Thursday, May 14, 2009

Sisters Uptown and Sisters Midtown!

Femina Potens and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts are different venues, showing different kinds of art, sometimes experimental, sometimes challenging, sometimes just plain fun. Art is subjective. It can be challenging. Sometimes it is about process; sometimes it is about the end result. Sometimes it’s about poking fun at institutions. Sometimes it’s about saying out loud what is not considered “right to say” in “polite company.” The women who run Femina Potens and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence take risks, create fun, raise consciousness and continue San Francisco’s tradition of the “city that knows how.” In the Castro, Femina Potens is hosting: A Touch of Pleasure

Step through the doors at Femina Potens Art Gallery to experience a wonderland of art works and installations including objects d'art from the early days of "Bound for Pleasure" to more curent films and paintings of women's sexuality. Femina Potens is a progressive art space, dedicated to showcasing queer, women, trans, and kink artists - both in the work that they show, as well as the events that they host and produce. This small DIY art gallery -- run mostly from volunteers and a whole lot of TLC -- succeeds where many art spaces in SF fall short.

May 2 to 31, gallery hours Thursday to Sunday noon - 6:00 pm.
2199 Market St, SF.

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence are moving uptown.

YBCA is proud to the feature Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in the Room for Big Ideas as we explore the Big Idea, Ritual and Redemption.

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Inc. have been employing satire and high drama to shed light on serious issues since 1979. From a humble beginning in the Castro, America's first order of 21st century nuns formed to improve the socio-cultural, spiritual, educational, and artistic experiences of the communities in which members live, work, and have creative interactions. Each individual Sister is artist and subject, priestess and counselor, nurturer and provocateur in the human quest for a joyful life.

We are blessed to be able to share our vast archives with the public as part of Ritual and Redemption. From the Rosary In A Time Of Nuclear Peril to the exorcism of Pope John Paul II to the taking of our vows and painting of our white face, Sisters have been creating rituals, blessings, art, literature, and general debauchery designed to promulgate universal joy and expiate stigmatic guilt for the past 30 years.
Saturday, May 16

And for the really off-beat, bizarre, mind-bending stuff, out of this world art (or something that wants to be the in the vicinity of..) check out the MFA show at CCAC. JD Beltran at SF Gate (one of my new favorite art bloggers) has a good review and photos here:


tangobaby said...

Wow... these both sound awesome. I want to see both! Thank you for the info!

Zoomie said...

Love the CCA show work - so full of life and anger and caring. The Femina Potens planks remind me of a young artist who was a student at SFAI when I worked there, Albert Reyes, although his works featured more male themes, but often on scraps of untreated wood like that and drawn in black marker. His were designed to shock, too. I wonder where he is now - he is a brilliant artist.

namastenancy said...

I carefully left out some of the more outre pieces from Femina Potens; they certainly intend to shock but I am mindful that not all my readers want to see a huge jpeg of a red dildo or other objects of that nature.

Zoomie said...

Yeah, the head-on view of the vulva was probably enough. :-)

namastenancy said...

LOL! I sometimes feel that I've turned into such a whimp in my old age but for those who want to look deeper (as it were), there's always the link..