The Long Conversation

Exhibition and Performance Series

The Long Conversation

Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 12:00 – 6:00 PM

Amy Balkin, Renée Gertler & Josh Greene, Cliff Hengst, Rhonda Holberton, David Ireland, Bessma Khalaf, Paul Kos, Pawel Kruk, Tony Labat, Mike Lai, Lynn Hershman Leeson in collaboration with Mark Hellar, Jennifer Locke, Nathan Lynch, Whitney Lynn, Mads Lynnerup, Mail Order Brides/M.O.B., Tom Marioni, Jim Melchert, Lucas Murgida, Christian Nagler, Rigo 23, Moira Roth & Anne Walsh, Jon Rubin, Alice Shaw, Peter Simensky, Anne Walsh, Michael Zheng

The Long Conversation presents work and a performance series by current and former Bay Area artists whose practices are rooted in the strategies of the West Coast, alternative, idea-based, experimental and time-based artwork pioneered in the 1970s. Organized in conjunction with Southern Exposure's 39th Birthday, the exhibition features actions, videos, performances, installations and events presented both on and off-site.

This cross-generational project includes artists working in the Bay Area since the 1970s as well as a new generation of artists staking a claim within experimental, conceptual and engaged methods. Their post-studio practices are often performative, endurance-based or centered around a displaced object or action. With the current proliferation of cultural producers and images, along with the disruptive and quickly changing character of the region, The Long Conversation revisits the strategy of thinking as a premise for making.

Curated by Courtney Fink, Valerie Imus, Gay Outlaw and Chris Sollars with support from Southern Exposure's Curatorial Committee

Event & Performance Schedule

Monday, September 16, 2013, 6:00-9:00 PM
Event by Tony Labat

Saturday, September 21, 2013, 4:00-10:00 PM
Southern Exposure's 39th Birthday Block Party and Opening Reception for The Long Conversation Performances by Cliff Hengst, Pawel Kruk, Lucas Murgida, Peter Simensky and Michael Zheng

Thursday, September 26, 2013, 7:00 PM
Performances by Tom Marioni, Jim Melchert and Jennifer Locke

Saturday, October 12, 2013, 7:00 PM
Performance by Mail Order Brides/M.O.B.

Friday, October 25, 2013, 7:00 PM
Performances by Anne Walsh & Moira Roth, Mike Lai with Charming Hostess and Christian Nagler