The Long Conversation - Southern Exposure
September 12 – October 26, 2013
Curated by Courtney Fink. Valerie Imus, Gay Outlaw and Chris Sollars
The Long Conversation presents work and a performance series by current and former Bay
Area artists whose practices are rooted in the strategies of the West Coast, alternative, idea-
based, experimental and time-based artwork pioneered in the 1970s. Organized in
conjunction with Southern Exposure’s 39th Birthday, the exhibition features actions,
videos, performances, installations and events presented both on and off-site.
This cross-generational project includes artists working in the Bay Area since the 1970s as
well as a new generation of artists staking a claim within experimental, conceptual and
engaged methods. Their post-studio practices are often performative, endurance-based or
centered around a displaced object or action. With the current proliferation of cultural
producers and images, along with the disruptive and quickly changing character of the
region, The Long Conversation revisits the strategy of thinking as a premise for making.