Reading time: 2 minutes
KADIST, San Francisco, California, USA
October 3, 2018 – December 15, 2018
The Feminist School of Painting is a solo exhibition by Ad Minoliti. Culminating her residency at KADIST, the project transforms the galleries into an active classroom with new murals of vibrant silhouettes of animals, landscapes, and geometrical forms.
Reimagining the structure of an art school, Minoliti collaborates with a group of Bay Area artists, scholars, writers, and teachers to lead weekly workshops open to intergenerational artists and non-artists alike. Each workshop is centered around a traditional painting genre—landscape, portraiture, still life—and combine discussion and studio painting instruction to reimagine historical narratives related to that week’s subject. By incorporating her collaborators’ diverse backgrounds in biology, science fiction, gender studies, technology, and more, the free workshops aim to promote accessibility and curiosity over any art-specific expertise.
Rooted in Minoliti’s practice, The School employs feminist queer theory and experimentation as a foundation for learning and critical thought.
The newly commissioned murals not only animate the classroom but also converse with a long-established history of mural paintings making culture accessible through images in outdoor public spaces—especially in the Mission District where KADIST is located. By engaging with and bringing this tradition inside the gallery, The School works to overturn expectations often associated with experiencing contemporary art today by promoting visual literacy and personal connection. In addition, a fanzine library, videos related to the workshop’s themes, and a coloring station for kids and adults are provided to offer moments for individual creative production.
In the words of Ad Minoliti, “The Feminist School of Painting is an experiment around the fantasy of an education I didn’t have when I was younger and wish I had.”
Ad Minoliti is a painter who combines the pictorial language of geometric abstraction with the perspective of queer theory. Engaging in a diversity of formats and media from easel painting to installation, she assumes painting not as a mere material practice, but rather as a visual set of ideas to approach normative categories of sexuality and biology. Throughout her work, geometrical forms and surreal landscapes serve to imagine a post-humanist setting in which feminist and gender theories can be applied to an open interpretation of paining, design, and art history.
Minoliti earned a BFA from the National Academy of Fine Arts P. Pueyrredón in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She completed her education with Diana Aisenberg. She has been an agent at the Artistic Investigation Center of Argentina since 2009, and that same year she founded the group PintorAs, a feminist collective of Argentinian painters. Her work has been exhibited at galleries, institutions and museums in Los Angeles, Puerto Rico, London, Berlin, Panamá, Mexico City, New York, Miami, Paris, Lima, and Santiago among others. She participated in the 10ª Bienal del Mercosur (2015), Porto Alegre, Brazil, the Aichi Triennale (2016), Aichi Japan and FRONT International: Cleveland Triennal for Contemporary Art (2018), Cleveland, USA.