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Night Light Multimedia & Performance Festival, August 25 & 26, 2017

Now in its seventh year, Night Light returns for an expanded, two-night festival that will blanket SOMArts’ postindustrial space in luminous art installations, durational and time-based performances, and digital and cinematic projections. The galleries open at 8:30 pm on both …

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Calling artists for Día de los Muertos 2017

Now in its 18th year, SOMArts’ Day of the Dead exhibition co-curated by father and son Rene and Rio Rañez, is one of the most internationally diverse Día de los Muertos celebrations in the United States. Over the years, this …

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Ave–Ameenah Long in The Ramp Gallery, July 18–August 8, 2017

As an Oakland native, black woman, African culture has a rich influence in Avé’s home town. This is what inspired the photographic journey in search for where Avé’s ancestors have landed in the African Diaspora. Keep it Diasporic: Colombia is …

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The Black Woman is God Artist Workshops, August 5, 1–4 pm

Co-curated by Karen Seneferu and Melorra Green The Black Woman is God: Divine Revolution is a group visual art exhibition with free admission celebrating the Black female presence as the highest spiritual form. More than 60 intergenerational artists working in sculpture, painting, new media, …

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Calling Artists for SOMArts Curatorial Residency exhibition The Third Muslim

Updated October 5, 2017: The Third Muslim: Queer and Trans* Muslim Narratives of Resistance and Resilience is no longer accepting proposals for artists’ work. Please see below for more details on the exhibition and stay tuned for updates. The Third Muslim …

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Lidija Ristic in The Ramp Gallery, June 20–July 18, 2017

With the visual metaphors made possible by collage Ristic can force contradictory ideas, like preciousness and waste or vulnerability and virility to co-exist in the same reality. The result of such combinations creates new perspectives through which we can view …

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The Queer Cultural Center presents From Self to #Selfie, June 3–30, 2017

Presented by the Queer Cultural Center (QCC) as part of the 2017 National Queer Arts Festival, From Self to #Selfie will open on Saturday, June 3. Curated by artistic director Rudy Lemcke, the exhibition features the work of eight nationally recognized performance/video …

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The Black Lives Masquerade in Oakland, Sunday, July 2, 2017, 1–4 pm

SOMArts is proud to partner with the Global Street Dance Masquerade and Artistic Director Rashad Pridgen to present: The Black Lives Masquerade & The Elevation of Black Men on East 14th in OaklandThis creative direct action is the closing instalment of The Global Street …