Opening Reception: Feathered Changes, Serpent Disappearances
Thursday, Apr 14, 2016, 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Walter and McBean Galleries
800 Chestnut
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Join us in celebration of Mariana Castillo Deball: Feathered Changes, Serpent Disappearances in the Walter and McBean Galleries. This exhibition is the culmination of the inaugural artist-in-residence of the SFAI + Kadist Fellowship.

A flexible architectural intervention will snake through the galleries, threading together sculptures inspired by disparate archaeological artifacts layered with contemporary interventions by the artist. A pre-Mayan feathered serpent, ceremonial Mimbres pottery, and Teotihuacan mural fragments from the M. H. de Young Museum are filtered through Deball’s chance-based, artistic score.


About the Artist
Mariana Castillo Deball is the inaugural artist-in-residence of the SFAI + Kadist Fellowship—an annual partnership to commission new works and support curatorial work by artists.

Her work explores the role that objects play in our understanding of identity and history through work in installation, photography, drawing, and sculpture. She has participated in major international survey exhibitions including the 8th Berlin Biennale, dOCUMENTA (13), the 54th Venice Biennale, the 29th Bienal de São Paulo, and Manifesta 7. She is the recipient of the Preis der Nationalgalerie für junge Kunst, the Zürich Art Prize, the Ars Viva Prize, and the Prix de Rome. Deball lives and works in Berlin, Germany.

Mariana Castillo Deball, Feathered Changes, Serpent Disappearances, 2016. Installation view. Photograph by Stephanie Smith. San Francisco Art Institute, Walter and McBean Galleries, April 14–July 30, 2016.