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6/1, Alison O'Daniel: The Tuba Thieves
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Nancy Tubbs

May 24, 2019    

McEvoy Foundation for the Arts presents:

Alison O'Daniel: The Tuba Thieves

May 24 - September 7, 2019. Opening Reception: Saturday, June 1, 6-8pm., San Francisco


Opening May 24, 2019 at the McEvoy Foundation for the Arts (MFA), 'Alison O'Daniel: The Tuba Thieves' explores acts of listening and producing sound. The half-hour program is guest organized by San Francisco-based curator Tanya Zimbardo in conjunction with MFA's summer exhibition, 'What is an edition, anyway?' and screens daily through September 7. MFA hosts Zimbardo and O'Daniel in conversation for a free, public artist talk on Sunday, July 21. Registration is available at

'The Tuba Thieves' (2013-ongoing) highlights two scenes that reimagine legendary concerts: the 1952 premiere of John Cage's 4'33" performed by David Tudor in Woodstock, New York, and a 1979 punk show and closing party for the Deaf Club hosted by Bruce Conner in San Francisco. The poetic captioning in the third fictionalized narrative, Scene 55: The Plants Are Protected (2013), foregrounds her collaborative process of commissioning the deaf artist Christine Sun Kim to develop the soundtrack.

O'Daniel collaborates with hearing, Hard of Hearing and Deaf composers, musicians, performers, and athletes in order to highlight the loss or re-creation of information as it passes through various channels. 'The Tuba Thieves' took its point of departure from a crime wave in 2011 of tuba robberies from several Los Angeles high school marching bands. O'Daniel saw the loss of these tonally-rich instruments as analogous to her experiences with being hard of hearing-missing and filling in the gaps of conversations.

Zimbardo took inspiration for the program of editioned video artworks from the section of What is an edition, anyway? devoted to a selected history of music recordings and album covers. Cage and Conner, whose practices intersected musical and visual arts communities, are both touchstones in the exhibition. The Tuba Thieves in this context additionally offers an expanded idea of the copy through reenactment and the release of each film scene.

May 24 - September 7, 2019. Opening Reception: Saturday, June 1, 6-8pm.

McEvoy Foundation for the Arts
1150 25th St., Building B
San Francisco, CA, 94107


Phone: 4155807605
Contact: McEvoy Foundation for the Arts

About McEvoy Foundation for the Arts:
The McEvoy Foundation for the Arts (MFA) presents exhibitions and events that engage, expand, and challenge themes in the McEvoy Family Collection. Established in 2017, MFA's vision is to create an open, intimate, and welcoming setting for private contemplation and community discussion about art and culture.
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