Building the Building Opening Reception

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SOMArts is proud to present Building the Building, a sampling of work by artists who laid the foundation for SOMArts both creatively and administratively, artists whose contributions bridged multiple generations of the space, and artists who continue to work with the organization today.

Curators Kevin B. Chen and Rio Yañez took inspiration from the internal nickname for SOMArts’ large physical space – “the building.” The show honors and celebrates artists and leaders who have made SOMArts what it is today: a crucial champion of culture and community. As part of SOMArts’ 40th-anniversary program, Building the Building opens with a free, all ages public reception on Thursday, July 18, 6–9pm with curatorial remarks and performances by Rhodessa Jones, missTANGQ and Jyun Jyun.

Additional public programs in conjunction with Building the Building include a film screening of The Worlds of Bernice Bing during the closing reception on Thursday, August 29, 6–9pm at SOMArts Cultural Center.  This screening is done in partnership with Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center (APICC) and Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA).

Rhodessa Jones
Jyun Jyun Show

Bernice Bing
Cece Carpio
Ann Chamberlain
Oliver DiCicco
Katie Gilmartin
Nancy Hom
Peter Max Lawrence
Carlos Loarca
E. Oscar Maynard
Betsie Miller-Kusz
Johanna Poethig
Karen Seneferu
Malik Seneferu
Truong Tran
Leo Valledor
Rene Yañez
Victor Mario Zaballa


Kevin B. Chen
Rio Yañez

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