Viet Thanh Nguyen (2008) The MacArthur Foundation announced its annual no-strings-attached, $625,000 fellowships. The lineup includes Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen. Read the full LA Times article
Emily X.R. Pan (2017) has an upcoming book, The Astonishing Color of After, and that book has a cover! The YA novel behind the cover will be presented to the world in March 2018. The book has already made the American Booksellers Association’s “Indies Introduce” list of potential top sellers for independent bookstores. Cover as shown by Paste Magazine
Cover: Sasha Illingworth
Weidong Yang (2016) presents "DanceHackSF," an annual San Francisco-based event that brings together performers and developers to inspire one another and experiment with emerging technologies, here in SF and around the world. Free Hacking and Experimentation Saturday, December 2, 9am-6pm | Workshops Sunday, December 3, 10am-5pm | Performance Showcase Sunday, December 3, 7pm-9pm. The event is co-sponsored by Kinetech Arts and CounterPulse, in association with Raktor. Learn more and find tickets
Jeanne Finley "Journeys Beyond the Cosmodrome" with Kri Schlafer and the San Francisco Threshold Choir will be presented at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center on December 9th at 7:30pm This multi-year project was created by Jeanne C. Finley in collaboration with teenagers at Kazakhstan’s Akkol Orphanage, Lydia Matthews, Lyazzat Khanim, Kri Schlafer, and Tamara Porras. Email email@example.com for tickets.
Dohee Lee (2014) was commissioned by Peralta Hacienda Historical Park to create “MU巫: 9 Goddesses,” a mythological musical performance ritual. Lee is a recipient of a Hewlett 50 in music composition. The Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions supports the creation and premiere of exceptional new works by world-class artists in partnership with Bay Area nonprofit organizations. Learn more
Juan Carlos Quintana (2006) is exhibiting work at Jack Fischer Gallery in San Francisco at Minnesota Street Projects. "HOODWINK BY DIDACTIX" is on display November 4 - December 30, 2017 1275 Minnesota Street San Francisco, CA 94107 Opening Reception: November 4th, 4 - 6 p.m., Gallery #104 Learn more
Co-Laboratory The 2016 films by Co-Laboratory for the SF Dance Film Festival are now available for online viewing, and many have scenes shot at Djerassi. The Co-Laboratory films are a unique collaboration between two teams of choreographers and filmmakers who create short dance films in a week, shortly before the annual San Francisco Dance Film Festival. The Co-Laboratory is an annual event to inspire and support local artists of different disciplines to collaboratively create dance films for local and global audiences. View the 2016 films
Lenora Lee (2013) "Light" by Lenora Lee & Tatsu Aoki was awarded Best Experimental Film at the Canada International Film Festival Inspired by the life of Bessie M. Lee (1894 - 1955), who, after migrating to New York City, spent two years in indentured servitude, Light is a film in which dance, memory, music and poetry collide in a visual and aural landscape; a meditation on women being propelled into the unknown by courage and faith to risk their lives and everything they have for freedom. United States | 2017 | 57 min Film excerpts and interview
Kara Maria (2003) has work included in "Artadia - Bay Area Awardees," group exhibition at Ascent Private Capital Management in San Francisco The show features selected Bay Area artists that have been awarded grants from Artadia, a national non-profit organization that supports visual artists with unrestricted, merit-based awards. The show was curated by Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland, OR, and will continue until January 2018. Visit Kara Maria's website
Lava Thomas (2003 + winter 2009) "Double Take: One Artwork Two Viewpoints," Joanna Marsh, SAAM Senior Curator of Interpretation, and Kevin Strait, Music Historian and Curator from the National Museum of African American History and Culture, will discuss Lava Thomas' work, "Requiem for Charleston" as part of the SAAM program. Smithsonian American Art Museum Lincoln Gallery for Contemporary Art November 14, 2017 | 6-7pm Learn more
Lava Thomas (2003 + winter 2009) Sabbath: The 2017 Dorothy Saxe Invitational, group exhibition at the Contemporary Jewish Museum November 12, 2017 - February 25, 2018 Opening Reception for members: November 11th, 7-8:30pm The Contemporary Jewish Museum has commissioned works from fifty-seven artists to interpret the diversity of meanings associated with the day of rest. Learn more
Donna Kaz (1995) received the Devil’s Kitchen Literary Festival’s Best Nonfiction Book Award of 2017 for her book, "UN/MASKED, Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl On Tour." UN/MASKED exposes in thoughtful nuance what it’s like to be an artist, a feminist, and a person recovering from abuse—and where artists today can expand on the work of the activists who came before. - BITCH magazine Kaz's "Act Like a Feminist Artist" tour will make stops in Atlanta, Baltimore, Montana, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and beyond. Tour locations and dates
Ayad Akhtar (2015) is featured in The New York Times. Taking On Wall Street’s Church of Big Money discusses Ayad’s new play, Junk, and the financial chicanery of the 80s and the era’s influence on today’s blind worship of affluence. Read the full article in the New York Times
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Ann Weber (1999) lists 3 recent acquisitions by Northern California museums: Float and Sting, 2010, Oakland Museum of California; Roll Me, 1999, Crocker Art Museum; and Gotcha, 2008, University of California, Berkeley Art Museum. See Ann's upcoming shows in Los Angeles and Massachusettes: Sept 23 to Oct 16, 2017 group show, Loft of Liz’s in Los Angeles, 453 S. La Brea Av., Los Angeles; and thru Oct 17, 2017, Paper Work, sculpture, 145 Lincoln Rd., Lincoln, MA.
Photo: William Wareham
David Politzer (2013) has completed a residency at Artspace in Raleigh, North Carolina, and has begun a new residence through January at Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, CA. David invites collaborators to join his project studying how our behaviors are developing in tandem with Smartphone technology. See David's website
Brian Quirk (2014) worked with choreographer Donald Byrd and the Spectrum Dance Theater in Seattle, WA in June on a new work: (IM)PULSE. The Seattle Times said, the work “opens at fever pitch and never lets up. It’s fueled by love, fear, fury and bewilderment.”
Lava Thomas (2003) has work on display at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM). Requiem for Charleston is an elegy to the nine men and women who died in the senseless church attack. Lava is currently in residence at Marin’s Headlands Center for the Arts, and will begin an artist-in-residence program at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley on November 1. See her work Sep 23 - Oct 8, 2017 'With Liberty and Justice for Some' at the Berkeley Art Center, 1275 Walnut St., Berkeley. She will also be giving a lecture on Oct 24 at the San Francisco Art Institute as part of their ongoing Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series (800 Chestnut St., San Francisco). Renwick Gallery
Margaret W Sexton (2017) was a National Book Award long-list Finalist for 2017. Her debut novel A Kind of Freedom was released in August. Margaret attended Jane Vandenburgh’s (2010, winter 2013) workshop held at the Ranch earlier this year.
Emily X.R. Pan (2017) has an upcoming book, The Astonishing Color of After, and that book has a cover! The YA novel behind the cover will be presented to the world in March 2018. The book has already made the American Booksellers Association’s “Indies Introduce” list of potential top sellers for independent bookstores. Watch this space (and Facebook and Instagram) for more Emily news. Cover as shown by Paste Magazine
Cover: Sasha Illingworth