The Fall Season is upon us! Our new Artists in Residents have been arriving over the past couple weeks and are settling into the foggy mornings and crisp afternoons. October offers a number of opportunities to get to know our Artists and their work a little better with our Fall Open House, Kelly Akashi and Anna Fitch & Banker White at work in the Project Space Studios, and a lecture by Jonathan Calm, our 2019 Larry Sultan Photography Award recipient.
Selections from our Fall Artists in Residence
Sunday, October 20 | 12–5PM
Fall Open House
Free and open to the public | Headlands Center for the Arts
Open House provides a once-a-season opportunity to roam the various buildings of our campus, meet current artists, view works in progress, and attend screenings, performances, and readings. See what Artists in Residence, Affiliate Artists, and Graduate Fellows are up to in their studios, and stop by the fall Project Space works-in-progress by Kelly Akashi and Anna Fitch & Banker White.
Enjoy a housemade lunch in the Mess Hall Café—Members at the Inspire level ($250) and above receive complimentary lunch for two! (Not a member yet? Join today!)
Parking is limited! If you can, we encourage you to carpool, bike, or take the bus. Get more info on how to get here.
Jonathan Calm, Double Vision (Record), 2018. © Jonathan Calm
Wednesday, October 9 | 7–9PM
Larry Sultan Photography Award Lecture
Free and open to the public | Timkin Hall at California College of the Arts
Californian photographer and 2019 Larry Sultan Photography Award winner Jonathan Calm discusses his work at this off-site lecture. While in residence at Headlands, Calm will be expanding his portfolio of Green Book sites and locations, with a particular focus on the American West. Amidst increased public awareness of the Green Book over the past year—due in part to the film, The Green Book, and the controversy over its 2019 Academy Award for Best Picture of the Year—Calm’s work presents a more ambiguous counterpoint to the popular narrative of California as a modern-day promised land.
Presented by the CCA Photography Program as part of the Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program, in partnership with Pier 24, McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, and Headlands Center for the Arts.
Welcome to Headspace, our [virtual] place for diving into the minds at Headlands. Every month you'll learn about the books, recipes, games, articles—anything!—that artists and staff can't stop thinking about.
From the studio of Anna Fitch & Banker White
Headlands' Director of Development Sarah Kermensky has been ruminating on The Flick, a play set in a run-down movie house staffed by emotionally flawed characters. "Expertly mounted at Ashby Stage, playwright Annie Baker's deceptively simple dialogue slowly drew the audience in and kept us there, willingly," Sarah said. "There is no substitute for good, live performance."
"I'm obsessed right now with palm trees" said Affiliate Artist Ploi Pirapokin. She found some inspiration in Architectural Digest's recent profile of the home of Poppy and Cara Delevingne. "I've been researching native Californian palm trees to bring into my home and into my writing as imagery to match the ever-heating global-warmed Northern California climate."
Fall Program Intern Emily Bell recently baked the perfect fall treat: Blue Bottle Coffee's Ginger Molasses Cookies. Almost two batches were eaten by Headlands' staff in under an hour—a feat that we're particularly proud of. You can find the original recipe in The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee: Growing, Roasting, and Drinking, with Recipes, or an adaptation here.
We're excited to share a small selection of the incredible work Headlands Alumni are doing in the world. Whether former Artists in Residence (AIR), Affiliates (AFF), or Graduate Fellows (GF), they're all out there making waves.
Erica Deeman, Brown; archival inkjet prints. 2017. © Erica Deeman
Erica Deeman (AIR '19) contributed photography of objects found in the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History & Culture to The New York Times' The 1619 Project.
Liana Finck (AIR '19) is releasing a new book, Excuse Me: Cartoons, Complaints, and Notes to Self, collecting 500 of her most-loved cartoons. Finck will also be heading out on a book tour, stopping in San Francisco October 14 at the Commonwealth Club.
Hank Willis Thomas (AIR '07) is the subject of a survey exhibition, Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal..., at the Portland Art Museum opening October 12. Thomas was also recently awarded a commission for the Brooklyn Academy of Music—the award was featured in The New York Times.
Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco is currently featuring Another West, an exhibition curated by Richard Misrach and featuring Meghann Riepenhoff (AFF '12–'15), Lewis DeSoto (AIR '90, '01), and Zig Jackson (AIR '95), along with Johnnie Chatman, Mercedes Dorame, Mishka Henner, Nancy Holt, An-My Lê, Ed Ruscha, David Benjamin Sherry, and Tabitha Soren.
Glyph Slipper, a solo exhibition of work by Amy Nathan (GF '18–'19), is up through October 26 at CULT Aimee Friberg Exhibitions.
Tiffany Shlain (AIR '06) just released a new book, 24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week, and is heading out on a book tour, with multiple events in the Bay Area.
Rashaad Newsome (AIR '14) has work on view on both the East and West Coast, with BLACK MAGIC spanning New York Live Arts, Philadelphia Photo Center, and Icebox Project Space, and STOP PLAYING IN MY FACE! and ICON on view at San Francisco's Museum of the African Diaspora.
Lava Thomas (AIR '17) was named one of 46 finalists for the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery 2019 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. Thomas is also currently featured in Surfacing Histories Sculpting Memories at the CCA Hubbell Street Galleries, along with Sandra Ono (AIR '12), Sofía Córdova (AIR '18), Amy Tavern, and Julia Goodman, up through October 4.
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Get directions to Headlands by car or bike. Limited parking is available onsite. The MUNI 76X bus runs between San Francisco and Headlands on Saturdays and Sundays.
Please note: First-floor spaces in Building 944 (Mess Hall, Key Room, The Commons, and Latrine) are accessible to people with mobility aids. Second- and Third-floor spaces (Westwing, Eastwing, Rodeo Room, and Project Space) are currently accessible only by stairs. Note that there is a steep hill from the MUNI 76X bus stop up to the Headlands campus. During our seasonal Open Houses, special accommodations can be made for those arriving via public transportation. If you have any questions regarding accessibility, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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