SFAI Graduate Lecture: Hesse McGraw

San Francisco, CA

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The Radical Normalcy of Artists

Hesse McGraw is a curator and writer and since June of 2013 has served as Vice President for Exhibitions and Public Programs at the San Francisco Art Institute. His current research posits that artists are the normal ones among us—their radical normalcy brings something new to the world, with profound effect particularly in contexts conventionally outside the reach of contemporary art. McGraw was previously the chief curator of the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska, where he commissioned and developed over two dozen exhibitions and projects, including major public initiatives by Theaster Gates and Michael Jones McKean.

In this talk, McGraw will share upcoming exhibitions and initiatives of SFAI, and further propose curatorial strategies to expand the agency of artists.