April 28 - July 2, 2011

San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, Main Gallery

August 4 - September 3, 2011

CarriageWorks, Sydney

The inaugural SFAC Gallery Sister City Biennial exhibition, Urbanition, featured newly commissioned works by artists from each metropolis. The SFAC Gallery partnered with the dynamic, Sydney-based, multi-disciplinary art center CarriageWorks to produce the 2011 Sister City Biennial.  For the inaugural Biennial exhibition, Urbanition, the curators (Meg Shiffler and Justine Topfer) 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 featured the proposals, (included was a wide variety of media; video, sculpture, drawing and performance), and a catalog which will was handed to officials from each City government. Educational programs, free and open to the public, played a substantial role in both cities.

SF Artists: Amy Balkin, Sergio De La TorreRebar

Sydney Artists: Chris FoxMakeshiftJosephine Starrs & Leon Cmielewski

Curated by: Meg Shiffler & Justine Topfer