KNOWING MORE ABOUT NEW LANGTON ARTS 11/10/98

Mission Statement: The mission of New Langton Arts is to cultivate experimental and innovative contemporary artworks in visual and media arts, music, performance, literature, and interdisciplinary projects while encouraging broad public appreciation and access to the art of our times. Our mission is achieved by providing professional support to contemporary artists from diverse economic, social, and cultural backgrounds through exhibitions, performances, readings, new works commissions, awards, and publications. Audiences benefit through direct experience of Langton's artist projects with the assistance of education, outreach, and audience development programs.

General Information: Langton, a non-profit artist run organization, was founded in 1975 by a coalition of artists, performers, and arts professionals who sought to provide San Francisco with a center for research and experimentation in a variety of disciplines. Langton is operated by six staff members and twenty-one board of directors comprised of artists, arts and business professionals, and patrons. Recognized nationwide for its innovative programming, Langton garnered the Award for Arts Excellence from the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce (1990).  For ten years, Langton was the regional host institution for the Regional Initiative Artists Regranting Program, awarding up to $60,000 a year in grants to artists undertaking interdisciplinary projects.  In 1997 Langton entered into a partnership with The Potrero Nuevo Fund to administer The Potrero Nuevo Fund Prize, a new individual artists' granting program.  In its twenty-three year history, Langton has directly served over 5,000 artists providing over $1,000,000 in fees.

Brief overview of activities:  Langton provides a wide range of services to artists and audiences. Langton pays competitive artist fees, provides an appropriate level of travel and production funding, documents and publicizes work, supplies professional quality equipment, and offers professional administrative and technical support to meet the special needs of each artist's project. All artists are paid for the presentation and production of their work with such payments totaling over $50,000, 10% of our annual expenditures in 1997/98.

Langton's programs feature new works or regional premieres by many of America's most innovative and challenging visual and performing artists. Our strength is rooted in our curatorial program, a peer review process, that awards talented local, regonal, and national artists with highly visible exhibition and presentation opportunities. Artists are generally selected on the basis of the following criteria:  representation of the broadest range of approaches and styles; emphasis on presenting regional ornational premiere performances; and ethnic, gender, and geographic diversity, with attention to support for Bay Area artists.

Our public programs including exhibitions, theater events, lectures, open discussions, and guided tours encourage broad community participation and dialogue. These programs bring artists and other professionals together to further discuss and debate topics surrounding exhibitions and events. Through these services, Langton builds a necessary resource for the local and national artistic community which benefits participating artists and
audiences alike.

Outreach:  Langton's innovative outreach program offers discounted group, individual, or complimentary tickets to performances and lectures; organizes private talks or demonstrations with artists; and offers free or discounted access to our facilities for meetings and events. By designating an individual to talk and write to these focus roups, we are successful in creating a welcoming and personal environment that is inviting to new audience members.  Our total actual attendance for 1997 was 12, 051.

In 1996, Langton initiated Tickets for Caregivers, which is based on the notion that art can help relieve work stress while nurturing the values that contribute to emotional health. Nurses, aides, childcare workers, volunteers, teachers, social workers, civil servants, and others are offered complimentary tickets to events.

Publicity:  Information about our programs is published in local, regional, and national publications, listed on Internet calendars, and promoted on radio to reach culturally and economically diverse and age-specific audiences.  Our mailing list of over 4,000 names includes targeted representative organizations and prominent community leaders across the region.  We widely distribute and post fliers in public venues and target communities according to interest in a particular event.  Langton received a "Best of the Bay" award for its programming achievements in 1997 from The
San Francisco Bay Guardian.

Collaborations:  Langton has collaborated with a variety of organizations to encourage the sharing of audiences and resources. For example, Langton was a member of the SoundCulture 96 host committee, a consortium of art institutions and presenters organizing a Bay Area-wide program of experimental sound art in the Spring of 1996. Based on the model of Australia's and Japan's SoundCulture Festival, SoundCulture 96 included sound art installations, public art projects, performances, and public forums. Past program collaborators also include The Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Asian Art Museum, Friends of Photography, Footwork, Southern Exposure, Great American Music Hall, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Capp Street Project, San Francisco Cinematheque, among other venues.

Facilities:  Langton operates a two-story facility in South of Market that houses a 2,200 square foot gallery, an 180 square foot media room, an 800 square foot theater, sound and lighting booth, offices, storage spaces, and lobbies. Langton's comfortable and flexible black box theater can hold up to 90 people. Our theater and ground-level bathroom are handicap accessible. Equipment includes a p.a. system, audio and video equipment, monitors, ample theatrical and gallery lighting, and roomy seating on risers.

Funding:  The programs at New Langton Arts are supported in part by Banana Republic, BankAmerica Foundation, Lewis Butler,  The National Endowment for the Arts Planning & Stabilization Program and Creation & Presentation Program, California Arts Council, Colorgraphics, Penny and James Coulter, Digital Pond, Martha W. Dresher, DFS Group Limited, Farallon Capital Management, Elizabeth and Robert and Fisher,  Sakurako and William Fisher, Fleishacker Foundation,  Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Fund, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Edward L. Jew, Kathryn Hall and Tom Knutsen, Law offices of Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin,, Lannan Foundation, Meet the Composer, Morla Design, PE Applied Biosystems, Poets & Writers, Inc., Potrero Nuevo Fund, Kathryn A. Taylor and Thomas F. Steyer, the Voluntary Arts Contribution Fund, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Richard and Susan Swig Watkins, WESTAF, The Zellerbach Family Fund, and the members and board of directors of New Langton Arts.

Upcoming Programs:  The following is a list of current and upcoming exhibitions to be held at Langton through the summer of 1999.  There will also be a full line up of performers, musicians, and writers exhibiting their work in our theater.  Check your local listings and this site for more information.

The Bay Area Award Show
Geoff Chadsey, Saiman Li, and Kelsey Nicholson
Musée artist: Oriane Stender
September 16 - November 14, 1998

In the gallery exhibition of the fifth annual Bay Area Award Show Geoff Chadsey of San Francisco, Saiman Li of San Francisco, and Kelsey Nicholson of Oakland present new projects developed expressly for The Award Show. Oriane Stender of San Francisco presents new work in the Musée d'Honneur Miniscule, Langton's street level window presentation space. Showcasing talented Bay Area artists in visual and media arts, literature, music, and performance, The Award Show identifies new or under-recognized talent and surveys of our region's art forms. The four visual arts awardees were selected by Langton's curatorial committee from over 200 applicants. Past visual art recipients including Castaneda/Reiman, HalfLifers, Philip Ross, Teresa A. Smith, and Kathryn Spence have, following their exhibitions at Langton, gained gallery representation, presented at significantly larger institutions, and developed solid careers. Kathryn Spence (Award Show '95) for example was featured in the Nine Artists in the Nineties at SFMOMA in
1997 and castaneda/reiman (Award Show '97) will have their debut solo show in New York City this fall.

The 14th Annual Artists' Auction
December 10, 1998

Langton celebrates the holidays with its 14th annual Auction. The Auction features over 125 artworks in sculpture, painting, photography, and mixed media by renowned and emerging local and national artists. Auction co-chairs are Marcia Tanner, critic, writer, and independent curator, and Amy Hicks, former Langton development director. Auction evening includes a preview champagne reception, a private cafe party, live and silent auctions, and entertainment by some of San Francisco's most notable musicians and performers. Auction works are available for previewing and silent bidding from Saturday, December 5 through Thursday, December 10. Proceeds support Langton's gallery and theater programs.

Participating artists to date include Diane Andrews Hall, Nao Bustamante, Castenada/Reiman, Christel Dillbohner, Marcel Dzama, Michael Gonzalez, Connie Hatch, Stephen Hendee, Carter Kustera, Michael Light, Joyce Lightbody, Hung Liu, Tristin Lowe, Tom Marioni, Laurie Reid, Steve Reinke, Keith Sklar, Scott Trattner, Catherine Wagner and many others.

The 14th Annual Artists' Auction is supported by committee membersAmy Berk, Dan Bernier, Susan Cahan, Joanne Chan, Ella Delaney, Richard Desroche, Joshua Distler, Lea Fried, Joseph F. Furlong III, Randy Sommer and Bob Gunderman of ACME gallery, Cheryl Haines, Jane Hart, Tom Healy, Glen Helfand, Gretchen Hillenbrand, Paul C. Holt, Michael Jordan, Jenn Joy, Casey Kaplan, Anna Kustera, Eric McDougall, Jeanne Meyers, Eileen Michael, Themis & Dare Michos, Ed Osborn, Tony Oursler, Penny Perlmutter Fernandez, Jay Pond, Shirley Ross Sullivan, Robert Harshorn Shimshak, Tony Shou, Curtis Smith, and John Weber.

The auction is sponsored by Banana Republic, Celebrity Valet, Fast Frame, Honig Winery, Pelican Delivery, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, Sterling Art Services, The Stinking Rose, Studio Frameworks, and others.

In Your Face
Curated by Robert Harshorn Shimshak
January 13 - March 6,  1999

Originating at New Langton Arts, In Your Face is an exhibition of new portraiture in painting and photography by artists from New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, San Francisco, Finland, and other locations.  Tending towards the bizarre, funny, and psychological, these new works share roots in 70s Pop and Photorealism as well as 20th century European Expressionist portraiture.  Featured artists include Mathew Benedict, Janieta Eyre, Kurt Kauper, Scott Lifschutz, Robyn Lowe, Esko Mannikko, Sean Mellyn, Kaitlyn Mitchell-Dayton, Chris Verene, and Brenda Zlamany among others. Robert Harshorn Shimshak is a Bay Area collector and radiologist.  He is a member of the board of New Langton Arts and the University Art Museum, Berkeley.

Fragmens sur les Institutions Républicaines IV
by Shane Cullen
March 17 - May 1, 1999

Organized by Orchard Gallery of Derry, Northern Ireland, Shane Cullen's Fragmens depicts the secret communications or "comms" written by Irish Republican Hunger Strikers that were smuggled out of the Maze Prison during the Hunger Strikes of the early 80s.  Painted on large format tableaux and arranged formally in the gallery space, these paintings evoke a meditative, private space for contemplating these often personal and politically charges messages.  Fragmens  has been presented at PS 1, New York (1998) and the Orchard Gallery (1997).  Cullen has exhibited internationally including the Venice Biennale (1995), the Center for Contemporary Art, Glasgow (1997), and the Grey Art Gallery, New York (1994).  The exhibition is a accompanied by a catalog by the same name.  The presentation of Fragmens sur les Institutions Républicaines IV was made possible, in part, with the support of the British Council.

Jim Pomeroy: A Retrospective
Curated by Paul DeMarinis and Susan Miller
June 9- July 24, 1999

To inaugurate two year celebration of Langton's 25th anniversary, Langton is organizing and presenting a traveling, retrospective exhibition of the work of late artist Jim Pomeroy (1945-1992). A founding board member of Langton, Pomeroy, during his 20 year career, made major contributions to sculpture, performance art, new music, video and digital media, criticism and theory, stereo and anamorphic photography, and curated several prophetic shows, as well as played a key role in the development of Langton's mission and goals. Pomeroy's life and work continue to have a profound influence on artists locally, nationally, and internationally. Co-curated by media artist and composer Paul DeMarinis and Langton Executive Director Susan Miller, Jim Pomeroy: A Retrospective includes a gallery exhibition of significant installation and sculptural works. In order to present and archive the full scope of Pomeroy's work, including performance and electronic works, the exhibition will be accompanied by a catalog, Web site, and public programs. The catalog will include essays by Paul DeMarinis, Timothy Druckery, Jim Melchert, Susan Miller, and others. The web site (www.jimpomeroy.com) is being organized and developed by artist Ed Tannenbaum with support from the Exploratorium, San Francisco.
 
 

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