SFMOMA | Performance in Progress Group Show


Desirée Holman, Naomi Rincón Gallardo, and Jacolby Satterwhite

Performance in Progress commissions local, national, and international artists to present groundbreaking live work and offers a platform for artists and audiences to come together to examine the creative process.

The artists in this season — Desirée Holman, Naomi Rincón Gallardo, and Jacolby Satterwhite — draw on the look and story arcs of science fiction and fantasy to create alternative futures. Instead of blockbuster superheroes and starships, however, their imagined spaces are filled with personal stories, heroes, and locales. A cappella recordings from Satterwhite’s mother, Patricia, are remade for an immersive, dance floor–like universe; the assassinated Mixtec activist Alberta “Bety” Cariño’s transformative journey through the underworld is illuminated in Rincón Gallardo’s work; and the true believers of Northern California mysticism passing civilization on to a new human race is explored in Holman’s project. Through their fictional worlds, the artists offer epic possibilities for the real world.

Performance in Progress Group Show

Artists Desirée Holman, Naomi Rincón Gallardo, and Jacolby Satterwhite return to SFMOMA to debut performance works developed this season as part of our Performance in Progress program.

Naomi Rincón Gallardo, The Formaldehyde Trip, 2016 (still); photo: Fabiola Torres Alzaga

Naomi Rincón Gallardo, The Formaldehyde Trip

Thursday and Friday, March 16–17, 2017
8 p.m.

Phyllis Wattis Theater
Please use the Joyce and Larry Stupski Entrance at Minna Street

Performance in Progress presents the debut of The Formaldehyde Trip, a live concert and video work by Mexico City-based artist Naomi Rincón Gallardo. The Formaldehyde Trip weaves together Mesoamerican cosmologies, feminist activism and theory, and indigenous women’s struggles for their territories. This new commission imagines the murdered Mixtec activist Alberta “Bety” Cariño in her journey through the underworld where she encounters warriors, witches, and the dual-gendered goddess of death. Rincón Gallardo’s The Formaldehyde Trip is co-curated with Galería de la Raza.

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Performance preview of Jacolby Satterwhite’s En Plein Air: Music of Objective Romance, 2016; photo: Beth LaBerge

Jacolby Satterwhite, En Plein Air: Music of Objective Romance

Friday and Saturday, March 17–18, 2017
10 p.m.

Gina and Stuart Peterson White Box, Floor 4
Please use the Joyce and Larry Stupski Entrance at Minna Street

During this long weekend of performance, join us as Jacolby Satterwhite premieres En Plein Air: Music of Objective Romance. In this newly commissioned piece, the artist builds an immersive virtual reality dreamscape from his mother Patricia’s archive of twelve a cappella albums, originally recorded in the late 90s on consumer-grade cassette tapes. Satterwhite and his musical collaborator Nick Weiss (Teengirl Fantasy) selected from over 155 of Patricia’s tracks. The resulting visual album — set to Patricia’s original melodies and vocals and incorporating elements of electronic house, noise, and deconstructed club music — debuts in this listening party and live concert environment. Drinks by Cafe 5 available for purchase.

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Desirée Holman, Sophont, 2015 (still); photo: Charles Villyard

Desirée Holman, Sophont in Action

Saturday, March 18, 2017, 6 p.m.
Sunday, March 19, 2017, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Meet at the entrance at Howard Street

oin us as Oakland-based artist Desirée Holman unveils a new chapter of Sophont in Action, a processional performance and video piece exploring theosophy, E.T. sightings, New Age mysticism, and California utopias. Originally developed in 2013, Sophont in Action was performed at SFMOMA marking our temporary closure before we went On the Go. As part of the Performance in Progress series, Holman returns to SFMOMA with her cast of Time Travelers, Ecstatic Dancers, and Indigo Children for this special debut performance that invites visitors into the future.

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