Behind the Paint

Earlier this year, painter and sculptor Brad Kahlhamer was one of a select number of artists asked to co-star with Jay-Z in the singer's "Picasso Baby" video, filmed at New York's Pace Gallery. Kahlhamer, who was photographed and interviewed by Vogue afterward, is a celebrity himself in many ways — invited by institutions like Yale and the Chicago Art Institute to lecture or make art; awarded honors by the likes of the Joan Mitchell Foundation; and welcomed by galleries around the world to exhibit his work, which features flurries of evocative scenes incorporating Native American themes. Kahlhamer is also an acclaimed guitarist with a voice that resonates with a twangy soul. As part of a visiting fellowship at the San Francisco Art Institute, Kahlhamer is giving a free public talk. Art students will crowd into the Institute's lecture hall to hear Kahlhamer speak, but Kahlhamer's ideas about art, music, and American history will resonate with anyone who has even a faint appreciation for those subjects.


Mon., Nov. 25, 7:30 p.m., 2013
 
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