2011 SISTER CITY BIENNIAL: URBANITION
April 28 - July 2, 2011
San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, Main Gallery
August 4 - September 3, 2011
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.
Curated by: Meg Shiffler & Justine Topfer