February 24 - March 12, 2006
Curated by Elliot Lessing

National Psyche is a group exhibition and interdisciplinary project series exploring current feminine dimensions of contemporary art, while highlighting creative leadership within the context of post 9/11 America. This project includes a colorful range of innovative artistic programming and educational presentations featuring visual artists, educators and progressive leaders from within and outside the Bay Area. See http://nationalpsyche.blogspot.com/ for complete schedule and details concerning all National Psyche Projects. Press release


National Psyche: The Exhibition

Featuring Jane Benson, Maria Bustnes, Carole Caroompas, Caroline Cox, Alyse Emdur, Oriana Fox, Linda Ganjian, Jean Lowe, Jyung Mee Park, Sabrina Raaf, Paige Sarlin, Nicole Tschampel, and Saya Woolfalk

February 24 - March 11, 2006
Opening Reception: Friday, February 24th, 2006, 6-9 PM
Gallery Hours: Wednesdays-Saturdays, 1-6 PM

The LAB presents this centerpiece of the multi-faceted National Psyche project, featuring a selection of new works from thirteen national and international contemporary artists. Din Din Party: Exploring the Judy Chicago Legacy will also be on view--San Francisco-based artist Matt Gerring presents this piece extending dialogue and concepts sparked by Judy Chicago's 1979 signature installation. Join the party! The public is invited to contribute to its design. Artists respond to various evils associated with the Pandora Myth in Pandora Box: A DVD Collection, co-curated by Ellen Lake and Heike Liss.

Daymare: New Documentary Terrain

Saturdays, February 25 & March 11, 2006, 4 PM

Drop in, decompress, and check your reality at the door for this juicy new wave of artist-produced documentaries. Two Saturdays, two different programs.

Super Troopers  

OFFSITE projects
Jen Pack: Sunday, February 26, 12 - 4 PM at Ocean Beach, Lincoln and PCH Great Highway
Kim Weller: Friday, March 10, 6 - 9 PM, Glama-Rama! at 417 Van Ness Avenue
Amy Albracht: Sunday, March 12, 12 - 4 PM, Brooks Park, Shields St @ Ramsell
(free admission)

Touching, temporal, and very public- Amy Albracht, Jen Pack, and Kim Weller will create joyful, luminous, site-specific works that refresh the public mind and spirit. See the National Psyche blog for a complete schedule and location details.

The Cocktail Party featuring Meg Duguid

Saturday, March 4, 8-10 PM: Michelle O'Connor Gallery, 3265 17th Street, 4th floor

New York-based artist Meg Duguid, premieres her latest Performance Event exploring laughter and comedy as a form of socio-political dissent. The public is invited to participate in her high-concept "Laugh-In"-inspired project. Go Go, Mod, or Formal Attire REQUIRED.

Free Bee: Gift Economies Expo

Saturday, March 4, 2006, 2-5 PM

Themes of access, gifting, and generosity drive this delightfully free event. Three maverick thinkers serve up the brain cookies for a freewheeling learn-in. Customized social furniture will be installed for comfortable communicating. Free yourself! Co-developed with Mark Hawkins.

Din Din Party Party
A panel discussion celebrating International Women's Day

Wednesday, March 8, 2006, 7-9 PM
$3-$10 sliding scale admission

Curator Elliot Lessing and The LAB host a unique public talk where participating artists and special guest speakers share personal insights into their art practice, contemporary issues, and global views. Summit meeting or shindig? You decide! Special screening and refreshments included.