Figure, Form, Frame: An evening of embodied narratives, December 15, 6–8pm


Virgie Tovar

An evening presentation and discussion by fat femme writer and activist Virgie Tovar, choreographer and performance artist Larry Arrington and Touch On curators James Fleming and Kelly Lovemonster, Figure, Form, Frame brings together voices on the science, politics and cultures of touch. Presented in conjunction with SOMArts Curatorial Residency exhibition Touch On, curators James Fleming and Kelly Lovemonster will provide a comprehensive overview of topics and ideas further explored in their exhibition to guide this panel discussion in the gallery. The evening will allow artists and audiences to engage in critical dialogue about the exhibition.

Touch On: Aesthetics in the Art, Politics and Ontology of Touch is a deep inquiry into the multifaceted nature of touch. 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.

Craig Calderwood
Erica Dixon
Render Fruit
Xandra Ibarra
Aron Kantor
Damien Moreau
Ramekon O’Arwisters
Yetunde Olagbaju
Brontez Purnell
Manuel Solano
Robbie Sweeny
Virgie Tovar
Courtney Trouble


Exhibition on view December 1, 2016–January 12, 2017
Gallery hours: Tuesday–Friday 12–7pm & Saturday 12–5pm

The exhibition is free to visit during gallery hours and during the opening reception. SOMArts Cultural Center is located at 934 Brannan St. (between 8th & 9th Streets), San Francisco, CA, 94103. SOMArts is wheelchair/ADA accessible. More information on accessibility is available here:

Opening Reception
Thursday, December 1, 6–9pm
The opening night celebration features performance activations by Dia Dear and boychild, in addition to performative installation activations by several exhibiting artists.

Closing Reception & Film Screenings
Thursday, January 12, 2017, 6–9pm
Touch On presents an evening of mixed media, experimental films, and digital art to celebrate and reflect on the closing of the exhibition. The evening will begin with social-practice artist Ramekon O’Arwisters leading visitors through an interactive crotchet jam.

Image credit: Virgie Tovar, image courtesy of the artist.