Eight bridges connect the San Francisco Bay, so it is an apt name for a gallery platform that brings the Bay Area art world together.

Our mission is to maintain a vibrant gallery scene, despite restrictions on travel, celebrations and other larger gatherings. We want to support our artists by informing and entertaining curators, collectors and critics with potent online exhibitions of their work.

On the first Thursday of every month, we will launch 8 shows of artists relevant to the Bay Area. They may be working in this place, long considered an epicenter of change, or deeply engaged in the conversations the Bay Area holds dear, whether it’s related to technology, the environment, social justice or sexual identity, to name a few. In addition, each month will highlight the crucial work of a Bay Area non-profit arts organization as its beneficiary, with an initial donation led by Phillips.

Founding Committee

Claudia Altman-Siegel, Kelly Huang, Sophia Kinell, Micki Meng, Daphne Palmer, Chris Perez, Sarah Wendell Sherrill, Jessica Silverman, and Elizabeth Sullivan

Ambassador Committee

Sayre Batton & Maja Thomas, Joachim & Nancy Bechtle, Matt Bernstein, Sabrina Buell, Wayee Chu & Ethan Beard, Natasha Boas, Douglas Durkin, Carla Emil, Matt & Jessica Farron, Lauren Ford, Ali Gass, Stanlee Gatti, Brook Hartzell & Tad Freese, Pamela & David Hornik, Katie & Matt Paige, Putter Pence, Becca Prowda & Daniel Lurie, Deborah Rappaport, Komal Shah & Gaurav Garg, Laura Sweeney, The Battery, Robin Wright, Sonya Yu & Zack Lara

Sponsors

Lobus, Phillips, The Space Program

Paula Cooper Gallery
Paul Pfeiffer

Known for his innovative manipulation of digital media, Paul Pfeiffer (b. 1966, Honolulu, Hawaii) recasts the visual language of pop spectacle to examine how images shape our perception of ourselves and the world. Sampling footage from YouTube, cable television, and other sources, he uses these as an occasion to plumb the depths of contemporary culture, assessing its racial, religious, and technological dimensions. At the same time, Pfeiffer’s objects and images function diachronically, establishing profound genealogies that connect contemporary culture and its many particularities — professional sports, televised game shows, Michael Jackson, etc. — to the long, seemingly remote histories of art, media, religion, politics, and nationhood.

He has had one-person exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art (2001), the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2003), the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2005), MUSAC León, Spain (2008), the Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2009), the Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas (2012), Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Manila (2015), the Honolulu Museum of Art, Hawaii (2016), the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2017), the Bellas Artes Outpost, Manila (2018)—and was the subject of a retrospective at Sammlung Goetz in Munich, Germany (2011). Pfeiffer’s work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Inhotim Museu de Arte Contemporanea, Brazil; the Pinault Collection, Venice; and Kunst Werke, Berlin.

Recent projects include a commission by Performa 2019 that was presented at Harlem’s Apollo Theater, and upcoming is a curatorial project titled Exodus in the Watergate Building in Washington D.C. He currently lives and works in NYC and Manila.

Desiderata (1972), 2018

Digital video loop, fabricated steel monitor with embedded media player

Duration: 9 minutes 30 seconds, looped

42 x 20 x 42 inches

Caryatid (Miura), 2021

Monitor with embedded media player

Duration: 1 minute 7 seconds, looped

13.5 x 14 x 13 inches

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (18), 2004

Fujiflex digital C-print

Image: 48 x 60 inches

Frame: 55 7/8 x 67 7/8 inches

Edition of 6 + 1 AP

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (11), 2004

Fujiflex digital C-print, in artist’s frame

Image: 47 3/4 x 60 inches

Frame: 56 x 68 x 3 inches

Edition 6 of 6 + 1 AP