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October 2013

Last Twilight at the Presidio Event – 10/30/2013

October 30, 2013 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Post Lawn, Presidio,
San Francisco, CA

Join BRAF, Off the Grid and the Presidio Trust for a new weekly event during the month of October. Twilight at the Presidio Wednesdays, October 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2013 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Free! Main Post Lawn, Presido San Francisco, CA For Friday October 30th, BRAF will bring “Pyroticulation” by Christopher Schardt to light up the evening. We will also feature a group of fire performers (TBA). Off the Grid street food vendors will serve up…

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November 2013

2011 Grantee – A Dallas Drinking Fountain Project

November 15, 2013 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Dallas County Records Building,
509 Main Street, Dallas, TX 75202 United States
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A Dallas Drinking Fountain Project For decades, a seemingly innocuous metal plate attached to a marble wall hung above a public drinking fountain in the Dallas County Records Building.   One day in 2003, it came off.  A public outcry ensued as people learned what that metal plate was meant to cover up:  traces of a Jim Crow “White Only” sign that was removed during desegregation.  The metal plate inadvertently preserved a memory that it was meant to help erase… A DALLAS DRINKING FOUNTAIN PROJECT is…

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Aurora Palo Alto Lighting Celebration

November 16, 2013 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Palo Alto City Hall Plaza,
250 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301 United States
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For one afternoon, the Aurora Palo Alto team will turn Palo Alto’s City Hall Plaza into City Hall Playa! Come see the lighting ceremony for Aurora – a 35 foot LED tree sculpture designed and built by Charles Gadeken for Burning Man. This will be a free, family-friendly event.  Participants young and old can make a leaf for Aurora, meet the Aurora Kids, meet artist Charles Gadeken, and meet the Mayor of Palo Alto at this fun-filled event.

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Artumnal Gathering – November 23, 2013

November 23, 2013 @ 6:00 pm - November 24, 2013 @ 2:00 am
The Bently Reserve,
301 Battery St., San Francsico, CA 94110 United States
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The 7th Annual Artumnal Gathering Thank you to all who attended the 7th annual Artumnal Gathering! It was a magical evening! Portrait photos from the event by Eric Schwabel can be found here. More event photos by Marco Sanchez can be found here.           The Black Rock Arts Foundation invites you to our seventh annual fundraising event, The Artumnal Gathering. Saturday, November 23, 2013 The Bently Reserve (parking and transporation info) 400 Sansome St. San Francisco, CA 94111…

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Kate Raudenbush talk at Future’s Past

November 24, 2013 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Patricia’s Green,
Octavia and Hayes St, San Francisco, CA United States
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  Artist Kate Raudenbush will be present at the installation site of her piece, Future’s Past, to discuss it and the rest of her work.  This event is presented as a part of San Francisco Travel’s inaugural “Illuminate SF”, a new seasonal program which offers the entire city of San Francisco as a gallery of light-filled art, illuminating the dark winter evenings of November through January. About the Artist Kate Raudenbush is a New York City-based artist who creates allegorical environments as…

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December 2013

The IlluminArts Walk

December 5, 2013 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Language of the Birds,
Colombus Ave. and Broadway St., San Francisco, CA, 94133 United States
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Join the Black Rock Arts Foundation and partners the Exploratorium and Illuminate the Arts on Thursday, December 5th for a participatory illuminated procession and art tour from North Beach to the Embarcadero while taking in a series of public artworks that incorporate light. Continue reading

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December 17, 2013 @ 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Silent Lights installation,
At Park Ave. and Navy St., Brooklyn, 11205 United States
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Join BRAF 2013 Grantee project Silent Lights in celebrating the unveiling of their work. Silent Lights is a series of sculptural gates that line a pedestrian pathway under the Brooklyn Queens Expressway. The gates are embedded with light and sound equipment: 2,400 LEDs and a microphone, controlled by an arduino mega microcontroller. The installation uses these to respond to sounds from the street and transform it into beautiful light patterns. The light enhances this ordinary often overlooked public right-of-way, creating a playful, inviting, memorable…

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February 20142014

Caruso’s Dream Unveiling Happening

February 23 @ 5:45 pm - 7:30 pm
55 9th St.,
55 9th St., San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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Artists Brian Goggin and Dorka Keehn‘s newest piece, “And My Room Still Rocks Like a Boat on the Sea (Caruso’s Dream),” is currently under construction at 55 9th St. in San Francisco. The work is a permanent site-specific artwork commissioned by Avalon Bay (through a request for proposals organized by BRAF) for its new 17-story residential high-rise at 55 Ninth Street. The artists coordinated an “Unveiling Happening” that will take place at the piece on February 23, 2014 at 5:45pm For more about the piece,…

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March 2014

The Bay Lights Re-Lighting Ceremony

March 6 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Bay Lights turns one this March! After a full year of the piece illuminating the SF waterfront, Illuminate the Arts is leading an effort to keep it on the bridge and lit for at least 10 more years. Thursday March 6, 2014 will mark the exact one-year anniversary of the piece. At 7:00pm, the piece will go dark for 10 minutes. Artist Leo Villareal will lead a countdown to the re-lighting at Market Bar in the San Francisco Ferry Building. The event…

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The Bay Lights Illuminate your Ride

March 7 @ 7:30 pm
Cupid's Span,
The Embarcadero at Folsom St., San Francisco,
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On Friday, March 7, we’ll light up the streets in collaboration with the SF Bicycle Coalition and SF Bike Party, who will host an illuminated bike ride around the city with stops for dancing and merrymaking. The evening will kick off on the Embarcadero at 7:30PM in front of the “Cupid’s Span” bow-and-arrow sculpture by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. First up, we’ll hear from Ben Davis, the visionary behind the Bay Lights concept, and pay tribute to the artist Leo Villareal and…

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May 2014

Soma Artist’s Talk: Art and Community Panel Discussion

May 2 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
934 Brannan Street, San Francisco, 94103
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  Tickets Available at the Door! Join us in support of installing the Flaming Lotus Girls’ Soma at Pier 14 in San Francisco! The Black Rock Arts Foundation invites you to a special panel discussion on the topic of community-driven collaborative public art. The discussion will be preceded by a social hour. BRAF is proud to support the installation of this visually dynamic and thought provoking sculpture with this fundraising event. “Soma with Moon,” Photo by Michael Holden (CC BY-NC-ND)   BRAF and the…

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Sunset Piano Opus 3 at the Central Market Microhood

May 15 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Central Market Microhood,
7th and Market Street, San Francisco, 94103
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Join us for the first BRAF-supported happening of Sunset Piano Opus 3 by artist Mauro ffortissimo! Come hear talented local musicians perform, or grab the opportunity to play your own melodies on one of the pianos! The project will be a highlight of this month’s Central Market Microhood event, produced in collaboration with the Bold Italic. This free event features an evening of live performances, great deals from local merchants and unexpected surprises on Market Street, between 6th Street and 8th Street. Come celebrate…

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