigating art, technology, natural history, science, music, literature, and food in a disheveled storefront in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Beyond their storefront space, Machine Project operates as a loose confederacy of artists producing shows at locations ranging from beaches to museums to parking lots.
George Chen is a musician, record label founder, and writer. The Bay Area native began exploring the underground with a high school fanzine called Zum that turned into a website and record label. His wide-ranging activities include presenting a live talk show, starting the all-ages booking collective Club Sandwich, and playing in music projects such as KIT, Chen Santa Maria, 7 Year Rabbit Cycle, Common Eider King Eider, Vholtz, and Rhys Chatham's two-hundred guitar composition "Crimson Grail." His varied aesthetic affiliations, bridging multiple scenes, make for a great fit with the multidisciplinary programming of L@TE.
Anne Colvin is a Scottish artist based in San Francisco. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, at venues including Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York; Matt’s Gallery, London; Laguna Art Museum, California; Post, Los Angeles; Lowsalt, Glasgow; and David Cunningham Projects, San Francisco. Colvin also ran the project space TART, which was recently invited to participate in No Soul for Sale, a festival of independents at X-Initiative, New York. Upcoming shows include Long Play: Bruce Conner and the Singles Collection at SFMOMA.
Colvin writes: “I create experiences that draw on sources such as literature, music, and film. My video and photo-based work and hybrid curatorial projects explore psychological investigations in time and the deconstruction/construction of the image. My residency at BAM will provide the framework for the fourth issue of Skank Bloc Bologna and will be the first time-based and paper issue (SBB1-3 are paper-based, ephemeral art and poetry journals). Invited artists will contribute performance, spoken word, screenings, sound, and conversation. Over the course of the five evenings, remnants from these contributions—such as a CD, documentation, a poem, etc.—will build into the paper issue. Be prepared for outrageous outtakes, meditative moments, stunning sojourns, raucous rituals, earnest explorations, sonic surprises, and eccentric egos.”
Harrell Fletcher has produced a variety of socially engaged collaborative and interdisciplinary projects since the early 1990s. His work has been shown at SFMOMA and the de Young Museum in San Francisco, The Drawing Center and The Wrong Gallery in New York, The Royal College of Art in London, and the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, among other venues. He was a participant in the 2004 Whitney Biennial. Fletcher’s work is in the collections of MoMA, The Whitney Museum, The New Museum, SFMOMA, BAM/PFA, and the de Young Museum. He is an associate professor of art and social practice at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.
KALX FM is UC Berkeley’s radio: a student and community volunteer station offering adventurous and extraordinary local programming. What started as an on-campus broadcast coming out of a cigar box in 1962 has grown into a well-respected station heard over the air at 90.7 FM and internationally on the Internet. From music to information, the KALX volunteer staff oversees all content, handmade with an independent spirit and collective passion. For this L@TE music series at BAM/PFA—part of KALX’s fiftieth-anniversary celebration—we have selected three Bay Area bands that reflect a few of the myriad sounds played on KALX.
Land and Sea
Land and Sea is a small fine-art publishing house and record label based in Oakland. Formed by Bay area artists Chris Duncan and Maria Otero in 2010, Land and Sea quickly became engaged in programming events and releasing records and books by some of the most creative makers in our area. It is the goal of Land and Sea to not only publish objects, but also create moments for people to come together for shared experiences. For their series of gatherings at BAM/PFA, Land and Sea will take inspiration from the sun and the moon.
Constance M. Lewallen
Constance Lewallen is adjunct curator at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. As senior curator at BAM/PFA from 1998 to 2007, she curated many major exhibitions, among them: Joe Brainard, A Retrospective, 2001; Dream of the Audience: Theresa Hak Kyung Cha (1951-1982), 2001; Everything Matters: Paul Kos, a Retrospective, 2003; Ant Farm (1968-1978), 2004, and A Rose Has No Teeth: Bruce Nauman in the 1960s, 2007. All of these exhibitions toured nationally and internationally and were accompanied by catalogs. Her exhibition, Allen Ruppersberg: You and Me or the Art of Give and Take was presented at the Santa Monica Museum of Art in fall 2009. She is co-curator, with Karen Moss, of State of Mind: New California Art circa 1970.
Franklin Melendez is a Bay Area–based freelance writer and independent curator. He is a regular contributor to numerous print and online publications, including Tokion, Flaunt, artforum.com, and San Francisco magazine. His wide-ranging work has also included hybrid projects exploring the interrelation of art and commerce. He is currently working on an essay for Desiree Holman’s upcoming Hammer Projects, and the development of the arts and culture magazine Archive. He received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 2009.
Melendez writes: “The projects and events I’m developing for L@TE are linked by a strong DIY ethic of artistic resourcefulness. This ethos has long been a driving force in the creative history of the East Bay and the numerous subcultures it has nurtured—from punk to skating—and it now proves particularly relevant. I am planning a number of hybrid projects that tap into this legacy, from a lineup of noise bands highlighting the East Bay’s extensive independent music scene, to zine workshops and tutorials featuring the art collectives that have archived the rich subculture of self-produced publications. The same spirit characterizes special events such as Brooklyn Is Burning, a night of video and performance that brings together cutting-edge work from emerging artists with improvisational abandon. At once rigorous and irreverent, this guerrilla approach aims to produce unexpected cultural intersections between music, performance, design, and art.”
Betty Nguyen is the founding director for Living ARTS Fund and publisher of First Person Magazine. An early adopter, she is constantly in search of the new sound in music, the new approach to production and reproduction, and the new visual transformation of art. Fascinated by the beauty of the everyday, she curates from life as a mirror of culture. The Living ARTS Fund is an open-source program in San Francisco intended to ignite exhibitions by and workshops with provocateurs who consider art as a practice of problem-solving. First Person Magazine is an arts publication that speaks to artists as people—as every person is an artist. She brings to the L@TE program three performance dates with pioneering spirit.
Kamau Amu Patton
Kamau Amu Patton is an artist based in New York and San Francisco. He received his M.F.A. from Stanford University in 2007 and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in sociology. Patton has exhibited his work in solo exhibitions at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Queen's Nails Annex in San Francisco, Machine Project in Los Angeles, and Tilton Gallery in New York. He has worked collaboratively on artists’ projects at MoMA in New York and at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Patton is currently an artist-in-residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem. Patton was one of four artists selected for SFMOMA’s 2010 SECA Art Award; his work will be featured in an exhibition that will open there in the fall of 2011. Kamau Patton organizes four nights in conjunction with Kurt Schwitters: Color and Collage, on September 2, October 7, November 4, and December 2.
Brontez Purnell is a Bay Area based writer, dancer, and musician. He's been featured in Out Magazine's Hot List and the New York Times. He is the creator of the post-queer core zine Fag School and is currently working on his first novella. Founder and creative head of the Brontez Purnell Dance Company, which debuted its first body of dance work, Whenever I Get Off the Floor I'm A Total Fucking Hurricane, at BAM/PFA, Purnell is currently wrapping up production on his first dance film, titled Free Jazz. He has toured the U.S. and Europe with his former band Gravy Train!!!! and his current musical project The Younger Lovers. He is currently studying theater and contemporary dance at Cal State East Bay.
David Wilson makes drawings and works on projects around the San Francisco Bay Area. He was born in central Massachusetts and moved west after graduating in 2005 from Wesleyan University in Connecticut. He has shown at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Baer-Ridgway Exhibitions, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, Hatch Gallery, Triple Base, Tartine, and is included in the 2010 California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art. He organizes gatherings and performances of a more adventurous and spirited nature under the name Ribbons, encouraging people to explore and share in experiences of place and participation. In recognition of these efforts, he was recently awarded a 2009 GOLDIE award from the San Francisco Bay Guardian and a 2009 Alternative Exposure grant from Southern Exposure.
His programming at BAM/PFA is the first ever MATRIX/L@TE crossover, and reflects the integration of his art making, space creating, and gathering organizing practices. He has big plans.
Tomo Yasuda is thirty-five years old. He was born in Nagoya, Japan, and moved to San Francisco when he was eighteen. He spent his first night in America at the YMCA in the Tenderloin in San Francisco and has lived in the city ever since. Tomo studied psychology at City College, but it was nothing special. Over the past seventeen years, he has contributed his musical talents to many bands including Tussle, Coconut, Ing Rot, and Hey Willpower. He has released a number of seven- and twelve-inch records, a three-CD handmade box set, two solo albums, and a song on a compilation of children’s music for adults. Tomo has toured all over the world and enjoys making new recipes for his friends. Most days you can find him at his day job at the natural foods market on 26th and Guerrero streets in San Francisco’s Mission District. He leads a very good life.
Start your weekend in the BAM/PFA galleries! The galleries are open until 9 p.m. or later on most Fridays, with ambient music and exciting performances and programs in Gallery B. For information on upcoming events and to buy advance tickets, visit bampfa.berkeley.edu/late.
L@TE is made possible by the continued support of the BAM/PFA Trustees. Special thanks to our media sponsors, East Bay Express and San Francisco Bay Guardian.