Making a Scene Opening Reception, July 9

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The group exhibition Making a Scene: 50 Years of Alternative Bay Area Spaces spotlights a rich history of Bay Area artist-run, independent and alternative spaces, as well as the pioneers and contemporary trailblazers of social justice who utilized these spaces as a catalyst and megaphone.

During the opening reception, on Thursday, July 9, 2015“EcoSexuals” Annie Sprinkle and Elizabeth Stephens exhibit a 7-monitor “Pollination Pod,” a mobile museum of alternative sexual identity, and activate the gallery with a special performance. After marrying the Earth, Stephens and Sprinkle have conducted 17 wedding performances in the span of 8 years in 8 countries that included over 3,500 people. They will conduct a “Water Commitment Ceremony” in their Pollination Pod. Bay Area Society for Art and Activism will facilitate contributions to the Wiki Site “Collective Memory.”

Dancer of Ceremonies Rashad aka Soul Nubian leads “The Urban Masquerade Parade” with dance messengers: Pippa Fleming, Javier Stell-Fresquez, Dana E Fitchett, Jacinta Vlach. The ancient tradition of the Masquerade is found in many parts of the world as masked performance and spectacle; how do we honor the past and bring it forward? The parade will consist of dancers, live drum instrumentation, and a DJ. This performative ritual will awaken the legacy of forgotten Bay Area performers, including Sylvester, Ed Mock, Marlon Riggs, and other trailblazing artists.

Click here to find out more about Making a Scene, its exhibiting artists, and additional accompanying events. There will also be an opportunity to meet the artist exhibiting in The Ramp Gallery, Jose Antonio Galloso, during the Making a Scene opening.

SOMArts’ exhibition programs are generously supported by the San Francisco Arts Commission and The San Francisco Foundation, and are sponsored in part by a grant from Grants for the Arts. Making a Scene is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Photo courtesy of Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle