Monday, December 21, 2009


Thank you Keith and Sam Moreau for creating this video about the ART to SOUP! Food Drive Sculpture at Brisbane City Hall. Folks need food all year round, so please remember to contribute to your local food banks on a regular basis.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Visual Torah at the Contemporary Jewish Museum

Artists reflect on new work for AS IT IS WRITTEN 304,805

Sunday, December 6, 2009, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Buy Tickets

Admission: Free with Museum admission.

Contact: or call 415.655.7881

About the Program

The Museum has commissioned contemporary artists from diverse backgrounds to create a new work of art in response to the Torah. Come hear four renowned local artists describe their experiences creating visual commentaries on the Book of Genesis as part of a new form of dialogue with the Jewish Bible.

The artists participating in the conversation include John Bankston, Beth Grossman, Jordan Kantor and Paul Madonna. As part of the exhibition As It Is Written: Project 304,805, newly commissioned art will be presented in groups according to the Five Books of Moses (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy). Recalling the Western art historical tradition in which artists have elucidated religious concepts by creating visual representations of beliefs, narratives and practices, the work presented here reflects a lively and open-ended dialogue with the ancient text through a wide range of artistic approaches and cultural perspectives.


Brisbane Food Drive Sculpture

From soup to nuts, please bring canned and packaged foods to the Brisbane City Hall lobby during the months of November and December 2009. Add your artistic flavor by arranging your food contributions into a daily evolving sculpture.
Second Harvest Food Bank will be picking up our donations before Thanksgiving and the winter holidays.

Beth and Avi will be on site canstructing from 6:30 - 7:30 pm Wednesday evenings November 18th, December 2nd and December 16th

(No glass, perishables or bulk grains please.)

Brisbane City Hall, 50 Park Place, Brisbane, CA 94005
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 8am – 5pm, Wednesday 8am – 8pm, Friday 8am – 1pm
For more information contact Wendy Ricks (415) 508-2114

Monday, July 6, 2009

Seats of Power: Art and Civic Engagement

Seats of Power

Brisbane officials put their keisters on the line for art and civic participation.

Interactive art opening of “Seats of Power” at City Hall in Brisbane, California, 50 Park Place, Brisbane, CA 94005, March 18, 2009 from 5:00 – 8:00p.m.

How far will Brisbane City officials go to support the arts? Artist and activist Beth Grossman has convinced the Brisbane Mayor, City Council, Police Commander, Fire Chief and Harbormaster, among others, to immortalize their derrieres as “Seats of Power,” all in the name of Art.

While capturing the impression of participants’ pants sitting on their chairs, Grossman came to appreciate Brisbane officials from a perspective different from that of the Council Chambers or City Hall offices. “We’ve had some good laughs and the puns keep flying,” says Grossman. Laughter has been a segue into more serious discussions about the nature of political power. The posterior photo images were later converted into textiles and upholstered onto chair seats.

For the opening reception on March 18, 2009, the public is invited into Brisbane City Hall to walk down a red carpet and sit in the “Hot Seat.” Here they can contemplate and expound upon how it feels to be in a seat of power. Public comments will be recorded in a video made by documentary filmmaker, David L. Brown.

Meet the artist at an interactive art opening of “Seats of Power” at City Hall in Brisbane, California, 50 Park Place, Brisbane, CA 94005, March 18, 2009 from 5:00 – 8:00p.m.

LA Times Article