Exhibition presented in partnership with SFAI and SFAA


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 of works will be looped, and the evening will include brief programming highlighting artists and jurors participating in the exhibition.

Friday, January 22, 2021

7:00 - 8:30pm, PST


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.

Artists In Response


Heart of San Francisco

Jackie Buttice



Ying Gu


Mouse on Earth

Jade Mar



Lauren Szabo and Floorplay


Buffaloes (after Ocean Vuong)

Don Hai Phu Daedalus


Transgenic Hairshirt

Dale Hoyt


State of Grace

Lourdes Portillo


Dead Things Death Valley

Marshall Elliott


Time Sail

Heather Jones


The Passage

Deepali Raiththa



Brandon Truscott

Saturday, January 23, 2021

7:00 - 8:30pm, PST


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.

Artists In Response


Correspondance (Contact)

Murat Adash



Mark Freeman


Sometimes My Feet Go Numb

Lourdes Portillo

Becoming a Mother

Mika Sperling


Embassy of the Refugee

Caleb Duarte


Waiting to Show up

Elisabeth Kohnke



Deepali Raiththa


Abang-guard Work Habits (Disturbance)

Jevijoe Vitug


Believe In Something Bigger

Gregorio Figueroa


A Little Bit of Rest

Nasim Moghadam


Kaleidoscopic (ME) Objects Exerting Nowhere

Jesse Eric Schmidt



Habibi Winter



Zimo Zhao

Sunday, January 24, 2021

7:00 - 8:30pm, PST


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.

Artists In Response


All of A Sudden The Truth Became

Barry Despenza



Deepali Raiththa


Ode to Oscar Wilde

Pete Herzfeld


Act of Renaissance

Ouater Sand


Self Portrait as Diver

Collin Pollard



Brandon Truscott


Christopher Coppola

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

Kathy Brew

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

Minoosh Zomorodinia

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

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 from 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. 


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