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Lynn Hershman Leeson Civic Radar February 10May 21, 2017

Opening night party: February 10, 710pm

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) 701 Mission Street San Francisco, CA 94103 United States Hours: TuesdaySunday 11am6pm, Thursday 11am8pm

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Lynn Hershman Leeson: Civic Radar spans the length of the San Francisco-based artists career, from the early 1960s to the present. Originally curated by Peter Weibel and Andreas Beitin and organized by ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Germany, the survey exhibition has been reconfigured at YBCA by Director of Visual Arts Luca Sanromn. Civic Radar focuses on Hershman Leesons feminist investigations of identity and viewers relationships to various modes of surveillance, as well as her contributions to the fields of social performance and engaged practice.

A fearless pioneer whose performances were fueled by indignation of the vulnerable position of women in American society, her work has been a harbinger of experiments in social practice, new media, and interactive and net-based art decades before technology and digital culture would reshape our experience of reality.

Presenting nearly 250 works, Civic Radar begins with Hershman Leesons early drawings, paintings, and sculptures, then explores her shift toward performance, installation, and conceptual work, displaying her enthusiastic embrace of evolving media. The exhibition covers photography, film, video, and digital media, including sound, interactive, and social media exploring the effects of modern technology on the selfparticularly the female self.

In her recent works the artist addresses the influence of digital culture on our most intimate selves, along with the latest scientific developments in the field of regenerative medicine and genetics research, for instance 3D bioprinters that re-create human body parts. These are featured in a new version of the immersive installation The Infinity Engine (2014ongoing)a replica of a genetics lab that was first prototyped at YBCA in the 2013 exhibition Dissident Futuresthat generates infinite narratives about the future of the human species in the posthuman age.

Exhibition programs:

Techno Reveries and Alter Egos: The Films of Lynn Hershman Leeson Saturdays, March 425, 2pm, Screening Room

Saturday, March 4, 2pm, !WOMEN ART REVOLUTION (2010, 83 minutes, digital) Saturday, March 11, 2pm, TEKNOLUST (2002, 82 minutes, digital) Saturday, March 18, 2pm, CONCEIVING ADA (1997, 85 minutes, digital) Saturday, March 25, 2pm, STRANGE CULTURE (2007, 75 minutes, digital)

YBCA conversation: Lynn Hershman Leeson with Eleanor Coppola, moderated by Amelia Jones Wednesday, March 15, 7pm, Screening Room

Civic Radarbook discussion with B. Ruby Rich and Peggy Phelan, moderated by Elizabeth Thomas Wednesday, April 19, 7pm, Screening Room

Tania Libre screening Please check for screening dates and times

This new film on the Cuban artist Tania Bruguera documents the personal and emotional fallout of Brugueras unjust detentions through sessions with psychiatrist Dr. Frank Ochberg, one of the founding fathers of modern psycho-traumatology.

Lynn Hershman Leeson: Civic Radar is curated by Peter Weibel and Andreas Beitin, and organized by ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe. The presentation at YBCA is organized by Luca Sanromn, Director of Visual Arts, YBCA.

YBCA Exhibitions 20162017 are made possible, in part, by Mike Wilkins and Sheila Duignan, Meridee Moore and Kevin King, and the Creative Ventures Council. YBCA Programs 20162017 are made possible, in part, by The James Irvine Foundation. Additional funding for YBCA Programs20162017: National Endowment for the Arts, Adobe, Abundance Foundation, Gaia Fund, Grosvenor, and members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Free First Tuesdays underwritten by Directors Forum Members. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is grateful to the City of San Francisco for its ongoing support.

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