The Museum of Performance + Design partners with San Francisco Ballet and the Catharine Clark Gallery to reimagine how dance as embodied knowledge can be recorded and kept alive

DAMIAN SMITH: Action Drawings

In partnership with Museum of Performance + Design, San Francisco Ballet, Catharine Clark Gallery

Damian Smith, San Francisco Ballet - Photo: Erik Tomasson

Retiring San Francisco Ballet Principal Dancer Damian Smith is creating a tangible and permanent record of his work in the form of action drawings. Over the course of a few weeks, Smith will be capturing his routine barre exercises on cotton paper and canvas in real time, permanently documenting a few moments of his dancing life. 


Experience it!
Smith will create a drawing in view of the public during San Francisco Ballet's Open Company Class on May 3 at the War Memorial Opera House. Check Open Studio 455 for more info in the coming weeks: 

Own it!
The signed drawings will be exhibited at the Catharine Clark Gallery as part of the show Incarnate starting June 7 and will be auctioned to the public on June 21, 4pm to benefit the Museum of Performance + Design at a reception honoring Damian Smith.

5.03
SFB's Open Company Class, free and open to the public. 
6.07
Incarnate, Catharine Clark Gallery, free and open to the public.
6.21
Celebrating Damian Smith: Reception + Auction, Catharine Clark Gallery, free and open to the public. 

Forbidden City, USA: Chinese American Nightclubs, 1936-1970 
Exhibition at Jewett Gallery - San Francisco Public Library 
 

Forbidden City, U.S.A. is a ground-breaking exhibition that chronicles the history, legacy, glitz and glamour of this little known story. A golden age of Chinese American nightclubs and performers flourished from the 1930s-1960s, when Chinese American singers and dancers could finally perform in routines that had once been considered white entertainment 
   
Museum of Performance + Design, exhibition co-sponsor.
 
All programs at the SF Public Library are free and open to the public.


THE GALLERY WILL BE CLOSED FOR INSTALLATION THROUGH JUNE 19. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE!

OFFICE HOURS: MO - FRI, 9:30 - 5:30PM
RESEARCH HOURS: WED., THU., 1 - 5PM and by appointment

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