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Will Brown (Lindsey White, Jordan Stein, and David Kasprzak) collaborating with the San Francisco Art Institute

Award: $40,000 Media Arts grant awarded in 2015

To be presented: Late 2017

The artists Will Brown—composed of Lindsey White, Jordan Stein, and David Kasprzak—and the San Francisco Art Institute are collaborating to develop a multimedia exhibition exploring the Institute’s archives. The work will be showcased via mobile application. The project seeks to engage a broad public with the rich cultural history embedded in the San Francisco Art Institute’s archives. It will benefit from an initiative of the Institute’s exhibition program that is integrating an innovative mobile application for iPhone and Android platforms into its presentations. Will Brown; Hesse McGraw, the Walter and McBean Galleries Vice President for Exhibitions and Public Programs; and the Institute’s archivist and special collections librarian Jeff Gunderson will work closely together to realize the project.

For 143 years, the San Francisco Art Institute has been a magnet for adventurous artists who are central to the development of many of the country’s most notable art movements, and it has served as a vital cultural hub in the Bay Area.

Founded in 2012, Will Brown has created 11 exhibitions and more than 40 events, ranging into an investigation into illegitimately acquired artworks to reimagining a retrospective of the artist Bruce Conner’s work. The collective has completed commissioned projects with the Kadist Foundation, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, diRosa, and other venues. Will Brown focuses on site-specific investigations and the different ways that exhibition spaces and structures impact contemporary art practice.

Image: Disappearing Act by Lindsey White of Will Brown, Gelatin Silver, 2012