Professor Jon Rubin’s “Photograph Yourself Naked at Your Parent’s House” ‘retires’ famous and infamous student art projects from the San Francisco Art Institute’s past. For this commissioned work, Rubin is working with SFAI librarian Jeff Gunderson as well as current and former SFAI faculty and students to develop this project, which will be revealed incrementally over the coming year.
Rubin’s text descriptions of student artworks are displayed akin to a sports team that hangs a famous player’s number from the stadium rafters thus retiring it from future use. By bringing the descriptions of these historical student works into the new building, Rubin’s banners honor works that no longer need to be repeated and slyly provoke future projects. Over the next several months, Rubin will retire a total of 12 student-artist projects. The first project will be installed on November 10, and the final reveal of the remaining projects and a celebration of their legacy will take place in March of 2018.