Currently in residence this week at Southern Exposure, Halperin has been converting the space's sizeable gallery into a set for West of the Wonder Wheel, her much-awaited sequel to Tumbleweed Town, which trades wide, open spaces for the enclosed, topsy-turvy world of the carnival.
Halperin's miniature amusement park, complete with rides and games of skill, was greatly inspired by Coney Island's recently demolished Astroland Park, one of the subjects of a Halperin-curated series of short films about amusement parks that is shown alongside the film set/sculpture.
The last tiny detail is set to be glued in place this Friday, and to celebrate Halperin is hosting a pre-filming carnival-themed party with live music, games, and, of course, cotton candy.
RYAN MCGINLEY: LIFE ADJUSTMENT CENTER
Through Dec. 11
1447 Stevenson, SF
SAMARA HALPERIN: WEST OF THE WONDERWHEEL
Through Nov. 15 (carnival reception Fri/12, 7 p.m.–9 p.m.
3030 20th St., SF
(415) 863-2141 www.soex.org