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June 27, 2012

MERIDIAN GALLERY JUNE/JULY

WHAT'S ON EXHIBITION IN JUNE
 
The Painted Word
EXTENDED to July 14, 2012
Co-Curated by Peter Selz and Sue Kubly

 
Thought you missed The Painted Word exhibition at Meridian Gallery? The exhibition--which features over 80 works of art by renowned writers and poets of the San Francisco Renaissance and Beat generation--has been extended until July 14th.  What distinguishes this exhibition, says Executive Director Anne Brodzky, "is that it shows the culmination of different modes of visual art and writing from San Francisco Renaissance and Beat poets, which has never been done before in a major art exhibition." During the 1950s and '60s, the San Francisco Bay Area witnessed an outburst of creative energy. Called the "San Francisco Renaissance," it was a culture in which poets combined their poetry with jazz as well as paintings, drawings, and collages.
 
The Painted Word reveals the surprising range of visual art produced by these outstanding writers and poets. Exhibited artists include William Saroyan, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Kenneth Rexroth, Jack Hirschman, Jess, Robert Duncan, Michael McClure, Jack Micheline, Henry Miller, Kenneth Patchen, Christopher Felver, John Keating, William S. Burroughs, and David Meltzer. Selected works are available for sale.
 
Closing Party for The Painted Word
July 13, 2012, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Co-Sponsored by the Beat Museum in North Beach

 
Jack Hirschman, the hugely prolific painter and poet of Red Poet fame, will be the special guest for the closing party for The Painted Word on July 13th  from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. He has written more than 50 volumes of poetry and essays and will read a recent work. In 2006, Hirschman was appointed Poet Laureate of San Francisco. He was instrumental in developing San Francisco's International Poetry Festival. Hirschman is active with the Revolutionary Poets Brigade and curates the Poets 11 Anthology, which collects poetry from each of the City's eleven districts.
 
The event will also feature a deeply reflective reading by the award-winning actress and recognized stage director Lissa Tyler Renaud of poems by Kenneth Rexroth, Robert Duncan, William Saroyan, and William Burroughs. Renaud has taught acting, art theory, and voice throughout the United States as well as at major theatre institutions in Asia, Mexico, and Russia. A recipient of Ford Foundation and National Science Foundation grants for her teaching, Renaud also publishes and lectures widely, particularly on the European avant-garde and Kandinsky.
 
In addition, Meridian Gallery will screen San Francisco's Wild History Groove,  a recent documentary by filmmaker Mary Kerr, which chronicles the extraordinary flourishing of avant-garde art and poetry during the Beat Generation in San Francisco and Los Angeles.  Her documentaries have been widely screened in the United States as well as internationally in Austria, Norway, Sweden, and France.
 
(Wine will be provided by Wine Sisterhood. Suggested donation for the event: $12. No one is turned away for lack of funds. All proceeds benefit Meridian Gallery and its youth program.)
 
Tour: Bohemian, Beats, and Beyond
July 13, 2012, 2:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Co-Sponsored by Genius Loci Tours in support of Meridian Gallery

 
Explore San Francisco's Bohemian and Beat cultural movements through a walking tour into the heart of North Beach and Jackson Square.  You'll have the opportunity to see the places that served as home, studio, stage, and inspiration to major literary and artistic figures and put San Francisco on the 20th century cultural map.  Highlights of the tour will include:
 

City Lights, a landmark bookstore of small press books, poetry, and challenges to the status quo.
Upper Grant Avenue's unique galleries, cafes, and performance spaces
Washington Square, a community green space in the heart of North Beach
Montgomery Street, a home to poets and painters, and ground zero for the gay rights movement
Public murals and sculptures celebrating a diverse range of subjects from words to music to protest to zaniness, and even baseball
A behind-the-scenes reception with the curators of The Painted Word at Meridian Gallery

 
Tour begins at 2:30 p.m. in front of 678 Green Street, Club Fugazi, a.k.a. Beach Blanket Babylon.  Walking tour duration/distance: Two hours, mostly flat terrain, unhurried pace. Meridian Gallery Reception: One hour, wine and cheese will be served.  Please wear comfortable, closed-toe walking shoes.  Be sure to sign up ASAP! Space limited to 10 participants to ensure a light footprint and a more up front and personal experience.

WHAT'S ON EXHIBITION IN JULY
 
Artists with their Interns from the Meridian Interns Program
July 27-September 7, 2012
Opening Event: July 27th, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

New works by artists Nancy de Y. Elkus (Director, Meridian Interns Program), Matthew Marchand, Laura Boles Faw, Gopika Sitwala, Rye Purvis, and Vita Hewitt will be on exhibition at Meridian Gallery this summer and early fall. The exhibition, which examines the reciprocity of the creative process between students and their Artist Instructors, will also feature evocative works by students reflecting on nature, ephemera, memory, and identity in a variety of disciplines. The youth artists, aged 14-18 years, are participants in the long-running, artist-led Meridian Interns Program (MIP), now in its 17th year of operation.
 
Myth and Metaphor: The Intaglio Prints of Thomas Wood
July 27-September 7, 2012
Opening Event: July 27th, 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Meridian Gallery is delighted to present a series of stunning intaglio prints by the Northwest artist, Thomas Wood. Whether Wood is dealing with a landscape or the reinvention of some mythic figure or totemic creatures, the dexterity of his line, composition, and subject is masterful. Wood has been compared to such luminaries as Dürer, Bosch, and Goya in his continuation of the art of printmaking, and his work never fails to draw the viewer into a new discovery of some uncharted time and place.  

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Meridian Gallery/SAPA, a non profit 501 (c) 3 located in the heart of downtown San Francisco at 535 Powell Street, is dedicated to promoting education and culture through the arts of the Americas. Information on Meridian Gallery and its programs and exhibitions is available at www.MeridianGallery.org. Images from the exhibition for press purposes are available upon request. For additional information, please contact: 415-398-7229 or info@MeridianGallery.org

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