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248 Utah Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
415 399 1439
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, 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.
Artists Represented:
Chester Arnold
Jen Bervin
Sandow Birk
Lenka Clayton
Arleene Correa Valencia
Timothy Cummings
Chris Doyle
Al Farrow
Julie Heffernan
Laurel Roth Hope
Andy Diaz Hope
Nina Katchadourian
Deborah Oropallo
Stacey Steers
Stephanie Syjuco
Josephine Taylor
Masami Teraoka
Amy Trachtenberg
Katherine Vetne
Marie Watt
Wanxin Zhang
Works Available By:
Shimon Attie
Bill Jacobson
Lenka Clayton + Phillip Andrew Lewis
Kevin Cooley
Ana Teresa Fernández
Ken Goldberg
Charles Gute
Michael Hall
Malia Jensen
William Kentridge
Bradley McCallum
Deborah Oropallo + Andy Rappaport
Elyse Pignolet
Alison Saar
Vincent Valdez
Kara Walker
Imin Yeh

Current Exhibitions

Michael Hall

“For Real Life”

May 11, 2024 - July 6, 2024
Michael Hall is a Bay Area artist and educator whose drawings, paintings, and videos examine the nuanced meanings of ephemera that surround us through observed, poetic daily moments, research of lost histories and connections formed through the exchange of information. He focuses on the act of recording, attempting to slow the inevitable march of time through mindful observation, patient rendering contrasted with the aleatoric aesthetics of “rabbit hole” research. Image: Michael Hall, “Walking in Your Footsteps”, 2023. Oil on canvas with buttons, pins and QR code sourced link. 42 x 76 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco.

Imin Yeh

“A Salty Rainbow”

May 11, 2024 - July 6, 2024
Imin Yeh (she/her) is a project-based artist working with sculpture, installation, artist publications, and participatory projects. Her work expands our understanding of the role paper and print have played in the recording, copying, and spreading of the human story for more than a millennia. The projects use repetitive handcraft and mimicry as a strategy for exploring the issues around the unseen labor and production that lies behind our many unconsidered everyday objects. Image: Imin Yeh, “A Thousand Crayons of a Unique Color”, 2021–2024. Acrylic paint on paper. Full collection 11 x 11 inches, each crayon is 3.5 x .25 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Ashwini Bhat, Chelsea Bighorn, Dorothy Napangardi, Esteban Ramon Perez, Sara Siestreem (Hanis Coos), Carlos Villa.

“The Sky You Were Born Under*: Sharing Stories Through Abstraction”

July 13, 2024 - September 14, 2024
Image: Dorothy Napangardi, “Sandhill Country”, 2004. Color aquatint with sugar lift aquatint. Image size: 4 3/4 x 4 inches: paper size: 8 3/4 x 9 inches. Edition of 50. Published by Crown Point Press and printed by Dena Schuckit.

Amy Trachtenberg

“Listening Chamber”

July 13, 2024 - September 14, 2024
Image: Amy Trachtenberg, studio view of “Archive” and “Say alabaster, say paradise” 2024.

Past Exhibitions

Stephanie Syjuco

“Dodge + Burn”

March 9, 2024 - May 4, 2024
San Francisco: Catharine Clark Gallery announces the opening of “Stephanie Syjuco: Dodge + Burn”, a survey exhibition of over 20 years of work by the acclaimed cross-disciplinary artist. On view March 9 – May 4, 2024, Syjuco’s exhibition encompasses both the North and South Gallery as well as the Media Room. Visitors to this expanded presentation will have the opportunity to engage with several important projects originally commissioned by institutions, such as “Dodge and Burn (Visible Storage)” (2019) and “Double Vision” (2021), which are being presented on the West Coast for the first time. The gallery hosts an opening reception on Saturday, March 9, 2024, from 1-3pm (remarks at 2pm). Stephanie Syjuco (b. 1974, Philippines; lives in Oakland, California) works in photography, sculpture, and installation, moving from handmade and craft-inspired mediums to digital editing and archive excavations. Her projects leverage opensource systems, shareware logic, and flows of capital to investigate issues of economies and empire. Recently, she has focused on how photography and image-based processes are implicated in the construction of racialized, exclusionary narratives of American history and citizenship. Syjuco is frequently invited by museums and special collections to respond to materials held within their archives. “Stephanie Syjuco: Dodge + Burn” features work conceptualized in response to research conducted at the Smithsonian Institute, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, and the Missouri Historical Society, among other venues. Her exhibition reflects the breadth of Syjuco’s investigation into the history of image-making and its relationship to the white gaze. Image caption: Stephanie Syjuco, “Dodge and Burn (Visible Storage)” from “Stephanie Syjuco: Rogue States” at the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis, MO, 2019. Wooden platform, digital photos and printed vinyl on lasercut wood, chromakey fabric, printed backdrops, seamless paper, artificial plants, mixed media. Overall installation: 240 x 204 x 96 inches. Edition of 3 + 2AP. Courtesy of the artist and Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco.

An evening of music curated by Shinji Eshima in response to Chris Doyle’s exhibition "You Should Lie Down Now and Remember the Forest" and Chester Arnold’s exhibition "Tributaries".

"Remember the Forest": A Program of Music Curated by Shinji Eshima.

February 16, 2024 - February 16, 2024
Reflecting on the work in Chris Doyle’s exhibition "You Should Lie Down Now and Remember the Forest" and Chester Arnold’s exhibition "Tributaries", BOXBLUR invited Shinji Eshima to curate a special program that evokes the ideas in both visual art exhibitions through music. Eshima’s program titled Remember the Forest features a work titled Logs (1966 by Paul Chihara) performed by Jon Lancelle, Michael Minor, Evan Hillis, Yuchen Liu, Carlos Valdez, Alexandria Kelley, Christopher Yick, Soren Davick, and Shinji Eshima, a work titled August 6th (1995 by Shinji Eshima), performed by Ani Bukujian and Michael Minor, as well as the monks from the SF Zen Center, who will chant as part of the evening’s performances.

Chester Arnold


January 6, 2024 - March 2, 2024
Chester Arnold investigates the complexities of the human psyche through his contemporary landscape paintings littered with manmade debris. His compositions present skewed perspectives that often place the viewer at a remove, above unfolding narratives.

Chris Doyle

“You Should Lie Down Now and Remember the Forest”.

January 6, 2024 - March 2, 2024
“Every year in Maine, the forest loses some elders to the wind. Back in 2020 at the height of the Covid 19 pandemic, it seemed like more than the usual number of trees had been uprooted by storms and I found myself marveling at the new life springing from earlier fallen trees. During this unprecedented period of mourning for those lost in the time of Covid-19, these drawings of exposed root systems are a kind of memorial to those people who, now fallen, will continue to live on as sources of inspiration well beyond these seasons of loss. For each hero or mentor of mine who died of Covid, I made a drawing.” – Chris Doyle

Katherine Vetne

"Palate Cleanser"

November 11, 2023 - December 23, 2023
Katherine Vetne imagines scenes from an opulent banquet in a series of uneasy new still lifes. Her drawings and sculptures of distorted objects and vacant spaces are permeated by eerie undertones that may conjure tricks of the eye, hallucinations, or apparitions. Using high craft methods executed with traditional materials, Vetne fuses memento mori with contemporary stories of class, gender, and power, as told by objects.

Josephine Taylor

“Night House”

September 30, 2023 - December 23, 2023
In “Night House”, Taylor observes the darkness of night altering the boundaries between her family and the walls they live within, and the luminosity of objects that anchor them in their most private moments.

Arleene Correa Valencia

“Naces Así, Naces Prieto. No Naces Blanco / You Are Born Like This, You Are Born Brown. You Are Not Born White”.

August 26, 2023 - November 4, 2023
Inspired by the letters she wrote her father in 1996, at a time where the Mexican American border separated them from one another, Arleene Correa Valencia uses this archive to create a carefully crafted visual language in painting, textiles and soft sculpture that aims to play with ideas of visibility and begins to unthread the complexities of undocumented immigration.

An exhibit of recent publications by Mullowney Printing.

“Yes, It’s an original”.

July 22, 2023 - September 23, 2023
Prints by Arleene Correa Valencia, Sherrill Roland, Kali Spitzer, Stephanie Syjuco, Masami Teraoka, Storm Tharp, Marie Watt, and more.

Masami Teraoka

"Waves and Plagues Redux". A survey of works from 1969 – 2008.

June 17, 2023 - August 19, 2023
Catharine Clark Gallery opens its summer program with Masami Teraoka: Waves and Plagues Redux, on view from June 17 to August 19, 2023, in the North Gallery. The exhibition takes its title from an important monograph on Teraoka titled Waves and Plagues published by Chronicle Books in 1988 and offers a rare opportunity to see watercolors, drawings, and multiples from two iconic bodies of work: the AIDS Series and Waves Series, as well as a selection of important studies and watercolors from projects created prior to 1995. From 1960 to 1984, Teraoka lived and worked in Los Angeles, during which time he produced his signature ukiyo-e (or “pictures of the floating world” generally rendered as woodcuts in the Edo era of Japan) compositions that reflected on cultural hybridity, represented in series such as McDonald's Hamburgers Invading Japan, 31 Flavors Invading Japan, and New Views of Mt. Fuji. The onset of the HIV/AIDS crisis in the early 1980s brought a new urgency to Teraoka's work and inaugurated a five-year span in which he created monumental watercolors on paper, screens, and canvas, such as American Kabuki/Oishiiwa (1986), a multi-panel watercolor mounted to a folding screen in the collection of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. These compositions depicted figures with visible symptoms of infection, such as lesions caused by Kaposi sarcoma, dressed in Kabuki-style make-up and costumes, and set in tumultuous and often menacing landscapes. Teraoka was one of the few major American artists creating work about HIV/AIDS in the 1980s and early 1990s. His paintings were particularly radical at a time when the American government willingly ignored public health data on infection and transmission rates, and all but refused to address a public health crisis that disproportionately impacted queer people and communities of color (a scenario re-visited during COVID). Work from this era of his practice was included in the recent exhibition and attendant catalogue Art, AIDS, America. The exhibition (and catalogue) was the first comprehensive overview and reconsideration of 30 years of art made in response to the AIDS epidemic in the United States. It foregrounded the role of HIV/AIDS in shifting the development of American art away from the conceptual foundations of postmodernism and abstraction toward a new, more political, and autobiographical voice. Art AIDS America surveyed more than 100 works of American art from the early 1980s to 2015, reintroducing and exploring the spectrum of responses to HIV/AIDS, from activism to elegy. It also introduced and explored the spectrum of artistic responses to AIDS, from the outspoken to the mournful. Art AIDS America was organized by Tacoma Art Museum in partnership with The Bronx Museum of the Arts, and co-curated by Jonathan David Katz, Director, Visual Studies Doctoral Program at the University at Buffalo (The State University of New York), and Rock Hushka, Chief Curator at Tacoma Art Museum who contributed to the catalogue. For Teraoka’s part, in 1984, seeking respite and solace from the devastating impact of HIV/AIDS on his artist community in Los Angeles, he began traveling between LA and Hawaii, and eventually moved to the island of Oahu, where he continues to live and work today. Finding escape and comfort in the natural beauty of Hawai'i, Teraoka began painting evocative waterscapes, some of which are mounted on traditional Japanese scrolls in between making works that addressed the insidiousness of HIV/AIDS and its devastating effects. Drawing inspiration from Edo-era, historic landscape prints by artists such as Hokusai and Kunisada, Teraoka created this new series of meditative works as a counterpoint to the intensity of his AIDS Series watercolors. In the process, Teraoka continued to experiment with scale and materials, resulting in larger and even more expressive works that eventually evolved into the large-scale triptychs that emerged in the later 1990s. Waves and Plagues Redux features several important unmounted watercolors on canvas, including AIDS Series/Father and Son (1990). These canvases, nearly nine feet tall, portray figures in the end stages of infection. Two of the paintings depict a mother and father tenderly holding infants who have died, with their eyes cast downward and away, capturing a moment of overwhelming and indescribable loss. These canvases are among the last of his ukiyo-e style works and represent the culmination of his AIDS Series. Waves and Plagues Redux offers an important survey of this period of Teraoka's work, which continues to have a lasting impact on art historical conversations surrounding HIV/AIDS. In conversation with Teraoka’s exhibition, the gallery continues to feature three videos by Deborah Oropallo: White As Snow, Wolf, and Dirty. As their point of departure, the videos use fairy tales such as Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood, and Fantasia, the related costumes from cosplay, and Disney films to weave together cautionary tales of a more dystopic nature (they complement the collaborative work created by her and her husband Michael Goldin in exhibit in the South Gallery titled American Gothic). On July 22, in concert with the opening of Yes, it is an original, the gallery presents a Media Room screening of Trina Michelle Robinson’s video work in a show titled Revival. A follow-up to Robinson’s acclaimed Emerging Artist Program presentation at the Museum of the African Diaspora, Revival features a suite of three video works that reflect on histories of slavery and emancipation, as well as celebration and joy through acts of rediscovering family genealogies. Robinson writes that “the suite of videos was inspired by a years-long effort to connect to my ancestors after discovering my maternal family roots in Kentucky. The earliest film in this series, Berea (2021), was inspired by an urgent need to excavate the lost memories of my family’s history, including this history of David French, my great-great grandfather who studies at Berea College shortly after the Civil War. The piece contains archival audio and film footage, including Oscar Micheaux’s 1920 silent film Within Our Gates, Learning to Live, a promotional film from Berea in 1937, at a time when the school was segregated due to a 1904 law in Kentucky that forced the segregation of schools, as well as audio excerpts of an interview with anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston.” “Elegy for Nancy” (2022), by comparison, pays homage to my oldest known ancestor, a woman named Nancy who was born in the 1770’s or 80s, likely in Virginia, before migrating to Kentucky where she was enslaved. I first discovered her identity in 2021 in a series of 19th century manuscripts, and after largely following the stories of the men in this family line, I knew I had to turn my attention to her story. I have incorporated the texture of Super 8 film footage and archival film footage to do this and incorporate multiple rivers, including the Sacramento, Ohio, and Ogun Rivers, as guides to evoke themes of healing, creation, and ancestral legacy.”

Deborah Oropallo and Michael Goldin

"American Gothic"

May 27, 2023 - July 15, 2023
Catharine Clark Gallery announces "American Gothic," a collaborative exhibition of sculpture, mixed media, and video by Deborah Oropallo and Michael Goldin. On view May 25 – July 15, 2023 in the South Gallery and Media Room, the exhibition pays tribute to the life cycle of a working farm, and the impact of climate change on local and global ecologies. The title of the exhibition refers to an art style that emerged in the United States during the early 20th century. This style is characterized by a dark and foreboding atmosphere, often depicting rural settings as sites of isolation and the macabre. Grant Wood, the painter who popularized this style, created the iconic 1930 painting "American Gothic:" his painting portrays a stern-looking farmer and his daughter standing in front of a farmhouse with a distinctive Gothic-style window. Although Wood's intention was to pay tribute to the rural population of the Midwest and their political history, the painting is often misunderstood as a satirical comment on Midwesterners being out of touch with the modern world. Drawing upon the pathos and parody inherent in this juxtaposition, the showcased works combine the gravity of American Gothic with the humor of Looney Tunes, two genres that emerged in American popular culture during the early 1930s. Oropallo and Goldin crafted their sculptures using materials sourced from their farm in Northern California, including sheep's wool, trees, bones, buckets, and boots. The resulting sculptures are exquisitely crafted and possess a darkly absurdist quality, exploring the tensions between the farmer and the farmed, as well as predators and prey. Moreover, the exhibited works poignantly commemorate Milk Made, Oropallo and Goldin's working farm, which has faced increasing challenges due to drought conditions and climate change. In their own words, Oropallo and Goldin express the underlying sentiment behind "American Gothic:" "Our work in the exhibition stems from sadness and a sense of loss. We grappled with contradictions while creating the artwork, aiming to reflect this precarious moment in time while simultaneously celebrating the beauty of the incredible nature and environment we have been fortunate enough to experience on our farm." "In our work, fairy tales continue to serve as cautionary stories about the environment, industrialization, and threats to sustainability in our political climate. By reimagining stories that have captivated and frightened children for over 200 years, we approach our work as both humorous and elegiac—a tribute to the land, stewardship, and a reminder of the stakes involved in the ongoing climate crisis." Join us for an opening celebration on Saturday, May 27, 2023, from 3 – 5pm, with artists’ talks at 4pm. "American Gothic" is presented simultaneously with Jen Bervin’s "Source", which is on view in our North Gallery though June 10, 2023.

Jen Bervin


April 1, 2023 - June 10, 2023
Catharine Clark Gallery announces the opening of "Jen Bervin: Source," the inaugural exhibition in its newly expanded 9,200 square-foot space. "Source" is the artist’s first West Coast survey and follows the acclaimed 2020 survey exhibition "Jen Bervin: Shift Rotate Reflect, Selected Works (1997 – 2020)," curated by Kendra Paitz, Director and Chief Curator of the University Galleries of Illinois State University, and monograph publication. Founding Director Catharine Clark writes: “Bervin’s remarkable solo survey exhibition at Illinois State University opened in 2020 at the height of Covid, and at a time when limited audiences were able to see it. In planning for the opening of our new space, we saw an important opportunity to bring this body of work to the West Coast, which our expanded space makes possible. We are especially proud to feature several of Bervin’s most important projects – including her monumental sculpture "River" (2006 – 2018) – and to offer our audiences the chance to engage with Bervin’s deeply researched and exquisitely crafted work. The artworks in the exhibition encompass installation, sculpture, bookmaking, video, and the range of Bervin’s practice is emblematic of the conceptual rigor and capaciousness that is a hallmark of the gallery and its artists.” Bervin approaches medium expansively: from silk biosensors inscribed with nanoscale poems, to installations in hand-sewn silver sequins that meander and flow across hundreds of feet, her work stems from a restless curiosity about how we observe the world around us. Poet Claudia Rankine writes that Bervin’s work “invites [us] into a search for the unknowable…The science is precise. The method is documented. The structure is informed by interrogated processes, but the experience of the encounter is beyond the stability of language.” Bervin asks us to reflect on those moments just outside our grasp and to imagine what’s possible in that space of ambiguity. Her work directs us away from easy answers or defined endpoints, but instead leads us back to that source anew. Bervin’s ambitious sculpture "River" (2006 – 2018) imagines an impossible vantage: the Mississippi River as if viewed from the core of the earth, its headwaters, alluvial path, and confluence in the delta stretching across 230 curvilinear feet of ceiling and wall. Rendered in hand-sewn silver sequins on mull – a material used to line the spines of books – "River" catches the natural light as it moves through space, evoking light glinting on water. Bervin’s sculpture inspires awe, fabricated at a scale of one inch to one mile; this twelve-year process took her as long to sew as it would to walk the actual river. Bervin describes the Mississippi as a “spine,” a metaphor that suggests this river’s relation to its life-giving support of a body, or an open book to be read. As an immersive installation, "River" evokes the Mississippi’s outsized place in the American imagination, especially as a gateway for westward expansion that is inextricably tied to Manifest Destiny and the violent displacement of Native peoples, as well as the river’s centrality in America’s growth through industrialization, a history that is inseparable from both slavery and environmental destruction. Bervin’s sculpture powerfully reminds us of these cycles of destruction and regeneration, pointing to how our collective histories, like geological time scales, are always in process and take time to understand.