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Guest, Amy Franceschini artist, designer, teacher & founder of FutureFarmers. Topic: Joe as a teacher and his participation in creative experimentation resulting in a series of Public, Performance Events.

Class Assignment

Class Assignment

Joe gave his classes unorthodoz assignments or seminars, yet each was a creative learning experience. Example, the University of Hawaii Wet Clay Action Event.

A one inch clay slab was installed on much of the courtyard in the photo below. The assignment, students could do anything they wanted with the slab of clay. Students danced on the slab, rode bicycles through the slab and some wrestled.

The slab was cut up and selectively fired. The process was captured on film.

Class Assignment Full View

First Performance Event – Searchlights

With the 1968-1969 San Francisco State University student led strike in progress, three art faculty members, Mel Henderson, Joe Hawley and Alfred Young, took to the streets of the City to produce three Performance Art Events . As Joe Hawley pointed out, San Francisco became our canvas

The first of three Art Events was “Searchlights”. Thirteen seachlights were installed and turned to the sky every other block from Twin Peakes to the Ferry Building.

Films of the three events are in the SFMOMA permanent collection.

Search Lights over the city

The next day, June 4, 1969, the San Francisco Chronicle published a “Searchlights” article.

San Francisco Chronicle Headline

Second Performance Art Event – Yellow Cab

The second Performance Art Event was the “Yellow Cab” event. Students and art patrons engaged 100 Yellow Cabs to drive down Market Street to converge at Castro Street.

Yellow Cab Postcard
Post card back

Third Performance Art Event – Oil

Third Performance Event in Protest of Spilled Oil in the Bay

il in Bay
Word “Oil”, 30′ x 100′, Written Near Chevron Refinery in Non-toxic Dye

The Cow Project

Mel Henderson created cardboard cows and oriented several cow projects along transit corridors, primarily for a commuter audience.

Cows on Bridge

Surf Line Event

Another Mel Henderson and Joe’s events was Surf Line, a night time event held along the Ocean Beach Esplanade, directly in front of the Beach Chalet across the Great Highway.

Lou Lopez, a friend of Joe’s, made a film documentation of this nighttime event. It also includes footage of the artists gathering with their friends and SFMOMA audience members inside the Beach Chalet’s former downstairs tavern — which was at the time run by the Veterans of Foreign Wars — surrounded by WPA murals. The artists regularly frequented and brainstormed ideas there, observing the landscape over time.

from PK on Vimeo.

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