The artists in Exotify Elsewhere oppose the binds of historic fetishization on femme bodies and cultures not rooted in whiteness. Constantly enduring these conditions has equipped us with the tools of resistance and resilience necessary to preserve our safety and autonomy. We employ these tactics to claim space in the art world where we feel our voice has typically been forgotten and therefore silenced. Elsewhere emphasizes that we are taking the power to say, "you will not exploit me in that way, not here, not on my body".
By defining ourselves for ourselves we rise from the oppressive limitations of the male gaze and the violent exclusion of white-washed womanhood. This show serves as a platform for woe to freely question and combat these conditions and works toward a liberated woman of color whose struggles are seriously considered in the fight for social, sexual and economic justice
WORKSHOP: BERKELEY ART MUSEUM AND PACIFIC ARCHIVE // Decolonize the Imagination: Future Landscapes with Tosha Stimage
Decolonize the Imagination: Future Landscapes with Tosha Stimage
Programmed by Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo
Do you ever imagine that the world could be radically different for generations to come? Future Landscapes is a practical community exercise engaging difficult social problems through dialogue and art. Interdisciplinary artist Tosha Stimage leads a collage and weaving workshop that focuses on imagining the reconstruction of historical, social, and geographic inequity.
Tosha Stimage’s work focuses on the structural nature of language and its relation to black identity, employing coded messages to investigate the societal constructs of race and violence. Stimage earned a BFA from CCAD and an MFA from California College of the Arts. She is a recipient of the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship, the Murphy & Cadogan Award, and residencies at Real Time and Space and Facebook; she is currently an AICAD teaching fellow.
Curated by Francis Calimlim & Dara Katrina Del Rosario
From My Body is a multidisciplinary exhibition that showcases the multiple releases of bodies’ subjectivities that describe the navigation, resistance and dialogue with external forces that counter each of these artists’ lived experiences. The structures of power that impact the stories and memories we experience and inherit are put in conversation with the what can be passed on to following generations. Beyond simply affect, activation must be inspired in order to move toward revolutionary futurity - the belief that in order for social transformation occur, we must first transcend the self.
Educator and philosopher Paulo Freire used Revolutionary Futurity to express the threat of immobility while addressing the importance learning from the past to inform the ways to build our future. As artists living in a political climate that continues to be hostile and violent to historically oppressed communities and bodies, how do we use our creative practices to move toward social transformation?
Tosha Stimage, Visiting Faculty, Fine Arts, Columbus College of Art & Design, will speak on Thursday, November. 15 at 6 PM in conjunction with solo exhibition by artist Mickalene Thomas.
September 13–December 30, 2018, the Wexner Center for the Arts will present Mickalene Thomas: I Can’t See You Without Me, a major solo exhibition that will fill every gallery in the Wexner Center’s multidisciplinary art space with nearly 30 paintings, videos, and immersive installations.
This exhibition will look at the expansive body of work Mickalene Thomas has produced between 2005 and 2018. Focusing primarily on the artist’s grandly scaled and opulent paintings, it will explore the intricacies of her visual dialogue with art history, identity, desire, power, authorship, and the historically fraught relationship between artist and subject.
Join The Black Infinity and other rad vendors for the 2018 edition of the Cincinnati Art Book Fair! The fair will feature work from independent publishers & collections, as well as panel discussions and satellite programming.
This year's fair will feature artist and panel talks on August 10 and 11 at 7:30PM at 21c Museum Hotel in Downtown Cincinnati. The main fair will take place during the afternoons of August 11–12 at the Carnegie in Covington.
The Cincinnati Art Book Fair is FREE and open to the public.
There is a fascinating negotiation of historical and present black existence and it’s mediation thru symbols. Christina Sharpe’s In the wake: On blackness and being, describes blackness as ‘irresolvable abjection’, and suggests that we navigate this space of blackness and death not by trying to define them but rather to live being cognizant.
This show grapples with themes of death, violence, color, nation, and citizenship in a suggestive manner. These objects give voice to a collective social reality, question the shared relationship to space, and reveal the problematic breakdown in their attempts to coexist.
These are not isolated events.
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 11th, 2017, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Exhibition Dates: November 11th – December 9th, 2017
"The orange. It is held together by skin.
But hold it firm, drive your thumb into the flesh, pierce and peel.
It is a series of segmented containers.
Past the violent intrusion you'll find,
that there is a relationship between segments.
Showing that each of us is several, is man, is a profusion of selves."
This is a show of attraction, images supporting other images in a sometimes
seemingly contradictory manner.
The Free Radicals: The Rise and Fall of the October 4th Movement or Every Hero Needs A Horn
Excited to be a part of this great show in San Francisco archiving works from 20 (past and present) CTRL +SHFT Collective members.
Our Archive: a Site of Making for 20 Artists, Past & Present
3130 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
November 3-26 2017
Image by @megan_e_reed
EXCITING NEWS! THE BLACK INFINITY WILL BE LIVE DECEMBER 2, 2017 AT 7PM!!!
10-AMAZING ARTISTS OF COLOR IN A FANTASTIC EXHIBITION, 4 WEEKENDS OF ARTS PROGRAMMING, AND A HOLIDAY POP-UP SHOP FEATURING GOODS FROM CREATIVES OF COLOR!
Color Factory: A Pop-Up Experience in San Francisco. This two-story interactive exhibition celebrates color and material, featuring work by some of our favorite artists and collaborators: Jacob Dahlgren, Tom Stayte, Geronimo Balloons, Tosha Stimage, Stanton Jones, Andrew Neyer & Andy J. Miller, Carissa Potter, Jessica Hische, Rebecca Wright, Randi Brookman Harris, Leah Rosenberg and Erin Jang.
Lose yourself in 10,000 colored ribbons, sink into a giant yellow ball pit, catch some rainbows, smell colorful memories, and taste a spectrum of treats from our favorite stops in San Francisco. The pinks will delight you, the blues will amaze you, the yellows might make you hungry.
Put on your favorite hue and come to us for color!
Color Factory opens August 2017 and runs thru September 30th 2017.
"DEATH VALLEY COVERED IN FLOWERS" ARTIST TALK: TOSHA STIMAGE IN CONVERSATION WITH LEILA WEEFUR, RALPH, ELENA GROSS, AND ANGEL VAZQUEZ
RTS is excited to co-host our next artist talk with City Limits Gallery! Current RTS artist in residence, Tosha Stimage, will be speaking about the origin ideas of her practice and will discuss her current exhibition at City Limits Gallery with panelists Elena Gross, Angel Rafael Vázquez-Concepción and Leila Weefur. Join us on Wed, June 21st at 7:30pm at City Limits. City Limits is located at 300 Jefferson Street in Oakland, CA.
About Tosha Stimage: Tosha Stimage is a multi-disciplinary artist living and working in Oakland California. She holds a BFA from the Columbus College of Art & Design and a MFA from California College of the Arts. Stimage’s work focuses on investigating the structure of language, and memory as they relate to identity. Her solo exhibition “Death Valley Covered in Flowers” is currently on view at City Limits Gallery.
Leila Weefur lives & works in Oakland, CA. She received her MFA from Mills College in 2016. Her work uses language as a material, which manifests in video, installation, and works on paper. She uses video as a central element in investigating how an individual is impacted by the shifting boundaries of language and how these shifting cultural boundaries can create an environment where identities are formed. She is a recipient of the Hung Liu award and recently received an artist fellowship at Kala Art Institute. Weefur has exhibited her work in local and national galleries including; Southern Exposure and SOMArts Gallery in San Francisco, Betti Ono in Oakland, and Smack Mellon in Brooklyn, New York.
Elena Gross holds a Masters degree in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts. She received her Bachelors degree from St. Mary’s College of Maryland where she studied Art History and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies.
Elena is interested in liminal space and dichotomies, particularly between public and private space, visibility and invisibility and “norm” and “other.”
RAFAEL ANGEL VAZQUEZ is a scholar/curator/artist/writer/educator living and working in San Francisco, California. Vazquez is the creator of Cranium Corporation a platform for fostering dialogue about art, artists, and exhibitions. Existing unofficially since 2013 and fully launching in 2014, It is a consortium that promotes the work of artists and exhibitions that prompt critical conversations about environmental, political, and socioeconomic realities of today. His work oscillates between the rigor and structure of research and writing and the design of exhibitions. He privileges collaboration and is a firm believer in art as a tool for education and civics.
In 2015 Vázquez-Concepción obtained a Master’s in curatorial practice from the California College of the Arts. He has curated exhibitions at the Puerto Rico Museum of Contemporary Art, the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture, and ÁREA: Space for Projects, in Caguas, Puerto Rico. In San Francisco and Oakland, California, he has contributed exhibitions to the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, Minnesota Street Project, CTRL + SHFT Collective, the Red Poppy Art House, and the LGBT History Museum. He is currently pursuing a second Master’s in social sciences education at San Francisco State University.
FEATURING SOPHIE LOURDES KNIGHT. SASHA KELLY. HANNAH PERRINE MODE. NANCY SAYAVONG. MARIA GUZMAN CAPRON. TOSHA STIMAGE. SARAH THIEBALT. LAURA ROKAS. RACHEL STALLINGS. MEGAN REED. MARYAM YOUSIF. LUKAZA BRAFMAN-VERISSIMO. SIDNEY RUSSELL. JACQUELINE SHERLOCK NORHEIM
CTRL + SHFT. 1430 34th St, Oakland, CA 94608.
Opening Reception: Friday, May 12th, 6-9pm
Gallery Hours: Saturdays + Sundays, May 12th-June 3rd, 12-6pm, or by appointment
Image credit: Jessica Hines, from the series My Brother's War
Exhibition Dates: November 9, 2016 - March 4, 2017
Exhibition Location: SFAC Main Gallery
401 Van Ness Avenue (War Memorial Veterans Building)
San Francisco, CA 94102
Artists' Reception: Friday, November 18, 6 - 8 p.m.
Free and open to the public
Not Alone: Exploring Bonds Between and With Members of the Armed Forces is an expansive exhibition featuring works by local and national artists and veteran artists that have been engaged with the subject matter of individuals supporting active-duty personnel and/or veterans over long periods of time.
The artists in Not Alone engage in building narratives about and with members of the Armed Forces and their families through media including photography, drawings, prints, sculpture, audio works, installations and 360 video. Their works offer perspectives on a variety of topics including veteran support networks, the experience of spouses and children of US military personnel and how veterans examine their own identity and personal relationships. The artwork in the exhibition highlights the family members, veterans and artists that actively seek out opportunities to connect and support their loved ones, friends and strangers (including everyone who is impacted by seeing this exhibition).
Not Alone is curated by SFAC Galleries Director Meg Shiffler and artist, curator and journalist Jason Hanasik.
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 11th, 2017, 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Exhibition Dates: February 11th – March 5th, 2017
“Past, Present, Future”, a solo exhibition by New York-based artist and activist Dread Scott.
The exhibition will open Saturday February 11th at 5pm and will feature an artist talk within the first hour, followed by a panel discussion at 7pm featuring Ana Teresa Fernandez, Patrick Martinez, Michele Pred, Matt Gonzalez and Nicole Archer, interrogating the intersections of art, aesthetics and politics.
We welcome you to join us for an evening of solidarity, in discussing and contemplating the role of the arts and artists within an oppressive and unstable political climate, and as a means of reflecting and recharging for what lies ahead.
**In addition to Dread Scott’s “Past, Present, Future” on the gallery’s ground floor, we’re excited to announce that we will be activating the second floor as a project space, adding a new dimension to the scope of what we’re able to accomplish through Guerrero Gallery.
The project space will hold a group exhibition featuring Tosha Stimage, Woody Othello, Chris R. Martin, Carolyn Jean Martin and Andrew Wilson. Much like the work of Dread Scott, the work of these five artistsFunction as a visceral collection of materially diverse meditations on the costs of empire, erasure and the reverberations of marginalized histories.
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