Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Selling Out (podcast)

KALW's weekly arts & culture radio show and podcast, "Artery" usually covers performing arts but episode #30, "Selling Out" looks at the intersection of business and art, with a story about San Francisco's Southern Exposure Gallery.

Last year Southern Exposure was forced out of the location where they had spent 32 years, when the building was undergoing an earthquake retrofit.

The temporary location at 25th & Mission, an old flower shop, was more appropriate for retail than exhibition, so they decided to go with it, and they created an artist residency program "with an an opportunity to create and launch the framework for a business utilizing their creative skills. From a pie delivery service, a clothing company, and quarterly, mail-order subscription-based art project, "Free Enterprise" provides new inventive and creative services to Bay Area residents while creating real opportunities for artists to make a living."

They interview Southern Exposure director, Courtney Fink and one of the artists involved in the residency, John Herschend.

Listen to the episode here (8.5 minute mp3 file).

Southern Exposure has moved on and they're reopening on November 9th in a new location: 417 14th Street @ Valencia

Photo of SoEx storefront by Corinne Schulze, via

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