Join co-curators Margaret Tedesco and Leila Weefur for a dive into the complex and often surprising 150 year history of San Francisco Art Institute. In conversation with the 150 year anniversary exhibition, A Spirit of Disruption, hear stories from SFAI's library and rich archive, tales from students who roamed its halls, and every now and then, some hot gossip. Are you listening? Our beautifully rendered portraits by Amanda Kirkhuff BFA’06.
"Honey, I AM the Art Institute" — Flo Wysinger Allen
In episode two of Are you listening?, Margaret Tedesco & Leila Weefur discuss the history of legendary Bay Area artist’s model Florence “Flo” Wysinger Allen. They discuss Flo’s long history at SFAI and the incredible mark she’s left on the San Francisco Bay Area art community. Featured in this episode is an archived audio interview between Flo and Michael Leonard, an MA student at San Francisco State University in the 1980s. Accompanying this interview is a story from Joy Episalla, who details her personal relationship with Flo at the California College of the Arts. Our beautifully rendered portraits by Amanda Kirkhuff BFA’06.
Meet Margaret and Leila, the co-hosts of this podcast series and the co-curators of A Spirit of Disruption, an exhibition that reflects on the school’s profound and sustained influence on contemporary art and highlights the contributions of generations of diverse artists and individuals often overlooked in the historical narrative of SFAI. This first episode is an introduction to acknowledge the scope of SFAI's legacy and the indescribable amount of histories, people, and works of art surrounding it.
Leila and Margaret are great story tellers
Wonderful! Filled with music and untold history. Combined with the visual exhibition this show encompasses all the senses. Looking forward to more!