Institute for Unpopular Culture

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Institute For Unpopular Culture (also known by the acronym, IFUC) is an alternative and outsider culture organization based in San Francisco, California.

History[edit]

It was founded in 1989 by David Ferguson. IFUC's stated objective is to provide a range of services necessary for non-mainstream artists to fulfill their goals of artistic expression: public relations, counseling, business opportunities, and access to equipment. Ferguson says that IFUC provides artists with grants and other funding for their projects.[1]

Ferguson calls his approach to arts patronage 'New Philanthropy'.[citation needed]

Much of the business that takes place at IFUC is volunteer-driven, or works given in trade.[2]

Ferguson has said that IFUC arranged exhibitions of William Noguera's pen and ink photorealism—a sponsorship that raised eyebrows due to Noguera's status as a death row inmate at California's San Quentin State Prison.[3] Ferguson claims that IFUC has also been associated with performance artist Holly Hughes, one of the infamous NEA Four, a quartet of artists who saw their NEA funding cut off because of concerns of indecency.[4] Other talents Ferguson claims have benefitted from IFUC backing including graffiti artist Barry McGee (a.k.a. "Twist") and installation artist Joe Mangrum.[5][citation needed] Ferguson states that The Institute helped launch the Punk Rock Orchestra, a San Francisco Bay Area music group which performs orchestral arrangements of punk rock classics.[6][7][8]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Martine, Lord. Ferguson finds unconventional fits him just right San Francisco Chronicle, March 29, 2002.
  2. ^ http://www.sfweekly.com/2006-12-27/news/in-pen-and-ink/4
  3. ^ Lawrence, Ella. In Pen and Ink SF Weekly, December 27, 2006. Retrieved on April 3, 2008.
  4. ^ Feinstein, Julie. Just Think[permanent dead link] SF Weekly, August 16, 2000. Retrieved April 4, 2008.
  5. ^ http://www.sfbg.com/37/42/x_8days.html
  6. ^ Kalem, Stefanie. Chamber Punk.East Bay Express, April 16, 2003
  7. ^ NPR Weekend Edition Punk Rock Orchestra
  8. ^ Osgood File PRO feature Archived 2007-04-27 at the Wayback Machine.

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