Established in 1991, Catharine Clark Gallery exhibits contemporary art in all disciplines. In response to each exhibition, the gallery presents changing exhibits of video and time-based genres within a dedicated media room. Catharine Clark Gallery represents an acclaimed roster of international artists, including Stephanie Syjuco, Marie Watt, Nina Katchadourian, Jen Bervin, Arleene Correa Valencia, Lenka Clayton, Ana Teresa Fernandez, Sandow Birk, Julie Heffernan, Wanxin Zhang, and Masami Teraoka, among others. The gallery also co-publishes and distributes original multiples with Mullowney Printing, such as linocuts, gravures, and etchings by Alison Saar, Marie Watt, Masami Teraoka, and Sandow Birk.
The gallery's program has garnered critical attention from the New York Times, Artforum, Art in America, SF Chronicle, and Hyperallergic, among other publications. Works by gallery artists are in the permanent collections of dozens of major international institutions including the Tate, Whitney Museum of American Art, The Cantor Arts Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, J. Paul Getty Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Hammer, San Jose Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Walker Art Center, Portland Art Museum, and the Blanton Museum of Art.
In 2016, Catharine Clark founded BOXBLUR, an initiative to bring visual and performing art into dialogue within the gallery. Artists and performers/collaborators include Rufus Wainwright, Shinji Eshima, EOS Ensemble, Catherine Galasso, Benjamin Freemantle, Angelo Greco, Adji Cissoko, Michael Montgomery, Emma Lanier, Cauveri Suresh, Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, Monique Jenkinson/Fauxnique, Indira Allegra, Kambui Olujimi, Jen Bervin, and Shimon Attie, among many others. BOXBLUR is a fiscally sponsored project of Dance Film SF, and the annual SF Dance Film Festival screens films at our location each year. Additionally, Dance Film SF and BOXBLUR co-host live performances and film presentations curated in response to the ideas in the exhibiting visual artists' work.
Located within San Francisco's emerging DoReMi arts district (comprised of adjoining neighborhoods Dogpatch, Potrero Hill, and the Mission), Catharine Clark Gallery is situated in proximity to leading arts venues such as California College of the Arts (CCA), the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, the Museum of Craft and Design and Minnesota Street Project. The gallery also shares a building at 248 Utah Street with Hosfelt Gallery.
In 2023, the gallery expanded into the vacant adjacent space, increasing its footprint to 9200 square feet. Part of the additional space is dedicated to the ongoing presentation of works on paper, prints, and photographs. Adjacent to the exhibition galleries is EXiT, a jewel-box art and artist's book boutique presenting publications and projects realized at places like Arion Press and Crow's Shadow---organizations with whom we have recently created partnerships. EXiT is a different model for art, artist book, and art book presentation and is focused on art and printmaking education, book signings and workshops, and accessible prices for emerging collectors.