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Lynn Hershman Leeson
2017 Exhibitions
Lynn Hershman Leeson
Lynn Hershman Leeson: Civic Radar is the only presentation in the Americas of this acclaimed retrospective that provides an overview of the Bay Area artist’s revolutionary career from the 1960s to the present day. A pioneer of performance and conceptual art, Lynn Hershman Leeson has continually examined our relationship to technology. Her work reflects a fascination with the construction of identity and the use of media and technology as tools for empowerment against censorship and repression. Hershman Leeson has been, and continues to be, a strong voice in the feminist movement.
Sun 2/19/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Tue 2/21/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Wed 2/22/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Thu 2/23/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Fri 2/24/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Sat 2/25/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Sun 2/26/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Tue 2/28/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Wed 3/1/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Thu 3/2/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Fri 3/3/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Sat 3/4/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Sun 3/5/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Tue 3/7/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Wed 3/8/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Thu 3/9/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Fri 3/10/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Sat 3/11/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Sun 3/12/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Tue 3/14/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Wed 3/15/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Thu 3/16/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Fri 3/17/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Sat 3/18/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Sun 3/19/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Mon 3/20/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Tue 3/21/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Wed 3/22/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Thu 3/23/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Fri 3/24/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Sat 3/25/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Sun 3/26/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Tue 3/28/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Wed 3/29/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Thu 3/30/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Fri 3/31/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Sat 4/1/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Sun 4/2/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Tue 4/4/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Wed 4/5/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Thu 4/6/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Fri 4/7/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Sat 4/8/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Sun 4/9/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Tue 4/11/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Wed 4/12/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Thu 4/13/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Fri 4/14/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Sat 4/15/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Sun 4/16/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Tue 4/18/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Wed 4/19/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Thu 4/20/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Fri 4/21/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Sat 4/22/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Sun 4/23/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Tue 4/25/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Wed 4/26/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Thu 4/27/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Fri 4/28/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Sat 4/29/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Sun 4/30/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Mon 5/1/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Tue 5/2/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Wed 5/3/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Thu 5/4/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Fri 5/5/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Sat 5/6/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Sun 5/7/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Mon 5/8/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Tue 5/9/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Wed 5/10/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Thu 5/11/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Fri 5/12/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Sat 5/13/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Sun 5/14/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Mon 5/15/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Tue 5/16/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Wed 5/17/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Thu 5/18/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Fri 5/19/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Sat 5/20/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Sun 5/21/17 11:00AM YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson


Behemoth
2017 YBCA Film/Video
Behemoth
Behemoth is a portrait of modern-day China—a nation built mostly on the blood and sweat of poor laborers. Beginning with a mining explosion in Mongolia and ending in a ghost city west of Beijing, political documentarian Zhao Liang’s visionary new film details, in one extraordinary sequence after another, the social and ecological devastation behind an economic miracle that may yet prove illusory. (2015, 95 min, digital)
Sun 2/19/17 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room Behemoth


Exterminating Angel
2017 YBCA Film/Video
Exterminating Angel
In Luis Buñuel’s audacious masterpiece, a group of high-society friends are invited to a mansion for dinner and find themselves inexplicably unable to leave. Full of black comedy and absurdity, this is one of Buñuel’s most ruthless attacks on the rituals and dependencies of the upper classes, illustrating how, with the slightest provocation, this community spirals into total chaos. Sadly, no good-quality film prints with English subtitles exist, so we’ll present it in newly remastered high-definition digital. (1962, 95 min, digital)
Thu 2/23/17 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room Exterminating Angel


Dawn of the Dead
2017 YBCA Film/Video
Dawn of the Dead
When there’s no more room in Hell, the dead will walk the Earth. A true American classic, Dawn of the Dead perfectly blends still-shocking horror with bitterly funny commentary on materialist societies. As hordes of zombies swarm the United States, the terrified populace tries everything in its power to escape the attack, but neither cities nor the countryside prove safe. A group of survivors retreat to the haven of a shopping mall to make what could be humanity’s last stand. (1978, 127 min, digital)
Sat 2/25/17 7:00PM YBCA Screening Room Dawn of the Dead


Sunrise
2017 YBCA Film/Video
Sunrise
Our series finale offers some light at the end of a long tunnel. Sunrise blends a story of fable-like simplicity with unparalleled visual imagination and technical ingenuity. Invited to Hollywood and given total artistic freedom to execute any project he wished, F. W. Murnau chose this tale of the idyllic marriage of a peasant couple (George O’Brien and Janet Gaynor) threatened by a Machiavellian seductress from the city, and created a milestone of filmic expressionism. Orchestral score by Hugo Riesenfeld. (1927, 94 min, digital)
Sun 2/26/17 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room Sunrise


British Arrows Awards
2017 YBCA Film/Video
British Arrows Awards
From high-tech extravaganzas to wacky British comedy, the British Arrows Awards showcase the most innovative and daring type of filmmaking - commercials! With only moments to captivate its audience, these UK commercials include outstanding performances by children, animals, and A-listers alike. And to celebrate the Arrows’ 40th anniversary, a bonus reel of top commercials from the last 40 years. t(2016, 70 min, digital)
Thu 3/2/17 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room British Arrows Awards
Thu 3/9/17 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room British Arrows Awards
Thu 3/16/17 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room British Arrows Awards
Thu 3/23/17 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room British Arrows Awards
Thu 3/30/17 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room British Arrows Awards


!Women Art Revolution
2017 YBCA Film/Video
!Women Art Revolution
Across her career Hershman Leeson has filmed conversations with a number of women artists, and this inspiring documentary streamlines these interviews into an engaging portrait of the Feminist Art Movement. !Women Art Revolution tracks major milestones in the Movement’s history, including landmark exhibitions, performances, and other events that changed the entire direction of contemporary art. The film’s subjects include Miranda July, Rachel Rosenthal, Adrian Piper, and Carolee Schneeman; the score is by Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein. (2010, 83 min, digital)
Sat 3/4/17 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room !Women Art Revolution


Teknolust
2017 YBCA Film/Video
Teknolust
Tilda Swinton, in a tour-de-force performance, takes on four separate roles: bio-geneticist Rosetta Stone, and three SRAs (Self-Replicating Automatons), cyborg clones that Stone has injected with her DNA. Requiring sperm to survive, the SRAs leave the safety of their online existence, and soon find that their real world interactions are leaving both men and computers infected with a mysterious and spreading virus. (2002, 82 min, digital)
Sat 3/11/17 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room Teknolust



2017 YBCA Civic Engagement
Poetic Address to the Nation
YBCA is proud to present The 2017 Poetic Address to the Nation. Produced in collaboration with U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, a grassroots action network inciting creativity and social imagination to shape a culture of empathy, equity, and belonging, The 2017 Poetic Address to the Nation will be emceed by one of our country’s most provocative, original voices, Chinaka Hodge, together with musicians, poets, and others, and will address the Trump administration and our nation in the words of, and inspired by, our people.
Sat 3/11/17 5:00PM YBCA Theater Poetic Address to the Nation



2017 YBCA Film/Video
Portrait of a Garden
In a picturesque garden on a grand country estate, two long-time friends, an 85 year-old pruning master and the gardener, tend to the espaliers. Surrounded by vegetable patches, citrus trees, the orchard and lush grapevines, they talk about food, the weather, their craft (which is quickly disappearing) and the changing world around them. Capturing one year in the life of this historic garden, this intimate documentary is a beautiful, often transcendent viewing experience. (2015, 98 min, digital)
Sun 3/12/17 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room Portrait of a Garden



YBCA presents a conversation with artist Lynn Hershman Leeson and filmmaker, artist, and writer Eleanor Coppola, moderated by art historian, critic, and curator Amelia Jones, that brings focus to Hershman Leeson's early pioneering works of radical social performances and activism of the 1960s–1980s. This intimate dialogue—with an emphasis on Roberta Breitmore (1973–78) and Hershman Leeson's early social practice—will also cover Hershman Leeson and Coppola's collaborative work, The Dante Hotel (1973–74), an almost year-long project from which Hershman Leeson's Roberta Breitmore performance evolved. The Dante Hotel invited the public to imagine the life of fictitious individuals through personal and other objects left behind in a hotel room. Hershman Leeson and Coppola also collaborated on RE: Forming Familiar Environments (1975), which took place in Coppola’s home.
Wed 3/15/17 7:00PM YBCA Screening Room YBCA Conversation: Lynn Hershman Leeson with Eleanor Coppola, moderated by Amelia Jones


Dorrance Dance Company with Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely in the Blues Project
YBCA and San Francisco Performances partner to present Dorrance Dance with Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely in the Blues Project. The evening?brings together today’s best tap artists; musicians; the choreographers Michelle Dorrance, Derick K. Grant, and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards; and acclaimed composer Toshi Reagon. An innovative evening of rhythm, original live music, explosive energy, and raw emotion, this creative collaboration explores the relationship between music, sound, and movement. Dorrance comments that “on top of loving Reagon’s music since I was eighteen years old, I wanted to work with her because she wields music the way I want to wield tap dance—by manifesting the spirit of the great American traditions. I see Derick K. Grant and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards in a very similar light.”
Thu 3/16/17 7:30PM YBCA Theater Dorrance Dance Company with Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely in the Blues Project
Fri 3/17/17 7:30PM YBCA Theater Dorrance Dance Company with Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely in the Blues Project
Sat 3/18/17 7:30PM YBCA Theater Dorrance Dance Company with Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely in the Blues Project


Conceiving Ada
2017 YBCA Film/Video
Conceiving Ada
Hershman Leeson’s debut feature is a heady and whimsical tale of Emmy, a modern-day programmer who finds herself in virtual conversation with algorithm pioneer Ada Lovelace (Swinton). Ada's radical ideas were unfulfilled because of the reality of life as a woman in the nineteenth century. Emmy has a plan to defeat death and the past using her own DNA as a communicative agent to the past, bringing Ada to the present. (1997, 85 min, digital)
Sat 3/18/17 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room Conceiving Ada



Experience a journey through some of the most exquisite gardens in the world in this rare film. Renowned for their beauty, Japanese gardens have been retreats for people to rediscover the natural world for more than a thousand years. Dream Window reveals the secrets of both classical and contemporary Japanese gardens, including the legendary Moss Temple of Saiho-ji, Shugaku-in and Katsura Imperial Villas, and Sogetsu Hall. (1992, 57 min, 35mm). Preceded by the short Ikebana by Hiroshi Teshigahara, a striking study of ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement. (1957, 32 min, digital)
Sun 3/19/17 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room Dream Window: Reflections on the Japanese Garden


Dance Downtown
2017 ODC
Dance Downtown
ODC/Dance’s 2017 Dance Downtown season features the premieres of Brenda Way’s What we carry What we keep and KT Nelson’s Reimagining Heritage. The program also includes 2016’s Walk Back the Cat by Way and Kate Weare’s Giant.
Join us on Friday, March 24 for ODC’s annual pre-show Gala Dinner or join us on the dance floor for the Gala After-Party! This event features exclusive one night only programing featuring excerpts from new and repertory works by Brenda Way, KT Nelson, Kimi Okada, and Kate Weare. For more information on Dance Downtown programming and the Gala, visit ODC online at www.ODC.Dance
Thu 3/23/17 7:30PM YBCA Theater Dance Downtown
Fri 3/24/17 8:00PM YBCA Theater Dance Downtown
Sat 3/25/17 7:30PM YBCA Theater Dance Downtown
Sun 3/26/17 5:00PM YBCA Theater Dance Downtown
Thu 3/30/17 7:30PM YBCA Theater Dance Downtown
Fri 3/31/17 7:30PM YBCA Theater Dance Downtown
Sat 4/1/17 7:30PM YBCA Theater Dance Downtown
Sun 4/2/17 5:00PM YBCA Theater Dance Downtown


SPEAK: A Kathak and Tap Collaboration
SPEAK carries forward the legacy of iconic artists like Pandit Chitresh Das, Dr. Jimmy Slyde and James Buster Brown, while bringing to the forefront the voices of powerful female artists. A timely work that speaks to our social fabric, SPEAK takes risks and crosses creative boundaries. The dances are centered around the art of improvisation rather than choreography. It highlights the vacuum of female artists in these art forms - a climate where well-known masters are men. It is a contemporary expression of identity, gender, race, and heritage. Most importantly, SPEAK uncovers how we are unique and how we are one. It is a statement for how we can be global citizens of this world. Tap dancer Michelle Dorrance, who is featured the week before at YBCA with her dance company is one of the featured tap dancers on the bill.
Fri 3/24/17 8:00PM YBCA Forum Reserved SPEAK: A Kathak and Tap Collaboration
Sat 3/25/17 2:00PM YBCA Forum Reserved SPEAK: A Kathak and Tap Collaboration
Sat 3/25/17 8:00PM YBCA Forum Reserved SPEAK: A Kathak and Tap Collaboration


Strange Culture
2017 YBCA Film/Video
Strange Culture
Hours after scientist and artist Steve Kurtz called 911 to report his wife’s death, medics suspicious of his work reported him to the FBI, who detained Kurtz as a suspected bioterrorist. Hershman Leeson examines the ensuing court case with interviews, dramatic re-enactments, animation, and news footage, following its twists and turns while exploring its chilling potential effects on free speech and science in post-9/11 America. Soundtrack by The Residents. (2007, 75 minutes, digital)
Sat 3/25/17 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room Strange Culture



2017 YBCA Film/Video
Being There
“I like to watch.” Hailed as a genius for his simple approach to life, an aging gardener with a childlike naïveté rises, by accident, into the game of politics. In one of his greatest (and last) performances, this masterful film stars Peter Sellers as Chance the gardener, along with a winsome Shirley MacLaine. Last year the Library of Congress selected Being There for permanent preservation in the National Film Registry. (1979, 130 min, 35mm)
Sun 3/26/17 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room Being There



In this discussion, B. Ruby Rich and Peggy Phelan join moderator Elizabeth Thomas to speak about their contributions to the catalog Civic Radar, the first comprehensive publication summarizing Hershman Leeson's long and varied career. Civic Radar covers the expansive range of works created by the Bay Area-based artist throughout five decades of practice, from early enactments of social performance and experiments with technology to large-scale installations and activist film. As long-time colleagues, Phelan and Rich will consider aspects of Hershman's pioneering work in new technologies, as it ranges over different formats and disciplines to engage with issues of power, identity, and representation. Exploring the reaches of the artist's difficult to categorize work, the discussion will explore how Leeson has worked to interrogate media in particular–its capitalistic underpinnings, gender dynamics, and role in social control.
Wed 4/19/17 7:00PM YBCA Screening Room YBCA Conversation: Civic Radar Book Discussion


San Francisco Performances Presents Paul Taylor Dance Company
A national treasure, Paul Taylor’s enduringly popular works are a brilliant fusion of bravura dancing, profound emotional insight and glorious musicality that have brought audiences around the world equal measures of message and mastery. Wednesday, April 26, 7:30pm: Spring Rounds (2005), New Work (West Coast Premiere), Syzygy (1987)
Wed 4/26/17 7:30PM YBCA Theater San Francisco Performances Presents Paul Taylor Dance Company
Thu 4/27/17 7:30PM YBCA Theater San Francisco Performances Presents Paul Taylor Dance Company
Fri 4/28/17 7:30PM YBCA Theater San Francisco Performances Presents Paul Taylor Dance Company
Sat 4/29/17 2:00PM YBCA Theater San Francisco Performances Presents Paul Taylor Dance Company Family Matinee
Sat 4/29/17 7:30PM YBCA Theater San Francisco Performances Presents Paul Taylor Dance Company
Sun 4/30/17 2:00PM YBCA Theater San Francisco Performances Presents Paul Taylor Dance Company


Kyle Abraham's Dearest Home
2017 YBCA Performance
Kyle Abraham's Dearest Home
YBCA presents Dearest Home, a commissioned work by Kyle Abraham. The dance performance is a culmination of works that embody love and loving, and the solos and duets were born from dialogue and collaboration with a diverse set of subcultures. Dearest Home uses vulnerable and intimate movement to symbolize cultural views and exchanges about love and the absence of love.
Tue 5/16/17 8:00PM YBCA Forum Kyle Abraham's Dearest Home
Wed 5/17/17 8:00PM YBCA Forum Kyle Abraham's Dearest Home
Thu 5/18/17 8:00PM YBCA Forum Kyle Abraham's Dearest Home
Fri 5/19/17 8:00PM YBCA Forum Kyle Abraham's Dearest Home
Sat 5/20/17 5:00PM YBCA Forum Kyle Abraham's Dearest Home
Sat 5/20/17 8:00PM YBCA Forum Kyle Abraham's Dearest Home


Kim Epifano/ Epiphany Productions' Last Blue Couch in the Sky
Last Blue Couch in the Sky, a commissioned work by Kim Epifano, leads us on a dance journey traversing the SoMa neighborhood. It is a tribute to both the seminal places that have influenced her work and other significant places in this rapidly changing city. Last Blue Couch in the Sky is also a nod to Brian Goggin’s 1997 San Francisco public art installation Defenestration.
Fri 6/2/17 8:00PM YBCA Forum Kim Epifano/ Epiphany Productions' Last Blue Couch in the Sky
Sat 6/3/17 8:00PM YBCA Forum Kim Epifano/ Epiphany Productions' Last Blue Couch in the Sky
Sun 6/4/17 7:30PM YBCA Forum Kim Epifano/ Epiphany Productions' Last Blue Couch in the Sky