Visions into Infinite Archives Opening Reception, Photo by Dan Fenstermacher.
Current & upcoming exhibitions:
Touch On: Aesthetics in the Art, Politics and Ontology of Touch
December 1, 2016–January 12, 2017
Touch On is a deep inquiry into the multifaceted nature of touch curated by James Fleming and Kelly Lovemonster. The first exhibition in the 2016–2017 season of the SOMArts Curatorial Residency, this group exhibition challenges viewers to reconsider preconceived notions of the meaning of touch through sculpture, installation, performance, traditional art and digital mediums. Touch On is the first in a series of curatorial programs by Fleming and Lovemonster.
Opening with a free public reception on Thursday, December 1, 6–9 pm, Touch On reveals the contingency of touch through the perspectives of fourteen Bay Area artists. Experimental engagements with touch encourage viewers to rethink their expectations of a visual art exhibition — creating an immersive gallery experience that inspires somatic and kinesthetic responses to contemporary art.
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:
July 7–August 17, 2016 | The Black Woman is God: Reprogramming that God Code | Photos
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.