Frankenstein’s Birthday Party & Art Exhibition | SF
This year, is the bicentennial of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s novel, “Frankenstein”; or, The Modern Prometheus. Why does a 200-year-old ghost story continue to feel so relevant?
It’s important to remember that the Frankenstein of Hollywood and pop culture – Boris Karloff, The Munsters or Rocky Horror Picture Show – is quite different from the novel. Beyond the fact that the tale has captured popular imagination, the novel’s lasting impact is grounded in the fact that it is a parable about human nature. And the most important question it asks is who is the real monster?
Frankenstein’s Birthday Party & Art Exhibition
June 23-August 11, 2018
Tue, Wed, Fri, Sa 10 am-5:30 pm,
Th 11 am-7 pm
Hosfelt Gallery, 260 Utah Street, San Francisco
A performance by Surabhi Saraf – “Awoke.ai : The Ritual” – will take place during the opening reception.
The exhibition begins, as it must, with contemporary artists looking at the body and their attempts to conquer death; advances in science and technology; the animation of objects or machines and artificial intelligence. Thence comes an examination of ambition that outstrips the ability to understand or control what they’ve created and finally, what happens when we don’t take responsibility for the consequences of our actions.