Black Rock Arts Foundation Newsletter – June 2013


In This Issue:

The 7th Annual Artumnal Gathering

Save the date! Don’t miss everyone’s favorite annual formal occasion, the Artumnal Gathering. This year’s gala event will be everything you’ve come to expect of this extravagant evening and more!

The Artumnal Gathering, 2012. Photo by George Post.

The Artumnal Gathering, 2012. Photo by George Post.

November 23, 2013
Bently Reserve
400 Sansome St
San Francisco, CA, 94111

Tickets go on sale Sunday, September 15, 2013. Mark your calendars!


Urbanauts Sean Orlando and Rebar are back at San Francisco’s deYoung Museum creating the installation Systemic

Drainage, running water, steam, sewage treatment, pumping stations, fire-suppression systems, backflow-protection valves, emergency backup water supplies—many of these systems are hidden in plain sight behind closed doors, in basements, or beneath manhole covers that we have walked across countless times. During the month of June, Urbanauts will create Systemic, an evolving, entangled network of pipes and valves that will transform the deYoung’s Kimball Gallery from wall to ceiling, challenging visitors to reflect on the space they inhabit and rethink their relationship to the unseen infrastructure that supports city life.

Urbanauts Systemic

This summer, working with Black Rock Arts Foundation, Urbanauts will select three locations around the city and reconfigure the installation as a site-specific temporary public artwork. It will act as a sort of urban parasite, attaching itself to existing infrastructure in an attempt to blend in with the urban landscape and simultaneously reveal the inherent beauty and craft of these critical systemic structures.

Artist Reception for Systemic
June 28, 2013
6:00 p.m.- 8:45 p.m.

Open Studio Hours
June 5, 2013 – June 30, 2013
Wednesday – Sunday
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Kimball Gallery
de Young Museum
San Francisco, CA 94102

Visit the de Young Museum website for more information on Systemic.

For more information about Urbanauts visit


Sean Orlando to create public artwork for West Seattle fire station!

Oakland-based installation and BRAF-supported artist Sean Orlando will create a permanent artwork for Fire Station 32 in the West Seattle Junction. The new fire station will be built at the existing location, 3715 W. Alaska St., and is expected to be completed in fall 2015. A panel of arts professionals, Department of Finance and Administrative Services (DFAS) representatives, a firefighter, West Seattle community members and fire station architects selected Orlando. The project is commissioned with DFAS 1% for Art funds.

For more information on Sean Orlando visit

BRAF 2013 Grantee – Festival of Street Art at Bartlett Events

Our new grantee, Bartlett Events, held an Opening Reception for their Festival of Street Art in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood. It was a huge success! The event attracted approximately 1000 people who witnessed the transformation of an old bus depot into the city’s largest outdoor art venue.

2013 Grantee Bartlett Events

The Opening Reception for 2013 Grantee Bartlett Events

Over 100 muralists and street artists painted dozens of works for the neighborhood to enjoy until the buildings are demolished this fall. Now that the murals are finished, the site will host community events most weekends throughout the summer. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Check their schedule for upcoming events at

Or visit the site, located at:
2565 Washington Street
Roxbury, MA, 02119

For a wonderful album of images from the event visit


Burning Man Desert Arts Preview

Get a sneak preview of the art on the Playa this year!

This is our favorite Burning Man event! Come to the annual Desert Arts Preview, organized by Burning Man, and see presentations about this year’s playa art projects, presented by the artists, $teven Ra$pa, and Burning Man’s art department.

Friday, June 14, 2013
7:00 p.m.

Koret Auditorium
deYoung Museum
San Francisco, CA 94102

Be sure to hop over to the Kimball Gallery to see the Urbanaut’s Systemic! (Details above.)

For more information visit the deYoung Museum website.


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