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  • Pattern/Language with Binta Ayofemi

    Workshops & Activities, Evenings, and part of Artists Drawing Club, Thursday Nights

    Mar 27

    Free with museum admission ($5 after 5PM)

    6:30—9 PM

    Location varies; Check at information desk

    Artist Binta Ayofemi's Pattern/Language series investigates transmissions of utopian pattern and form, from Persian carpets, texts, ceramics, and gardens, to contemporary disco and funk structures adapted into 1970s Persian pop music. For the artist’s Pattern/Language series at the Asian Art Museum, the project explores the concept of gardens. Pattern/Language will become a roving garden, with a small constellation of pop-up gardens and tea rooms in San Francisco during the spring of 2014. Pattern/Language will culminate in the artist’s Nohroozi Garten, held in Golden Gate Park.

    Pattern/Language Pop-up Gardens Schedule:  
    Thursday, March 20
    The Mission: 2420 Mission St. 10 a.m.–noon   RSVP  
    Chinatown: 750 Kearney St., Bridge Pavilion 3–5 p.m. RSVP  

    Sunday, March 23

    Bayview-Hunter’s Point: 5075 Third St. 1–4 p.m. (meet at 1 p.m. sharp) This experience starts on Third St. and ends at 290 Sanchez St. RSVP  

    Thursday, March 27

    Asian Art Museum Samsung Hall 6:30–9 p.m.  

    Sunday, April 6

    Fillmore and Japantown: 1286 Fillmore, Saint John Coltrane African Orthodox Church 3–6 p.m. (meet at 3 p.m. sharp) This experience starts at John Coltrane Orthodox Church and ends at Japantown Mall, 22 Peace Plaza RSVP  

    Sunday, April 20

    Golden Gate Park: 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, de Young Museum tower) 4–8 p.m. (meet at 4 p.m. sharp) This experience starts at the de Young Museum tower and ends at Stow Lake  RSVP  

    Binta Ayofemi is a San Francisco-based artist fascinated by open-source systems, including pattern language, urban gardens, and pop music. Ayofemi's series Software, a rehearsal of utopian forms mined from the Shakers to Soul Train, is currently featured in the exhibition The Possible at the Berkeley Art Museum. Ayofemi presented her work Voids/Latencies, an anthology of urban landscapes, at Theaster Gates’ Huguenot House, part of Documenta 13. Her Garden/Score is a series of urban gardens and tactile landscapes across adjacent lots in Chicago’s South Side neighborhood. Ayofemi has presented her work at the Kadist Art Foundation, SFMOMA, Southern Exposure, the Carpenter Center, the Rebuild Foundation, and the Wattis Institute.  Ayofemi received her MFA from Stanford and was awarded a Harvard Design Fellowship for her work on urban landscape, Islamic architecture, and surface material. In 2013, Ayofemi won Yahoo’s hackathon for most creative hack, collaborating on original code that turns cascades of Tumblr images into music. 

    About the Artists Drawing Club

    The Artists Drawing Club is an interdisciplinary public program series that invites local contemporary artists to use the museum as a platform, drawing inspiration from the permanent collection, rotating special exhibitions, the building, and the neighborhood, and leveraging their artistic practices to realize a new artist-driven project in which exchange, experience, and interaction are paramount. The Artists Drawing Club is not about the act of drawing, but drawing connections between ideas, times, cultures, and the broader world we occupy.

Thursday Night Sponsors

Thursday Nights are supported by Nordstrom. Additional support is provided by The Hearst Foundations, Dodge & Cox, and The Joseph & Mercedes McMicking Foundation. 

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