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Calendar, Night&Day Following the Beat

Following the Beat

One thinks of narrative occurring in fiction and film, in dance and theater, even sometimes in visual art. Only rarely does one consider the narrative power of a museum exhibition, but SFMOMA's "Jay DeFeo: A Retrospective" is indeed among the…
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Culture, Art Jay DeFeo and Jasper Johns: Rarely Seen Work at SFMOMA

Jay DeFeo and Jasper Johns: Rarely Seen Work at SFMOMA

It's Nov. 9, 1965, and Jay DeFeo is smoking a cigarette as she sits on the ledge of her San Francisco apartment. Her feet dangle over the side, two stories above Fillmore Street, and she's puffing her smoke high into…
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Calendar, Night&Day Avant to Live!

Avant to Live!

Fifty years ago this July, Bruce Baillie and Chick Strand set up a sheet in their backyard in the California town of Canyon to project avant-garde films. This low-key, lo-fi setup, fortified with red wine, became a weekly bastion for…
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Calendar, Night&Day City of Night

City of Night

Next to food carts and Sunset growhouses, one of the most welcome recent trends in the city has been going to museums at night, and then drinking. Previously, you went to a museum in the harsh light of 1 p.m.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Still the Next Big Thing

Still the Next Big Thing

The curse that afflicts brilliant filmmakers — from Keaton to Welles to Altman — is that it’s essentially impossible for future audiences to grasp how bold and fresh their innovations were at the time. Blame the copycats and ripoff artists…
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Calendar, Night&Day Found Masterpiece

Found Masterpiece

Thanks to pioneering Bay Area film artists Bruce Conner and Craig Baldwin, as well as the less sophisticated wits behind the subtitled variations on Hitler’s Downfall rant found on YouTube, the concept and possibilities of found footage are familiar to…
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Film, Rep Showtimes

Arthouse movie listings for March 18-24, 2009

Artists' Television Access. OpenScreening: Film and video open mike. Thu., March 19, 8 p.m. free-$5. "The Muse of Cinema": Feature-length program of short films by Kerry Laitala. Fri., March 20, 8 p.m. $6. 992 Valencia (at 21st St.), 824-3890, www.atasite.org.…
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Calendar, Urban Experience Sassiness Explored

Sassiness Explored

WED 8/11 With a characteristic lack of sentimentality, the artists and curators at Creativity Explored, the visual arts center devoted to adults with developmental disabilities, named their current exhibit "Don't Call Me Retard." While much of the rest of the…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Art of Adolescent Angst

The Art of Adolescent Angst

Thank heaven for little girls like Britney and Christina, who have done so much to promote kid power (or, more specifically, a fascination with underage fillies). For balance, we have "Juvenilia: Checking Out Youth and Art," a multimedia group of…
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News, Letters

Letters

ARTLETTER Raw and remembrance: Your story on artist Bruce Conner ("ARTJOURNALISM," Sept. 13) caught my eye. I went to the San Francisco Art Institute from 1967 to 1971. Bruce Conner was a power force at that school. The Art…
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News, Feature Artjournalism

Artjournalism

Dennis Hopper, the movie star, tells me emphatically that Bruce Conner is one of the best artists in America, period. He says Conner's experimental films were a major influence on the editing of the '60s motorcycle movie classic, Easy Rider.…
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