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Reviewed December 12, 2012
What You'll Get
Creating a masterwork of art can be like wandering through a maze: after a lengthy period of self-reflection and contemplation, you’ll still probably starve. Appreciate the figurative risks and transcendent joys of artistic creativity with today’s Groupon for a one-year membership to Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Choose from three membership options:
• For $32, you get a Basic membership (up to a $65 value), which includes a year of gallery admission to exhibits, members-only ticket specials, and a monthly newsletter.
• For $82, you get a Discoverer membership (a $165 value), which includes a second membership card and grants admission to more than 100 national art organizations, as well as the above benefits.
• For $150, you get a Groundbreaker membership (a $300 value), which ensures recognition in the center's playbill, access to the donor lounge during Opening Night parties, and two free tickets to a YBCA-presented performance or film, as well as the above benefits.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts showcases contemporary art that celebrates human diversity and promotes young and emerging artists. Exhibits include the triennial Bay Area Now 6 (BAN6), which showcases creative Bay Area voices such as photographer and experimental videographer Tammy Rae Carland and conceptual artist Tony Labat, as well as artwork that encompasses artificial landscapes, explores concepts such as afrofuturism, and restlessly gnaws on their own frames. Members of all three levels, along with a guest, gain free admission to the Opening Night Party (up to $15 value/ticket) on July 8, which kicks off Part II of BAN6. Guests will mingle with contemporary artists while drinking themed cocktails and watching live entertainment. Groupon purchasers will be on the guest list even if their membership cards have not yet arrived in the mail.
During Push Play events, YBCA's Grand Lobby overflows with art films and symposiums, such as "Keep on Lovin' You," in which film critics introduce the films that changed their lives and lured them away from lucrative careers as pro wrestlers. On August 20, the workshop "Heavy Metal Quilting" teaches hard-rocking needlework, and "BANimation" explores animation in Pixar's digital films and artists' collage pieces.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jul 5, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Shipping address required; enter recipient's address if purchasing as a gift. Non-transferable. New members only. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.