SFAI’s 2011 Vernissage Exhibition at the Winery SF

There was an intense energy throughout the Winery SF on opening night of SFAI’s 2011 MFA Vernissage exhibition.  Neither an hour wait in the cold wind nor the depletion of the free wine could deter the multitude of eager viewers from rushing through the exhibits to congratulate the excited, yet exhausted graduating students.  The evening boasted 70+ artist showing  two or more years of highly criticized work that successfully up held SFAI’s reputation of providing a so called schizophrenic experience. With fervor the event carried an array of performances, new media, painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, artist books, and installation.  Besides the work, the most notable shift that caught our eye was the move from Fort Mason (due to reconstruction of the pier) that pushed the decision to hold the event in an a locally owned business.  The 20,000 sq ft of space housed the symbolic relationship between the barrels of wine incubating behind the temporary walls which held the work of newly emerging artists.

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