Yerba Buena Center

Bay Area Now 7

18 Jul - 05 Oct 2014

© Courtesy of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Curated by: Betti-Sue Hertz, Ceci Moss
18 July - 5 October 2014

Agana, Joshua Locke, Teresa Baker, Felix Lucero, Jason Benson, Nathan Lynch, Peter Bergne, CURT McDOWELL, Aaron Bray, Scott McKinstry, A.K. Burns, Jeff Meadows, Esra Canogullari, Edgar Mojica, Daniel Case, Omid Mokri, Nicolaus Chaffin, k. r. m. mooney, Khalifah Christensen, Brian Morello, Dennis Crookes, Brendan Murdoch, Isiah Daniels, James Norton, Joel Dean, Susan O'Malley, Matthew Endler, Erik Otto, Justus Evans, Joel Parsons, Kristin Farr, Pemex, Christina Fong, Miguel "Bounce" Perez, Bruce Fowler, Lawrence Rinder, Henry Frank, Leah Rosenberg, Roy Gilstrap, Mike Rothfeld, Anthony Gomez, Floris Schönfeld, Ronnie Goodman, Steven Smith, Lori Gordon, Oki Sogumi, Thomas Grider, Kurt Von Staden, Griffin, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts staff., Gary Harrell, Mark Stanley, Amy M. Ho, Paul Stauffer, Johnny Ray Huston, Lorna Sung, Art preparators from Bay Area institutions, Nicholas Sung, Irot, TIna Takemoto, David Johnson, Brian Tester, Joker, Fred Tinsley, Marc Kate, Tan Tran, Darryl Kennedy, Wesley Washington, Kevin Killian, Michael Williams, Rolf Kissmann, Thomas Winfrey, Kufu, Marilyn Wong

Through the work of artists who capture the spirit of "now," YBCA's signature triennial, Bay Area Now, brings to life current perspectives for both this art center and the regional art scene. In its seventh edition, BAN7 is experimenting with a new approach to curating that highlights collaborations with our region's artists and arts organizations and pushes beyond presentation toward a multidisciplinary celebration of the diversity of artistic practices in the Bay Area.

BAN7's core idea is to decentralize the curatorial process, and centralize the public presentation of some of the most exciting artistic voices in the region today.

As a common shared site for the presentation of works, BAN7 aims to create a lucid web of creative activity in the Bay Area. Our vision to create a platform for new work and experimentation is rooted in the belief that a decentralized curatorial process will open up an opportunity for a wider range of voices and create spaces for dialogue beyond the arts.

The visual arts component of Bay Area Now 7 has been reconceived through an open and rigorous selection process. By inviting noncommercial, small- to mid-size regional visual arts organizations to curate site-specific projects with Bay Area artists in YBCA's galleries, we are making visible the rich complexity of our many arts communities. Using an art fair style format in which the selected participants curate projects for specific locations throughout an exhibition space, BAN7 celebrates visual arts organizations as vital players in the local arts ecology. The exhibition aims to foster increased appreciation for Bay Area art, artists, and organizers, and to promote a greater understanding of the vast range of practices and individual visions that make the Bay Area such a vibrant center for contemporary art.

Tags: A.K. Burns, K.r.m. Mooney, Sung, Michael Williams