Announcing the 2016–2017 season of the SOMArts Curatorial Residency


Announcing the 2016–2017 season of the SOMArts Curatorial Residency

The first exhibition in the 2016–2017 season of the SOMArts Curatorial Residency will open on Thursday, December 1. We could not be more excited to announce the three vital exhibitions that will grace SOMArts' Main Gallery with socially conscious and community-engaged performances, panel discussions and multidisciplinary exhibitions.

Now more than ever, it is crucial that artists have the support they need to incubate the creative visions that bring people together and inspire change. It is in the spirit of radical experimentation and true collaboration between artists and organizations that SOMArts founded the Curatorial Residency program 7 years ago.

Please join us in celebrating these leading-edge artists and curators! The 2016–2017 SOMArts Curatorial Residency recipients are (drum roll please):

James Fleming and Kelly Lovemonster, Touch On: Aesthetics in the Art, Politics and Ontology of Touch
Exhibition: December 1, 2016–January 12, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, December 16–9pm
Figure, Form Frame — Artist & Curator Visual Dialogue: Thursday, December 156–8pm
Closing Reception & Film Screenings: Thursday, January 126–9pm

Maxine Holloway, Rob Fatal, and Javier Luis Hurtado, We're Still Working: The Art of Sex Work
Exhibition: January 26–Saturday, February 25, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 266–9pm
Sex Worker Symposium & Panel: Saturday, February 412–4pm
'You Dress Like a Whore' Fashion Show: Friday, February 176–9pm

Exhibition: March 9–April 8, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 96–9pm
Artist Talk & Performance: Saturday, March 1812–3pm
Closing Reception: Thursday, April 6 , 6–9pm
Learn more about the vision behind these groundbreaking exhibitions

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Craig Calderwood, “Beast of Burden,” image courtesy of the artist.

Touch On: Aesthetics in the Art, Politics and Ontology of Touch
Exhibition on view December 1, 2016–January 12, 2017
Gallery Hours: TuesdayFriday 12–7pmSaturday 12–5pm

Curated by James Fleming and Kelly Lovemonster, fourteen multidisciplinary artists present deep inquiries into the multifaceted nature of touch through painting, sculpture, photography, performance and video.

Touch On Opening Reception
Thursday, December 1, 6:00–9:00pm

On Thursday, December 1, Touch On will open with a free public reception featuring  performances by acclaimed international performance artist boychild and the Bay Area’s emotionally visceral and visually fascinating Dia Dear. Both artists will compose performances that will culminate in their own visual ephemera. Learn more here! 

Yves Saint Croissant hosts The News: Futurism and the Avant-Garde
Tuesday, December 6, 7:00–9:00pm

Step into a psychedelic world exploring the sights and sounds of futurism and the avant-garde, including performances by Lady Fair Cigarettes, Persia, Skin, Derrierykah Badu, Pseuda, and host Yves Saint Croissant! RSVP to guarantee your seat!
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From top to bottom: Sasha Petrenko, Lessons from the Forest, Digital video still, 2015; Lyric Seal & Nikki Silver, Mother's Milk, Film Still, 2015; Joseph Tagliatela, Ode To Sex Worker, Monoprint, 2015; Ramekon O'arwisters, In the folds there lives our tales, Photo by Robbie Sweeny, 2015.
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