MissionThe Lab is an interdisciplinary arts organization supporting the development and presentation of new visual, performing, media, sonic and literary art. We assist artists in the creation of new work and showcase work of the highest quality by emerging and established experimental artists. Of particular interest is work which crosses boundaries, encourages artistic and social dialogue between artists and audiences, and contributes to the culture and community of the San Francisco Bay Area.
What We DoHistorically, The Lab has presented the work of thousands of artists over the last 30 years. We've had year-round performance, dance, music, sound, theatre, spoken word and visual arts programs. In our original space we had a black box theater, a gallery and working facilities for artists like SoundLab, ImageLab, PhotoLab.
We've been in the Redstone Building in the Mission since 1995. The LAB commissioned a series of murals by members of the Clarion Alley Mural Project, including Carolyn Castano, John Fadeff, Susan Greene, Barry McGee, Ruby Neri, Aaron Noble, Sebastiana Pastor, Isis Rodriguez, Rigo’96, Chuck Sperry, and Scott Williams. The murals depict the labor history of the building as well as its recent history as a community center housing numerous non-profit institutions. These murals, located in the main lobby of the Redstone Building, both educate and engage clients and patrons of more than forty art and social service organizations operating in the building today.
We are breaking ground on our new vision of working facilities for artists, consisting of a dozen or so studios and a collaborative playspace for new interdisciplinary work.
Our first artist-in-residence in this new playspace is Capacitor, San Francisco’s internationally acclaimed science and technology dance company. During their July-August residency, they will fine tune their new work SynapticMotion for it's debut at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in September 2014.
Our 30th year anniversary celebration will begin in September and continue through the end of the year. During this time we will be constructing the individual artist's studios and we'll be in the design phase of our new 2700 sq ft gallery.