YBCA Calendar


Imaging the Avant-Garde: Taiwan's Film Experiments of the 1960s

Mar 28, 2019
First presented at the Taiwan International Documentary Festival (TIDF), "Imaging the Avant-Garde" showcases experimental films - rare and rescued from the 1960's - by some of Taiwan's most bold and creative artists.

YBCA'S 25th Anniversary Party

Mar 30, 2019
This is not a gala. It’s circus acts, burlesque, hip-hop, drag, live music, DJs, booze & bites, all-night dancing, and much more.

The Art of Health Symposium

Apr 03, 2019
Join us for The Art of Health Symposium in celebration of the new Blue Shield of California Theater at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, featuring special performances from local artists and presentations from inspiring health practitioners incorporating art into health care.

Call + Response
Maria Lind

Apr 03, 2019
Maria Lind speaks about her curatorial practice, specifically her experience engaging and building diverse publics at Tensta konsthall in Stockholm. This edition of Open Seminar is organized in conjunction with Associated Professor Christina Linden’s “Global Art Worlds” graduate seminar.

Glass House: Films of Ariana Gerstein

Apr 04, 2019
Recalling at times the lush animation works of Gunvor Nelson, the tactile films of Ariana Gerstein reconcile her fascination with filmic materiality with the soft ephemeralities of light, time and memory. Artist appears in person to present a mini-retrospective of these works, 2000–2018.

Alonzo King LINES Ballet with Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ
Spring Season 2019

Apr 12, 2019 – Apr 21, 2019
Join us for a season of experimentation as Alonzo King LINES Ballet partners with Emmy award-winning Vietnamese musician and composer, Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ.

2019 Member Day

Apr 14, 2019
Take your Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Membership beyond our walls to enjoy exhibitions all around town—for free!

Alonzo King LINES Ballet I BFA at Dominican University of California
LINES Ballet I BFA Senior Showcase 2019

Apr 16, 2019
Celebrate the accomplishment and artistry of the LINES Ballet | BFA at Dominican, Class of 2019! The grand finale to their four-year college journey, the 2019 Senior Showcase brings seniors to the beautiful YBCA stage in a celebration of artistic achievement.

Open Seminar
Nancy Lim

Apr 16, 2019
Nancy Lim, Assistant Curator of Painting and Sculpture at SFMOMA, talks about her curatorial practice including a look at recent and forthcoming exhibitions.

Suzanne Lacy
We Are Here

Apr 20, 2019 – Aug 04, 2019
Co-presented by YBCA and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Suzanne Lacy: We Are Here is the first full retrospective of the Los Angeles–based artist. The YBCA presentation offers a new, experimental approach to authorship and participation, inspired by Lacy’s own commitment to collaborative creation.

Suzanne Lacy
Opening Night Party

Apr 20, 2019
Celebrate the opening of Suzanne Lacy: We Are Here with an evening filled with art, DJs, dancing, and special performances from Youth Speaks, YR Media, and Caleb Duarte with students from N.E.S.T., the Fremont High School Newcomer Educational Support and Transition Program.

Call + Response
Allan deSouza

Apr 25, 2019
Allan deSouza in conversation with James Voorhies, CCA Chair of the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice, about his new book How Art Can Be Thought: A Handbook for Change (Duke University Press).

Smuin Contemporary Ballet
Dance Series 02

Apr 26, 2019 – May 05, 2019
Fall in love all over again with classic numbers like “Unforgettable” and “Fever” from Dances with Songs, and excerpts from Dancin’ with Gershwin, Carmina Burana, Frankie and Johnny, and more. Amy Seiwert, one of Smuin’s most illustrious alumni, presents a world premiere to close Smuin's 25th anniversary celebration.

Dorrance Dance
ETM: Double Down

May 09, 2019 – May 11, 2019
Michelle Dorrance returns with the San Francisco premiere of ETM: Double Down, celebrating the extreme mobility of the percussive body, combining rhythm with interactive electronic music technology in a perfect fusion of movement and sound.

Paul S. Flores
We Have Iré

May 10, 2019 – May 12, 2019
A new multidisciplinary theater work by award-winning poet, performance artist, and playwright Paul S. Flores, We Have Iré, explores the true stories of Afro-Cuban immigrants living in the United States, as well as their influences on and experiences with American culture.

Call + Response
chronic freedom: a monument “against dialogue” on the Northern California hippie-grower insurgency

May 15, 2019
In this talk Berlin-based artist, writer and archivist Scott Holmquist presents chronic freedom, the lead volume in a series of five artist books that portray a macroscopic history of the back-to-land and marijuana culture in Southern Humboldt County, California, from the late 1960s to 2010.

A Tribute to A Tribe Called Quest's Midnight Marauders

May 16, 2019 – May 19, 2019
Celebrate the return of UnderCover with A Tribe Called Quest’s Midnight Marauders - one of the most influential hip-hop albums of all time.

San Francisco Ballet School 2019 Spring Festival

May 22, 2019 – May 24, 2019
From May 22–24, please join San Francisco Ballet School at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater for SF Ballet School 2019 Spring Festival. The SF Ballet School Spring Festival will include three evenings of SF Ballet School ON STAGE performances, a dinner on opening night, new interactive activities, and more opportunities to learn about ballet.

Real Vocal String Quartet
Culture Kin

May 25, 2019
Real Vocal String Quartet in association with YBCA presents Culture Kin, songs and pieces in collaboration with artists from eight of San Francisco's international sister cities. The idea grew out of a pivotal experience we had as cultural ambassadors for the US State Department in 2012.