2011 Sister City Biennial: San Francisco and Sydney

San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery

Exhibition Dates: April 28 - July 2, 2011
Public Reception: April 28, 7 - 9pm. Free and open to the public

Brown Bag Lunch discussion with Sydney based artists Chris Fox and Josephine Starrs

Event date and time: Friday, April 29, 12:30-1:30 PM
Location: SFAC Gallery, 401 Van Ness Avenue at McAllister
Free, light snacks will be served

RSVP by April 28 to Aimee Le Duc, aimee.leduc@sfgov.org or 415.554.6080

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CarriageWorks, Sydney
Exhibition Dates: August 4 - September 3, 2011
Opening Reception: August 4, 6 – 9pm, Free and open to the public.

Project Pages: San Francisco
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Amy Balkin + Alicia Pozniak

Sergio De La Torre



Project Pages: Sydney Artists

Chris Fox



Josephine Starrs and Leon Cmielewski

The SFAC Gallery has partnered with the dynamic, Sydney-based, multi-disciplinary art center CarriageWorks to produce the 2011 Sister City Biennial. For this inaugural Biennial exhibition, Urbanition, the curators tasked the selected artists to create works addressed to the Mayors of San Francisco and Sydney that propose visionary solutions to make each city more humane, green and livable. The artists’ proposals range in subject matter from improving immigrant rights to commuting by jetpack, and from revamping the Sutro Baths to making BART a more human-centric system! The exhibitions will feature the proposals, (which will be presented in a wide variety of media including video, sculpture, drawing and performance), and a catalog which will be handed to officials from each City government. Educational programs, free and open to the public, will play a substantial role in both cities.

Co-curated by Meg Shiffler and Justine Topfer

Every two years the SFAC Gallery will partner with an arts institution in one of our Sister Cities around the globe. The collaborative efforts will result in a visual art exhibition in each location, featuring some of the best and brightest artists each city has to offer.

This project is supported by the following: San Francisco Arts Commission; the San Francisco Arts Commission, CarriageWorks; the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Protocol; the City of Sydney; Arts New South Wales; Zip Car; Greg Norman Wine Estates and the Handlery Union Square Hotel. Many thanks to: the Australian Chamber of Commerce (SF office); the Sydney Sister City Host Committee in San Francisco; the San Francisco Office of the Australian Consul General; the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery Advisory Board; and Philip Black, the Deputy Lord Mayor of Sydney.

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