Visions into Infinite Archives Opening Reception, Photo by Dan Fenstermacher.
Current & upcoming exhibitions:
A Promise Not to Forget: Día de los Muertos 2016
October 7–November 5, 2016
Now in its 17th year, the annual Day of the Dead exhibition at SOMArts Cultural Center offers one of the most internationally diverse Día de los Muertos celebrations in the United States. Merging traditional Mexican altars with contemporary art installations, the exhibition presents a superabundant array of perspectives remembering, honoring, and celebrating the dead.
Chosen by father and son curators René & Rio Yañez, this year’s theme, A Promise Not to Forget is a call to remember our ancestors and honor especially those whose lives have been unnecessarily lost due to violence. A Promise Not to Forget is dedicated to San Francisco poet, musician and activist Silvia Parra, known to many as Mamacoatl; to Cynthia Wallis, departed partner of curator René Yañez; and to Martha Rodriguez, noted San Francisco visual artist who participated in SOMArts’ Day of the Dead exhibitions for several years. A Promise Not to Forget will also honor the victims of the tragedy at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando with several altars and interactive installations.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to view the archive of exhibitions in The Ramp Gallery.