What's Love Got to do With it?

Saturday, July 15, 2017 6:30PM

What's Love Got to do With it?
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The San Francisco Arts Commission and the California Historical Society present a panel discussion featuring the three artists commissioned for the “Summer of Love” themed Art on Market Street Kiosk Poster Series. Deborah Aschheim, Kate Haug, and Sarah Hotchkiss will each present their unique, contemporary take on the counter culture event that inspired some of the era's most memorable music, art, fashion and literature. The event will include a moderated discussion with the audience. Attendees will receive free zines with contributions by the artists.

About the Speakers:

Deborah Aschheim makes installations, sculptures and drawings about memory and place. She has had fairly recent exhibitions at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Oficina de Proyectos Culturales in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Suyama Space in Seattle, WA and San Diego State University. She has created permanent public artworks for the Sandler Neurosciences Center at UC San Francisco; for Amazon.com in Seattle, WA; for the City of Sacramento and for the Los Angeles Police Department. She was Hellman Visiting Artist at the Memory and Aging Center in the Neurology Department at UCSF and has received artists’ fellowships from the California Community Foundation, the Center for Cultural Innovation, The City of Los Angeles and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Aschheim will talk about her experiences researching her poster series, “The Zeitgeist,” and her efforts to try to understand the Summer of Love, a process which raised more questions than it answered. She will give some context to her preoccupation with the Sixties and Seventies by discussing previous collective memory projects, “Involuntary Memories: Marine Corps Station El Toro and the Nixon Years” and “Bienvenidos los Presidentes/Welcome the Presidents” which combined drawing and oral history into complex vernacular narratives.

San Francisco based cross-disciplinary artist Kate Haug investigates the circulation and consumption of history, often times exploring modes of production and consumption. Recently her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Capitalism, Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson and Irving Street Projects. She was a Rubinstein Curatorial fellow at the Whitney Museum of Art's Independent Study Program and has been awarded residencies at Film Video Arts, Arteleku and the Vermont Studio Center. Her art writing appears in SFAQ and other publications.

In her talk, Kate Haug will discuss the process of artistic inquiry in relation to her Art on Market Street Poster Series, the Summer of Love Trading Cards. The creation of any object requires many choices and decisions based on intellectual questioning and conceptual premises. Haug will discuss her historical research for the project, present different project iterations, move through a selection of image choices and examine the public context for the works to dialogue about the use of history and histories in artistic practice.

Sarah Hotchkiss is a San Francisco-based artist and arts writer. Recent solo exhibitions include shows at Royal NoneSuch Gallery and Goodnight Projects. She has attended residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, ACRE, the Vermont Studio Center and Esalen. She watches a lot of science fiction, which she reviews in a semi-regular publication called Sci-Fi Sundays. She is the visual arts editor for KQED Arts

Digging through the archives of various Bay Area institutions -- including the San Francisco Public Library's History Center, the GLBT Historical Society and the Prelinger Library -- Sarah Hotchkiss unearthed a trove of alternative publications from 1967 that document not just the Haight-Ashbury scene, but the emerging social movements and grassroots organizing happening throughout the region. Follow this journey of discovery with an illustrated lecture of small treasures from long-ago newsprint pages -- from personal ads to spirited letters to the editor -- that help shed light on the people of the Summer of Love.

Above: Deborah Aschheim, The Zeitgeist, 2017 and Kate Haug / Ivan Uranga, Allen Ginsberg, Summer of Love Trading Cards, 2017
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