Exhibitions & Public Events

In Around Beyond
Friday, Nov 10, 2017 - Saturday, Feb 3, 2018
Walter and McBean Galleries, Main Gallery at Fort Mason

In Around Beyond

November 10–January 21, 2018 | Main Gallery, SFAI—Fort Mason Campus
November 21–February 3, 2018 | Walter & McBean Galleries, SFAI—Chestnut Street Campus


Keith Boadwee, Nao Bustamante and Miguel Calderon, Bryan Davis, Gutzom Borglum, María Elena González, Greenpeace, Bill Fontana, Mads Lynnerup, Alicia McCarthy, Laura Poitras, Postcommodity, Radio Healer, Rigo 23, Phil Ross, Jon Rubin, Kal Spelletich, Sans façon, and Mel Ziegler.

San Francisco Art Institute’s new campus at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area marks a significant shift in the public realm for SFAI. This site is the largest effort by SFAI since the opening of its landmark Paffard Keatinge-Clay building at the historic Russian Hill campus in 1969. Positioned literally at the edge of the city, within the United States’ most-visited National Park, SFAI’s residencies, exhibitions, and events will give life and energy to a site that originally served as the embarkation point for WWII’s Pacific theater.

To open the building and share this space with the public, over the next year SFAI is commissioning artists to unveil new works in, around, and beyond the building. The inaugural exhibition and public commissions advocates for the potent, mercurial, and instrumental roles that artists play within public life and highlights SFAI alumni, faculty, and affiliated artists who have contributed to the historically charged dynamic between artists, SFAI, and the public realm. At this moment that SFAI is radically shifting its own presence within the city, this and future exhibitions will question and expand the agency of artists beyond the gallery.

Artists are the normal ones among us. In our increasingly unmoored world, if we trust artists, the flux doesn’t feel so bad. The artists in this exhibition mine the past and model the future. They urgently name the present. From a leap of faith and fearless cross-border adventures, to architectures for Mars or faces on a mountain, between listening to trees and accelerating the aging of rum, and by bringing icons of resistance close—this exhibition considers the intersecting

inner lives of artists          
role of an institution        
entry points to public life    
       alchemy of artists at the center of our world

SFAI has moved to a historic point of embarkation, but it has (also) always provided that—a catalytic place for artists to impact the world. In this moment, we look at the paths of artists through this institution and into the city, and further. In Around Beyond represents the institution as a singular point of departure, as an entry point, and docking station. Since its founding in 1871, SFAI has afforded the profound generational transfer of knowledge among artists—and most importantly encouraged the movement of artists into the world.

In Around Beyond is co-curated by Katie Hood Morgan, Curator of Exhibitions and Public Programs, SFAI; and Hesse McGraw, Principal, el dorado inc; in partnership with The Other Thing.



Walter & McBean Galleries, SFAI—Chestnut Street
Tuesday 11–7pm; Wednesday–Saturday 11–6pm (Closed Sundays and Mondays)

Main Gallery, SFAI—Fort Mason Campus
Wednesday–Saturday 11am–8pm; Sunday 11am–7pm (Closed Mondays and Tuesdays)

Please note: Both galleries will be CLOSED December 24, 2017–January 1, 2018.


IMAGE CREDIT: Postcommodity, Untitled, 2015. Courtesy of the artists and Bockley Gallery, Minneapolis. Members: Raven Chacon, Cristóbal Martínez (SFAI faculty member), and Kade L. Twist