December 1st 2017
Press release: SOMArts is a programming partner for UNTITLED Art, San Francisco
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sarah Pritchard, Director of Communications & Strategy
415-863-1414 x103, [email protected]
SOMArts Cultural Center announces its participation as a programming partner at
UNTITLED, Art, San Francisco, 2018
Performance activations, multidisciplinary artwork created by the diverse artists supported by SOMArts’ programs
December 1, 2017, San Francisco, CA— SOMArts Cultural Center is proud to announce its participation as a programming partner in the UNTITLED art fair at San Francisco’s historic Palace of Fine Arts, January 11–14, 2018. SOMArts is among an exclusive group of Bay Area galleries and institutions invited to program the UNTITLED screening room and Radio Cafe lounge, in addition to elevating SOMArts’ artists through an exhibitor booth.
Working with Kelly Lovemonster, independent curator and recipient of the 2016–2017 SOMArts Curatorial Residency, SOMArts’ participation at UNTITLED centers artists who have been historically marginalized in contemporary art — specifically, artists of color and queer and trans artists — inviting them to create works that envision the future they want to see. Performance activations, video work and visual art will explore queer futures beyond the anthropocene, seeking to explore how artists’ unique vision can contribute to creating a more equitable, just and sustainable future.
“In an art world that is struggling to stay relevant in the midst of unprecedented political, economic and environmental crises, SOMArts’ participation as a programming partner at UNTITLED boldly asserts the potential for artists who have existed at the margins to innovate solutions beyond our wildest imaginations,” said Maria Jenson, SOMArts’ Executive Director, of the organization’s decision to participate in the art fair.
A hub for experimental and socially conscious art in the Bay Area for over 35 years, SOMArts is thrilled to partner with UNTITLED to bring the cutting-edge of Bay Area contemporary art to the Palace of Fine Arts. SOMArts’ programming at UNTITLED includes:
Performance activation of the UNTITLED Radio Cafe
Thursday, January 11, 7–8pm
In partnership with The Stud, San Francisco’s only collectively-owned queer bar, SOMArts will present a showcase of queer performance by artists VivvyAnneForevermore, the Spice Queers, and Nikki Jizz, plus durational performance by Ja Der and music by The Stud’s own DJ Siobhan.
SOMArts videos in the UNTITLED Screening Room
Delving into the archive of video works and performances at SOMArts, the organization will present a 30-minute reel of works by boychild, Dia Dear and Mark McBeth, and Yetunde Olagbaju.
SOMArts Exhibitor Booth
January 11–14, 12:00–8:00 pm
Representing SOMArts’ community-based curatorial approach, the SOMArts exhibitor booth will engage and challenge fair visitors with Craig Calderwood‘s soft sculpture Beast of Burden, Yetunde Olagbaju‘s MAMMY, MAMMY photographs, and Xandra Ibarra‘s sculptures modeled after pasties Se Acabó. Additionally, copies of Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo‘s #takecareof posters will be available for fair visitors to take home, and pop-up performance activations throughout the weekend will highlight the multidisciplinary nature of SOMArts’ work.
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.
Image credit: Touch On opening reception, Photo by Takeover Tokyo.