Art 21: San Francisco Bay Area

at Creative Growth Art Center

Fri, Sep 28


Art 21: San Francisco Bay Area

Creative Growth Art Center

355 24th St, Oakland, CA 94612

This event is free and open to the public, however space is limited. Please email to reserve your seat.

The first screening in Untitled, Cinema will present an episode of Art21, “San Francisco Bay Area,” hosted in Creative Growth’s studio. A meet-and-greet with the artists will follow. 


The San Francisco Bay Area is a magnet for artists who are drawn to its experimental atmosphere, countercultural spirit, and history of innovation. The artists in this hour are united by their steadfastness and persistence in creating; their art serves as an essential expression of their experience of the world.

Stephanie Syjuco (b. 1974, Manila, Philippines) makes research-driven photographs, sculptures, and installations that explore the tension between the authentic and the counterfeit and challenge deep-seated assumptions about history, race, and labor. As a flashpoint of social and political protest, the Bay Area spurs Syjuco’s investigations of colonialism, capitalism, and citizenship. Photographer and filmmaker Katy Grannan (b.1969, Arlington, Massachusetts, USA) develops long-term relationships with the residents of western American cities and towns, which generate beautiful and unsettling images. Lynn Hershman Leeson (b. 1941, Cleveland, Ohio, USA) is at once a pointed critic and a sly practical jokester, as she explores the roles that technology, media, and artifice play in society. Overlooked for the better part of her decades-long career, Leeson is now recognized as a pioneering multidisciplinary artist and critiques the gender biases that excluded her and other women artists. Established at the height of the disability-rights movement, Creative Growth Art Center (founded 1974, Oakland, California, USA) is a nonprofit organization serving artists with physical and cognitive disabilities. Predicated on the belief that art is fundamental to human expression and that all people are entitled to its tools of communication, Creative Growth is an incubator of artistic activity that has fostered exemplary artists such as Dan Miller, Judith Scott, William Scott, and Monica Valentine. 

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