Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
(YBCA) is a multi-disiplinary contemporary
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arts center in San Francisco, California
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, United States
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. Located in Yerba Buena Gardens
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, YBCA features visual art, performance, and film/video that celebrates local, national, and international artists and the Bay Area's diverse communities. YBCA programs year-round in two landmark buildings—the Galleries and Forum by Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki
is a Japanese architect and currently teaching at Keio University SFC.- Biography :After studying at the University of Tokyo he moved to the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and then to Harvard Graduate School of Design. In 1956, he took a post as assistant professor of...
and Theater by American architect James Stewart Polshek.
The center has been used for the launch of new products by Apple Inc., including the iPhone
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and the iPad
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Yerba Buena Center for the Arts embraces many musical genres and styles. Not only does their center provide a stage for Bay Area musicians and chorales, but also stimulating musical practices from all over the world. Along with solo performances, YBCA also has invited various musical projects to use its facilities, like the tribute to composer Elliot Carter in 2008 and the Long Now Foundation
The Long Now Foundation, established in 1996, is a private organization that seeks to become the seed of a very long-term cultural institution. It aims to provide a counterpoint to what it views as today's "faster/cheaper" mindset and to promote "slower/better" thinking...
in 2010 . The connection between these various musical practices is the intent for social change through education of another culture or creating a community around a purpose. Although month to month there are not many solely musical performances, music is oftentimes incorporated with other performing arts, like dance or theater.
In addition to being a venue for musical performances, YBCA also acts as a museum. The various art exhibits and collections YBCA offers emphasizes its celebration of both local and world art. For example, in 2008 the art group Royal Art Lodge presented their psychologically surrealist works, challenging the viewer using simple drawings and more pronounced techniques like cutups. Not only does it hold specific art shows and exhibits, but it in itself is carefully aided by various artists in the atmosphere in its space. Instant Coffee, another artist group, designed a lounge room within YBCA for visitors to simply sit and listen to records with a chic atmosphere, while Space 1026
Space 1026 is a gallery and art collective located on the 2nd & 3rd floor of 1026 Arch Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The space serves as a gallery, venue, printing studio and art space shared by individuals, small businesses and non-profit organizations...
created YBCA's mural, a showcase of social and physical dimensions.
Dance at YBCA inspires many various forms from many various cultures. In October 2008, Israeli choreographers Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak presented their production of "Shaker" by combining ballet, modern dance, mime, and acrobatic techniques. This combination inspires the YBCA mission by presenting titillating performances with a global standpoint. In addition to more collaborative art forms, YBCA also presents more classical forms of dance, like ballet. Alonzo King
Alonzo King is an American dancer and choreographer working in San Francisco, California. He is known for founding a contemporary ballet company, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, in 1982....
held his show Lines
at YBCA in November 2004, which centered around African American field recordings with various forms of music, narrative, and film playing in the background. Overall, this diversity of dance practices help keep YBCA true to its mission.
YBCA features all types of cinematic endeavors, including documentaries on virtually all subjects, art-house flicks, foreign films, and various other projects. During the Summer season, it showed such documentaries dealing with female masochists (Graphic Sexual Horror
), and industrial design (Objectified
) while also presenting obscure movie topics, such as its show Winning Isn't Everything: A Tribute to 1970's Sports Film
which showed the movie The Cheerleaders
. This rare combination of various films adds different dimensions to the YBCA community engagement-Desiring to educate the audience while also featuring light-hearted films meant simply to enjoy.