SOMArts presents Diasporic Alchemy: Transforming Ancestral Traditions into Ritual Futurisms co-curated by Louis Chinn and missTANGQ. The third exhibition in the 2017–2018 season of the SOMArts Curatorial Residency, this group exhibition centers artists whose identities as immigrants, activists, LGBTQ, and people of color inform their experience of diaspora.
Opening with a free public reception on Thursday, March 8, 6–9 pm, Disaporic Alchemy will engage audience members in performative and interactive installations that invoke communal celebration and collective ritual-making through storytelling, movement, music and dance.
In conjunction with the exhibition, SOMArts presents a SOMArts Social happy hour plus performative lecture and site-specific performance by Void Sailing and Dohee Lee. Join us from 5–6pm for an informal happy hour with food and beverage courtesy of the emerging food entrepreneurs supported by La Cocina culinary incubator.
Starting at 6 pm, professor of Chinese philosophy Dr. Meilin Chinn and collaborator Dan Doohan will present a performance lecture and magic show as Void Sailing, followed by a site-specific performance by Dohee Lee.
Shilo Shiv Suleman
Majo y la Esotérica Tropical
The ANiMA Show
March 8–April 5, 2018
Gallery hours: Tuesday–Friday 12–7pm & Saturday 12–5pm
Thursday, March 8, 6–9pm
The opening night celebration features performances by Kaley Isabella, India Sky and Sammay Dizon.
Closing Reception & Performances
Thursday, April 5, 6–9pm
Featuring multi-media music, dance, video and spoken word by LEXAGON, Gabriel Christian, Majo y la Esotérica Tropical and The ANiMA Show, the closing reception will be the final chance to experience the interactive installations in the gallery.
Image credit: Photo from Dohee Lee’s mixed media performance “Mago,” image courtesy of the artist.