Entrance to San Francisco Art Institute Gala: The Original Disruptor by David Best
Artist David Best, SFAI President Gordon Knox and Donald Farnsworth
The courtyard at San Francisco Art Institute Gala: The Original Disruptor, transformed by David Best
Hydraulic bar on the roof by Mads Lynnerup
Nion McEvoy and Lynn Luckow
Lounge created by Supermrin + The Confidential Theater at San Francisco Art Institute Gala: The Original Disruptor
Stanlee Gatti, Susie Tompkins Buell and Mark Buell
In my opinion, San Francisco Art Institute Gala: The Original Disruptor was one of the best parties of the year thus far. Alumni artists and teachers transformed the campus at 800 Chestnut Street into a series of stunning art bars and lounges for one night only, on April 29, 2017.
Just a few highlights from my experience: David Best‘s awe-inspiring installation over the entrance and in the historic courtyard set the tone. From there, I spent a lot of time in an inner sanctum where Avengers lead singer Penelope Houston rocked and tequila poured. In a small room turned alpine-tiki bar, The Kunstcapdes not only served tropical drinks but also conducted interviews for their art talk radio show. On the roof, SFAI assistant professor Mads Lynnerup created a bar on a hydraulic lift that was raised and lowered based on the quality of conversation (as determined by the bartender).
So many artists contributed lounges filled with interesting work, my only criticism is that I wished they would keep it open for two nights!
Founded in 1871, SFAI is one of the oldest academic institutions of higher learning dedicated to the study of contemporary art in the country. It is one of only two institutions that focus solely on fine art.
Scenes from San Francisco Art Institute: The Original Disruptor Gala:
San Francisco Art Institute Gala: Rainbow by Lorena Perez Villers at The Original Disruptor
Artist Lorena Perez Villers, Carla Crane and Susan Swig
Mariana Wall, Sydney Lalonde and Taylor Humphries
Architect Paffard Keatinge-Clay (designer of the addition to the Art Institute, 1966- 1968) and Photographer Paul Sack
Bonanza Lounge at San Francisco Art Institute Gala: The Original Disruptor
Dominic Mondavi and James Cavera
Wendy Yanowich and Shira Gasarch
Tiki drinks with The Kunstcapades at San Francisco Art Institute Gala: The Original Disruptor
Junior tiki bar by The Kunstcapades at San Francisco Art Institute Gala: The Original Disruptor
Louisa Ritter, Frank Dunlevy and Susan Dunlevy
Leila Black, Alex Peterson and Luz Olivia
Pam Garibaldi and Marc Garibaldi
Photos by Drew Altizer Photography
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