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Is This Mission Energy? 

Wednesday, Oct 9 2013

Despite its rapid gentrification, the Mission District continues to inspire artists to new heights, including in street art, but the neighborhood's most fertile period may have been the early 1990s, when a cavalcade of now-big names (Barry McGee, Chris Johanson, et al.) roamed its corridors and found the ideal environment for their edgy artwork. These artists became so closely identified with the district that "Mission School" became one of the appellations applied to their collective work. In the exhibit "Energy That Is All Around," which runs through December 14, the San Francisco Art Institute examines the Mission's influence on the work of five artists: McGee; Johanson; Margaret Kilgallen; Alicia McCarthy; and Ruby Neri. How much sway the Mission had on these artists is open to debate, and the San Francisco Art Institute is hosting a free panel discussion, "Mission School: Yes or No?," on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2-4 p.m. Neri is one of the panelists, which also features Dena Beard, Assistant Curator with the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive; writer Kevin Killian; and artist David Kasprzak. Audience members have incentive to chime in: Their comments will be included in the catalogue that accompanies the exhibit when it moves next year to New York University's Grey Art Gallery.

"Energy That Is All Around" runs through December 14 at the San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St., S.F. The Art Institute hosts a free panel discussion, "Mission School: Yes or No?," on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2-4 p.m.

Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Sept. 12. Continues through Dec. 14, 2013

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