Beyond Binary Opening Reception

  • Sat, Sep 17, 2022 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Fine Arts Gallery - Fine Arts Building

    1600 Holloway Avenue
    San Francisco, California 94132
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Opening reception: Saturday, September 17th, 1 to 3pm

Gallery will be open Saturday, September 17, 2022 to Thursday, October 27, 2022, Tuesday - Friday at 12-4pm PST. If you would like to reserve a ticket for another date you can here


Beyond Binary focuses on the exploration of a gender spectrum, across cultures and generations, in the formation of personal and collective identities and visual narratives. Beyond Binary celebrates trans and gender-nonconforming artists who engage the body as both a form and site of social sculpture and who challenge established narratives of art history to become more inclusive, while working across media and transdisciplinarily.

Participating artists: Cassils, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Craig Calderwood, Wells Chandler, Jeffrey Cheung, Ben Cuevas, Demian DinéYazhi', Nicki Green, Juliana Huxtable, MCXT (Monica Canilao + Zara Thustra), E. "Oscar" Maynard, Vivek Shraya, Beatrice L. Thomas aka "Black Benatar," Eli Thorne, Alok Vaid-Menon, Chris E. Vargas, Leila Weefur, J Wu, and Asri Wulandari.

Organized by the Fine Arts Gallery's Sharon E. Bliss and Kevin B. Chen in collaboration with independent writer and curator Roula Seikaly.



Public Programs in the Fine Arts Gallery:

•Leila Weefur in conversation Jo-ey Tang Wednesday, October 5, 12:30 to 1:30pm

Jo-ey Tang is a Hong Kong-born American curator, artist, writer, in non-hierarchical order. He began working alongside artists at The Notary Public in 2010 in his New York City apartment while a graduate student at New York University. He was arts editor of literary journal n+1 from 2009 to 2014, curator at Palais de Tokyo, Paris in 2014 and 2015, and director of exhibitions at Beeler Gallery at Columbus College of Art & Design, from 2017 to 2020, and digital community manager of Denniston Hill, New York in 2021. He currently lives in San Francisco, where he serves as director of KADIST San Francisco. For more, see

•Demian DinéYazhi' & Ari Banias reading, sponsored by the Poetry Center  Thursday, October 6th, 1:00 to 2:00pm

Ari Banias is the Poetry Center’s Mazza Writer in Residence for Fall 2022 and the author of A Symmetry (W. W. Norton, 2021), and Anybody (W. W. Norton, 2016), a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the PEN Center USA Literary Award. His poems appear in American Poetry Review, Georgia Review, Hyperallergic, Kenyon Review, Poetry, A Public Space, The Nation, The New Republic, Triple Canopy, The Yale Review, and in We Want it All: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics (Nightboat, 2020). For more information, see

•Asri Wulandari in conversation with Dr. Kathy Zarur   Wednesday, October 19, 12:30 to 1:30pm

Kathy Zarur is Associate Professor of Art History at Skyline College. Her curatorial work has been featured at the San Francisco Arts Commission, Museum of the African Diaspora, Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco State University, Kearney Street Workshop and the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center. She has produced conferences about art history and pedagogy with San Francisco State University, the de Young Museum, and the Asian Art Museum. For more, see

•Drag Queen Story Hour with Beatrice L. Thomas aka “Black Benatar”    To be scheduled.

This exhibition is presented with the support of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the SFSU School of Art, and SFSU's Instructionally Related Student Activities Fund. The public programs are supported by an Extraordinary Ideas grant from SFSU's College of Liberal and Creative Arts.


While proof of COVID vaccinations are no longer required, we encourage vaccinations. If you are sick the day of your event, do not attend. 

Masks are not required at the current time. While San Francisco remains in the low level of community transmission, SF State will strongly recommend indoor masking. Please know that should San Francisco return to the “high” or “medium” levels of community transmission, SF State will require masking indoors.

San Francisco State University welcomes persons with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations upon request. If you would like reasonable accommodations for this event, please contact as soon as possible so your request may be reviewed.  Please contact us at least one week in advance for priority accommodation.

Date & Time

Sat, Sep 17, 2022 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Venue Details

Fine Arts Gallery - Fine Arts Building

1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, California 94132 Fine Arts Gallery - Fine Arts Building
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