SOMArts in the News















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June 5, 2018
How a Grassroots Arts Program Shaped the SF Arts Scene, 50 Years On

March 15, 2018
The San Francisco Chronicle
Artists Explore Diasporic Roots, Create New Futures in SOMArts Show

February 20, 2018
The New York Times
The Heir to a Pakistani Political Dynasty Comes Out

February 7, 2018
A New Exhibit Explores the Art and Identity of Queer Muslims

February 7, 2018
San Francisco Weekly
Queer and Trans Muslim Narratives of Resistance, at SOMArts

February 6, 2018
The San Francisco Chronicle
Queer Muslim Artists Claim Space in SOMArts Exhibition

January 31, 2018
These Queer Muslims Are Using Art to Tell Their Stories

January 30, 2018
‘The Third Muslim’ Builds and Archive of Resistance to Stereotypes

January 28, 2018
The San Francisco Chronicle
How Galería Founder René Yañez Helped Give the Mission its Artistic Soul

January 22, 2018
The Guardian
‘We’re Stepping Out of the Binary’ — Celebrating the Art of Marginalized LGBT Muslims

January 17, 2018
The New York Observer
Nonprofits and Small Galleries Featured at Untitled, San Francisco

January 2, 2018
Art Exhibition ‘Game Recognize Game’ Explores How Play Inspires Change

December 7, 2017
Power of Sports Enacted and on Display in ‘Game Recognize Game’ 

November 2, 2017
El Tecolote
SOMArts’ annual Day of the Dead exhibition highlights Mission culture

November 2, 2017
Día de los Muertos Altars Honor Victims of the Ghost Ship Fire

October 27, 2017
Artists remember and resist at SOMArts Day of the Dead exhibit

October 4, 2017
SF Gate
Día de los Muertos Show Creates Space for Both Personal, Political

September 20, 2017
San Francisco Chronicle
Identity and History on Display at SOMArts Show

August 25, 2017
San Francisco Chronicle
Black Female Creativity Celebrated at SOMArts

August 24, 2017
An Expanded Vision of Healing and Divine Black Femininity

August 17, 2017
SF Weekly
Matriarchs of the New Order at SOMArts

July 19, 2017
KQED Arts’ The Do List
Brave New Voices, Seeking Sanctuary, and Divine Black Women

July 17, 2017
Huffington Post
The Black Woman is God: A Divine Art Revolution

April 3, 2017
After 5 Years of Queer Performance, ‘The News’ Takes its Final Bow

February 22, 2017
SF Weekly
A Black Lives Masquerade in the Bayview

February 20, 2017
360BayArea Podcast
The Art of Sex Work

February 7, 2017
The Sex Workers Telling Their Own Stories Through Art

February 1, 2017
Oft-Maligned Sex Workers Defy Judgment in ‘We’re Still Working’

January 5, 2017
SFMOMA’s Open Space
Redefining Touch: A Conversation with James Fleming, Kelly Lovemonster, and boychild

December 19, 2016
‘Touch On’ Asks What it Means to be in a Body Without Labels

December 1, 2016
SF Weekly
A Developed Sense of Touch

October 21, 2016
San Francisco Chronicle
How an ugly political season is affecting SF’s art scene

October 14, 2016
New Day of the Dead exhibit shows just how dangerous it is to live in America

October 7, 2016
Mission Local
Loss, History and a Promise for the Mission at SOMArts

September 20, 2016
SF Weekly
Ube, Ashtrays, and Wormhole Topography at SOMArts

September 16, 2016
Lowly Tinapa Stars in SF Contemporary Art Exhibit

August 11, 2016
Religion Dispatches
I Met God, She’s Black: An exhibit makes the black female body a temple

August 10, 2016
Wanda’s Pick Radio Show
The Black Woman is God at SOMArts

August 2, 2016
Beyond Classically Beautiful
Stunning new art exhibit aims to show how The Black Woman is God

August 2, 2016
Crack the Code to Sacred Black Womanhood at SOMArts

July 25, 2016
The Huffington Post
The Black Woman is God, A Needed Exhibit

July 21, 2016
Bitch Media
San Francisco art exhibit “The Black Woman is God” turns the historic devaluation of Black women on its head

July 19, 2016
San Francisco Chronicle
A room full of art affirms ‘The Black Woman is God’

July 17, 2016
The Black Woman is God: Reprogramming that God Code

July 5, 2016
East Bay Express
‘The Black Woman is God’ Opens at SOMArts

July 1, 2016
New exhibit ‘The Black Woman is God’ crucially illustrates the social activism and creativity following female artists of color

May 11, 2016
San Francisco Chronicle
SOMArts thinks big with new director

March 2, 2016
SOMArts’ ‘Timeless Motion’ Electrifies Invisible Forces

February 2, 2016
Bad At Sports
Visions Into Infinite Archives: Interview with Black Salt Collective

January 29, 2016
Temporary Art Review
‘Visions Into Infinite Archives’ at SOMArts

January 27, 2016
East Bay Express
‘Visions into Infinite Archives’ Resists the Neat, Tidy, and Eurocentric

January 15, 2016
San Francisco Chronicle
Artists carving out space for women of color in art world

January 14, 2016
Black Salt Collective Agitates the Archive with ‘Visions’ at SOMArts

January 14, 2016
The art collective reimagining the past and future for WOC, Interview with Black Salt Collective

January 13, 2016
48 Hills
BIG WEEK + PARTY RADAR: Top 10 things to do Thu/14-Mon/18

January 4, 2016
Artful Dodger: Visual Art Happenings for a New Year

December 31, 2015
The Postal Coast
We Embody What We Make: The Age of Resistance, Interview with Grace Rosario Perkins

December 30, 2015
Community Groups Test ‘People-Powered’ Solutions To Homelessness

December 3, 2015
Daily Californian
Female artists find expressions of home in ‘A Place of Her Own’

December 3, 2015
Bay Area Reporter
Women’s Work: A Place of Her Own

December 2, 2015
The Guardian
Gay San Francisco: a guide to clubs, bars, drag shows and queer culture

November 23, 2015
SF/Arts Monthly
Women artists explore a sense of place

November 16, 2015
Video spotlight—Today is the Shadow of Tomorrow: Dia de los Muertos

November 7, 2015
San Francisco BayView
Interview: Tosha Stimage’s Sandra Bland art piece at Dia de los Muertos

November 6, 2015
KALW Radio
Weekend Go-Tos for November 6, 2015

November 4, 2015
Photos capture inequality and change in San Francisco Bay Area

November 2, 2015
San Francisco Chronicle
Slain Oakland street artist honored with Day of the Dead ‘altar’

November 2, 2015
SF Commons Public Access Television, Local Channel 29
K-Art News video spotlight on SOMArts 16th Day of the Dead Exhibition

November 1, 2015
California Sunday Magazine
Long Exposure: A new exhibit captures residents experiencing the boom and bust of the Bay Area

November 1, 2015
Good Day Sacramento
TV interview: Día de los Muertos exhibition curator, René Yañez

October 26, 2015
Digital Journal
Op-ed: Artist strives to use art exhibits as vehicles of healing

October 19, 2015
Culture Trip
What’s New This Week In SF: 10/19 – 10/23

October 18, 2015
SF Station
Three Things to Do for Day of the Dead

October 10, 2015
KPFA Radio, “Ritmo”
Radio interview: Día de los Muertos closing night performers, Bang Data, and artists Karen Seneferu and Sage Stargate

October 8, 2015
San Francisco Chronicle
Today Is the Shadow of Tomorrow: Dia de los Muertos 2015

October 8, 2015
SoMa Week: Día De Los Muertos, SF Open Studios, Yerba Buena Night & Much More

October 5, 2015
KPOO Radio, “Let Me Touch Your Mind”
Radio interview: artist Andrea Juarez & curator Rio Yañez on Today is the Shadow of Tomorrow: Día de los Muertos 2015

October 1, 2015
A Beast in a Jungle
What’s Happening, Vol. 4—Today is the Shadow of Tomorrow: Día de los Muertos 2015

September 30, 2015
San Francisco Chronicle
SF Open Studios’ 40th anniversary bittersweet amid displacement

August 17, 2015
Bikes and The City
Making a Scene: SOMArts through August 20th

August 4, 2015
San Francisco Chronicle
The artistic is political in SOMArts show of protest work

August 3, 2015
Art Practical
Review: Making a Scene

August 3, 2015
‘The News’ Carves Out Space for Fresh Queer Performance

July 31, 2015
El Tecolote
Making a Scene: New exhibition documents role of artist spaces in Bay Area culture

July 30, 2015
Bay Area Reporter
Summer spirits in victuals & art

July 29, 2015
48 Hills
La Chica Boom explodes herself (almost)

July 23, 2015
Daily Californian
SOMArts Cultural Center Celebrates 50 Years of Alternative Spaces

July 21, 2015
Critics’ Pick—Making a Scene: 50 Years of Alternative Bay Area Spaces

July 18, 2015
SF Weekly
Event Pick—Night Light: Multimedia Garden Party 2015

July 17, 2015
SOMArts Drills to Vibrant Core of Bay Area Alternative Scene

July 16, 2015
San Francisco BayView
Night Light: Multimedia Garden Party 2015—Interview with curator Melorra Green

July 8, 2015
SOMArts’ Making a Scene Spotlights 50 Years of Bay Area Alternative Art

July 8, 2015
Featured Exhibition—Night Light: Multimedia Garden Party 2015

July 7, 2015
Meet Lower Haighters Melonie and Melorra Green

July 6, 2015
KPOO Radio, “Let Me Touch Your Mind”
Radio interview: artists Emory Douglas, Christian L. Frock, & curator Melorra Green on the exhibition Making a Scene: 50 Years of Alternative Bay Area Spaces  

June 16, 2015
KALW Radio
Bay Area Beats: Antique Naked Soul

May 19, 2015
KALW Radio 
Can you educate with comedy? Jokes from the Comedians with Disabilities Act

April 27, 2015
Sustainable Cities Collective
Artists, Vagabonds and an Accidental Nature Reserve in San Francisco Bay

April 16, 2015
Daily Californian
DIS/PLAY exhibition brings accessibility to art world, sheds light on ableism

March 26, 2015
SF Chronicle
SOMArts show DIS/PLAY combats tired notions of disability

March 25, 2015
SF Weekly
Disabling Stereotypes

March 23, 2015
KPOO, “Let Me Touch Your Mind”
Radio interview: artists Nicole Hall, Jennifer Villatore, Eric Crowell, & curator Fran Osborne on the new exhibition DIS/PLAY

March 10, 2015
Street Spirit
Home Is Where the Heart Is by Amber Whitson 

March 10, 2015
Street Spirit
The Sense of Loss When A Community Is Erased, by Elena Gross

February 28, 2015
KPFA 94.1 FM – Berkeley, Evening Report
Albany Bulb lives on nearly 1 year after eviction

February 25, 2015
East Bay Express
Celebrating Albany Bulb’s most memorable people and art

February 18, 2015
SF Weekly
How many people does it take to change the Albany Bulb?

February 13, 2015
San Francisco Magazine
Among the Landfillians

February 11, 2015
KQED, The Do List
Displaced art from evicted residents of Albany Bulb at Refuge in Refuse

January 15, 2015
All That Glitters Isn’t Gold: Glamorgeddon at SOMArts 

January 7, 2015
96 Hours, San Francisco Chronicle
Glamorgeddon: The Spectacle looks to entertain & empower

January 6, 2015
SF Weekly
Kitschy, Trashy, Intelligent: Glamorgeddon: The Spectacle

January 5, 2015
KPOO Radio, Let Me Touch Your Mind
DJ Marilynn interviews Johanna Poethig, SOMArts Commons Curatorial Residency Recipient & Glamorgeddon curator 

December 21, 2014
The News: Gathering Curators to Produce a New Resource for Everyone

December 9, 2014
KALW Radio: Your Call with Rose Aguilar
Your Call: How are artists exploring the Bay Area’s affordability crisis? 

December 8, 2014
San Francisco Chronicle
Two Galleries Explore Bay Area Tensions

November 28, 2014
SF Gate 
Putting the pain of S.F. gentrification to good use 

October 29, 2014
East Bay Express
The News offers an all-Oakland line-up

October 28, 2014
Digital Journal
Surrealist artist favors Day of the Dead over Halloween as sacred

October 27, 2014
KPFA Radio, A Rude Awakening with Sabrina Jacobs
Activist and installation artist Candi Farlice interviwed about her Day of the Dead altar

October 22, 2014
El Tecolote
Day of the Dead: local artists mourn loss of life, culture

July 23, 2014
San Francisco Chronicle, 96 Hours
Projected Personae show focuses on human body as art medium

May 4, 2014
Flag Stories teen participant Pharoah Egbuna’s essay published in Muslim Kids Matter

April 26, 2014
The Advocate
Artist Spotlight: Deborah Wheeler, exhibiting at SOMArts in June

April 4, 2014
San Francisco Chronicle
Work More #6 Drag Art Show

March 24, 2014
Temporary Art Review
Hidden Cities at SOMArts

March 21, 2014
Emergent Art Space
Hidden Cities: Experiments and Explorations

February 3, 2014
Interview with Jon Sueda, curator of All Possible Futures

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Pictured above: Ludovic Balland, “The Day After Reading , Memory Newspaper” 2014, Newspaper, Photo by J. Astra Brinkmann