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: 
The Herbert Zipper Archives at Twenty: From Z to A 
 
The photographs, letters, sheet music, artwork and artifacts exhibited will tell the (mostly) untold stories of the family, friends, colleagues, places and events in the lives of Herbert Zipper (1904-1997) and his wife, Trudl Dubsky Zipper (1910-1976). The exhibit will showcase the diverse archival materials, arranged alphabetically by subject, dating from early 20th-century Vienna; 1930s and 1940s England; pre-World War II and Japanese-occupied Manila; the United States from 1946 on; and 1980s Asia. The Zipper Archive is an extensive collection that allows students, faculty and the Crossroads community to work hands-on with primary-source materials that explore themes of equality, social justice and diversity.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the passing of Herbert Zipper, a conductor, Holocaust survivor and educator who bequeathed to Crossroads School the historical materials that now comprise the Herbert Zipper Archives. Brought to the School by Crossroads co-founder Paul F. Cummins after Zipper’s death on April 21, 1997, the archive provides a unique opportunity for students to engage in primary-source learning. The archive is open by appointment to researchers and scholars. 
 
RECEPTION: 
Reception: Wednesday, Sept. 13, 4-6 p.m.
Remarks by Paul F. Cummins 
 
EXHIBIT:
Sept. 5-29, 2017

GUEST CURATOR:
Amie A. Mack, Archivist, Herbert Zipper Archives 

LOCATION: 
SAM FRANCIS GALLERY at Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences 
Peter Boxenbaum Arts Education Centre 
1714 21st St.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
                                              
HOURS:
Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
 


Past Exhibitions


EXHIBITION: Crossroads Advanced Studies Art Senior Thesis Shows
 
Crossroads Advance Studies in Visual Art enable highly motivated seniors to do college-level work. Students create self-directed projects that culminate in final thesis artworks that are exhibited in group shows at the end of the school year. Students create work in painting, ceramics, drawing, sculpture, photography, graphic design and mixed media.

CAS Exhibition #1 Participating Artists: Cody Benfield, Alexandra Block, Ivy Bragin, Lily Bronstein, Xavier Carr, Isabelle Happillon, Olivia Henrikson, Riley Jackson, Noah Isabella Rose Kennedy, Annie Myron, Dylan Norris, Grace Rose, Sadie Scott, Emma Spivack, Sofia Stark, Zita Surprenant, Caroline Weiss, Katharine Whitney-Schubb, Morgan Wolf

CAS Exhibition #2 Participating Artists: Grace Attanasio, Hannah Carey, Annie Myron, Sarah Saltzman, Zita Surprenant, Laura Cortes, Ella Flood, Spencer Flores, Connor Gewirtz, Noah Gershwin, Yasmine Ghodsi, Rebecca Wachter, Justin Perr, Roxanne Meyer, Ezra Levy, Melat Lulseged, Talja Ketchum, Isabella Cataldi, Harper Lee Graves, Max Kopelow, Luca Lafayette, Olympia Nagel-Caland
 
DATES: 
CAS Exhibition #1: March 23 – April 13, 2017
CAS Exhibition #2: April 19 – April 28, 2017
 
OPENING RECEPTIONS:
CAS Exhibition #1: Thursday, March 23, 4-6 p.m.
CAS Exhibition #2: Wednesday, April 19, 4-6 p.m.

LOCATION: 
SAM FRANCIS GALLERY at Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences 
Peter Boxenbaum Arts Building, 2nd floor
1734 21st Street Santa Monica, CA 90404
                                                  
HOURS:
Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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EXHIBITION: 
Working Title: 10,020,000
 
Organized by students: Cody Benfield, Alexandra Block, Ella Flood, Talja Ketchum, Caroline Weiss and Katharine Whitney-Schubb
 
“Working Title: 10,020,000” explores the Los Angeles region as a muse for six artists. While some artists give us direct reflections of the area, others show us slices of the city through re-contextualization of form, objects and imagery. Photographic works from Judy Fiskin and John Humble show a Los Angeles that was—and in many ways, still is—while Katie Shapiro’s photographs present human interventions that try to preserve the now. Kaz Oshiro and Becky Kolsrud reflect on our surroundings through paintings that disorient us by reframing our vision through their work. And Elonda Billera Norris’ site-specific work gives us a peek into a view that is one in 10,020,000. 
 
DATES: 
Feb. 15 - March 17

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EXHIBITION: Crossroads Artist in Residence Kim Schoenstadt
 
Kim Schoenstadt’s artist residency project in Crossroads School’s Sam Francis Gallery continues her ongoing exploration of drawing by extending the natural “vanishing points” from the individual buildings contained within a “mash-up” drawing. Schoenstadt will work with students to both paint the work directly onto the walls and extend the vanishing points using cord.
 
Collaborating cross-disciplinarily, math and visual art students will calculate and map the angles of the lines that extend from the drawing and visually appear to cut through walls. Younger participants will physically see the drawing differently and pull the lines per their perspective. Older participants will also bring their knowledge and concerns to the project and pull the lines per their knowledge base.
 
DATES: 
Jan. 30-Feb. 9, 2017

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EXHIBITION:
Middle School Project: GREEN UP! GREEN MUSING!
 
Middle School students make visual art that probes notions of environmental justice. The projects range in approach, including explorations into material use as carrying meaning; the use and transformation of symbols; and pictorial narratives.
 
DATES: 
Jan. 9-19, 2017
 
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EXHIBITION:
 Topological Skew—the guiding concept for Topological Skew is to exhibit artworks that reference both more formal topographic mapping approaches, as well as a more oblique or skewed usage of interior topological mappings.
 
Topological Skew features works by Dawn Arrowsmith, Philip Govedare, Lynn Marie Kirby, Luigia Martelloni, John David O’Brien and Christopher Pate.
 
DATES: 
Oct. 23-Nov. 18, 2016

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EXHIBITION:
 “Cognitive Faculties”—an exhibition of work by Crossroads teaching artists

Participating artists: Susan Arena, Melissa Bouwman, Janice Gomez, Taylor Greeson, Peter Melville, Rich Mudge, Elyse Reardon-Jung, Jesse Robinson, Leslie Rosdol, Vernon Salyers, Emily Silver, Carly Steward
 
DATES: Sept. 8-Oct. 15, 2016

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EXHIBITION: Upper School Arts Show
 
Exhibition of work by Upper School students in photography, ceramics, sculpture, visual art, figure drawing and graphic design.
 
DATES: May 19-June 3, 2016
 
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EXHIBITION: “Staged”—an exhibition of works by artists who explore ideas of conscious display
 
Participating artists: Amir Fallah, John Frame, Alex Hubbard, Owen Kydd, William Leavitt, Dan McCleary, Patty Wickman
 
Student curators: Eloise Gibbin, Ayna Grewal, Ysidro Hartzell, Isabel Levin, Lina McDermott, Nicole Tiedemann Carmela Uribe

In the exhibition “Staged”, artists Amir H. Fallah, John Frame, Alex Hubbard, Owen Kydd, William Leavitt, Dan McCleary, and Patty Wickman explore ideas of conscious display and dislocated narratives. In “Overshadowed,” Patty Wickman uses theatrical conventions to create a narrative replete with marvel and suggestion. Dan McCleary’s paintings, with their carefully composed scenes of ordinary interactions, alternatively deemphasize the dramatic. Amir H. Fallah approaches painting as an investigation, assembling “evidence” of his subjects’ identities by cloaking them with personal objects and patterned fabrics to protect them from his own interpretations. John Frame creates figures from wood and metal, adding found objects and sewing fabric bits for the clothing to set a stage for the characters to come alive. Throughout the video “Annotated Plans for an Evacuation,” Alex Hubbard transforms a used Ford Tempo by directing a continuous sequence of changes that flattens space as he creates a moving picture. By adding movement to static objects, Owen Kydd uses durational photography to expand the time specificity usually associated with photographs. William Leavitt’s drawing “House #3” encapsulates his interest in the “theater of the ordinary.” Leavitt plants an object reminiscent of old Hollywood in an otherwise “ordinary” scene, thus, like each of the artists in in this exhibition, capturing the artifice and glamour of the stage. 

DATES: 
Feb. 18-March 18, 2016
 
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EXHIBITION: Animated Adjectives, Language Into Form
An artist workshop-residency with Los Angeles artist Kiel Johnson wherein student participants make and animate their own sculptural words with cardboard and other materials and, in the process, reflect on themselves.

DATES: 
Jan. 25-Feb. 11, 2016

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EXHIBITION:
 “Wear and Tear: The Joy and Frustrations of a Line Junkie”
                               Paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures by Tanner Goldbeck 

DATES: 
Nov. 8-Dec. 16, 2015
 
Learn more about the exhibition here.

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EXHIBITION:
 “Suzanne Anker: Culturing Life”

DATES: 
Sept. 17-Oct. 30, 2015

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EXHIBITION: 
Crossroads Advanced Studies (CAS) Art Senior Thesis Show

DATES: 
April 15-17, 2015
 
Learn more about the exhibition here.

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EXHIBITION: Feigned: Real and Not Real Everyday Things
 
Joshua Callaghan, Ben Jackel, Rachel Lachowicz, Dave Lefner, Jean Lowe, Dana Maiden, Ry Rocklen 

Organized by Amanda Glickman, Sam Hardy, Max Hertz, Katherine Hoy, Zane Kaufmann and Isabel Levin

DATES: 
Feb. 24 – March 19, 2015
                                                   
This exhibition was organized by Crossroads students in the Gallery Curators class and includes work by LA artists who examine the relationship between the idea and the object and its tangible form and function. 

Learn more about the exhibition here.

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EXHIBITION: In a Mere Full of Rime: a search for photography’s essence
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DATES: Jan. 15 – Feb. 13, 2015
                                                
As part of an ongoing investigation into phantom worlds, the Institute of Cultural Inquiry will bring a mobile field station to the Sam Francis Gallery, for a one month collaborative and interactive residency exploring the limits and potentialities of photography.

Learn more about the exhibition here.

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EXHIBITION: 
Logistical Gymnastics—An Exhibition of Work by LA-Based Contemporary Artists: Amy Garafano, Patrick Killoran, Devon Tsuno and Jemima Wyman​​

Curated by Janice Gomez and Jesse Robinson, Crossroads Art Faculty
 
DATES: October 23 – November 21, 2014
                                                   
Distribution, redistribution, and dissemination. The exhibition titled Logistical Gymnastics brings together artworks that travel out from the gallery space into the larger world. Using various forms of physical and digital transmission these works invite chance, collaboration and contingency in ways that expand our traditional notions of both authorship and the static art object.    

Learn more about the work and the artists here.

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EXHIBITION: Moonlighting: An exhibition of Work by Crossroads' Teaching Artists

Susan Arena , Melissa Bouwman , Janice Gomez, Kate Johnson, Peter Melville, Rich Mudge, Pam Posey, Jesse Robinson, Jean Robison, Leslie Rosdol, Vernon Salyers
 
DATES: September 17 – October 17, 2014

Moonlighting featured artworks made by the members of Crossroads School K -12 Visual Art Department. Each teacher has her/his own art practice, and each brings a unique creative voice to the department. The works in this show ran the gamut of contemporary art practices and present a wide array of materials and methods – from installation, video and performance art to painting and sculpture. Everyday, Crossroad's teaching artists bring their extensive knowledge, experience and passion from their own studio into the classroom.

Learn more about the work and the artists here.
 

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, CA 90404 | Phone: (310) 829-7391
Elementary School: Norton Campus | 1715 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404 | Phone: (310) 828-1196
Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences provides a unique K-12 program built on a progressive, developmental model of education.