Solidarity Struggle Victory
September 13 - November 9, 2019
Sadie Barnette, Demian DinéYazhi´, Patrick Martinez, Dylan Miner, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Dignidad Rebelde, Jerome Reyes
Solidarity Struggle Victory presents a contemporary appraisal of one of the Bay Area’s most revolutionary contributions to the world: the right to learn about ourselves. This exhibition showcases six artists and one collective whose diverse practices reflect the region’s legacy of critical engagement, radical activism and the ethos of solidarity, self-determination, and emancipatory education.
What We Hold: A Youth Audio Project
April 14, 2019 – March 15, 2020
Contemporary Jewish Museum
The teen years are instrumental in the creation of self. But what shapes us? Which family histories become our core stories? How do we make them our own? Over fifty teens, ranging in age from 14 to 19 years old, created individual audio recordings reflecting on their families’ formative stories of migration, language, passion, persistence, tradition, bridging distances, and love. Each recording acts as a connecting thread between generations. Together, these compelling stories provide a rare window into youth perspectives today, a deeper sense of what unites us across backgrounds, and a place for young voices to be heard.
Pilipinx American Library at the Asian Art Museum
August 1, 2018 - August 31, 2018
Asian Art Museum
“I dreamt of a place to gather…” — Al Robles, “The Wandering Manong”
PAL / The Pilipinx American Library transforms the museum’s Resource Room into a reading room and gathering space to highlight the writings of poet, activist and oral historian Al Robles (1930–2009); feminist experimental poet Barbara Jane Reyes, author of “Invocation to Daughters” (City Lights, 2017); and the Kearny Street Workshop poets. Their work embodies the struggle, resistance, joy and promise of Filipino American life in the Bay Area.
Voices Need Heroes
May 27 - June 17, 2017
Artists: Ify Chiejina, Walter Cruz, Sylvia Hernandez, Umesh Mangipudi, Kwantaeck Park, Tajh Rust
How do heroes shape our communities? How can we be heroes and make this world better? This exhibition brings attention to the uses of power and how they can affect a community. It highlights the lives of all people by celebrating diversity and freedom as well as remembering challenges and loss.
say it in any language you want
September 2 - December 13, 2016
Artists: Anthony Castro, Ify Chiejina, Aldrin Valdez
say it in any language you want brings together three distinct artists working vibrantly on paper and other materials, reinterpreting motifs and techniques to build a distinct vocabulary, creating a visual lexicon all their own. These artists weave together intersecting artistic practices; merging languages, diasporas and universes to express new pictorial imaginations.
Rally: Queer Art and Activism Now
July 6 - August 25, 2015
Artists: Camilo Godoy, Kristen Haskell, Gabriel Garcia Roman, Tinted Justice, WERRRQSHOP
Rally: Queer Art and Activism Now highlights the engaged, creative, and visionary approaches that this group of artists has brought to bear by making visible the struggle to push the country to be better, more fair, and more respectful of all. There are three senses of the word “RALLY” that served as building blocks for this exhibition. There is “rally” in the sense of a march, a manifestation, a physical coming together of engaged protesters and activists. We are also influenced by “rally” as a verb: activists reaching out to bring others into their engaged fold, recruiting more colleagues and allies for political action. The third meaning is more metaphorical: The sense of someone rallying themself, someone going through a struggle and transcending it to pull themself together and move beyond it, refusing to stay down after being knocked down. The powerful, engaged, activist artists we have rallied for this exhibition do important work, and we can help to improve the country for everyone if we pay attention and follow their lead.
Visualizing Queerness: Seven Contemporary Artists
June 30 - August 22, 2014
Artists: Ana Benaroya, Zen Browne, Tinker Coalescing, Machine Dazzle, Sara Lautman, André Singleton, Texas Isaiah
Art has always been one of the most vital ways in which these communities have communicated to themselves, to each other, and to the outside world. This exhibition brings together work by seven queer artists—including the performance by André Singleton at the opening reception—who seek to represent themselves and their circles with a combination of respect, wit, dignity, defiance, and glamour. The artworks in this show focuses on specific, individual personalities—both actual portrait subjects and fanciful imagined figures—and do not rely on queer stereotypes or stock characters. They create beautiful and dynamic images of communities either on or just under the surface. All of these artists display the clarity of vision and boldness of expression that are important to the work of making their communities visible and powerful. As they should be.