David Maisel and Beth davila Waldman

November 1, 2019

San Francisco Art Institute Osher Lecture Hall • 800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco

Lecture: $15.00 general admission • Students with ID are FREE


7:30 pm Join us with David Maisel and Beth Davila Waldman

This event is presented in partnership with the San Francisco Art Institute

David Maisel

© David Maisel, Desolation Desert, Copper Mine 1, Chuquicamata, Atacama, Chile, 2019

© David Maisel, Desolation Desert, Copper Mine 1, Chuquicamata, Atacama, Chile, 2019

David Maisel is an artist working in photography and video. His work is exhibited internationally, and is held in many public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the National Gallery of Art, the Getty Museum, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Yale University Art Gallery, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among others.

 Maisel is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Getty Research Institute, and the Center for Cultural Innovation. In his multi-chaptered project Black Maps and his most recent series Proving Ground and Desolation Desert, Maisel utilizes aerial imaging of landscapes that are off-limits, quarantined, or hidden from view in order to consider the politics and aesthetics of radically human-altered environments.

 Maisel’s work has been the subject of six monographs, including Mount St Helens: Afterlife; Black Maps: American Landscape and the Apocalyptic Sublime; History’s Shadow; Library of Dust; Oblivion; and The Lake Project. Proving Ground will be published in 2020 by Radius Books. Maisel is represented in New York by Edwynn Houk Gallery, and in San Francisco by Haines Gallery.


David Maisel

© GEOFFREY BERLINER/Penumbra Foundation

© Beth Davila Waldman, “La Ocupation”, Acrylic paint and pigment on tarp on panel, 2018

© Beth Davila Waldman, “La Ocupation”, Acrylic paint and pigment on tarp on panel, 2018

Beth Davila Waldman Headshot_photo by Phillip Ziegler.jpg

Beth Davila Waldman

Beth Davila Waldman pursued her career in the arts initially at Wellesley College where she launched her current practice with a senior sculptural thesis entitled “Transposing Time and Culture: Personal and Abstract Interpretations of Inca and Pre-Incan Artwork”. She continued her commitment to exploring site as her conceptual focus at SFAI from 2003 to 2005. Her work was recognized early on by the San Francisco Art Institute community with the 2004 annual Harold E. Weiner Memorial Sculpture Award.

Since, her art practice has been influenced by borrowed symbols and landscapes from her maternal homeland Peru for over two decades. Beth uses image, material, and architecture to speak about transformations on culture over time on the individual and society. Through landscape, Beth examines how politics and economics create shift on culture on macro and micro levels. Her work excavates the conceived idea of sanctuary, using the colonized and converted cultures of her Peruvian ancestors as a gateway for those dialogues.

Most recently, Beth has been awarded residencies at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, at Playa Institute on the edge of Oregon's Great Basin, and at EditionBasel in Basel, Switzerland. This past spring, Beth featured her work in a satellite art fair during the 2019 Hong Kong Art Basel Week.

(photo © Phillip Ziegler)