Visions into Infinite Archives Opening Reception, Photo by Dan Fenstermacher.
Current & upcoming exhibitions:
The Black Woman is God: Reprogramming That God Code
July 7–August 17, 2016
Curated by Karen Seneferu and Melorra Green, The Black Woman is God: Reprogramming That God Code celebrates the Black female presence as the highest spiritual form and challenges viewers to do the same. More than 60 intergenerational artists working in sculpture, painting, and new media hone in on the vital contributions of Black women as artists and social change-makers, ensuring that Black women’s contributions to society are seen and valued.
The Black Woman is God will be on view in SOMArts’ Main Gallery July 7–August 17, with an opening reception featuring interactive performances from 6:00–10:00 pm on Thursday, July 7. More information on the exhibition, including a full list of participating artists, is available here.
Night Light: Multimedia Garden Party
Saturday, July 23, 8:30 pm–midnight
Featuring over 60 visual and performing artists, this one-night-only event features a series of robust, sometimes overlapping performances and site-specific art installations that activate SOMArts’ post-industrial space with the spirit of activism, embodying the idea of “code-breaking” in opposition to the status quo and unifying artists and audience in pursuit of liberatory self-determination. More information on Night Light, including a full list of participating artists, is available here.
Tickets will be sold online for $12, or at the door for $15. Reserve your tickets now to guarantee entrance to this unique event!
About Main Gallery Exhibitions and Programs
SOMArts is a critical resource for contemporary arts production in San Francisco. The organization produces three of its own curated exhibitions annually, along with numerous collaborative programs, and provides space for four guest-curated exhibitions annually through the Commons Curatorial Residency Program, which includes a stipend for selected curators and/or artist groups in addition to outreach and production support. The vaulted, 2-story gallery is 3,100 sq feet, a majestic space and the largest open gallery space in the city.
Through its Affordable Space Program, SOMArts annually hosts group exhibitions for the United States of Asian America Festival (May), the National Queer Arts Festival (June), and ArtSpan Open Studios (October).
The SOMArts Main Gallery exhibits the work of over 1,000 Bay Area artists each year, providing them with dynamic opportunities to take risks, find new collaborators, reach a wider audience, and achieve their vision. SOMArts’ staff annually curates 2–3 exhibitions and supports curatorial residencies.
Click here to view the image archive of gallery exhibitions and events, or browse by exhibition below.
Recent exhibitions include:
June 5–24, 2016 | Queer Cultural Center presents Creative Labor: Queer it Yourself
May 6–26, 2016 | APICC presents Resistance
October 8–November 8, 2015 | ArtSpan SF Open Studios Exhibition
September 3–September 26, 2015 | The San Francisco Foundation & SOMArts Annual Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition | Photos
July 9–August 20, 2015 | Making a Scene: 50 Years of Alternative Bay Area Spaces | Photos
July 19, 2015 | Night Light: Multimedia Garden Party – Making a Scene | Photos
May 1–27, 2015 | APICC Presents ONE IN WHICH WE ARE
February 12–March 14, 2015 | Refuge in Refuse: Homesteading Art and Culture Project | Photos
September 2–September 20, 2014 | The San Francisco Foundation & SOMArts Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition | Photos
June 7–28, 2014 | QCC’s Body, Body, Bodies…
October 11–November 10, 2013 | ArtSpan’s SF Open Studios Exhibition | Main Gallery
September 3–28, 2013 | TSFF & SOMArts Annual Murphy & Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition | Main Gallery | Photos
October 11–November 3, 2012 | ArtSpan’s SF Open Studios Exhibition | Main Gallery
October 13–November 10, 2012 | Calling on the Spirits to Face the Future: Día de los Muertos 2012 | Bay Gallery | Photos
September 4–October 2, 2012 | The San Francisco Foundation and SOMArts’ Annual Murphy & Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition | Photos
September 30–October 29, 2011 | SF Open Studios Exhibition
August 17–September 16, 2011 | Frontrunners: The San Francisco Foundation 2011 Murphy & Cadogan Awards Exhibition | Photos
July 23, 2012 | Mobile Arts Platform at the Urban Youth Arts Festival | Photos
April 16, 2011 | Mobile Arts Platform at the Cherry Blossom Festival | Photos
August 12–September 19, 2010 | What Cannot Be Taken Away: Families and Prisons Project | Photos
The Ramp Gallery
In 2009, SOMArts created The Ramp Gallery, a smaller space located in the Center’s lobby to provide a highly visible display space for smaller spontaneous shows proposed by community members. The Ramp consists of two secure wall-mounted cases (24.75″ x 37″ and 137″ x 37″). Exhibitions range from a week to a month. For more information email email@example.com. Click here to view the archive of exhibitions in The Ramp Gallery.