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Room Now Bay Area Now 4
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
July 17 – November 6, 2005
Green Room Now is the second in a series
of interlocking virtual/social/physical spaces created by Stretcher to
intensify dialogue about art in the Bay Area. For Bay Area Now 4,
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts’ triennial survey of Bay Area artistic
activity, Stretcher orchestrated significant conversations using a variety
of social frames including interviews, talk shows, and dinner parties,
to enhance connectivity within the Bay Area and beyond. Video highlights
of each event were on view in the Resource Room at
Yerba Buena Center during the course of the show and are archived here. Viewers were invited to join the conversation by
attending the live events or participating in virtual space using
the “comment” buttons
at the close of each piece published on Stretcher.
– Amy Berk, David Lawrence, Cheryl Meeker, Ed Osborn, Meredith Tromble
Friday, July 15, 2005 -
Opening Night Party 8-11 pm
Stretcher takes the question of Bay
Area Now to the street,
asking a variety of artists, curators, and the art viewing
public to tell us what creative work they're most
excited about in the Bay Area.
July 28, 2005, 6:30-8:00 pm, Resource Room (FREE) René de Guzman and
Berin Golonu in conversation with Stretcher co-publisher Meredith Tromble
Guzman and Berin Golonu,
the curators of Bay Area Now 4, will join Stretcher Co-publisher Meredith
Tromble for an on-stage conversation about the exhibition and curating as a
How did they choose the artists? What changes in the cultural climate
did they find from previous Bay Area Now exhibitions? What are their influences
as curators, and what influence do they hope to exercise with this exhibition? Stretcher
asks the curators what the Bay Area wants to know, now.
Thursday, August 18, 2005, 6:30-8:00
Room (FREE) Bay Area Not Now - Artist team Dan and Cheryl host
a talk show formatted evening in which guest artists address the title topic Bay
Area Not Now through their work. Seeking a critical distance from
the pervasive here and now, looking beyond the local, and acting outside or
in contrast to the context is the working concept for this evening's program.
Special Guests: Karla Milosevich, a San Francisco based video artist. Wayne
Smith, a San Francisco-based visual and sound artist. Musical guest: Torsten
Kretchzmar, a German electro pop performer. Hosts: Dan Spencer is an artist
and Associate Dean of Students at California College of the Arts. Cheryl
Meeker is an artist and Stretcher co-publisher.
Thursday, September 1, 2005, 6:30-8:00
pm, Resource Room (FREE) Dan and Cheryl at Home in the Green Room: The Arcades Project and Empire - presenting Antonia Juhasz and Miryam Sas - Conflating
studio, home, and talk show, Dan and Cheryl moderate a discussion
about the context in which Bay Area Now is set. The significance of Walter Benjamin's Arcades Project and the global reach and aesthetic influence of commodity and empire will be touchstones for discussion.
Special Guests: Antonia Juhasz is Director of the Chevron Program at Global Exchange, and is a policy-analyst, author, activist, and author of The
Bush Agenda: Invading the World, One Economy
at a Time, Regan Books, November 1, 2005. Miryam Sas Ph.D Yale University is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Film Studies at UC Berkeley, and author of Fault Lines: Cultural Memory and Japanese Surrealism, Stanford University Press, 1999.
Thursday, September 29, 2005, 6:30-8:00
pm,Screening Room (FREE w/gallery Admission) Okwui Enwezor in conversation with
Stretcher co-publisher Meredith Tromble
Okwui Enwezor, a Nigerian-born
curator and critic best-known for organizing Documenta 11 and his
writings on contemporary African art, will become the sixth dean
of the San Francisco Art Institute July 1. Stretcher presents an
on-stage conversation introducing Enwezor to the Bay Area audience,
covering a wide range of topics from curating and teaching to poetry.
Thursday, October 20, 2005, 6:30-8:00
pm, Resource Room (FREE) Stretcher Writers Speak Out: Connecting the Dots - Panel
discussion featuring stretcher contributors Marcia Tanner, Jordan
Essoe, and Dale Hoyt, hosted by Stretcher co-publisher, Ed Osborn.
Stretcher is made up of a network of artists, writers, and curators
who contribute content to the site. Hear the people behind the
words speak out, discussing a variety of topics including the problematic nature of survey shows like Bay Area Now, the import of politics on and to the arts, what makes "good" and "bad" writing, the role of the internet in publishing and artmaking, and much more.
Thursday, November 3, 2005, 6:30-8:00
Lobby (FREE) Interdisciplinary Dreaming: Art, Writing, and Curating across
Dinner salon hosted by Stretcher co-publisher Amy Berk with participants
Apollonia Morrill, Kate Pocrass, Ted Purves, Courtney
Fink, Anne Walsh, and Jon Winet
For the closing Bay Area Now 4 event, please join Stretcher for a lively discussion-filled
dinner salon. ALL participants will be served a meal to fuel the provocative
conversation on and by artists, writers, and curators who cross disciplines in
engaging and oftentimes surprising ways. Salon will be videotaped for a future
home on stretcher. Please rsvp to secure your seat at the
Thank you to everyone involved in the making of Green Room Now: