Allegorical Procedures: Bay Area Collage, 1950-Present

Saturday, September 20, 2014 to Thursday, October 16, 2014
Location: Fine Arts Building, Fine Arts Gallery
Allegorical Procedures:

This show surveys collage practices in the Bay Area, including related practices of decollage, assemblage, photomontage and detournement. Collage will be conceived broadly as an "allegorical" technique of signification that relies on methods of "confiscation, superimposition and fragmentation," as Benjamin Buchloh observed in his 1980 theorization of collage and montage. Curated by Gwen Allen.

The exhibition looks back to such well-known precedents as Wallace Berman, Jess, Bruce Conner and the Bay Area Dadaist/Mail art scene of the 1970s, as well as other contemporary artists employing and/or expanding the practice of collage.

Gallery hours: Wednesdays through Saturdays, 11am to 4pm. Opening reception: Saturday, September 20, 1-3pm. Free.

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  • Anna Banana/VILE Magazine
  • Terry Berlier
  • Wallace Berman/Semina
  • Matt Borruso
  • Val Britton
  • Marie Johnson Calloway
  • castaneda/reiman
  • Bruce Conner
  • John De Fazio
  • Jay DeFeo
  • Emory Douglas
  • Lynn Hershman Leeson
  • David Ireland
  • Jess
  • Jasmin Lim
  • Matt Lipps
  • Fred Martin
  • Brion Nuda Rosch
  • Leslie Shows
  • Winston Smith


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