The Lab is a nonprofit experimental art and performance space located in the Mission District of San Francisco.
Sadie Barnette’s newest installation reimagines her father’s bar – the first black-owned gay bar in San Francisco. From 1990-93 Rodney Barnette operated the New Eagle Creek Saloon, a family-run business which served a multiracial gay community marginalized by the racist profiling practices of San Francisco’s bar scene at that time.
Sadie Barnette’s project will be two-fold: to re-present The New Eagle Creek Saloon as an archival installation via her own vernacular aesthetic, and to host a “bar” and queer social space where everyone is invited to participate in ongoing acts of resistance, celebration, activism, and community building.
Glowing somewhere between a monument and an altar, the glittering bar structure emanates light as if a dream – a daughter’s dreaming about what she considers one of her father’s most loving achievements: creating space for folks to shine. Objects, photographs and a new ‘zine by the artist provide a very alive meditation on the history of the New Eagle Creek Saloon.
Barnette’s installation will be activated at The Lab with a series of free events during May and early June and will culminate as a float in the SF PRIDE Parade on June 30, 2019. As part of The Lab’s artist commissioning program, Barnette will get keys to our space, the login for our website, and the option to revise every aspect of The Lab’s operations.
May 11, 5pm: Opening and Press Preview
Panel talk with Sadie and Rodney Barnette and Stephen Dorsey, Emperor 38 A.N. of San Francisco, with music by DJ Jihaari
May 17, 7pm: Screening
The Black Aesthetic and Marvin K. White present a night of film, moving images, and performance to honor the power of black queer nightlife.
June 1, 7pm: Evening of Dance
Rashad Pridgen’s Global Street Dance Masquerade is a site specific dance ceremony. Pridgen says: "Humans have used the masquerade (dance under cloth & adornment) to embody ancestors, angelic beings, spirit animals, earth elements and energies from the unknown for thousands of years. The power of the Global Street Dance Masquerade articulates this otherworldly experience to bring it forward into the 21st century."
June 30, 10:30am: Sadie Barnette’s The New Eagle Creek Saloon gets wheels and goes to Pride!
Sadie Barnette: The New Eagle Creek Saloon was commissioned with support from the California Arts Council, the San Francisco Arts Commission, Fort Point Beer Co., Tito’s Handmade Vodka, the members, and Board of The Lab.
Claudia La Rocco's And What’s More is a literary, performance, art, and sound project that plays with traditional audience/maker/doer relationships. The third installment of her experimental Olivia Trilogy, And What’s More developed from years of La Rocco's collaborations with artists in different fields, exploring how form and content mutate but also cohere across disciplines, and how an artist can remain true to herself while also working in service of others. For this project, rather than asking artists to explicitly interpret her creation, she brings talented individuals into her imaginings (through the book form of And What’s More) in order to create a loose conversation between and among forms, both on and off the page: "A lot of what sparks my enthusiasm here is curiosity. What would happen if...? Specific to all of the individuals is a bristly intelligence — for some this is structural, for some physical, for some linguistic, philosophical, and so on… And there isn't anything I like more than intelligence. Even (especially?) when intelligence fails, it's interesting." With characteristic humor and poetry, La Rocco invites her collaborating artists to use The Lab’s space as a "page or a performance, or something else entirely."
Sunday, June 9, 2019
Alexandra Pappas: And What’s More
6:30 p.m. doors / 7 p.m. event; free
I’m always asking Alex for research assistance, in order to make my forays into mythology a little less dilettantish. This time, I decided to cut out the middle-man (my art), or rather to let it be fodder for wherever she might like to go. At the time of this writing, here’s what I know about that wherever: It will likely involve “something about myth and myth-making, something Greco-Roman, something early Buddhist, and something(s) in gritty images.” —clr
Saturday, June 15, 2019
Anne Walsh with Leena Joshi: And What’s More
7:30 p.m. doors/8 p.m. performance; free
Anne just spent a bunch of years making a book into an exploded studio into a performance back into a book. For this performance, if that’s what it will be, she’s teamed up with writer, artist, and performer Leena Joshi. —clr
Saturday, June 22, 2019
Phillip Greenlief: The Known Universe for Olivia
7:30 p.m. doors/8 p.m. performance; $10-15 sliding scale
A map score for live electronics, voices and movement, The Known Universe for Olivia is organized to represent characters, places, and events found in the final installment of claudia la rocco's Olivia Trilogy. performers are allowed to enter and move freely in the open work with additional conduction cues from composer phillip greenlief.
Funding for Claudia La Rocco: And What’s More generously provided by the Kenneth Rainin Foundation.
8:00pm Doors / 8:30pm Performance
$15 Guests / $10 Members
Reserve seats: member login or guest registration
Pan Sonic's Ilpo Väisänen, Dirk Dresselhaus (Schneider TM) will weave together all sorts of electronic and electroacoustic badassery and present a unique performance of improvised music for treated electric guitar, modular synth and rhythm devices. Collectively, die Angel model a complex physicality through raw, elemental inputs, exploring a flux of reactive feedback processes and mutating, unstructured sonic states generated from crackling fusions of electronics, drums, electric guitar and field recordings warped and riddled with FX. They basically sound like Pan Sonic at their most intricate and visceral.
X A M B U C A is an international concept multimedia/music performance group consisting of sound artist Chandra Shukla (ex-Psychic TV) and Elisa Faires. X A M B U C A is an ongoing multimedia collective of a constant Chandra Shukla with help from several other trusted authorities in the past; namely RK Faulhaber, Lux Vibratus (Chrome), Dave Jones (Sturgeon Hoof), Elisa Faires, Larry Thrasher, Todd Mellors (Saifir), M.S. Waldron along with the video expertise of Jason Scott Furr. The crew has been seen if not heard sonically feeding the beast known as X A M B U C A.