I Am Crime: Art on the Edge of Law

What:  I Am Crime: Art on the Edge of Law
When: March 9–April 19, 2012
Where: 934 Brannan St. (between 8th & 9th)
Free Admission During Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 12–7pm,  Saturday, 12–5pm.

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 8, 6–9pm, free admission
I Fought The Law: A Conversation with Artists & Attorneys:
Wednesday, March 21, 7–9pm, free admission
Undocumented and Unafraid: An Evening of Film & Conversation:
Friday, April 13, 6–9pm, $5 suggested donation
Closing Reception:
Thursday, April 19th 6–9PM, free admission

I Am Crime: Art on the Edge of Law is an exhibition of more than 30 artists and collectives that challenge, question or circumvent the law through their work.  Curated by Justin Hoover, I Am Crime touches on issues of equity—who gets to break the law, when, and why.

“True Crime,” a collaborative installation conceived by Critical Art Ensemble, invites any visitor to become part of the exhibition– click here for details.

In I Am Crime some artists’ criminal trespasses are virtual or accidental, while others contribute documentation of carefully planned civil disobedience. Still others exhibit the residue of artworks which have actually been intervened upon by the United States legal system.

Dreamers Adrift, a group founded by Jesus Iñiguez and Julio Salgado, approach  illegality from a different angle. “Undocumented and Awkward,” a series of skits on video created by and for undocumented youth, highlights social inequalities faced by American immigrants.

Non-anonymous exhibiting artists include:

4Gentlemen Scott Kildall
E. Clair Acuda Bandersnatch Stewart Long
Miguel Arzabe Mark McCloud
Ray Beldner Ann Messner
Francis Baker Julio Cesar Morales
Oscar Brett Jeremy Novy
Lisa K. Blatt Nite Owl
Mike Bonanno Guy Overfelt
Danny Buskirk PLOTS
Susie Cagle Neil Rivas (Clavo)
Critical Art Ensemble/Steve Kurtz Favianna Rodriguez
Marque Cornblatt Victoria Scott
Dreamers Adrift Julio Salgado
Corbett Griffith Eric Stewart
John Craig Freeman Luther Thie
Molly Hankwitz Zefrey Throwell
Jessica Hess Hans Winkler
Jesus Iñiguez The Yes Men
Lily & Honglei Michael Zheng
Scott Kildall

Opening Reception
Thursday, March 8, 6–9pm, free admission

I Fought The Law: A Conversation with Artists & Attorneys

Wednesday, March 21, 7–9pm, free admission
Exhibiting artists are paired with local attorneys who are experts in intellectual property, immigration, and criminal law. The discussion is moderated by artist and attorney JD Beltran and featured artists Ray Beldner, Dreamers Adrift, and Mark McCloud, and attorneys Simon Frankel, Hendrik Pretorius, and Tony Serra.


Undocumented and Unafraid: An Evening of Film & Conversation

Friday, April 13, 6–9pm, $5 suggested donation
A question and answer session with directors follows the screening of excerpt from “Under Arpaio” by Jason Aragón, a full screening of “Sin País” by Theo Rigby, and a collection of shorts by Dreamers Adrift co-founders Jesus Iñiguez and Julio Salgado. This event is organized by Favianna Rodriguez and CultureStrike.


Closing Reception & Curatorial Walk-through

Thursday, April 19th 6–9PM, free admission

 

Photo by Bess Adler, courtesy of The Yes Men