ENERGY THAT IS ALL AROUND » Panel Discussion: Mission School: Yes or No?

Event has passed (Sun Oct 20, 2013 - Sun Oct 20, 2013)
San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI)
2–4 pm
Arts, City, Art Education, Conference


In a 1956 ARTnews article, critic Hubert Crehan asked “Is There a California School?” and answered with a resounding “No,” claiming that the Abstract Expressionist school around the California School of Fine Arts (now SFAI) was too disparate and incoherent to constitute a “school.” The same year, Richard Diebenkorn actually made a case for a San Francisco School of Figuration in a symposium assembled at the Oakland Art Museum.

In conjunction with the Walter and McBean Galleries exhibition ENERGY THAT IS ALL AROUND (September 12–December 14), Renny Pritikin, former chief curator at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and Natasha Boas, curator of ENERGY THAT IS ALL AROUND, will reproduce the historic symposium posing an updated question for 2013: Mission School: Yes or No? The panel aims to consider how defining a “school” or art movement affects history, art-making, and localism.


  1. San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI)
    800 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA