Here is the summary of our meeting about final group exhibition. We need to finalize the opening date, title of the show and artists’ works to be exhibited.

Venue: Alter Space, 1158 Howard Street




May 5th (Tuesday)- Installation of works

May 7th (Thursday) or May 8th (Friday)? -Opening of the exhibition *need to be finalized

May 10th (Sunday)- Deinstallation of works


-Prints (Photographs and screen prints)

-Video by Andres Moya (tv monitor on floor)

-16mm projection by Joseph Dwyer at the jail cell space

-Painting by Ben Jones

Title of the Exhibition- not yet finalized- any suggestions?

Week 10: “Conversation piece with Carlos Villa” project

This week, artist/students will bring work (maximum of 3 works) that tells a story in conversation with Carlos Villa’s work and art practice.

Carlos Villa had a wide range of art practice- from abstract painting, mixed media, sculpture, installation, performance, community-based projects or social practice as well as organizing symposia and lectures series and art teaching. The concept of the activity is to present your work along with a work by Carlos Villa- for instance showing an abstract painting along with Carlos Villa’s painting and comparing the similarities or even dissimilarities in terms of style, content, and/or issues each work is addressing.

You can bring an actual artwork such as painting, photographs, small sculpture, or even render an impromptu performance in the class. You can also bring in electronic files of your work, in .jpg format that will be sent to Thea (ttagle@sfai.edu) before class. If you have organized (or have participated) in a community-based project or curated an exhibition, you can make a presentation using powerpoint and website links. The presentation should be atleast 5 mins to 7 mins long but if you are presenting a video or film, you can make short segments or clips of your work (10 to 15 mins ). We will also have an open critique and discussion after each presentation.

In Carlos Villa’s critique class in 2009, before students presented their work, he always asked us these questions- “For whom ?” and “what for?”—that you should also consider when selecting your art works and preparing your presentation.

  1. “For whom?” What is the work all about? Is the work intended for oneself, for the society (immediate environment, current social issues or concerns) or history (like paying homage to your past or investigating historical past that have been largely forgotten)?
  2. “What for?” What is the intention of the work that is relevant to the artist, in response to his/her immediate environment? what was the rationale of the artist? or what triggers the artist in making such a work in that particular   moment?
  1. Are there any similarities regarding your work presented and Carlos Villa’s, in terms of concerns and issues that he addressed in his individual practice; his curatorial projects; in the symposia that he organized; or in his teaching? Is yes, why? If not, why?

Below you will be able to see three conversation pieces by Jevijoe Vitug that will give you an idea for the project. 

Jevijoe with Carlos 2

Jevijoe with Carlos

Jevijoe with Carlos 3

Week 9: Bringing Filipino/American Art to the Fore

This week focuses on Filipino American art, a teacher once told Villa that there was no Filipino art history to investigate. Do you think this inquiry could have motivated him to be the “interlocutor” to fill such historical absence/gaps? What kind of strategies did he use/employ as interlocutor?

What is the difference between validation and self-validation (based from article Actions Speak Louder than Words: Carlos, The Man by Theresa Harlan, Filipino American Arts Exposition Catalog)

In Carlos Villa and the Integrity of Space article (edited by Theodore S. Gonzalves), why do you think Carlos Villa is neglected by art historians and by Asian-Americanists? What is meant by the term “art action” in Villa’s “artwork”?

Regarding the Worlds in Collision website (http://worldsincollision.org) devoted to Filipino American art history, it seems hasn’t been updated in a while, any comments or suggestions to improve the site?

Week 6: Other Sources and the 1970s

This week topic focuses on community activism in San Francisco in the 70s plus an oral history interview with Carlos Villa to give us brief overview of San Francisco art scene in those days. It is remarkable to note how our school (SFAI/ CSFA) plays a major role in shaping the local art scene here in the Bay Area particularly the “community mural movement” of the seventies. Are there any differences between community murals in the seventies (mentioned in Lost Murals of the Seventies by Timothy W. Drescher and Art and Social Consciousness by Margo Machida) and street/urban art today in San Francisco? in terms of subject matter, style and concern?

What was distinctive about Mujeres Muralistas on collaboration and how they deal with funding? Does it have something to do with the “rasquache” strategy of resistance and resilience?

In the article, “Third World Art is a State of Mind” by Paul Kagawa (Other Sources: An American Essay), do you agree that such “cultural cartel” exists in the art world?

In 1976, Carlos Villa organized an exhibition entitled Other Sources: An American Essay about “Third World” artists, activism and multiculturalism. Why is community action such as “bringing people together or bring cultures together” (page 274, Machida) integral to Carlos Villa’s art practice? Do you think his concerns with ethnic and cultural diversity  are somewhat autobiographical?   ( Oral History interview with Carlos Villa, 1995 June 20-July 10 by Paul Karlstrom)