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Exhibition presented in partnership with SFAI and SFAA

SFAI TOWER + ONLINE

January 22, 23 and 24, 2021

Every night starting at 7:00pm, PST

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San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) and SF Artists Alumni (SFAA) proudly present Three Turns, a juried exhibition of video works by SFAI alumni artists. Featuring 26 artists, Three Turns stems from the concept that engaging artworks provide a viewer with three different entry points, prompting a deeper exploration into the work itself. Projected on the historic SFAI Tower at 800 Chestnut Street, which houses the Institution’s 150 year old archive, Three Turns will echo the notion of traveling three turns in time and space by showing the selected alumni video works on the Tower in dialogue with video works selected from the SFAI archive.

Archive works were selected by Margaret Tedesco and Leila Weefur, curators of the upcoming 150th anniversary exhibition Spirit of Disruption, and include: Nao Bustamante’s Untitled #1 (from the series "Earth People 2507"), Yin-Ju Chen’s Three Decades of Static, and Steven Arnold’s 1967 work The Liberation of Mannique Mechanique.

Each night, each rotation, there will be an initial screening of Three Turns starting at 7pm followed by a Zoom based panel discussion between SFAI Film Archive Artists and Three Turn Jurors surrounding the response film/video works by the Artists in Response.

Friday, January 22, 2021

7:00 - 8:30pm, PST

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SFAI Archive FIlm

Nao Bustamante:

Untitled #1 (from the series Earth People 2507), 4:28 MIN


Excerpt: “Earth People 2507” is a video project that is part Public Service Announcement and part time capsule. It is a message in a bottle to be screened in 500 years. Nao Bustamante is a cosmovideographer shot into space and time.

Nao Bustamante Untitled #1 (from the ser

Artists In Response

Night 1_Jackie Buttice_Heart of San Fran

 

Heart of San Francisco

Jackie Buttice

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Unsounded.

Ying Gu

Night 1_Jade Mar_Mouse on Earth-squashed

 

Mouse on Earth

Jade Mar

Night 1_Lauren Szabo_Drop-squashed.jpg

 

Drop

Lauren Szabo and Floorplay

Night 1_Don Hai Phu Daedalus_Buffaloes-s

 

Buffaloes (after Ocean Vuong)

Don Hai Phu Daedalus

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Transgenic Hairshirt

Dale Hoyt

Night 1_Lourdes Portillo_State of Grace-

 

State of Grace

Lourdes Portillo

Night 1_Marshall Elliott_Dead Things Dea

 

Dead Things Death Valley

Marshall Elliott

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Time Sail

Heather Jones

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The Passage

Deepali Raiththa

Night 1_Brandon Truscott_Sunrise-squashe

 

Sunrise

Brandon Truscott

Panel Discussion

Starting at 7:30pm PST, SFAA Exhibitions & Programming Lead Beth Waldman will lead a brief Zoom based panel discussion with guests Juror Kathy Brew & Film Archive Artist Nao Bustamante as part of the Three Turns event available on live stream to watch as well as Zoom to chime into the conversation. An encore filming of Three Turns will follow the discussion.

Saturday, January 23, 2021

7:00 - 8:30pm, PST

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SFAI Archive FIlm

Yin-Ju Chen:

Three Decades of Static (2006), 

4:06 MIN


This video work combines both performance and video art. The artist portrays a state of stress – the stress from self-pressure and the fear of turning 30 years old. Using a unique architectural structure and video technology, the artist imagines three decades of herself.

Yin-Ju Chen Three Decades of Static, HD

Artists In Response

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Correspondance (Contact)

Murat Adash

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Body/Bag

Mark Freeman

Night 2_Lourdes Portillo_Sometimes My Fe

 

Sometimes My Feet Go Numb

Lourdes Portillo

Night 2_Mika Sperling_Becoming a Mother-

Becoming a Mother

Mika Sperling

Night 2_Caleb Duarte_Embassy of the Refu

 

Embassy of the Refugee

Caleb Duarte

Night 2_Elisabeth Kohnke_Waiting to Show

 

Waiting to Show up

Elisabeth Kohnke

Night 2_Deepali Raiththa_Dhundhloo-squas

 

Dhundhloo

Deepali Raiththa

Night 2_Jevijoe Vitug_Abang-guard Work H

 

Abang-guard Work Habits (Disturbance)

Abang-guard

(Jevijoe Vitug and Maureen Catbagan)

Night 2_Gregorio Figueroa_Believe In Som

 

Believe In Something Bigger

Gregorio Figueroa

Night 2_Nasim Moghadam_A Little Bit of R

 

A Little Bit of Rest

Nasim Moghadam

Night 2_Jesse Eric Schmidt_Kaleidoscopic

 

Kaleidoscopic (ME) Objects Exerting Nowhere

Jesse Eric Schmidt

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3

Habibi Winter

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Alone

Zimo Zhao

Panel Discussion

Starting at 7:30pm PST, SFAA Exhibitions & Programming Lead Beth Waldman will lead a brief Zoom based panel discussion with guests Juror Minoosh Zomorodinia & Film Archive Artist Yin-Ju Chen as part of the Three Turns event available on live stream to watch as well as Zoom to chime into the conversation. An encore filming of Three Turns will follow the discussion.

Sunday, January 24, 2021

7:00 - 8:30pm, PST

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SFAI Archive FIlm

Steven Arnold:

The Liberation of Mannique Mechanique (1967), 14:43 MIN


A haunting, genuinely decadent work about mannequins that may be real and girls that may be models, journeying through strange universes possible self-discovery. An exorbitant, perverse sensibility informs the ambiguous images and events.

Steven Arnold The Liberation of Mannique

Artists In Response

Panel Discussion

Starting at 7:30pm PST, SFAA Exhibitions & Programming Lead Beth Waldman will lead a brief Zoom based panel discussion with guests Juror Christopher Coppola & Director of the Steven Arnold Museum and Film Archives Vishnu Dass as part of the Three Turns event available on live stream to watch as well as Zoom to chime into the conversation. An encore filming of Three Turns will follow the discussion.

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All of A Sudden The Truth Became

Barry Despenza

Night 3_Deepali Raiththa_Mergence-squash

 

Mergence

Deepali Raiththa

Night 3_Pete Herzfeld_Ode to Oscar Wilde

 

Ode to Oscar Wilde

Pete Herzfeld

Night 3_Ouater Sand Hoang Nguyen_Act of

 

Act of Renaissance

Ouater Sand

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Self Portrait as Diver

Collin Pollard

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Domesticate

Brandon Truscott

Jurors

[Jurors] Christopher Coppola Photo by Mi

Christopher Coppola

SFAI faculty and alum, BFA 1985, Director of Cinema Projects and Studies.

[Jurors] Kathy Brew portrait by Roberto

Kathy Brew

Former SFAI staff, faculty at School of Visual Arts, guest curator at MOMA.

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Minoosh Zomorodinia

SFAI alum, MFA 2015, Recology Artist in Residence 2020.

Photo credit: 

Portrait of Christopher Coppola © Mike Gendimenico

Portrait of Kathy Brew © Roberto Guerra

Portrait of Minoosh Zomorodinia © Minoosh Zomorodinia

Where To Watch

Watch Live In Person and Live Stream

Three Turns can be seen live every night on January 22, 23, 24 starting at 7:00pm PST on SFAI's historic tower at 800 Chestnut Street or through a live stream feed on sfai.edu/three-turns. ‍

 

Check out this map for points around SFAI's Chestnut campus if you plan to see the show in person. Please wear your mask and keep social distancing when you enjoy the live show in person.

 

Take an umbrella in case of raining.

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AIRING AT THE BEGINNING OF SFAI'S 150TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR