SFAI Artist Lecture: Francis Cape
Friday, January 31, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PST)
Artist Francis Cape will present a lecture addressing American communalism in the context of his current Walter and McBean Galleries installation Utopian Benches. A brief Q&A will follow the talk.
About the Exhibition
Francis Cape’s Utopian Benches is an installation of 17 poplar benches arranged in rows that together fill the gallery. Each bench was precisely replicated from existing benches crafted by American communal societies. Their form and design closely reflect their use within the specific community, and by extension their organizational structure and collective values. Of this work, Cape has asserted, “material culture reflects social structure.” The benches are shown alongside Cape’s suite of drawings that serve both as archival renderings and construction documents.
Utopian Benches recognizes these reductive, proto-modern seats as cultural equalizers and essential components in the creation of nonhierarchical spaces for conversation and communion, be it religious, political, or otherwise. Their arrangement creates an egalitarian field that levels proscenium divisions; here there is no stage or audience—we sit together.
When & Where
San Francisco Art Institute | WALTER AND McBEAN GALLERIES
The Walter and McBean Galleries on SFAI’s 800 Chestnut Street campus house exhibitions, workshops, and other alternative and experimental avenues for presenting work by international contemporary artists.