Charmed: A Bonanza Retrospective is the first in a series of exhibitions at BICA dedicated to remaking institutions into utilities that serve the public. This exhibition investigates the role of the museum in a community through a playful staging of a retrospective of work by the San Francisco-based artist collective Bonanza. Lindsay Tully, Lana Williams, and Conrad Guevara will exhibit their brief but complex six-year collaborative art practice including sculpture and painting, multiple fashion lines, short films, stand-up comedy, and immersive installations. Alongside the exhibition, Bonanza will stage a runway fashion show in the garage in a celebration of ecstatic resistance and acceptance.
Bonanza is the collective practice of Conrad Guevara, Lindsay Tully, and Lana Williams. Their work draws upon the artists' respective experiences as a filmmaker, sculptor, and painter and centers around issues of identity and questioning the value of individual authorship. Bonanza's diverse projects have included installation, film, and fashion. The artists regularly employ abstraction, performance, and humor and often use their projects as a platform for others. The work develops from a shared way of thinking and making that is truly collaborative.