January 28th 2019
Press Release: SOMArts presents Forever, A Moment: Black Meditations on Time and Space
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dara Katrina Del Rosario
Communications & Partnerships Manager
415-863-1414 x103, [email protected]
SOMArts Cultural Center Presents
FOREVER, A MOMENT:
BLACK MEDITATIONS ON TIME AND SPACE
Exhibition February 14–April 6, 2019
Opening Reception, Thursday, February 14, 6–9pm
Thursday, January 24, 2019, San Francisco, CA—SOMArts Cultural Center proudly presents Forever, A Moment: Black Meditations on Time and Space, a group exhibition with free admission from February 14–April 6, 2019. Curators Yetunde Olagbaju and Kevin Bernard Moultrie Daye marshal 14 artists, either from or based in the Bay Area, to explore Black identity and the way it experiences, interprets, distorts, and ultimately transforms time and space.
Forever, A Moment provides an innovative departure from the standard “white cube” that has dominated museums and galleries for over a century. Olagbaju and Moultrie Daye’s curatorial vision actualizes viable alternatives to traditional modalities of display and engagement while building multiple pathways toward Black pasts, presents, and futures.
“Our work is concerned with questions of Time and Space—how we experience it, internalize it, and how we represent, process, and preserve it. We’ve known each other for some time, and when this opportunity presented itself, I think there was a realization that we had skills and networks that, when put together, could really produce something special…especially in an exhibition of this size and scope,” says Moultrie Daye.
SOMArts’ Main Gallery will be transformed into a site of collision between collective memory, possible futures, alternate histories, and infinite space, challenging the absence of Black agency and autonomy within the “white cube.” This exhibition is an exploration of the multiplicity of the Black experience that is often diluted or confined within a vacuum in the contemporary art world.
When selecting artists, Olagbaju “wanted to choose artists whose work not only touched on the passage of time and the amassing of Black collective memory, but who pushed beyond and between those understandings of Blackness.”
Andrew Wilson, Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo and Umar Rashid build ritual spaces that invite us to bend and warp time — allowing us to reconstruct Black ritual spaces. Chris Martin, Sydney Cain, and Tosha Stimage create stark monochrome images that challenge the historical context that Blackness is so often confined within. Sean Henry Smith’s work focuses on what we leave behind and what, of that material, can be taken by others. Muzae Sesay and Patrica Thomas deconstruct our notions of memory by breaking down places and bodies we inhabit. And the video work of Alexa Burrell, Cameron Granger, Kasmir Jones, and Summer Fucking Mason construct their own worlds, with their own unique rules of time and space.
The free opening reception program Forever…Is Now: Experiments in Ritual Making, which takes place on February 14, 6–9pm, expands and recreates Black ritual. Performances by Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, Davia Spain, and Gabriel Christian ask the questions: What rituals do we hold onto? Which do we need to change? How can they liberate us?
Public programs in conjunction with this exhibition include Always and Somewhere: Visions in Blackness, a night of film screenings curated by filmmaker and curator Christian Johnson, on Thursday, March 7, 6-9pm and Who Will Survive…?, a private ceremonial dinner for Black people to discuss issues of place, displacement, and survival in the Bay Area on Sunday, March 31, 6-8pm, hosted by Angela Hennessy and Marvin K. White.
FOREVER, A MOMENT: BLACK MEDITATIONS ON TIME AND SPACE
Patricia Rene Thomas
Sean D. Henry Smith
Yetunde J. Olagbaju
Kevin Bernard Moultrie Daye
All public programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise listed
Forever, A Moment: Black Meditations on Time and Space
Thursday, February 14–Saturday, April 6, 2019
Gallery hours: Tuesday–Friday 12–7pm & Saturday 12–5pm
For more information, visit http://www.somarts.org/events/foreveramoment/
Forever…Is Now: Experiments in Ritual Placemaking
Thursday, February 14, 6–9pm
An opening night celebration that expands on rituals new, old, and somewhere in between, with a series of ritual performances by Lukaza Brafman-Vermissimo, Davia Spain, Gabriel Christian, and more.
For more information, visit http://www.somarts.org/events/foreveramomentopening/
Always and Somewhere: Visions in Blackness
Thursday, March 7, 6–9pm
A night of film screenings and talks curated by local film by filmmaker and curator Christian Johnson.
For more information, visit http://www.somarts.org/events/foreveramomentfilm/
Who Will Survive…?
A private, ceremonial dinner for Black people to discuss issues of place, displacement, and survival in the Bay Area. Ceremony hosted and led by Angela Hennessy and Marvin K. White.
Image credit: Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, As Bright As Yellow. Image courtesy of the artist.
ABOUT SOMARTS CULTURAL CENTER
SOMArts Cultural Center, founded in 1979, cultivates access to the arts within the Bay Area by collaborating with community-focused artists and organizations. Together, we engage the power of the arts to provoke just and fair inclusion, cultural respect and civic participation.
SOMArts plays a vital role in the arts ecosystem by helping activate the arts citywide. We do this by providing space and production support for non-profit events, as well as fairs and festivals throughout the Bay Area, and offering a robust program of art exhibitions, classes, events and performances that are affordable and accessible to all. SOMArts’ exhibition programs receive critical support from the San Francisco Arts Commission and The San Francisco Foundation, and are sponsored in part by a grant from Grants for the Arts.
SOMArts is located at 934 Brannan Street—between 8th and 9th—within 2 blocks of 101, I-80, Muni lines and bike paths.