2011 Sister City Biennial: San Francisco - Sydney

April 28 - July 2, 2011
SFAC Gallery, Main Gallery

August 4 - September 3, 2011
CarriageWorks, Sydney

The inaugural SFAC Gallery Sister City Biennial exhibition, Urbanition, features newly commissioned works by artists from each metropolis:
SF Artists: Amy Balkin, Sergio De La Torre, Rebar
Sydney Artists: Chris Fox, Makeshift, Josephine Starrs & Leon Cmielewski
Curated by: Meg Shiffler & Justine Topfer

(Project description below slideshow.)
The SFAC Gallery has partnered with the dynamic, Sydney-based, multi-disciplinary art center CarriageWorks to produce the 2011 Sister City Biennial.  For our inaugural Biennial exhibition, Urbanition, the curators 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 will feature the proposals, (which will be presented in a wide variety of media including video, sculpture, drawing and performance), and a catalog which will be handed to officials from each City government. Educational programs, free and open to the public, will play a substantial role in both cities.

Every two years the SFAC Gallery will partner with an arts institution in one of our Sister Cities around the globe. The collaborative efforts will result in an exhibition that bring to light social and artistic concerns shared by each metropolis.