2009–2013 Press Releases

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2013

December 20, 2013
The News: Fresh Queer Performance features intergenerational performance by the OutLook Theater Project on January 7, 2014

December 12, 2013
Exhibition All Possible Futures explores boundaries of graphic design January 14–February 13, 2014

November 13, 2013
The News: Fresh Queer Performance features dance curated by Jesse Hewit on December 3, 2013

September 25, 2013
SOMArts spotlights ephemeral art & performance in All Good Things… & 100 Performances for The Hole, November 22–December 21, 2013 and January 4, 5:58–midnight, 2014

August 29, 2013
Imagining Time: Gathering Memory: Dia de los Muertos 2013 at SOMArts

July 24, 2013
SOMArts receives $97k Museums Connect grant to facilitate intercultural exchange through art between Bay Area and Malaysian youth

July 10, 2013
SOMArts Cultural Center Announces The Commons Curatorial Residency Exhibitions 2014

July 8, 2013
The San Francisco Foundation & SOMArts Cultural Center present The Annual Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition

June 10, 2013
Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck announced June & July literary and culinary guests before taking a hiatus

May 8, 2013
The News: Fresh, Queer Performance, special edition This Is What I Hate, June 4, 2013

April 18, 2013
Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck Welcomes Andrew Lam & Chris Chung, May 21

April 16, 2013
The News Features Preview Performances of Works as Part of the National Queer Arts Festival, May 7

April 15, 2013
SOMArts presents Electronic Pacific, a group exhibition with mixed-reality concert July 12 to August 17

March 26, 2013
The News features fresh, queer performance with guest host Bernadette Bohan of The Box Factory, April 2

March 14, 2013
Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck features Raquel Gutierrez Tuesday, April 16

February 25, 2013
Quiet Lightning and Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck join forces for one night only, Tuesday, March 19

February 14, 2013
The News features fresh, queer performance with guest hosts Gary Fembot & Malcolm Hamilton, March 5

February 22, 2013
The News features fresh, queer performance with guest hosts Gary Fembot & Malcolm Hamilton, March 5

February 12, 2013
Night Light: Multimedia Garden Party blankets SOMArts in luminous art & performances on Saturday, April 27

February 1, 2013
Participatory installations bring people & stories together in group exhibition Dial Collect, April 5–26

January 4, 2013
Group exhibition Overturn the Artifice investigates the role of the artist artist as social activist and spirit, March 8–29

January 3, 2013
Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck features Thao P. Nguyen and Celia Racicot on January 15

January 2, 2013
Season Release & One Year Anniversary of Queer Performance Series “The News”

2012

December 17, 2012
SOMArts presents “Breaking News: A Radical One-Night-Only Collaboration” on Tuesday, January 8

December 11, 2012
Salvadoran artists explore complex bi-national identities in Mourning and Scars

December 7, 2012
Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck features poet Nic Alea, December 18

November 29, 2012
Artists envision new iconographies of peace in Speak Your Peace exhibition and on South of Market billboards

November 16, 2012
Goldie winner VivvyAnne ForeverMORE! curates & hosts a nightlife themed queer performance night, The News on December 4

November 8, 2012
Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck Welcomes Mariah K. Young & Yasmin Golan, November 20

October 22, 2012
The News features fresh, political queer performance on a new night, November 7

October 4, 2012
Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck Welcomes Anna Pulley and Yasmin Golan, October 16

October 4, 2012
Come Out & Play SF Festival and Exhibition engages San Francisco in creative play for all ages, November 17–December 19

September 10, 2012
Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck Welcomes Belo Cipriani and Yasmin Golan, September 18

August 21, 2012
Calling on the Spirits to Face the Future: Día de los Muertos 2012, October 13–November 10

August 20, 2012
Try new things with Bay Area queer performance makers, September 4

August 1, 2012
The San Francisco Foundation and SOMArts Present the Annual Murphy & Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition, September 4–October 2, 2012

May 21, 2012
THIS IS WHAT I WANT Performance Festival redefines relationships between intimacy and performance June 26–29

May 18, 2012
The News: Fresh Queer Performance, June 5, 2012

May 15, 2012
Group exhibition Performing Community explores community in SOMA through interactive installations and performances, July 6–July 28

May 14, 2012
SOMArts announces recipients of Commons Curatorial Residency, 2012–2013

April 16, 2012
Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck Welcomes Cassie J. Sneider & Kuukua Dzigbordi Yomekpe, May 15

April 12, 2012
The News: Fresh Queer Performance, May 1

March 20, 2012
Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck Welcomes Beth Lisick & John Ingle, April 17

March 16, 2012
The News, April 3

March 3, 2012
Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck Explores the Dark Side with Ben McCoy, March 15

February 29, 2012
Night Light: A Multimedia Garden Party, April 27

February 22, 2012
The News: Fresh Queer Performance March 6 
Monthly queer performance series features new, experimental, or in–process works

February 1, 2012
I Am Crime: Art on the Edge of Law, March 9–April 19

January 19, 2012
Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck Welcomes Maxine Hong Kingston & Yasmin Golan, February 21
February’s theme is inspired by At War

January 9, 2012
The News: Fresh Queer Performance Debuts February 7th
Monthly queer performance series features new, experimental, or in–process works

January 5, 2012
Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck Gets Lucky with Mariama Lockington, January 17
January’s theme “Get Lucky” is inspired by Get Lucky: The Culture of Chance

2011

December 22, 2011
At War, February 3–29, 2012
Peter Max Lawrence & Truong Tran explore identities in conflict

November 28, 2011
Community Leadership Roundtable Series: New Frontiers and Seismic Upheavals in Curatorial Practice, December 5

November 21, 2011
Bay Area Artists Celebrate John Cage in Get Lucky: The Culture of Chance, December 17–January 26
An exploration of the the implications of chance operation in the arts and across cultural beliefs, values and practices

November 4, 2011
Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck Features Angie Chau and Ren Buenviaje, November 15
November’s theme “Objectified” is inspired by Man as Object: Reversing the Gaze

October 19, 2011
Third Strike: 100 Performances for The Hole, December 10
A one night only mini-marathon of time-based alternative performance

October 6, 2011
SOMArts seeks proposals for 2012-13 Commons Curatorial Residencies
Artists and curators can expand their practice by curating the SOMArts Main Gallery for a month-long exhibition

September 28, 2011
Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck Features Ron Ragin and Amara Tabor-Smith, October 18
October’s theme “Illuminations” is inspired by Illuminations: Dia de los Muertos 2011

September 26, 2011
Man as Object: Reversing the Gaze Exhibition, November 4–30
Women artists open new possibilities for the gaze and  reverse conventional hierarchies in the culture of display

August 30, 2011
Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck Features Youth Reader & Chef, September 20
826 Valencia & Old Skool Café collaborate with Feast of Words to host first-ever youth literary & culinary guests

August 3, 2011
Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck Features Kevin Simmonds, August 16
August’s theme “Blue Ribbon” is inspired by Frontrunners: The San Francisco Foundation 2011 Murphy & Cadogan Awards Exhibition.

July 29, 2011
Mobile Arts Platform Pop-Up Wrap-Up Exhibit, August 14
Mobile Arts Platform wraps up year-long mobile exhibitions program.

July 28, 2011
Illuminations: Día de los Muertos 2011, October 8–November 5
12th Annual Day of the Dead Exhibition and programming curated by René and Rio Yañez.

July 14, 2011
Frontrunners: The San Francisco Foundation 2011 Murphy & Cadogan Fellowship Awards Exhibition
Juried selection showcases best of Bay Area MFA programs.

June 27, 2011
Mobile Arts Platform at Urban Youth Arts Festival 
Mobile Arts Platform creates interactive, pop-up exhibition at 15th annual Precita Eyes Urban Youth Arts Festival.

June 21, 2011
Feast Of Words: A Literary Potluck Features Cole Krawitz
July’s theme “destruction” inspired by The Book exhibition & performance series.

May 10, 2011
SOMArts Presents: The Book, July 1, 7, 14, 21 & 29
The first ever contemporary dance driven installation and performance in the SOMArts Main Gallery.

May 13, 2011
SOMArts Announces New Staff Member
Jess Young is added to the SOMArts team as Director of Communications & Community Engagement.

April 26, 2011
SOMArts Presents Low Lives 3, April 30
Live networked performance event features Julio Cesar Morales and Juan Luna Avin.

April 3, 2011
SOMArts: All Access Weekend April 8–10, 2011
Free events include free yoga, open house and pop-up shop of art $5–$25.

March 30, 2011
2010/2011 Commons Curatorial Residencies concludes withSpread
An exhibition by OFF Space which juxtaposes historic key players of Bay Area conceptual and new media art alongside a selection of emerging and next-generation artists of promise.

March 30, 2011
Mobile Arts Platform at Cherry Blossom Festival
SOMArts Cultural Center and the  Mobile Arts Platform (MAP)  present a pop-up exhibition in conjunction with the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival; April 9th 2011, from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

March 16, 2011
Literary Guest Kirya Traber Joins Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck
Theme  “On the Shoulders of Giants” reflects on literary and culinary heroes.

February 7, 2011
Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck Features Micah Ballard, Bill Berkson and Yasmin Golan in March
March 1st theme is “Unsaid: Stories Between Bites”.

February 7, 2011
Breathed … Unsaid …
Exhibition by Commons Curatorial Residency recipient Katya Min features twenty Bay Area, multi-disciplinary artists exploring their personal encounters with cultural diaspora.

January 18, 2011
Literary Potluck Embraces Exhibition Theme “A Sensory Feast”
SOMArts presents Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck with literary guest Thy Tran and a culinary Potluck Brigade.

January 11, 2011
A Sensory Feast
SOMArts presents the second Commons Curatorial Residency of 2010-11: an immersive exhibition exploring the multisensory nature of food, curated by Ellen Oh, Executive Director of Kearny Street Workshop, and local artist Sita Bhaumik.

2010

December 23, 2010
SOMArts presents La Pocha Nostra’s Corpo/Ilicito: The Post-Human Society 6.9
One-night-only multi-stage immersive performance extravaganza features Guillermo Gómez-Peña with world class troupe of local and international performance artists.

December 14, 2010
Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck blurs identities
A feast for the mind and body with cultural writer Faith Adiele and Canvas Underground Chef Peter Jackson. Photo: Faith Adiele.

November 9, 2010
Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck Gets Naughty (and Nice!)
Foodies and writers unite! SOMArts’ monthly event gets naughty (and nice) with erotic writer Simon Sheppard and the heavenly cuisine of Azalina’s Malaysian. Photos: Simon Sheppard, Azalina Eusope

October 28, 2010
It’s All A Blur
December and January Main Gallery exhibition and programs explore perspectives of empowerment and enfranchisement in the American West.

October 20, 2010
Feast of Words: A Storytelling Potluck returns Nov 2
Foodies and writers unite! SOMArts Studio Series presents potluck for writing and inspiration.

October 18, 2010
SOMArts Seeks SF-Based Artists and Curators
SOMArts seeks proposals for 2011-12 Commons Curatorial Residencies

October 1, 2010
MAP Potrero Hill Exhibition
SOMArts collaborates with the Mobile Arts Platform to exhibit local art at Potrero Hill Festival

September 15, 2010
I Live Here:SF
November Main Gallery exhibition features photography by Julie Michele in collaboration with Rick Prelinger, Chris Rusak and many others.

August 28, 2010
SOMArts Awarded $50k Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) Grant
Grant to support touring exhibition and the creation of innovative exhibition technology

August 28, 2010
SOMArts Awarded $40k Creative Work Fund Grant
Grant will support launch of new Mobile Arts Platform (MAP), expanding arts participation at neighborhood cultural festivals.

August 28, 2010
Media Alert: What Cannot Be Taken Away Dates Extended
Upcoming Events and Extended Dates: Death Row, Animation Screening and Creative Workshops

July 16, 2010
What Cannot Be Taken Away
Exhibition and workshops featuring artist Evan Bissell in collaboration with Community Works.

June 25, 2010
Totally Unrealistic: the art of abstraction
Group show features Cecil C. Childress, Ralph Joachim and Marilyn Kuksht

June 25, 2010
Night Light: Multimedia Garden Party
July 17 one-night-only event features abstract sound, light and video installations.

May 24, 2010
SOMArts Launches New Website (Google Doc)
New platform, expanded content and search engine connect artists, audiences and cultural communities with opportunities, space and support.

May 19, 2010
SOMArts Main Gallery Presents Sister City Video Screening (Google Doc)
Program to feature the work of local San Francisco artist Lynn Marie Kirby, Shanghai-based artist and gallery director Li Xiaofei, and international (San Francisco and Beijing-based) artist Fang Lu.

April 24, 2010
SOMArts Debuts New Ramp Gallery With Month of Youth Exhibitions (Google Doc)
Main Gallery Exhibitions & Programs expands, teams up with Cornerstone Academy for May.

March 12, 2010
SOMArts Main Gallery Presents Beauty Shops: Candacy Taylor (Google Doc)
Award-winning photographer explores the beauty shop as a community-based institution and addresses issues of gender, race, class and identity.

February 18, 2010
SOMArts Main Gallery Presents Moments (Bringing Back the Now) (Google Doc)
Series of live art events transforms gallery into laboratory, kicking off with 100 site-specific performances

February 18, 2010
Media Alert: Prints Byte Panel Discussion on February 20, 2010 (Google Doc)

January 15, 2010
Power (and Funding) to the People! SOMArts Seeks Proposals for Main Gallery Exhibitions (Google Doc)

January 14, 2010
SOMArts Main Gallery Presents Prints Byte:the cutting edge of printmaking (Google Doc)
Group show featuring 30 local artists and highlighting community print studios

2009

November 17, 2009
SOMArts Main Gallery Presents Invisible Homes (Google Doc)
Group show featuring work of 27 artists from the Bay Area, New York, and abroad

October 8, 2009
SOMArts Main Gallery Presents Unfurling: This Land (Google Doc)
Group show features Mark Bode, Mike Dingle and Isabel Rucker

September 30, 2009
SOMArts Presents Altars for the Spirits, Offerings for the Living(Google Doc)

September 29, 2009
SOMArts Appoints Justin Hoover as New Curator and Gallery Director (Google Doc)

June 8, 2009
Control Opens In SOMArts Main Gallery (Google Doc)
79 California Women Artists Showcased