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Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 6:00 pm, Free

Eilen Itzel Mena Once It Fell.. (Closing reception and performance documentation viewing)

Please join us on Tuesday, 9/25, from 6-9 PM, for a viewing of her performance documentation developed during the residency. Eilen will Skype in from NYC from 7-8 PM, and mangoes will be served. Wishing you all a happy SF summer! X Tak

Eilen Itzel Mena
Once It Fell…
September 14-27, 2018
Right Window, 992 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
(storefront exhibition viewable 24/7)

(artist will be present via Skype from 7:00 – 8:00 PM)

Right Window is pleased to exhibit a performance and text by New York City based artist Eilen Itzel Mena.

Presented here as a wall drawing, the original oil pastel on paper text work was developed this summer during the London Summer Intensive, an artist residency organized by Camden Arts Centre and the
Slade School of Fine Art, UCL.

The mango, as a diasporic and exoticized fruit, serves as the focal point of Mena’s latest performance work. For the duration of the show, mangoes have been left to ripen by the window. They will later be washed
and consumed by guests during the viewing of Mena’s performance documentation on Tuesday, September 25th. The artist will be available via Skype from 7:00pm – 8:00pm.

Transformation and healing are important themes in Mena’s practice. According to the artist, they mark a shift of consciousness of the mind and body. Moments of transformation followed by epiphanies or
realizations are crucial to Mena’s understanding of trauma and are underscored in her work.

“In my practice, I explore the ways in which mundane acts can either perpetuate or heal one’s past traumas. I emphasize the visceral instead of the rational. I focus on marking the ways in which one learns physically rather than logically in my work.”

About Eilen Itzel Mena
Eilen Itzel Mena is a multimedia artist from the South Bronx, who recently received a B.A. in Fine Art from the University of Southern California in 2017. Her work is based on nature, race, sex and gender in an
African Diasporic context. Her artistic practice includes drawing, painting, performance and installation. Through these media, her work explores the political, social, cultural, physical and emotional survival of
Afro-Diasporic people. African Diasporic everyday spiritual, culinary and artistic actions are of specific focus in her work. These actions speak to cultural information passed down throughout many generations.

About Right Window
Right Window is an exhibition space located in the Mission District of San Francisco and run by a collective of artists and writers. Since August of 2007, Right Window has hosted 120 events and involved over 150 artists to engage the public in under-represented and experimental work. Exhibitions, installations, performances, readings, and screenings are staged within a sun-lit storefront window that open to the busy streets. The building is shared with Artists’ Television Access (ATA), an artist-run, non-profit organization that cultivates and promotes culturally-aware, underground media and experimental art.

This exhibition has been organized by Takming Chuang. For more information:

Thursday, September 27, 2018, 7:30 pm, $10 General /$5 members

Jack Chambers’ The Hart of London

SF Cinematheque presents

 Facebook Event Page

Advance tickets available here

New Beginnings is a recurring curatorial endeavor oriented to the presentation of historic works of international artist-made cinema in the contemporary context. This seasonal series intends to open space for new cinematic encounters, revive interest in forgotten (or not forgotten) classics, to problematize canons through the unearthing of unsung cinematic oddities, to provide fresh insights to well-known works, and to offer opportunities for guest curatorial input and experiment. Please send hot tips and suggestions to [email protected].

New Beginnings Fall 2018 presents The Hart of London (1970), Canadian painter/poet/filmmaker Jack Chambers’ cinematic magnum opus, presented in its first Bay Area screening in nearly two decades. Spinning outward from scenes of generational life in the semi-rural community of London, Ontario, The Hart of London interweaves striking—and at times disturbing—scenes of birth, death and religious ritual with extensive regional newsreel footage and lyrical abstraction to present a complex and deeply conflicted allegory of a fallen humanity spiritually at odds with the natural world. (Steve Polta) Full details here.

Saturday, September 29, 2018, 8:30 pm, $7

Other Cinema: LO-FI SCI-FI

Here’s a chance to support a true Friscostalwart, Kal Spelletich, a veritable pillar of our arts community, evicted from his long-running tenure at his Dogpatch studio by the relentless forces of gentrification. A percentage of monies from the door and bar (so drink up!) goes towards Kal’s daunting moving/storage expenses. Screening are a daring duo of his robot docs amongst a life-raft of science-fantasy reels, to kick off a Trash Film thread that runs through this season’s schedule (also on Optron2 and Archive1). Peppering the party is the climax of the classic kaiju Gamera the Invincible, the last scene from Colossus: The Forbin Project, pick hits from Journey to the 7th Planet (double-projected), Earth vs. Flying SaucersThe Great Martian War, and of course Unarius’ lesson on The Extraterrestrials. ALSO Jon Reiss’ Bitter Message (an SRL machine battle) Allison De Fern’s Fembot in RedPeter Lichter’sGeorge’s Poem, and David King’s (in person) Every Red Death. Come early for Russ Forster on the thereminWilhelm Reich’s Cloud-Buster, the anomalous Number Stations, and sci-fi highballs! 

Window Installations

Sunday, September 30, 2018, 6:18 pm Window Gallery – Best Frequencies Forever is a community radio station broadcasting online from the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District. Together, 112 volunteer DJs produce 158 hours of original programming every week, bringing the Bay Area music scene to the world through the magic of Internet radio.

For our ATA installation, we imagined a strange laboratory where the central elements of music, community, and art- are a creative goo that oozes out of everything we do to generate the electricity that powers our station

About Artists' Television Access

Artists' Television Access is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) artist-run screening venue and gallery located in the heart of San Francisco's Mission District. ATA is supported in part by Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, The Christensen Fund, individuals members, donors and volunteers.

CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF EXPERIMENTAL MEDIA: Join ATA as a member and receive exciting gifts, including the 2008 DVD compilation, T-shirts, and free admission to screenings and more! Artists on the 2008 DVD compilation include: Yin-Ju Chen, Mike Rollo, Marthaxiv, Sam Manera, Wago Kreider, Federico Campanale, Paul Clipson and Carl Diehl.

How to Reach Us:
Artists' Television Access
992 Valencia Street (at 21st)
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 824-3890
[email protected]

Gallery is open before and after screenings for viewing.
Screenings start at 8pm unless otherwise noted.

Directions: Take Bart to 24th Street Mission. Walk 1 block east to Valencia and 3 blocks north. ATA is located between 21st and 20th Streets.