Kadist Art Foundation encourages the contribution of the arts to society, conducting programs primarily with artists represented in its collection to promote their role as cultural agents. Kadist's collections and productions reflect the global scope of contemporary art, and its programs develop collaborations between Kadist's local contexts (Paris, San Francisco) and artists, curators and art institutions worldwide.

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In our second year of programming we presented over 30 Wednesday events, collaborating with dozens of institutions, artists, and curators. We hosted a one-night exhibition with participatory performance, installation and video by Brazilian artist, Rivane Neuenschwander. In cooperation with curator Constance Lewallen and the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Kadist co-produced In Protest, a publishing project and distribution event for artist-made protest posters. Kadist commissioned artist and photographer Jason Fulford to install his Mushroom Machine. For the Chess Variants event, participants played l'Échiqueté by Patrick Bernier and Olive Martin, while professor Ted Purves spoke about the intertwined histories of art and games, followed by a screening of Dutch artist Guido van der Werve's nummer twaalf. An Exhibition In Your Mouth by antiquarian bookseller and artist Ben Kinmont brought a multi-course gastronomic event, co-presented with SFMOMA, out into the streets of the Mission. Songs on Conceptual Art staged musicians and artists as they performed original songs inspired by John Baldessari's 1972 video Baldessari sings Lewitt.

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Each year Kadist works with artists, curators and international art spaces to produce exhibitions, both at our venue in San Francisco and elsewhere. At the start of the year, curator Inti Guerrero presented a selection of works from the Kadist collection at the Minsheng Art Museum, located in Shanghai China. While hosting the traveling ICI/Creative Time exhibition Living as Form (The Nomadic Version), Kadist produced new videos with artists Theaster Gates and Fernando Garcia-Dory, and staged Conflict Management by Carey Young on Market street. At SFAI's Walter & McBean Galleries, Kadist advisor Hou Hanru presented an exhibition by artist-in-residence, Lin Yilin: Golden Journey. A month-long installation, artist Ben Kinmont established his shop of antiquarian gastronomy and the Antinomian Press. Zoe Butt, the director of Sàn Art in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, organized Poetic Politic, featuring works blocked from exhibition in the artists' home countries of Cambodia and Vietnam. Colombian artist-in-residence Gabriel Sierra established a sight-line through all four spaces at Kadist's 20th & Folsom street complex to produce an installation caught between sculpture, furniture and installation.

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The Reading Shop was a hybrid library and book shop that surveyed a wide array of international art magazines and independent publications. It brought to San Francisco titles from J&L Books, selections from the personal library of cult icon and filmmaker John Waters, and the library of polymathic artist/historian Julie Ault. It was also a platform for the west-coast release of many art publications including art historian Claire Bishop's Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship; and art historian Pamela M. Lee's publication, Forgetting the Artworld. The Reading Shop was later transformed into a satellite of Ooga Booga, a Los Angeles based, independent shop that specializes in artist-made books, magazines, and artist editions. A special year-end video featured collector and publisher Jack Wendler who narrates the Xerox Book, co-published with Seth Seigelaub in 1968.

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From event documentation to artists interviews, video content continues to be an important part of the Kadist Art Foundation's contribution to contemporary art discourse online. The interviews primarily privilege artists' perspectives, but also feature curators, writers, and other arts professionals in a continuing dialogue about how art is produced, interpreted, theorized and exhibited. Curatorial fellow A. Will Brown worked with Irish duo Kennedy Browne to produce a video complimenting their new work, The Myth of the Many in the One, made for the San Jose Zero1 Biennial. Kadist invited curator Renny Pritikin to interview artist Barry McGee about his mid-career retrospective at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Other recent artist interviews include Ming Wong, Mark Soo, Tammy Rae Carland, Will Rogan and over a dozen more.

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Theaster Gates
Living as Form Exhibition

Kennedy Browne
In Conjunction with ZERO1
Ted Purves
The History of Chess
Zoe Butt on Poetic Politic
SànArt Exhibition

Ming Wong
on Making Chinatown
Jack Wendler
Xerox Book
In Protest
Jason Fulford
Mushroom Machine

J & L Books
Barry McGee & Renny Pritikin
Berkeley Art Museum
Rivane Neuenschwander
First Love
Ooga Booga
Temporary Satellite

Photo and Videos courtesy Al McElrath, Chris Reardon Jeff Warren Kara Brodgesell and Pete Belkin.