Flo Allen, “Honey I AM the Art Institute” is one of the many wonderful features in the current exhibition, SFAI 150: A Spirit of Disruption. Allen, a legend in the Bay Area Art world for 7 decades, was an artists’ model in the 1930s at the Golden Gate International Exhibition on Treasure Island. She organized the Models’ Guild, sang in the Studio 13 Jass Band, was a hostess at the legendary Old Spaghetti Factory on Grant Avenue in North Beach and wrote a column, “Flo Sez” for the SF African-American newspaper, The Sun Reporter.

SFAI 150: A Spirit of Disruption is peppered with a broad range of SFAI artists and fellow travelers, from Henry Kiyama to David Johnson, Steven Arnold to Angela Davis, Mildred Howard to Fred Hayes, Leo Valledor to Alice Shaw, Lex Calip to Zulfi Bhutto, Kezia Harrell to Jenny Odell, Dewey Crumpler to Brett Reichman. & MORE! “Book An Appointment” to see SFAI 150: A Spirit of Disruption

Check out episode two of the podcast Are You Listening?, created to accompany the exhibition, to hear curators Margaret Tedesco & Leila Weefur discuss Flo’s long history at SFAI and the indelible mark she’s left on the San Francisco Bay Area art community.

PODCAST

(Celebrating #sfai150)


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William T. Wiley’s SFAEYE, Ancestors Blood lithograph he made for his alma mater

William T. Wiley, (1937-2021) (BFA 1960, MFA, 1962) painter, filmmaker, musician, conceptualist of Slant Step fame, & ARTIST. Wiley arrived at the School from Richland, Washington with fellow students, Bill Allan, and Bob Hudson where he was “totally in love with the place” and met up with Carlos Villa, Bill Geis, and Joan Brown, among many others. A 1960 review of Wiley’s early art says it “has the subtlety of 10 sticks of dynamite. There’s drip, splatter and impulsive brush stroking…Anarchy seems to be the rule.” While teaching at UC Davis, Wiley was considered “to have been the single most influential artist for students in American art schools.”

For more on one of SFAI's greatest alumni, HERE

William T. Wiley, (1937-2021) BFA 1960; MFA 1962; Artist Extraordinaire


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1972 photo of student Howie Becker by Steve Gach and Poster by Lex Calip, 2017, “Just Ask Howie”

This is too good an SFAI Historical Blurb not to send out every April 20th.....


After receiving his Phd. in Sociology from the University of Chicago, where he published the first scholarly article on marihuana use rather than marihuana’s abuse titled, “Becoming a Marihuana User,” American Journal of Sociology (November, 1953), Professor Becker studied photography at the San Francisco Art Institute with Phil Perkis and Jerry Burchard. He also curated the 1982 exhibition Exploring Society Photographically at SFAI’s Emmanuel Walter Gallery… Howie lives part time in Paris but most of the time on Lombard Street around the corner from the School. In 2017, as noted above, in the wonderful “Just Ask Howie” poster by Lex Calip, Becker offered his thoughts about Jazz, sub-cultures, sociology, and his key book for artists, Art Worlds.

(Celebrating year 101 of #sfai150)

And….a link to the New Yorker profile of Howie by Adam Gopnik.

And….Howie Becker, the author of (among many other things):

--Art Worlds: 25th Anniversary Edition (University of California Press, 2008). --Outsiders: Studies in the Sociology of Deviance (Free Press, 1963, reprinted, updated, 2018). --Tricks of the Trade: How to Think about Your Research While You're Doing It (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing, 1998). --What About Mozart? What about Murder? (University of Chicago Press, 2014). --“Becoming a Marihuana User,” American Journal of Sociology (November 1953), which was republished by the University of Chicago Press in 2015. --What About Mozart? What about Murder? (University of Chicago Press, 2014).

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