The Black Woman is God Opening Reception, July 7, 2016

Hotcomb the masquerade

“Hotcomb: The Masquerade” by Karen Seneferu and Idris Hassan. Image courtesy of the artists.

Opening with a public reception on Thursday, July 7, 6pm to 10pm, The Black Woman is God 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 the Black woman’s contribution to society is seen and valued.

Activated by live performances and a community cyper, The Black Woman is God asserts that celebrating Black women is essential to building a more just and sustainable future. All are welcome to reconsider mainstream constructions of Black femininity.

Opening with a procession of women Djemba drummers and participatory dance performance led by Sister Nau-T Agu and choreographer Colette Eloi and featuring additional performers from across the Bay Area, the opening reception for The Black Woman is God will activate and bless the exhibtion that will be on view in SOMArts’ Main Gallery July 7-August 17, 2016.


Bushmama Africa
Marissa Arterberry
Latisha Baker
JaeMe Bereal
Lorraine Bonner
Edythe Boone
Cynthia Brannvall
Camille Brown
Tracy Brown
April Martin Chartrand
Toshia Christal
Queens D. Light
Cheryl Patrice Derricotte
Nicole Dixon
Erika Dukes
Alise Eastgate
Anna W. Edwards
Dania W. Frink
Bre Gipson
Renata Gray
Shylah Pacheco Hamilton
Ewunike Ayobami Hanson
Nannette Y. Harris-Jones
Idris Hassan
Jasmine Haynes
Shah Hussein
Ayana Ivery
Amana Brembry Johnson
Virginia “Nia” Jourdan
Val Kai
Iyabo Kwayana
Joan Tarika Lewis
Samella Lewis
Sita Kali Ma
Ajuan Mance
Kanika Marshall
Shona McDaniels
Kathleen McDonald
Francis Mead
Selamawit Mekonen
Bre’yanna Mitchell
Fatima Nasiyr
Aambr Newsome
Yetunde Olagbaju
Lala Openi
Rosalyn Parhams
Lakiba Pittman
TaSin Sabir
Yasmin Sayyed
Karen Seneferu
Britt Sense
Marnika Shelton
Sage Stargate
Taiwo & Kehinde
The House of Malico
Nye’ Lyn Tho
Karin Turner
Blue Wade
Fan Lee Warren

Sister Nau-T Agu
Ryan Austin
Bri Blue
Colette Eloi and dancers
Zakiya Harris ft. Elephantine
Charlene Gumbs
Monica Hastings-Smith
Jasmine Haynes
Phavia Kujichagulia
Queens D. Light
Shawn Nealy-Oparah
Osunfemi Wanbi Njeri
Frida Precariat
Amara Tabor Smith and House/Full
Lalin St. Juste
Mar Stevens

Beer for the opening reception provided by Lagunitas Brewing Co.

Lagunitas logo


July 7-August 17, 2016
Gallery hours: Tuesday–Friday 12–7pm & Saturday 12–5pm

Night Light: Multimedia Garden Party
Saturday, July 23, 8:30pm-midnight
A one-night-only luminous art exhibition with performances celebrating radical self-determination through the work of over 60 “code-breaking” artists.