PLEDGES OF ALLEGIANCE

Organized by Creative Time and Presented by CCA Exhibitions
November 8, 2017–April 25, 2018
Rirkrit Tiravanija's Pledges of Allegiance flag, "Untitled 2017 (fear eats the soul) (white flag).
San Francisco Campus

Free and open to the public. 

A new flag will be hung at the entryway of CCA’s main entrance courtyard in San Francisco each month starting in November. Each of the fourteen flags identifies an issue the artist is passionate about and will provide opportunities for dialogue about pressing contemporary topics. The artists represented are Alex Da Corte, Jeremy Deller, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Ann Hamilton, Robert Longo, Josephine Meckseper, Vik Muniz, Jayson Musson, Ahmet Ögüt, Yoko Ono, Trevor Paglen, Pedro Reyes, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and Nari Ward.

On View: April 4 - April 24, 2018
Rirkrit Tiravanija, Untitled 2017 (fear eats the soul) (white flag), 2017
 
Description: 
The message of Rirkrit Tiravanija’s flag is a reference to German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s film Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (the English translation of ‘Angst essen Seele auf'). The film first appeared in Tiravanija’s Untitled 1994 (Fear Eats the Soul), a bar he constructed at Esther Schipper’s storefront gallery in Cologne that only served beer and cola. Fassbinder’s two lead characters, a German cleaner and a Moroccan mechanic, meet in the film’s opening scene over the aforesaid drinks, and commence an unlikely relationship that brings out their own deepest fears as much as the xenophobia and racism of their surroundings.
 
Artist Bio:
Rirkrit Tiravanija was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1961 and grew up in Thailand, Ethiopia and Canada. His practice defies media-based description combining traditional object making, public and private performances, teaching, and other forms of public service and social action. Creative Time has previously worked with Rirkrit Tiravanija on Living as Form.
 
The public art project Pledges of Allegiance was organized by Creative Time, a New York–based nonprofit organization committed to working with artists on contemporary dialogues, debates, and dreams. The project invites cultural institutions to participate in raising flags created by acclaimed contemporary artists to inspire community and conversation while supporting artists at the forefront of socially engaged art-making. Pledges of Allegiance is presented by Creative Time and was originally conceived by Alix Browne and developed in collaboration with Cian Browne, Fabienne Stephan, and Opening Ceremony. For more information about this presentation, please contact exhibitions@cca.edu