The Sam Francis Gallery, located in the Peter Boxenbaum Arts Education Centre, is dedicated to the display of student art and to presenting cutting edge exhibitions of work by locally and nationally prominent artists.

Thematically based group exhibitions are often organized by independent curators and participating artists give public lectures and student workshops. Each spring a group of student curators works with the Gallery Director to organize an exhibition of works by local artists.

Current Exhibition

EXHIBITION: Stripped
 
ANTON LIEBERMAN, CARRIE UNGERMAN, CATHERINE OPIE, CHRISTINA AGAPAKIS, ERIC YAHNKER, FAY RAY, MELISSA VOGLEY WOODS, RANDI HOKETT, WYATT MILLS
 
Organized by Chloe Happillon, Erin Lee, Mackenzie Mayo, Mona Welch, Rachel Iezman, Robbie Rogers, Sarah Popelka, Sariel Friedman, Shifra Ben-Jacob
 
DATES: February 26, 2014 - March 19, 2014

RECEPTION:
 Wednesday, February 26th, 6-8 p.m.

LOCATION:
SAM FRANCIS GALLERY
            Crossroads School
            1714 21st Street Santa Monica, CA 90404
            Peter Boxenbaum Arts Building, 2nd floor
                                                  
HOURS: Monday–Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
 
Stripped challenges the traditional ways in which art defines the body. We chose nine artists—Christina Agapakis, Randi Hockett, Wyatt Mills, Catherine Opie, Fay Ray, Carrie Ungerman, Eric Yahnker, Anton Lieberman, and Melissa Vogley Woods—who in some fashion use irony as a vessel to explore the human body leading us to question our relationship to corporeality on both a global and personal scale. Artist and Biologist Christina Agapakis explores the human body as a biome, aesthetically exposing the bacterial colonies that live on/within us. Randi Hockett suggests the correlation between light and dark by alluding to the interior of the body. In opposition to classical portraiture, Wyatt Mills opts for a grotesque authenticity in his portrait paintings; in contrast, Catherine Opie investigates normally silenced subcultures in a tender photograph that is both a portrait and an image of body art. Fay Ray satirically remarks upon gender and body politics in her collaged sculpture, whereas Carrie Ungerman collages archetypal images and adds to them with pencil and watercolor to playfully suggest a representation of the body. Eric Yahnker’s sculptures make witty associations with the simplicity of materials and the human form. Through sculpture, Anton Lieberman deliberately intertwines humanistic and manufactured qualities to suggest their harmony; and Melissa Vogley Woods explores the connotation of home through collaging hair and photography. Through a variety of means and methods, the artists in this exhibition reference the body in unexpected ways. 

Upcoming Student Exhibitions

CAS Show I
April 22-25
Opening reception
Wednesday, April 23, 5–7 p.m.

CAS Show II
April 29 – May 2
Opening reception
Wednesday, April 30, 5–7 p.m.

Upper School Show
May 7-16
Opening reception
Thursday, May 8, 5–7 p.m.

Middle School Show
May 21-30
Closing reception
Tuesday, May 3, 5–7 p.m.

Contact Information

Sam Francis Gallery
Crossroads School
2nd Floor, Peter Boxenbaum Arts Building
1714 21st Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Phone:
(310) 829-7391
 
Hours: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
(Monday - Friday) 
Middle and Upper School: 21st Street Campus | 1714 21st St., Santa Monica, Calif. 90404 | Phone: (310) 829-7391
Elementary School: Norton Campus | 1715 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, Calif. 90404 | Phone: (310) 828-1196
Crossroads School provides a unique K-12 program built on a progressive, developmental model of education.