Stories about SFAI

Creativity Explored branches out with ‘Of here from there’ exhibition

The first time artist Ana Teresa Fernández entered the Creativity Explored studio, she says she fell in love with the space. “It’s like what you think of as a...

Electrifying art of Black Power in ‘Soul of a Nation’

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963–1983 was organized by London’s Tate Museum and traveled to Arkansas, New York, and Los Angeles before coming...

Christopher Coppola finally finishes his ‘Macbeth’

Filmmaker and educator Christopher Coppola believes in completing every project that he undertakes. The Associate Professor of Film and Film Department Chair at San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) makes...

Life before dot-com: Two exhibitions explore the not-so-distant past of SF

San Francisco has tended to be defined by its high profile cultural moments and movements, from the libertine Barbary Coast era to the Beats, Haight-Ashbury hippiedom, and the “Gay...

Arts Forecast: El Rio saved, Litquake aquiver, Open Studios opens….

ARTS FORECAST File under: more of this please! According to the Bay Area Reporter, the buildings housing legendary Latinx queer bar El Rio have been acquired by the Mission...

Screen Grabs: A wave of women behind the camera

SCREEN GRABS Though some aspects of filmmaking have been edging slowly towards gender equity for a while, there’s no question that the #MeToo movement has provided an energizing jolt...

Black Panthers, today: A 1968 photo series exploring the activists’ humanity finds significance in 2019

How is the humanity of activists obscured to discredit their movement? San Francisco Art Institute explores the question in “Vanguard Revisited: Poetic Politics & Black Futures”, (opens Tue/22) a...

Photographer Wesaam Al-Badry: from ‘Contemporary Muslim Fashions’ to Camp Fire

At the refugee camp where he lived with his family after the Gulf War broke out in their native Iraq, Wesaam Al-Badry thought the photojournalists who came to the...

Screen Grabs: I Am Not a Witch, Iranian Film Fest, Blaze …

SCREEN GRABS While you could say the annual fall sprawl of anticipatory “awards season” has already begun—with the Venice, Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals that premiere many of the year’s...

Arts Forecast: Green Thursday, Autumn Moon Fest, Comedy Day

ARTS FORECAST One of the great things about the tsunami of environmentalism hitting San Francisco this week is Green Thursday (Thu/13), during which a number of our larger arts organizations like...