gallery Interview with artist Leila Weefur, part of the More Than 700 Years Faculty Exhibition on view at Fort Mason and 800 Chestnut Campus of the San Francisco Art Institute

LEILA WEEFUR
ONE OF 28 ARTISTS INCLUDED IN THE EXHIBITION MORE THAN 700 YEARS
FRIDAY, JUN 7, 2019 – MONDAY, SEP 2, 2019
WALTER AND MCBEAN GALLERIES, MAIN GALLERY AT FORT MASON

Leila Weefur, detail from Blackberry Pastorale: Symphony No. 1, 2017

Leila Weefur (She/They/He) is an artist, writer, and curator who lives and works in Oakland, CA, and received an MFA from Mills College. Weefurs practice considers the complexities of phenomenological Blackness through video, installation, printmaking, and lecture-performances. Using materials and visual gestures to access the tactile memory, Weefur explores the abject, the sensual and the nuances found in the social interactions and language with which our bodies have to negotiate space.

Weefur is a recipient of the Hung Liu award, the Murphy & Cadogan award, and the Walter & Elise Haas Creative Work Fund. Weefur has worked with local and national institutions including SFMOMA, Southern Exposure, The Wattis, and Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, and Smack Mellon in Brooklyn, New York.

Weefur is the Audio/Video, Editor In Chief at Art Practical and a member of The Black Aesthetic.

More Than 700 Years includes 28 artists:

At SFAI—Fort Mason Campus: Johnna Arnold, Elizabeth Bernstein, Timothy Berry, Brad Brown, Luke Butler, James Claussen, Kerry Laitala, Mads Lynnerup, Felicita Norris, Jordan Reznick, Kate Rhoades, and Meredith Tromble.

At the Walter and McBean Galleries: Chris Bell, Mark Brest van Kempen, Caitlin Mitchell-Dayton, Linda Connor, Sofía Córdova, John de Fazio, Ivan Iannoli, Tony Labat, Ryan Peter, J. John Priola, Brett Reichman, Kal Spelletich, Leila Weefur, Lindsey White, and Wanxin Zhang.

More Than 700 Years was organized by San Francisco Art Institute and curated by Ángel Rafael Vázquez-Concepción. Special thanks to SFAI President Gordon Knox; Vice President of Operations and Facilities Heather Hickman Holland; Manager of Exhibitions, Events, and Partnerships Kat Trataris; and Chief Preparator Robin Beard.

SFAI’s Exhibitions and Public Programs are made possible by the generosity of donors and sponsors. Program support in 2018-19 is provided by the Harker Fund of The San Francisco Foundation, Institute of Museums and Library Services, Grants for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Creative Work Fund, Koret Foundation, Pirkle Jones Fund, Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, and Fort Point Beer Company. Ongoing support is provided by the McBean Distinguished Lecture and Residency Fund, The Buck Fund, and the Visiting Artist Fund of the SFAI Endowment.

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