Spontaneous Queer Art (SQUART!) Debuts at SOMArts Jan 9

SQUART January Poster

What: New Year’s SQUART! The Resolutionists!
SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street (btw. 8th and 9th)
Sunday, January 9, 2011. 6:00 p.m. (show starts at 8:00 p.m.)
What else:
$5 performer ante to participate. $10 suggested donation for audience members. NOTAFLOF. Performers will be competing for a $200 prize! (Performance spots are limited so please RSVP to Laura Arrington if you are interested)

Join SOMArts Cultural Center, Laura Arrington and co-producers THEOFFCENTER to help usher in another year of spontaneous queer art (SQUART!), and support SQUART! in advance of their retreat to the Headlands.

SQUART! is the brainchild of creator/curator Laura Arrington. The format is simple: people show up at 6 p.m. and break into teams.  Given a list of criteria, groups are given two hours to make a piece.  At 8 p.m. whatever is made is performed and commented on by a panel of judges.  It’s usually incredibly creative, inspiring, fun and always bizarre.  The process begins at 6:00 p.m. with the show at 8:00 p.m. Cash bar, socializing encouraged.

Confirmed Judges: Yannis Adoniou, Keith Hennessy, Nirmala Nataraj

Confirmed Performers:, Jen Chien, Lauren Crow, Shannon Currier, Cara Rose DeFabio, Jorge Rodolfo De Hoyos, Annie Danger, Rachael Dichter, Minna Harri, Roche Janken, Ara Glenn Johanson, Evan Johnson, Macklin Kowal, Mary Lachman, Emily Leap, Pearl Marill, Qilo Matzen, Honey McMoney, Michele Menard, Christina Miglino, Ri Molner, Sadie Lune, Elizabeth McSurdy, Lazlo Pearlman, Laura Malouf Renning, Kyra Rice, Matthew Sergi, Kiele Stewart-Funai, Stacey Swan, Michael Velez

For all questions regarding this event please email lbarring@gmail.com.


SQUART! will be in residence at SOMArts in 2011 as part of the SOMArts Studio Series. The SOMArts (South of Market Arts, Resources, Technology, and Services) Studio Series is an informal assemblage of arts classes and events designed to encourage the production of contemporary work with a cultural perspective by artists of all ages and skill levels in San Francisco.

THEOFFCENTER’s objective is to research Queer sensibilities as a lens for contemporary thought, art, action, and community. By providing a multi-disciplinary forum they look to question issues around gender, race, resilience, identity, engagement, and evolution. Their focus is to provide resources and provocation to emerging and established art-makers who are dedicated to the intentional negotiation of concepts, modalities and/or voices of a Queer lens. For more info, visit theoffcenter.org.