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Monday, November 16, 2015

WHEW!: Artists' Television Access Signs 5-Year Lease

Posted By on Mon, Nov 16, 2015 at 4:00 PM

Katie Bush's Tomorrow's Boners of Gay, at ATA in June 2014. - PETER LAWRENCE KANE
  • Peter Lawrence Kane
  • Katie Bush's Tomorrow's Boners of Gay, at ATA in June 2014.

It’s not the end of ISIS, but here is some good news for a troubled world. Artists’ Television Access, the wonderful and increasingly anachronistic gallery space, venue, and nonprofit on Valencia, has signed a lease to age in place for at least the next five years. It’s been around since 1984 as an all-volunteer, artist-run enterprise dedicated to experimental art with a media focus. I'm not going to attempt to catalogue the loss of so many arts spaces and galleries in the last five years, but suffice it to say that only a few months after the Dark Room, this would have been a genuine catastrophe.

A Facebook post from early this morning shared the news and ended with “Time to party!” Whether that’s just a catch-all call for celebration or a clue to a specific event, we aren’t sure — as of publication time, no one has returned SF Weekly’s voicemail — but ATA’s programming continues unabated with Periwinkle Cinema: TDOR for the Transgender Day of Remembrance this Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 8 p.m., the camera-less and electro-photographic images of Kaerry Laitala: Recent Works (through Dec. 4), and screenings from the International Southeast Asian Film Festival this Friday, Nov. 20.

Like Bonwit Teller or the holiday windows at 245 Diamond Street, it’s always worth paying attention to ATA as you walk into Ritual or out of Dog Eared Books, for commentary on the use of space in cities or just a beautiful kinetic sculpture. The best thing I ever saw was three women in vintage dresses dribbling chocolate syrup all over themselves, and I look forward to more brainy, arresting performances and installations in the years to come. Congratulations, ATA!

Artists’ Television Access, 992 Valencia, 415-824-3890.
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Peter Lawrence Kane

Peter Lawrence Kane is SF Weekly's Arts Editor. He has lived in San Francisco since 2008 and is two-thirds the way toward his goal of visiting all 59 national parks.


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