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Sam Francis Gallery

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: Universal Histories: Santa Monica students respond to PST: LA/LA

Universal Histories is a collection of Santa Monica student responses to works in A Universal History of Infamy: Virtues of Disparity, a LACMA-curated PST: LA/LA exhibition at 18th Street Arts Center. Students from three local schools—Santa Monica High School, John Adams Middle School and Crossroads School—have developed artworks around themes of identity, migration and censorship.
 
Many of the works use the codex form to represent their personal histories in dialogue with the works of artists Mariana Castillo Deball, Gala Porras Kim and Carolina Caycedo. Other works appropriate a censored artwork and reimagine it, as Venezuelan artist Angela Bonadies did with “Rompecabezas Street Meeting 1932-2016,” from the Series “David Alfaro Siqueiros, Street Meeting, LA, 1932,” 2017.
 
Students visited 18th Street with Program Coordinator Betty Marín to learn about the works in the exhibition and develop their own. They also visited the LACMA installments of A Universal History of Infamy. Crossroads Studio Art students, taught by Vincent Ramos—who has works in LACMA’s PST: LA/LA exhibition—will be sending handmade postcards to 18th Street addressed to “the future,” reflecting on the state of our country today and how they see themselves within it. Works by John Adams Middle School and Santa Monica High School students will be exhibited in the 18th Street Atrium Gallery between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15. Works by Crossroads students will be exhibited at Crossroads’ Sam Francis Gallery and the 18th Street Atrium Gallery. Opening receptions at both sites will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on
Wednesday, Dec. 6. At 5 p.m., visitors at each venue will be led to the other site on a short walking tour through the neighborhood.
 
A Universal History of Infamy is part of the Getty-led PST: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles, taking place from September 2017 through January 2018 at more than 70 cultural institutions across Southern California. Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.
 
RECEPTION: 
Wednesday, Dec. 6
4-6 p.m.


EXHIBIT:
Nov. 20-Dec. 15

GALLERY INFORMATION:

Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences
Peter Boxenbaum Arts Education Centre
Sam Francis Gallery
1714 21st St.
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
 
18th Street Arts Center (across from Crossroads’ Norton Campus)
Atrium Gallery (Blue building)
1639 18th St.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
 
Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
 

Past Exhibitions

EXHIBITION: Chris Kallmyer: All Possible Spaces

Artist Chris Kallmyer’s work explores architectural spaces and the things we do to give them meaning. With the exhibition Chris Kallmyer: All Possible Spaces, he further examines structures for human needs such as listening to music, having a focused conversation, eating lots of ramen, or taking a nap.
 
Working with Crossroads students as an audience as well as collaborators, Kallymer will envision new speculative architecture for spaces that don’t yet exist. Students will explore ideas of ownership, communalism, agency, autonomy, and public space. With his installation Kallmyer will create a Soft Structure in the Sam Francis Gallery that embodies part sculpture and part improvised fort. The project taps into ideas from utopian architecture, to tree houses, to refugees shelters.
 
In addition to the structure Kallmyer has created 20 flat-pack kits to be distributed to various classes. Students will use the kits to prototype a new architecture to fulfill some specific use of their choosing. As they are completed, the 20 different speculative structures will be displayed in the gallery next to Kallmyer’s real-life realization.
 
“If I were asked to name the chief benefit of the house, I should say: the house shelters day-dreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace.”
—Gaston Bachelard
 
EXHIBIT:
Oct. 11-Nov. 17

GUEST CURATOR: 
Aandrea Stang
Stang is an independent educator and curator/producer with a focus on institutional program development, concentrating on contemporary and socially engaged art practices. She serves on the programming committee for the Society for the Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound (SASSAS) and the exhibition committee for the Armory Center for the Arts.

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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. 
 
EXHIBIT:
Sept. 5-29, 2017

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

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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

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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.