A full list of shows is included in my CV, available here
Susan R. Kirshenbaum, The Laundry, San Francisco, CA 2016
The Laundry is a co-work space in an old commercial laundry facility, with a well-lit gallery and large event and office spaces. During Open Studios and beyond, I had a solo exhibition here. Among other works, I had the chance to show my entire series of life-sized silk scrolls. They appear to populate the space with a very large female presence. They are most elegant and alive with a fan blowing a little breeze and causing them to flutter, like a rippling room full of women.
And Figuratively Speaking, The Troll House (San Francisco, 2017)
During a Summer Art Residency at the Troll House at Pier 26 I worked in an unconventional, high, open space. Being on the water in the bright summer sunlight, with an audience just outside the windows and another audience within my space, helped me form the concept for this site-specific installation. The bright heat of summer drove me to work in sheers and overlays to see the sun and the outdoors come through the pieces. I created five eight-foot high sheer panels in jewel tones. Made to hang from the ceiling in overlapping panels, they barely touched a tall person’s head, but were easy to walk around. The series is called banderas because they like are flags and are fluid and move gently, forming new color combinations as they overlap, depending upon the light and time of day. Each panel consists of a female gesture drawing - powerful, yet light and graceful. They figures fill the room with their presence. They are emblems, representing a moral truth - I felt a need to create a penetrating force into the co-work space which was dominated by young male techies. When the workers came to the office the first day of the show they had to weave their way through to get to their loft workspace. Tey got to experience the sensation of moving through a roomful of giant naked women. They asked "when does this show come down"?
EXPOSED, BAYVIEW BOAT CLUB (San Francisco, CA 2017)
REVEALS, SECRET AGENT SALON (San Francisco, CA 2018)
Looking through my works for hair related pieces I discovered it's one of my themes! Going to the same salon for many years I always enjoyed the art shows they had. It's a large space with high ceilings and it's a great venue for people people to really look at the work. I love the crew here and they are very artistic in their entire approach. They were also an extremely appreciative audience for a show and threw a fantastic reception.
Juried Group Exhibitions
PARADISE LOST, BACK TO THE PICTURE (SF, CA 2018)
Invitational, curated by Catherine Merrill
"Art Will Save the World. Figurative Paintings & Sculptures by Eight Bay Area Artists Reflect Life in These Times of Darkness, Affirming the Unifying power of Art"
Paradise Lost relates to my desire to convey our everyday humanity - that which motivates people to embrace their human-ness and imperfections. Thinking back to the ideals of a Paradise, and what of what was lost, I too want people to overcome their discomfort about nudity. As long as a nude female body remains controversial I will have this battle to fight through my work. My models show a matter-of-fact naked truth. It's important to me to reflect who we really are and to to keep that uncensored. I want my viewers to be stirred. They might experience a little poke in the gut. To feel the presence of strong women and respond.
The artists: Catherine Merrill, Jane Fisher, Sylvie Guillot, Susan R. Kirshenbaum, Stephen Namara, Fernando Reyes, Rick Rodrigues, Michael Ruiz
LIFE/LIVE, ARC GALLERY (SF, 2018)
Invitational live-drawing event & exhibition
Five artists were selected to draw two models for 7.5 minute poses with a live audience of patrons. We sold our work on the spot. For me - working on my iPad Pro with my first audience - this meant drawing then printing my work.
The artists: Arlene Diehl, Susan R. Kirshenbaum, Gail Ragains, Eric Saint Georges, & Julianne Wallace Sterling
ARTSPAN OPEN STUDIOS (SF, 2016-present)
The Laundry, SFWA, and The Allied Box Factory
Over the last few years I participated in Open Studios at The Laundry, at San Francisco Women Artists Gallery, and at the Allied Box Factory.
SFWA JURIED SHOWS, SAN FRANCISCO WOMEN ARTISTS GALLERY (SF, 2017-PRESENT)
As a member of SFWA I'm delighted to be part of a long history of SF-based women artists as this organization has been around for for over 150 years. I also enjoy being a part of my neighborhood - I'm so close to the Inner Sunset where I live that this is part of my turf. And I've gotten a little more involved lately on the communications and marketing committee, putting my professional background to good use. It's a very welcoming organization and a great way to get your feet wet in the professional art world and participating in local juried shows.
CITY ART CO-OP GALLERY EXHIBITIONS
As a member of City Art Coop we are all truly a part of this wonderfully diverse organization located in the heart of the Mission District.