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Sam Francis Gallery

The Sam Francis Gallery, located in the Peter Boxenbaum Arts Education Centre on the 21st Street Campus, 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.


“Kaleidoscope: moments in time”
Film created by alumnus and current Crossroads parent Stephen Leeds ’88.

Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences is delighted to present the first installment of the Alumni Biennial Series in the Sam Francis Gallery. Since the founding of the School, Crossroads has fostered and supported students in their creative pursuits. As the community expands its roster of artists, the biennial acts as an extension, connecting generations of alumni with students.
In “Kaleidoscope: moments in time,” which features works by Crossroads alumnus Shingo Francis ’88, the artist delves into his deep archive of work. Shingo shares, “I would like the students and the audience, but especially the students, to see the gradual and not so straight trajectory of an artist’s practice. We usually see an exhibition with finished works that are intended to produce a thought-out or worked-out process of an expression, idea or concept within the object or image. That’s fine and expected when you are presenting for the public as a specific series of work or concept, but such exhibitions can have a veneer or ‘finished’ quality that may create distance. As a student, or someone emerging into the field, it can be intimidating and hard to understand because all the steps of the act are back in the studio or wherever the process occurred.”
“Kaleidoscope: moments in time” includes a collection of work offered up to viewers in a salon style-esque format. Shingo’s journals from various years are placed both open and closed, disclosing select thoughts and insight into the artist’s practice. The gallery holds the works as a time capsule, jumping from student work to Francis’ most recent work, “Subtle Impressions” (2019), a large-scale interference painting. Shingo says, “I would like to reveal the footsteps of the process to the students so they can see and experience the meandering nature of art making and/or at least how I have done it. I think it is important for the students and viewers to see it wasn’t a straight shot, exposing the various shapes and forms we incrementally explore to find a way we can express what we want to say.”

September 4-October 12, 2019 

Opening reception: 
Wednesday, Sept. 11 // 4-6 p.m.

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


10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday - Friday