Top images: Paintings by Ana Teresa Fernandez for “Foreign Bodies”
A woman stands in stilettos made of ice atop a West Oakland sidewalk grate. Over the course of 43 minutes, she sinks into the ground, an uneven and uncomfortable process. The process is an exaggeration of the vulnerability and strength that it takes to wear high heels — an extension of those same qualities that are needed to be perceived as feminine in this world. And damn, it looked cool. Welcome to the art of Ana Teresa Fernandez, whose first Bay Area solo show “Foreign Bodies” opens today at Gallery Wendi Norris.
Pre-performance still from “La Llorona”
The ice stilettos were part of a 2011 performance entitled “La Llorona”, named after a wronged woman gone wraith that figures prominently in Mexican folklore. “Foreign Bodies” similarly takes one of Fernandez’s preferred artistic medium, the female body, and applies it to cross-border identity. Specifically, she looks at how women navigate the emotional and physical territories between the United States and Mexico, where she was born in the state of Tamaulipas, in the town of Tampico. The border also plays a recurrent role in Fernandez’s work. For a past project, “Borrando la Frontera”, she painted a beachside stretch of the wall between Tijuana and San Diego’s Border Field State Park to match the sky behind it, a reimagination of a land with no segmentation. She did it in a strapless black dress and heels.
Photo from “Borrando La Frontera”
For the show that opens at Wendi Norris today, Fernandez rode a white horse into a Mexican cenote once used as a sacrificial site for virgin offerings to the gods. She made paintings from video from the happening, lush, colorful canvases of churning movement. Her bare legs are present there once again. She wears heels.
ANA TERESA FERNANDEZ :: FOREIGN BODIES OPENING RECEPTION THURSDAY 6-8PM // EXHIBIT RUNS THROUGH MAY 31 // GALLERY WENDI NORRIS // MORE
USF HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL
Kick back for a free weekend of education — USF is screening 13 films that call attention to human struggle around the world, from the fight for LGBT rights to mining corporation encroachment on indigenous populations.
THURSDAY-SUNDAY // UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO PRESENTATION HALL // MORE
SELFIE: THE FINE ART OF SELF-PORTRAITURE
Yes dear, “selfie” was word of the year in 2013. This group show may not totally adhere to our understanding of the word (a selfie is a a self-shot photo, no? This show includes drawings and sculptures of the artists who made them), but it will be a great place to wander about ruminating on the significance of the fact that our major form of self-expression is sending photos of ourselves to our friends and followers these days.
THURSDAY // 5-8PM // FREE // CESAR CHAVEZ STUDENT ART GALLERY, SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY // MORE
EXPLORATORIUM AFTER DARK
The Exploratorium isn’t just for kids y’all. The science center opens its doors to the grown and sexy every first Thursday of the month for an evening of wine and schmooze. What a perf opportunity to check out the science museum’s new location on Pier 15 in the Embarcadero.
THURSDAY // 6-10PM // $15 // EXPLORATORIUM // MORE
DYING WHILE BLACK AND BROWN
A modern dance production that explores the disproportionate amount of black and brown inmates on Death Row. The piece, choreographed and directed by Joanna Haigood, was originally commissioned by San Francisco Equal Justice Society, and is totally free to attend. The Friday performance will be followed by a panel discussion featuring race justice and anti-death penalty activists.
FRIDAY // 8PM // FREE // ALSO SAT/4, 2PM // ZACCHO STUDIOS // MORE
TBH this party had us at free before 11:30PM, open bar ’til 10:30PM and the incredibly handsome Honey Soundsystem DJ Jacob Sperber spinning the best in ’90s house. DUH to all of that.
FRIDAY // 9PM – 3AM // FREE BEFORE 11:30 W/ RSVP // MIGHTY // MORE
Photo by Nark Magazine
Our fave Seattle DJ, promoter and photographer Kevin Kauer a.k.a. Nark returns with the second installment of Dickslap SF. The Eagle is about to get hella hot y’all with very special go-go boy porn star Rich Kelly. Drag queen hosts, stiff drinks and lots of boys. For now, enjoy the above photo of Kelly casually reading on a piano.
SATURDAY // 9PM – 2AM // EAGLE SF // MORE
Darling shutterbug Shot in the City presents his newest party Pillow Case, a very special event with VJ Jim Hopkins. Hopkins is down for mixing up bangers from different decades, and his visuals will keep you entertained even if your date gets dull.
SATURDAY // 9PM-2AM // $3 // CLUB OMG // MORE
SWAGGER LIKE US
NYC cutie DJ Anthony DiCap — whose guest turns at Juliana Huxtable’s Shock Value party have been making us swoon — turns in a rare West Coast appearance at Kelly’s very adorable queer hip-hop party. Featuring as always guest DJ turns by Boyfriend and DavO, plus a live set by East Bay queen Aima the Dreamer.
SUNDAY // 3-8PM // $4 BEFORE 4PM, $8 AFTER // EL RIO // MORE