VR Art Camp SHOW & TELL
March 28, 2021 10-11:30am PST // 6-7:30pm CET
with Quinn Keck, Lia Sutton and Minoosh Zomorodinia
Experience being in a virtual art piece while engaging in a conversation with the artist!
Resident artists give a 20 min tour in their VR studios that they’ve built during their residency. Please join our Show & Tell in the Art Camp Commons in Mozilla Hubs*!
Art Camp is a homesome virtual art residency and gathering, an alternative to our many missing social events. Womxn and underrepresented artists investigate the possibilities of creating and inhabiting a communal place with care, that is accessible both on a browser and in virtual reality. The residency accumulates in the Show & Tell on the last Sundays of every second month.
Recalled to Nature
Tue, March 2, 2021
5:00 PM – 6:15 PM PST
The Recology Artist in Residence (AIR) Program is pleased to announce in collaboration with Saddleback College the second panel in our series, RECOLOGY AIR CONNECTS, focused on rotating themes that connect artists and ideas.
Titled after Saddleback College’s upcoming virtual exhibition of work made at Recology curated by former AIR artist, Barbara Holmes, the panel “Recalled to Nature” brings together three vibrant voices from the Bay Area: Mark Baugh-Sasaki, Alicia Escott, and Minoosh Zomorodinia. In conversation with our moderators, Barbara Holmes and Victor Yañez-Lazcano, the artists will discuss how they use art to explore the intersection of our social, political, and historical relationships to nature.
This event will also stream live on our YouTube Channel
Featuring the artwork of Members of the Women Eco Artists Dialog (WEAD)
Virtual Exhibition Dates: January 14 – March 12, 2021
SFAI TOWER + ONLINE
January 22, 23 and 24, 2021
Every night starting at 7:00pm, PST
San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) and SF Artists Alumni (SFAA) proudly present Three Turns, a juried exhibition of video works by SFAI alumni artists. Featuring 26 artists, Three Turns stems from the concept that engaging artworks provide a viewer with three different entry points, prompting a deeper exploration into the work itself. Projected on the historic SFAI Tower at 800 Chestnut Street, which houses the Institution’s 150 year old archive, Three Turns will echo the notion of traveling three turns in time and space by showing the selected alumni video works on the Tower in dialogue with video works selected from the SFAI archive.
Archive works were selected by Margaret Tedesco and Leila Weefur, curators of the upcoming 150th anniversary exhibition Spirit of Disruption, and include: Nao Bustamante’s Untitled #1 (from the series “Earth People 2507”), Yin-Ju Chen’s Three Decades of Static, and Steven Arnold’s 1967 work The Liberation of Mannique Mechanique.
Each night, each rotation of works will be looped, and the evening will include brief programming highlighting artists and jurors participating in the exhibition.
Starting at 7:30pm PST, SFAA Exhibitions & Programming Lead Beth Waldman will lead a brief Zoom based panel discussion with guests Juror Minoosh Zomorodinia & Film Archive Artist Yin-Ju Chen as part of the Three Turns event available on live stream to watch as well as Zoom to chime into the conversation. An encore filming of Three Turns will follow the discussion.
Watch all nights here
MUZ Collective’s artists’ postcard project
I’m happy to have a piece in the new artists’ postcard set curated and produced by MUZ Collective. You can order a set by DMing them via Instagram (linked). Proceeds go toward Oakland People’s Breakfast and Hotels Not Graves. The full set, printed by Colpa Press, features work by 29 artists;
Libby Black, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Kevin Chen, Joe Ferriso, Claudia Huenchuleo Paquien, Nathan Kosta, Heesoo Kwon, Kija Lucas, Alicia McCarthy, Jenna Meacham, Gabby Miller, Keisha Mrotek, Natani Notah, Brion Nuda Rosch, Leonard Reidelbach, Kate Rhoades, Sherwin Rio, Leslie Samson-Tabakin, Nicole Shaffer, Owen Takabayashi, Weston Teruya, Hannah Tuck, The Bureau of Linguistal Reality, Raphael Villet, Hannah Waiters, Kristen Wong, Victor Yañez-Lazcano, Livien Yin, Minoosh Zomorodinia⠀
Curator: Katya Grokhovsky
Curatorial Advisors: Mary Annunziata, Allison Cannella, Anna Mikaela Ekstrand
October 16th 2020 – December 18th 2020
Artists: Bianca Abdi-Boragi, Shay Arick, Irja Bodén, Federico Cuatlacuatl, Firoz Mahmud, Abena Motaboli, Rehab El Sadek, Buket SAVCI, Joo Yeon Woo, Minoosh Zomorodinia
19th Annual Benfit Art Auction
An exhibition of short, time-based works
On-line, In Social VR, and In the Gallery
October 22nd – December 17th, 2020
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 22nd, 4:00 – 7:00pm [PDT]
In social VR at: https://hubs.mozilla.com/BRLaDhW/archive-gallery
As an outgrowth of Carla Gannis’ wwwunderkammer, Telematic Media Arts is pleased to present, The Archive to Come, an exhibition – both on-line and in the gallery – of short time-based works that address questions of loss, memorialization, crisis, and re-invention, through the lens of contemporary networked culture and digital media.
The current crises we confront raise fundamental questions about what we value and want to preserve as we work to recover from their ravages and build for the future. How will we memorialize those whose lives have been lost? What could do justice to the fact that so many have died needlessly, as a result of government inaction and political maneuvering, or worse, as victims of racist terror and state violence? How can we redress the unequal distribution of suffering and work to dismantle systems of oppression? What histories demand to be foregrounded and what legacies should be left behind? What have we carried with us as we’ve withdrawn into isolation and emerged in protest? What are the sources of precariousness and resilience in our personal and collective constitutions? What kinds of work do we honor as essential? What do we need to preserve our sense of well-being? What novel modes being and relating have we developed to maintain our social connections? What do we hope for the future?
These are questions of the archive, which both founds and sustains the authority of discourses, institutions, and practices. They concern the construction of memory, knowledge, experience, and power; and they present themselves now, amidst these crises, as both problems and possibilities: revelations of the previously unconscious contradictions in our way of doing things, as well as opportunities to re-orient our attunement to the world.
Carla Gannis’ wwwunderkammer appeals to the 16th – Century “Cabinets of Curiosity” to consider the uncanny complications of grounded reality and virtual reality, nature and artifice, science and science fiction in contemporary digital culture, while building virtual worlds, founded upon de-colonizing, post-human, and feminist archives. The Archive to Come, accordingly, opens these concerns to consideration by a broad field of other artists, inviting them to construct archives of their own, to reflect upon the correlative issues of historical trauma and displacement, and to consider how the digitalization of memory has changed the experience of what we remember – indeed, memory and experience themselves?
Quantified Selves: Vulnerable Bodies
Screening Artists: Dahn Gim 김단, Kelly Sun Kim 김선정, Armando Cortes 마르만도 콜테스, Minoosh Zomorodinia 미누쉬 조모로디니아, Mitra Saboury 미트라 사보리, Rachel Yezbick 레이첼 예즈빅, Lara Salmon 라라 살몬, Naoko Tasaka 나오코 타사카
Fly to Tehran
A night conversation beyond borders! October 27, 2020 8:00pm
WEAD, Women Eco Artists Dialog, working in collaboration with Platform 3, is pleased to announce Emotional Numbness: The impact of war on the human psyche and ecosystems.
This dual venue exhibition was curated by Atefeh Khas (Iran) and Minoosh Zomorodinia (USA). The physical exhibition takes place at Platform 3 in Tehran, Iran. WEAD will simultaneously host a companion online exhibition.
View the exhibition at Platform3 in Tehran
Women + Teaching + Trauma
In this third installation of MixTapes, SoEx Curatorial Councilmember and Artist Minoosh Zomorodinia DJs the internet for you with selections from online projects to sustaining texts to peripheral inspirations. Get to know her creative practices from these jumping off points.
Explore the linked tracks here
San Francisco Art Institute Marks 150th Anniversary with Video Art Projection in Times Square
San Francisco, CA, June 9, 2020 — San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), in association with ZAZ Corner, presents Tunnels of the Mind, a selection of 18 recent works by SFAI-affiliated artists, appearing on a Jumbotron in Times Square, New York City, starting at 7am on June 10th, 2020 and running through June 15, 2020 at midnight. In Tunnels of the Mind is the first in a year-long series of events marking SFAI’s 150th anniversary that will include programs and exhibitions presented in partnership with leading artists and arts organizations around the world. The dates, June 10 through 15 (10×15=150), were chosen in honor of SFAI’s 150-year anniversary.
Curated by SFAI Film Department Chair Orit Ben Shitrit, the selection of work reveals a vast diversity of forms and voices, a signature of SFAI’s highly personal and multi-disciplinary approach to art. Tunnels of the Mind spans distinct forms of moving image including, but not limited to: Structuralist Film, Video Art, Animation, Nonlinear Narrative, Detritus Cinema, Dance on Film, Computer Generated/ 3D, Experimental Film.
“In Tunnels of the Mind, artists reveal their internal worlds: at once subversive, queer, extraterritorial, and otherworldly,” says Ben Shitrit. “Art can encourage empathy, and it is the highest form of hope. When our reality is devastating—with troubling racist killings and social inequality exacerbated by a pandemic—the imagination can offer a refuge and lead us to discover new possibilities.”
ZAZ Corner is a digital gallery showcasing artwork on a large LED billboard measuring 67 by 23.5 feet in the heart of Times Square in New York City. Located at the corner of 41st Street and 7th Avenue, the billboard features a digitally activated screen with a rotating series of images and videos that individually morph, bringing the art to life. This spring and summer, the ZAZ Corner theme is All About Us, featuring people, places, and contemporary interpretations and designs from artists around the world.
ZAZ Corner is presented by ZAZ 10 Times Square (ZAZ10TS) an ongoing cultural initiative that integrates art into the office building at 10 Times Square and its surroundings. ZAZ Corner aims to engage and inspire the public with evocative visuals that stand apart from the world of commerce surrounding them.
Eighteen works by SFAI faculty, students, and alumni were chosen from more than 300 submissions by Ben-Shitrit and a team of curatorial assistants, Danette Bouzanquet, Kaycee Phillips, and Vivian Vivas. The selections, each approx. 3 minutes in length for a total running time of 1 hour, include:
1. Zeina Barakeh, Homeland Insecurity & Slam Bang Blue Remix
2. Mads Lynnerup, Jewish Folktales Retold
3. Orit Ben-Shitrit, Ward of the Feral Horses
4. Avery D. van der Steur, Oscillation
5. Kathleen Quillian, The Conjurer
6. Kota Ezawa, Paint Unpaint
7. Scott Kiernan, Memphis Variations 3
8. Michael Mandiberg, All Haiku, All the Time
9. Sharon Lockhart, One Exercise in Eshkol-Wachman Movement Notation
10. Kent Long, The Waves 11. Orit Ben-Shitrit, Universal Leader 2
12. Julia Fairbrother, Reclaiming Skylines
13. Walt Ohnesorge, Glass Rotation
14. Sequinette, Good Queen 15. Aziz + Cucher, You’re Welcome and I’m Sorry
16. David Bayus, Psyman’s Acres
17. Michelle Handelman, Gothic Snow, from Dorian, A Cinematic Perfume (wallpaper edition)
18. Minoosh Zomorodinia, Sensation
During the weeklong screening of Tunnels of the Mind, SFAI and ZAZ10TS will also feature Artistic Messages to Inspire from 7 to 9am and 7 to 9pm daily, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 75 artists from the SFAI community contributed additional work celebrating and reflecting on the resilience of New Yorkers during these difficult times. **
On Friday, June 12th, and Saturday June 13th 2020 at 9pm PDT, SFAI will project the entire program in San Francisco on the school’s landmark tower at 800 Chestnut Street, a venue that is visible to audiences throughout the city’s North Beach neighborhood. Synchronously, ZAZ Corner will feature a special midnight screening in New York, making this evening a live bicoastal act of East Coast-West Coast solidarity. The works will also be streamed on SFAI’s website at www.sfai.edu/tunnels-of-the-mind starting Wednesday, June 10 at 9pm.
Wander Woman 2 – Curated by Rea Lynn de Guzman
Live Panel: Friday – June 5, 2020 – 8 pm PDT
Link to live presentation
Wander Woman 2, the second iteration of Wander Woman, provides an empowering and engaging platform for Bay Area-local, APA immigrant women of color, who vary in professional backgrounds from emerging to established. Its mission is to highlight the artists and their work, and to amplify their voices by presenting significant conversations surrounding issues of equity, gender roles, and underrepresentation. Further, it aims to foster deep connections within the community and beyond.
Lead Producing Artist: Rea Lynn de Guzman
Exhibiting Artists: Kimberley Acebo Arteche, Aynur Girgin Westen, Kiana Honarmand, Kacy Jung, Mido Lee, Joyce Nojima, Azin Seraj, Pallavi Sharma, Pamela Ybañez, and Minoosh Zomorodinia.
Wander Woman 2 is presented by SF Camerawork and the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center as part of the 23rd annual United States of Asian America Festival 2020: FINDING KINSHIP.
Experiments in the Field: Creative Collaboration in the Age of Ecological Concern
Experiments in the Field: Creative Collaboration in the Age of Ecological Concern presents artworks by Adriane Colburn, Alicia Escott, Stacey Goodman, Chanell Stone, Livien Yin, and Minoosh Zomorodinia, with a public participatory work by the Bureau of Linguistical Reality.
The ways we have come to know about our environment and the magnitude of the climate challenges we face has frequently been framed through visual modes such as satellite imagery, documentary photographs or simulation models. While scientific objectivity is crucial to our formal understanding of climate change, art offers a range of discursive, visual, and sensual strategies to connect with these complex issues.
Art in its many forms has always documented human experience, imagined new futures, reoriented our perspectives, and sparked cultural change. The artists in this exhibition expand on the particularities of site, ownership, history, representation, perception, public domain, and stewardship. They explore deeply personal and cultural narratives through a transdisciplinary approach, working with performance, video, sculpture, writing, activism, scientific and historical data, and social engagement — a decisively human context that allows art to share meaning and transform values. While addressing ecological concerns, this exhibition is also a conceptual centrifuge for exploration and future action.
Artists: Bureau of Linguistical Reality, Adriane Colburn, Alicia Escott, Stacey Goodman, Keith Secola, Chanell Stone, Livien Yin, Minoosh Zomorodinia
Photo credit: Fern Schaffer Ritual
Curated by Patricia Watts founder of ecoartspace
CURRENTS 826 Gallery will feature the exhibition Performative Ecologies including eleven women artists who explore the role of ritual while engaging the natural world. Included are artifacts and documentations from performative works dating from 1971-2019, engagements of ecological consciousness in both urban and rural spaces.
The exhibition will be held at 826 Canyon Road with a virtual reception + tour on Sunday May 10, 2020 from 5-6pm. Closing date TBD, probably in August/September 2020.
Artists include: Fern Shaffer, Cherie Sampson, Shana Robbins, Mary Mattingly, Jenny Kendler, Minoosh Zomorodinia, Basia Irland, Alicia Escott, Claudia Bucher, Dominique Mazeaud and Bonnie Ora Sherk.
In 1987, Suzi Gablik published her radical book, The Reenchantment of Art. This was the author’s manifesto in which she proposed a more engaged, empathetic, participatory, and socially responsible approach to art. She also called for a revival of the mystical, which Gablik felt was often dismissed because of our rational modes of perceiving the world. Two artists she wrote about in her book, Dominique Mazeaud and Fern Shaffer are included in Performative Ecologies.
Performative art, unlike performance art, does not require an audience. The artists in Performative Ecologies take on the role of shaman or magical messenger to perform acts of cleansing or engaging the spirit world. These other worlds that the artists have envisioned offer a depth and meaning that has either been long forgotten or is being acknowledged in a new way. The remains of these performative works include photographs, video documentation, artifacts and “magic clothing” that the artists wore.
Curated by Patricia Watts, founder/curator of ecoartspace
Recology Artist in Residence 2020-2021
PEEPHOLE CINEMA NOW PLAYING HOFREH
Dec 5, 2019- Jan 25, 2020 – San Francisco
January 27, 2020-June 9, 2020- New York
A collection of videos showcasing Iranian artists. The title Hofreh is a Persian word for hole or cavity and can also mean eye socket.
Curated by Minoosh Zomorodinia
The Peephole Cinema in San Francisco is proud to present “Hofreh” a collection of videos showcasing Iranian artists who live and work in the cities of Tehran, Isfahan, Tabriz and Khoramabad. The title of this show is a Persian word that translates to hole or cavity and also applies to the word for eye socket. It’s a fitting title for works that respond to the Peephole Cinema’s unique space: videos that loop inside a hole in a wall located street side on a building in the Mission District. In this show the artists express challenges of identity and gender and sometimes use their bodies as a natural set up to express the power of fertility and love. Curated by Iranian-born interdisciplinary artist Minoosh Zomorodinia this show brings together a collection of artists that are part of her extended community. In these works there are references to loss and societal expectations. Loss of the natural environment caused by urban development in Iran’s cities and the human struggle as it relates to societal expectations on women. The later, causes many to leave the country so they can live freely rather than satisfy their family’s demand or societies pressures.
December 6-8, 2019 12-5pm
Artists’ Annual Exhibition 2019-2020
Kala Art institute December 5th 6-8:3pm
Memory Walkshop led by Arthur Huang
hosted by The Walk Discourse
In tandem with the exhibition, Root Division has partnered with The Walk Discourse who will be facilitating a walk throughout the SoMa neighborhood led by exhibiting artist Arthur Huang on Sunday, November 10 from 2:00 – 4:00pm.
Screening GOLDEN at Artists Television Access
San Francisco, October 19th, 2019 5-6pm
What happens when poetry flies off the page, out a window, and into a pair of tap-dance shoes, and then dresses as a human-sized gold nugget? Come see a short film and two answers.
Living off the land, on the margins of Silicon Valley, “G-nug,” “the largest gold nugget on earth,” confronts a dry tap. A debilitating drought prompts her to journey to the steps of City Hall to recite an erasure poem: the Declaration of Independence missing the letters “T,” “R,” “U,” “M,” and “P”. “Golden” ends with her sleeping beside San Francisco’s historic golden Fire Hydrant, where hoodlums beat her up and leave her to die. The following day, G-nug’s dreams of water come true, when a blizzard hits the city, but in the form of fatal excess.
What begins as a mockumentary about a golden nugget, slowly reveals the representation of a homeless individual seeking basic resources. The embodiment of “the world’s largest gold nugget” is metaphorically rich; G-nug is made of gold but has few resources, forcing us to consider our worth, what we value, and at what cost.
Performacne at Shapeshifter Cinema
October 13, 2019 7-9pm
Minoosh Zomorodinia is an Iranian-born interdisciplinary artist who makes visible her emotional and psychological reflections as seen in her mind’s eye inspired by nature and her environments. Her work exposes and experiments with humanity’s relationship to the natural world. The piece she will be presenting, Illusion is an ongoing project addressing confusion in contemporary urban life. Using a variety of cameras (digital, 16mm and super-8mm), the artist documents her own wanderings through various landscapes in search of the lost spirituality in the modern world and the ambiguous and mystical origin of self.
Art Auction at Root Division
Oct 24th, 2019
Djerassi Resident Artists program, Sunday Oct 18, 2019
AH2020 Goes Virtual
For thirteen years, Djerassi Resident Artists Program has welcomed art lovers, enthusiasts, and donors to an intimate and luxurious celebration of art and sky. 150 guests enjoy breathtaking views, gourmet dinner, exceptional wines, and experience first-hand the majestic land that has inspired Djerassi Program alumni for over forty years. However, due to the limitations of large gatherings this year, our annual fundraiser will be broadcast online to art lovers everywhere.
In true Djerassi Program fashion, we have taken this challenge to heart, calling upon the incredible talents of our beloved alumni, community, and staff. It is our pleasure to open our doors to the world and offer you an intimate look inside our famed Program, from the comfort and safety of your own home.
How To Participate
Virtual events are still very new to many of us, but luckily our broadcast event is as simple as watching YouTube. To participate in the virtual Artful Harvest, you first need to purchase a ticket using the links provided on this page. With that purchase, you have the option of enrolling in our Silent Auction as well as to receive text message updates and prompts- we recommend this!
All pre-registered guests will receive a welcome email on October 11 with links to view the broadcast and to participate in the auction. Please also keep an eye on our website, social media, and your inbox for updates.
On October 18 you will receive an event program ahead of time detailing the virtual event experience as well as the Silent Auction. We encourage you to be ready at 5:00 pm PDT with your dinner, your drink, and to raise a glass and enjoy the show from your laptop, computer, or streaming to your big screen TV.
About the Online Auction
The Artful Harvest Silent Auction has always been an exciting way for the Djerassi Program to share exceptional artworks by alumni. Collectors and enthusiasts alike have helped make our Silent Auction a cornerstone of the event fundraising efforts to benefit the Program.
We are thrilled to be able to continue to offer you some incredible works of art this year through the online auction platform ClickBid. When you purchase your ticket to Artful Harvest, you will have the option to save your credit card for the auction- we recommend this!
Starting on October 11 you will be able to access our auction and begin the bidding process. The conclusion of the auction will happen at the virtual event on October 18, so be sure to check back often on the items you are coveting. You will be able to use your phones to bid on your favorite pieces, and we will notify you during the event if you are outbid.
4Waves: 40 Performances for the Hole
September 11, 2019- 6-10pm
SOMArts and Justin Hoover/Collective Action Studio (CAS) are proud to co-present a new iteration of 100 Performance for the Hole: a marathon of artistic moments. In honor of the 40th anniversary of SOMArts Cultural Center, CAS is producing an abbreviated version titled 4Waves: 40 Performances for the Hole on Wednesday, September 11th, 5:58–10:00pm with Rhodessa Jones as a special program presenter and Justin Hoover as the evening’s emcee.
FEATURED ARTISTS: Alexandrea Echo Archuleta. Adrian Arias, Tierra Allen, Monet Clark, Maxe Crandall and Diana Cage, Mike Dingle, Shaghayegh Cyrous, Jordan Essoe, deCoy Gallerina, Guta Galli, Terrance Graven, Reshawn Goods / Bushmama, Africa, Keith Hennessy, Jesse Hewit / Juice Box, Dale Hoyt, Pete Ippel, Behnaz Khaleghi, Marcus Kuliand-Nazario, Landa Lakes, Peter Max Lawrence, Krisztina Lazar, Jennifer Locke, Margaret McCarthy, Liz Miller-Kovacs, Midori, Logan Moody & Chris Sauceda, Caro Novella, Ramekon O’Arwisters, Johanna Poethig, Randy Reyes, Kevin Seaman, Chris Sollars, Lauren Jade Szabo. Janet Silk, T_Shell, The Factronauts (Peter Foucault, Bryan and Vita Hewitt, Chris Treggiari), Shirin Towfiq, Chaz Walker, Rachel Znerold, Raheleh Minoosh Zomorodinia
Little Berlin, June 8, 2019 12-4pm
Make Room For Me is an exhibition showcasing the work of femme and queer-identifying artists with origins in the Middle and Near East. Consisting of all new media works, each artist manipulates space or the body, including its parts, routines, movements, and absence, as a form of expressing identity and heritage. Their manipulation of space and form in their practice serves as a radical act to carve out representation for a subject position commonly misunderstood and underrepresented. Make Room For Me is curated by Little Berlin member, Sarah Trad.
Artist Talk The Painting Salon
at Wolfman Books 7-10pm
Dec. 4, 8-9:30 PM at ODC Dance Commons
Y-Exchange is a monthly series of presentations about performing arts, technology, science and how they intersect and inform one another. We invite selected artists and scientists to talk about their life and work with our community. This month Y-Exchange is proud to present Chris Shaw and Minoosh Zomorodinia. Y-Exchange is co-presented by Kinetech Arts, ODC Theatre and The Djerassi Resident Artists Program. This event is open to the public and admission is free.
VIRTUAL LAND – PERFORMANCE & ARTIST TALK
KALA Art Gallery in Berkeley Saturday April 27th 7-9pm
Over the past 3 years Minoosh Zomorodinia has walked in different environments and documented her explorations on the land. While recording the routes of her walks on the land that doesn’t belong to her, she tries to own the land virtually using her cell phone app. Then she turns the paths to 3D objects as if they are imaginary homes, and uses the negative spaces from the routes to create her own territory.
Virtual Land questions what it means for an immigrant and for a citizen to connect with their environment. In her performance she invites audiences to walk in the space, play a game, and make their own territory.
San Francisco Arts Commission Main Gallery
February 23, 2019 from 2-4pm Walkshop #14
The Body Walk, developed by collaborating artists Minoosh Zomorodinia and Astrid Kaemmerling, invites participants to spend time to analyze the role of the moving body in space in San Francisco’s Civic Center neighborhood. Through playful activities, artists and participants will use their own bodies to navigate local places of inclusion and exclusion, and interact with places such as the Veteran’s Building, City Hall, the UN Plaza and the Public Library. This walk is aimed to help us grapple with the question where we belong and how our bodies can (pre)define belonging.
Part and Parcel, San Francisco Art Commisions,
January 25th, 2018 6-8pm
The SFAC Galleries is pleased to present Part and Parcel, guest curated by renowned local artist, curator and educator Taraneh Hemami. As a member of the Iranian diaspora, Hemami was interested in fostering an exhibition that would take a look at geographies of belonging. What does it mean to belong? How do specific places affect our ability to be included or excluded from belonging? And how does one negotiate identity in a new space when dislocated from self-defining cultural, political, geographical, or social aspects from another? What role do desires to fit in and/or resist assimilation have in belonging?
The four featured artists, Tannaz Farsi, Gelare Khoshgozaran, Sahar Khoury, and Minoosh Zomorodinia examine crossings and becomings, systems and processes, nature and language, time and histories, and remnants of the everyday, in their multidisciplinary projects.
Event Date: Friday, January 25 – 11:00 am to Saturday, March 30 – 6:00 am
One Night Performance WanderWoman
Curated by Rea Lynn de Guzman
Root Division, FEBRUARY 9, 2019 7-10pm
ONE NIGHT EVENT accompanying the exhibition, Wander Woman on view January 9 – February 9, 2019.
This one night only evening of performance compliments the visual art exhibition, Wander Woman. Performance offers a unique communication tool and physical manifestation of the immigrant womxn body experience. Ranging from participatory to literary to collaborative, performances will offer a multitude of perspectives on the experience of immigration to the Bay Area, specifically addressing issues of misrepresentation, stereotypes, cultural conflict, as well as feelings of both acceptance and intolerance.
In tandem with the exhibiting artwork, this evening of performance intends to transcend geographic boundaries by offering a variety of perspectives through diverse movement of how the body remains strong, resilient and individual despite outside forces and stigmas trying to strip the body down or push it to the margins.
Curated by Anza Jarschke
Sierra Nevada College, JANUARY 2 – FEBRUARY 8, 2018
Archaic alchemy aimed to create value out of the valueless through a seemingly magical process of transformation and creation. Today our alchemical magicians are artists. They combine disparate objects, materials, and thoughts to create something that didn’t exist before. This group exhibition is a subversive cabinet of curiosities for these contemporary alchemists to share their synergy with us. All that glitters may very well be gold!
Artist Talk: 5:30 pm
Curated by Sarah Klein at Peephole Cinema
San Francisco, January 8, 2019 – March 9, 2019
Work by Stacey Goodman, Gwyneth Zeleny Anderson and Minoosh Zomorodinia. Curated by Sarah Klein The Peephole Cinema is pleased to present Outside In a collection of three works of somatic experience of outer and inner landscapes. The show will screen 24/7 through a dime-sized peephole on Orange Alley in the Mission Districts. Presented in partnership with Intersection for the Arts as part of the Intersect SF series.
ECHO PARK FILM CENTER, Los Angeles
FRIDAY, JAN 25 8pm
The performing body is intimate; it is exposed to harm, to the vulnerability of error, and the unmasking of things normally hidden. In performance, subjectivity, dislocated from objective knowledge, becomes a fully formed subject drawing correlations to sources outside the individual body. Stories emerge at the blending of interior and exterior, where the personal offers insight into constructed subjects and concepts. Through this, new avenues emerge to interpret the very relationship of subjectivity, subject, and subject hood. The presence of a lens further drives this multiplicity; part, half, or all of the body and its stage can be subtracted, while editing can alter the perception of action or proximity to the performer.
The following videos complicate the relationship between the performing subject and the subject performed, pushing and pulling both to stretch the possibilities of the personal and subjective as sources of intellectual knowing.
Curated by Mitsu Hadeishi, BRONXARTSPACE, NY
Openings December 14 and 15, 6-10pm
Airplane Mode (performance meets tech duo Suzy Kohane and Mitsu Hadeishi) will be presenting (working title) “How to Wind a Watch”, followed by a performance by the stunning and incomparable Alexandra Tatarsky. The event will also include virtual reality, a living art installation, experimental video, video installations, and visual art. The show is free to the public, but voluntary donations will be accepted for the performances.
Michael Betancourt, Blanka Amezkua, Sofía Córdova, Cuntemporary Artists Presents, Robert Ladislas Derr, Kayla Farrish, Catherine Feliz, Bonella Holloway, Suzy Kohane, Marguerite Kalhor, Laura Hyunjhee Kim, Jeremy Moss, Nazrinka Musikova, Eugenia Pigassiou, Dayana Ruiz, Derek Taylor, Amy Tenenouser, Leila Weefur, Katie Williams, Minoosh Zomorodinia
California Walkscapes– Incline Gallery
October 5th, 2018- 6-9pm
Artists: Liat Berdugo, Mary Campbell, Gina Chiao,Rebekah Dean,Leeza Doreian, Laura Elayne Miller, Olga Evanusa-Rowland, Emily Gui, Susanne Huth, Carey Lin & Gabriel Gilder, Erica Molesworth, Kelley O’Leary, Daniel Southard, Chris Thorson, Kevin Welch, Michal Wisniowski, Minoosh Zomorrodinia
When we walk our bodies get exposed to innumerous stimuli. Supported by our senses, we enter a field that requires us to constantly adapt to the changing environment and generate meaning that allows us to create knowledge needed to continue traversing streets, alleys, roads, and other passageways opening up in front of us. Whether in a city or rural landscape, through the act of walking, the physical, topographical and socio cultural layout of the environment we live in is understood experientially. Inspired by Francesco Careri’s publication Walkscapes this exhibit asks what information can we unearth about the California landscape through the act of walking? California Walkscapes showcase artists from all genres who respond to walking from a number of different perspectives – for example, considering walking in the context of the body, urbanity, place and migration. Be ready for a mixed-media exhibition encompassing the genres of visual, performance, video, installation, and sound art. Stay connected for upcoming walkshops that will be integrated into the programming throughout the duration of the exhibition.
San Francisco Arts Commission, October 21st, 2018
FINAL PASSPORT EVENT
When: Sunday, October 21, noon – 4:00 PM
Where: Hayes Valley/Civic Center
Passport Home Base/Will Call: Patricia’s Green, Hayes & Octavia, Hayes Valley
10th ANNIVERSARY PARTY
When: Sunday, October 21, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Where: SFAC Main Gallery, 401 Van Ness, Suite 126
Attend: Free and open to the public. No event participation required.
What is Passport?
Now in its 10th year, this family-friendly art scavenger hunt puts the art collecting experience in the hands of the general public. Local artists will be stationed in venues throughout Hayes Valley/Civic Center and Passport attendees can “create” their own limited-edition artist’s book by collecting original, artist-designed stamps in a customized “passport” notebook. For this final iteration of Passport, SFAC Galleries will bring an estimated 300 do-it-yourself art collectors through a designated route to collect stamps from artists while also discovering the small businesses and venues that make the Hayes Valley/Civic Center neighborhood vibrant. Following the event, join SFAC Galleries for a 10th Anniversary after-party from 4 – 6 p.m. at the SFAC Main Gallery in the Veterans Building.
Sixteen emerging and established artists/collectives will participate this year including: Craig Calderwood, Jeffrey Cheung, Michael Hall, Chad Hasegawa, Angela Hennessy, Jay Katelansky, Katie Longua, Phillip Maisel, Alicia McCarthy, Gay Outlaw, Grace Rosario Perkins, Leah Rosenberg, Ron Moultrie Saunders, Eli Thorne, Minoosh Zomorodinia, and a special stamp from the estate of René Yañez.
Artists will stamp passports at a variety of unique businesses and organizations in Hayes Valley/Civic Center, including: African American Art & Culture Complex, Dark Garden, Doob 3D, Gather, The Green Arcade, Hayes Valley Art Works, Isotope, KitTea Café, MAC, Plants and Friends, SF Jazz, Ver Unica, and more! The SFAC Galleries worked closely with the Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association to ensure that the entire community is engaged in the event.
The Walk Discourse at Flux Factory
Artful Harvest October 7, 2018
A SHIP IN THE WOODS MUSIC & ART FESTIVAL
Saturday June 16, 2018
Santa Fe Art Institue
Tuesday, May 22 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
SFAI Equal Justice Residents, Sara Madandar and Minoosh Zomorodinia, are US-based artists from Iran. They will perform a participatory piece on May 22nd at 6:30pm at SFAI.
Sara Madandar will perform My Body Is My Home. This will be an hour and a half long presentation, Sara will perform for 15 minutes while also allowing space for the audience to engage in the overall presentation.
Memorial Lands is a participatory performance piece. Minoosh Zomorodinia as an immigrant looking for home by walking in different places. She takes maps of her walks around SFAI and creates a new place inside the gallery and marks the land by flags made of different materials. By using technology Minoosh Zomorodinia challenges notions of power and ownership— our ownership of technology and of the land itself. Audience are invited to join her and mark the land to create a territory by flags.
Saturday March 31- April 21, 2018
Solo show by IC3 Artist-in-Residence Minoosh Zomorrodinia
Minoosh Zomorrodinia’s solo exhibition at ICCNC takes up the theme of sanctuary. This show —featuring video installations, sculpture and performances—demands that viewers ask themselves questions about who or what deserves sanctuary in our troubled times: endangered flora and fauna, refugees, the unhoused, women survivors, indigenous people? Where can any of them find real sanctuary, in the Bay Area or anywhere else in our present time and place? The exhibition challenges one’s own powers of observation.
Minoosh Zomorodinia is an observant Muslim artist of Iranian descent, and her exhibition at the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California takes up the theme of sanctuary. This show —featuring video installations, sculpture and performances—demands that viewers ask themselves questions about who or what deserves sanctuary in our troubled times: endangered flora and fauna, refugees, the unhoused, women survivors, indigenous people? Where can any of them find real sanctuary, in the Bay Area or anywhere else in our present time and place? The exhibition challenges one’s own powers of observation.
Curatorial direction/writing by Thea Quiray Tagle, PhD
Headlands Center for the Arts
The CloudWalk with Minoosh Zomorodinia and Astrid Kaemmerling
The CloudWalk is a performative walk through the landscape of the Marin Headlands. Together with the artists, participants are invited to think about our changing relationship to clouds as we transition between landscapes and technoscapes. Historically, clouds have provided water and were a symbol of air, and more recently clouds have come to symbolize data transfer and global knowledge streams. Chase clouds together and elaborate on their role in the natural landscape and our daily lives. Be prepared to become clouds yourselves and to transition between discussions about the natural environment and the landscape of data flows while connecting together in meaningful new ways.
Curated by Thea Quiray Tagle
January 27th, 2018- March 10th, 2018
Feast Arts Center (Tacoma, WA) and independent curator Thea Quiray Tagle present Minoosh Zomorodinia: Colonial Walk, an interdisciplinary art project that runs from January 27-March 10, 2018. The project is comprised of a gallery exhibition of Zomorodinia’s multimedia installation “Colonial Walk,” in addition to prints and sculptures from the larger series.
Curated by Sidney Bacon Russell
October 27, 2017
OOBLECK PRESENTS: EARTH-BODY
a group exhibition featuring: Nancy Beckman, Rachael Cleveland, Mercedes Dorame, Emma Lanier, Cheryl Leonard, Ashley May, Sophia Shen, Jacqueline Sherlock Norheim, Hannah Perrine Mode, and Minoosh Zomorodinia
October 27 – November 10, 2017
Opening + Performances: Oct. 27 (7 – 10 pm) Closing Performances + Party: Nov.3 (8 – 11 pm) (with an after party featuring Robby Kharr)
Colonial Walk (21h:9′:3″) at Avenue 12 Gallery
About Colonial Walk:
As an immigrant investigating the self in the natural environment, Zomorodinia borrows ritual to picture her dreams. Using walking as medium, and recording her path with an app, she creates a pilgrimage that belongs exclusively to her. Individual videos taken along the route are structured together into moving images within each frame by the use of sophisticated software. The final artwork contains movement within movement, mapping land that does not belong to her, thereby addressing the notion of power and ownership in relation to technology.
Homecoming Exhibition at ACRE
Curated by Sabrina Greig
Works by Bahareh Khoshooee, Ke Peng, and Minoosh Zomorodinia
Curated by Sabrina Greig
Homecoming is a three-person exhibition presenting work by Bahareh Khoshooee, Ke Peng, and Minoosh Zomorodinia at ACRE Project Galleries from October 6th- October 27th. Working across the mediums of photography, video, and installation, the exhibiting artists expand the scope of transnational narratives to challenge notions of citizenship and sensations of belonging. Through the manipulation of digital interfaces, they collectively provide an innovative commentary on the socio-political uncertainties Diasporic communities face.
Originating from the international locations of Iran and China, the artists on view in Homecoming redefine place-making from multiple perspectives. Minoosh Zomorodinia exhibits Shelter, a multimedia installation that uses kaleidoscopic projections to investigate the humanitarian issue of homelessness and society’s relationship to the natural world. Bahareh Khoshooee’s video entitled <<–space spice ,.;’]’ foreign sneeze )’///:;’.,; Sunday snooze =’;,.>> is an ironic exploration of the challenging process of obtaining a U.S Visa. The piece touches upon the fragility of American citizenship and how the nuances of immigration politics can complicate one’s daily experience. Your Flower Might not Blossom by Ke Peng is a meditation on maturation and becoming an adult away from loved ones. The narrative follows the artist’s grandmother who believes in the auspicious significance of lotus flowers.
Each exhibited piece, bordering on the uncanny and the otherworldly, gives agency to Bahareh Khoshooee, Ke Peng, and Minoosh Zomorodinia as they question the value and intricacies of locating home. Their transnational critiques dynamically visualize their internal and external worlds through digital means, making their immigrant experiences tangible and accessible to the viewer.
Opia 2017 photo credit Minoosh Zomorodinia
Transform Fest 2017 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Sept 16&21, 2017 8pm
Larry Arrington is a dance artist, Sandra Lawson Ndu is a musician based in Oakland, and Minoosh Zomorodinia is an Iranian-born artist working in photography, video, performance, and installation.
These collaborators will turn to magic, imagination, and story, digging into the soil to unearth gestating potential. What stories do we belong to? What magic are we using to create contexts that produce these questions of citizenship? Stories create fear, but they also create magic.
Opening at the Headlands Center for the Arts
Sept 17th, 2017
Knots& Ripples, Introductions
Root Division, Sept 9, 2017 8pm
Open Studio at I-Park Artist Residency
July 23, 2017
Join us for an afternoon of art, music, nature and conversation.
You will get to meet the 5 artists who are in residence with us this July.
The artists will be in their studios from 2:00 until 3:30pm and will be happy to share glimpses into their creative process – as well as some of the works they’ve developed during their time at I-Park. Select presentations and a short site walk will begin at 3:30pm followed by refreshments (Ice Cream Social!).
We look forward to seeing you!
Everyone is Hypnotized
ProArts, May 5-26, 2017
Everyone is Hypnotized: Artists Dérive the Bay Area, is a group exhibition of works by 11 Bay Area artists that draw from the experience of wandering about the Bay Area’s rich and varied landscapes. This exhibition was curated by the Oakland-based team Gipe + Tell as part of Pro Arts’ Curators in Residence program. Exhibiting artists include Sebastian Alvarez, Brian Dean, Joanne Easton, Marshall Elliott, Jon Gourley, Jon Kuzmich, Leora Lutz, Andréanne Michon, Maria Porges, Michal Wisniowski and Minoosh Zomorodinia.
The exhibition is inspired by Guy Debord’s “Theory of the Dérive,” a dérive being an unplanned journey in which participants ‘let themselves be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the encounters they find there.’ Curators, Gipe + Tell began with the question, “What steps can artists take to engage in intellectual investigation, creative growth, and critical interrogation while navigating the urban environment?” They asked the artists to engage in dérive as a template for exploration, with the artwork being a visual manifestation of their experience. The resulting artwork highlights the possibility for engagement, detachment or both.
Stairwell’s Mini-Field Trips
Saturday, May 20, 2017, 11am – 4pm
Common Grounds Arts Festival Family Day
San Francisco Chronicle Parking Lot (5th & Natoma), SOMA
Join Stairwell’s at the Common Grounds Arts Festival Family Day, hosted by Intersection for the Arts, for hands-on activities and two newly-crafted mini-Field Trips! Each of these FREE one-hour walking tours will be led by Stairwell’s Co-Director Carey Lin in collaboration with guest Field Trip leaders Raheleh Minoosh Zomorodinia and Gabriel Gilder.
Explore the SOMA neighborhood, write (and decode) secret messages, play interactive games and much more! Field Trips depart at 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm but we expect the spots to fill up fast, so stop by the festival early to sign-up if you’d like to come along. Curious about what happens on a Stairwell’s Field Trip? Check out photos of some of our past walks.
Nietzsche Was a Man MALMÖ KONSTHALL 2014
NIETZSCHE WAS A MAN
Video works by 19 Iranian women
April 10 – June 15, 2014
Nietzsche Was A Man shows films by 19 Iranian women artists, who examine universal issues of gender, prejudice, identity, violence and the relationship between man and his environment. Curators are Alysse Stepanian (USA) and Neda Darzi (Iran).
The German 19th-century philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche’s seemingly misogynistic views have been questioned and debated many times. A later interpretation of his aphorisms suggests that his statements were an ironic tactic intended to expose the hierarchical dualisms of Western thought and language, and our gender stereotypes.
The exhibition title Nietzsche Was A Man * refers to the underlying dualistic patriarchal worldview that subordinates and exploits nature and that which lacks power, which separates men from women and people from animals.
Featuring Artists: Fereshteh Alamshah (Iran), Morehshin Allahyari (USA), Maneli Aygani (USA / Iran), Neda Darzi (Iran), Mozhgan Erfani (France), Samira Eskandarfar (Iran), Celia Eslamieh Shomal (Netherlands), Roxy Farhat (Sweden), Tara Goudarzi (Iran), Samira Hashemi (Iran / USA), Haleh Jamali (UK), Gelare Khoshgozaran (USA), Shahrzad Malekian (Iran), Azadeh Nilchiani (France), Raha Rastifard (Iran / Germany), Farideh Shahsavarani (Iran / USA), Alysse Stepanian (USA), Parya Vatankhah (France), Raheleh (Minoosh) Zomorodinia (USA)