Exhibitions

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Making a Scene: 50 Years of Alternative Bay Area Spaces

Making a Scene, which received critical support from the National Endowment of the Arts, spotlights a rich history of Bay Area artist-run, independent and alternative spaces, as well as the pioneers and contemporary trailblazers of social justice who utilized these spaces as a catalyst and megaphone. The exhibition is free to visit through August 20th during gallery hours.

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Night Light: Multimedia Garden Party

One night only, Saturday, July 18, 8:30pm–midnight, Night Light blankets SOMArts in luminous art installations, including audiovisual performances and performative interventions by 30 artists, and digital and cinematic projections by 27 artists. This year Night Light evolves in a new direction: as an homage to the Bay Area’s rabble-rousers, trouble-makers, independents and outliers, in conjunction with Making a Scene: 50 Years of Alternative Bay Area Spaces, a gallery exhibition on view through August 20, 2015.

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Memory of Trees, April 13–22, 2015

Memory of Trees, curated by Annalisa D’Angelo, features the work of photographer Kathryn Cook as she traced the memory of the Armenian Genocide across Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Armenia, Israel and France. The core of Cook’s work revolves around the Turkish …

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Timeless Motion, February 18–March 23, 2016

Timeless Motion exposes the science and magic behind cinema. Using photography, collage, drawing and sculptural installation, the exhibition reveals how moving image art is created and how the human response to visual phenomena drives the magical illusion of movement. Visitors …

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A Place of Her Own, November 19–December 11, 2015

A Place of Her Own excavates the vital dreams and hopes of women. In order to thrive and become world leaders, women must define what is important to them alone. A Place features more than 30 found object art works …

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Vortok in The Ramp Gallery, February 17th–March 14th, 2015

The title of this work is a Turkish proverb that means “HASTE MAKES WASTE.” This solo video installation showcases Istanbul, Turkey’s contemporary landscape and metaphysical structures to examine notions of thought, place, and being. An audio clip of the artist …

Dis/Play Group Exhibition, March 24 through April 23, 2015

SOMArts Cultural Center presents DIS/PLAY, a multidisciplinary exhibition of work by more than 30 Bay Area artists and groups who are stretching and expanding predictable representations of disability in the gallery space. DIS/PLAY centers the perspectives of artists with and without …

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Elia Vargas in The Ramp Gallery, January 20–February 14, 2015

Video Walks is an ongoing series of recorded walks exploring place and terrain. It is a dérive, an aimless walk influenced by the surrounding environment. “What we mean by place is an intersection of narratives and infrastructure, constantly in flux. …