Events

We’re Still Working: The Art of Sex Work

We’re Still Working: The Art of Sex Work is a multidisciplinary group exhibition created by, and in celebration of, sex workers. Curated by Maxine Holloway and Javier Luis Hurtado, We’re Still Working is the second exhibition in the 2016–2017 season of the SOMArts Curatorial Residency. The exhibition will encourage viewers to challenge dominant narratives about sex workers. Opening with a free public reception on Thursday, January 26, 6–9 pm, We’re Still Working addresses the complexity of sex work through multiplicitous and diverse sex [...]

Zerena Diaz in the Ramp Gallery

Visions of a Queer Future explores the queering of landscapes and science fiction. Genderqueer and trans species coexist and intermix with the landscapes, forming a familiar-strange universe. Fantasy and science fiction are used to re-imagine our relationship with our bodies and the physical space around us. Envision a colorful future where divisions between all life forms are contradicted, and the distinction between plant and animal, life and matter become blurred. These divisions along with borders, genders, races, and [...]

Vasudhaa Narayanan at The Ramp Gallery

Kutty - The Youngest One My grandparents are from Madurai, a small temple town in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, India. Having migrated to Nigeria when I was 3, I visited them in the summers and occasional winters, always dreading the harsh heat, my grandparents' company and their Tamilian identity - their rituals, prayers, festivals, and habits embarrassed me. I rejected them as an attempt to present myself as a modern cosmopolitan city child. Now as [...]

Unbound Roots: A Paradigm for Intentional Healing

Curated by Alie Jones and Toshia Christal, Unbound Roots challenges the self-care industry by expanding discussions around Black wellness practices rooted in mental, spirituality and community care. Unbound Roots transcend through acceptance, pleasure, and liberation providing a safe space that encourages individual awareness, generational healing, and high vibratory engagements. This multidisciplinary exhibition affirms that healing practices are grounded in ancestral lineages, nature, and meaningful relationships that challenge dominant narratives and commodification of “wellness". By evoking the [...]

Murphy & Cadogan 2020 Artist Features

SOMArts is proud to partner with the San Francisco Foundation to present The Annual Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition, a focused look at the future of the Bay Area visual arts. Made possible by the San Francisco Foundation and its donors, we’re excited to feature 13 promising visual artists working across disciplines and identifying young artists from Master of Fine Arts programs throughout the Bay Area whose work intersects with emerging trends. The Jack [...]

Living Legacies: Día de Los Muertos 2020

SOMArts Cultural Center 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA

Living Legacies: Día de Los Muertos 2020 is dedicated to all the lives we should not have lost Ticketed gallery hours: Weds–Fri, 1–7pm | Sat–Sun, 12–5pmDrag Show | Gallery Tickets | Safety Virtual Experiences | Digital Handbill Now in its 21st year, SOMArts’ annual Día de Los Muertos exhibition is one of the most internationally diverse Day of the Dead celebrations in the United States. Founded by beloved San Francisco artist and curator René Yañez, Día [...]

The Black Woman is God: Reclaim, Reconfigure, Re-Remember

SOMArts Cultural Center 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA

The Black Woman is God: Reclaim, Reconfigure, Re-Remember Curated by Karen Seneferu and Melorra Green Safety Plan | Virtual Experience Now in its fourth iteration at SOMArts, The Black Woman is God reveals a community of Black women artists that pay homage to their complex creative practices that have influenced the world, but are often overlooked because of the intersections class, race, and gender discrimination. The Black Woman is God: Reclaim, Reconfigure, and Re-Remember gives [...]

Bay Area Deaf Arts

SOMArts Cultural Center 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA

BAY AREA DEAF ARTS January 14–February 21, 2021 Curated by Antoine Hunter Curatorial Residency Exhibition Virtual Programs | Virtual Gallery Experience | BADA Info Packet | Safety Plan Bay Area Deaf Arts celebrate and center the art forms and cultural expression historically rooted in the Deaf community, raising Deaf awareness in non-Deaf populations, and inviting collaboration between Hearing and Deaf artists. Curated by renowned performer and activist Antoine Hunter for SOMArts' Curatorial Residency program, [...]

CARAVANA: Mobilizing Central American Art (1984–Present)

SOMArts Cultural Center 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA

CARAVANA: Mobilizing Central American Art (1984–Present) Curatorial Residency Exhibition Virtual Gallery Experience | Meet the Artists | Film Screening Curated by Fátima Ramírez, Mauricio Ramírez, and Josué Rojas, CARAVANA: Mobilizing Central American Art (1984–Present) is a multidisciplinary traveling exhibition that centers U.S. Central American artists living in California as well as across the United States to examine their lived experiences in relation to the impact of mass migration, family separation, and the legacy of [...]

AAWAA & APICC present Sowing Agency: Seeding The Future For Environmental Justice Exhibition

SOMArts Cultural Center 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA

AAWAA and APICC presents Sowing Agency: Seeding The Future For Environmental Justice Exhibition Sowing Agency Website | Virtual Gallery Experience | Safety Plan | Timed ticketing Sowing Agency is inspired by the fight for environmental justice, activating our Asian Pacific Islander communities to engage in the issues of today’s climate crisis. With a number of artistic disciplines represented, the pieces featured in the show work to realign our relationships with the Earth through introspection [...]

Sounds Like Home: Longing and Comfort through Lullabies

SOMArts Cultural Center 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA

Sounds Like Home: Longing and Comfort through LullabiesCuratorial Residency ExhibitionPlan Your Visit | Exhibition Website | Meet the Artists| Virtual Gallery Based in San Francisco and Istanbul respectively, curators Duygu and Bengü Gün were inspired by their family history with migration and interest in music as a connecting force. Sounds Like Home: Longing and Comfort through Lullabies not only questions how cultural memory is preserved and transmitted through simple melodic messages from childhood, but also [...]

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