For a munificent psychedelic meditation (is there any other kind?) on our country’s treatment of animals and its own damn self, I recommend Nao Bustamante’s video installation Untitled # 1, (from the series Earth People 2507). Viewable Sundays 12-5pm, and by appointment through May 25th, 2008 at [ 2nd floor projects ]. Generous indeed. A central motif is the fate of the Buffalo and its resurrection as a mutated brown and black poodle mix, FuFu. A must for Americans, Art Lovers and Animal Fools. How’s that for awesome alliteration? (Upcoming: a publication with an essay by Glen Helfand accompanies the exhibition). http://www.naobustamante.com
Today a U.S. District Judge threw out the case against Critical Art Ensemble artist Steven Kurtz calling it ‘‘insufficient on its face.’’ Finally, a bit of sanity in what’s been a four-year judicial farce.
In Memoriam: Artist Ann Chamberlain passed away April 18. A memorial celebration of Chamberlain’s life and work will be held at the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), 800 Chestnut Street, on Sunday, April 27th, 2-4 p.m., to be followed by a reception.
SFAI President Chris Bratton says: “As both an artist and a teacher, Chamberlain was profoundly committed to the idea of community, especially to the proposition that art has the potential to redefine public space, and therefore, peoples’ very lives and histories.”
Chamberlain at work on Healing Garden (1996-8),at UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion. For a video profile of Chamberlain, visit www.kqed.org