Saturday, December 1, 11am to 8pm– Editions Holiday Pop-up Shop at Minnesota Street Project: Come and peruse Minnesota Street Project’s full line of artist-made editions while enjoying a holiday-themed cocktail from Besharam’s bar. Editions features a mix of handmade collectibles and functional items—from sculptures and exclusive prints to artist-designed apparel and homeware. Editions exists to support Minnesota Street Project’s mission to provide affordable spaces for artists, galleries, and cultural nonprofits in the Bay Area. They share proceeds evenly with each Editions artist and use their portion to further reduce the rents for their tenants. Minnesota Street Project is located at 1275 Minnesota Street.
December 1 to 29– re: home: A For Freedoms exhibition at Minnesota Street Project’s Gallery 200: re:home is a For Freedoms exhibition and community action that examines how the broad societal crises of sanctuary cities, homelessness, and the flight of the creative class intersect in the San Francisco Bay Area. re:home pushes forward the conversation sparked by the exhibition Making Heimat, which was developed by Deutsches Architekturmuseum and first presented in theGerman Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. re:home examines how the concepts of “Heimat” (Homeland) and “Arrival City” invoke contemporary regional struggles, exploring what it means to be a political refugee, and the modes of displacement endured by economic refugees. The exhibition reflects upon and critiques the lights and shadows of San Francisco as an “Arrival City” and presents the ways in which it can become a more effective one. To further democratize access to the artwork and concepts within re:home, a Pop-Up Shop of prints, artist editions, and books will be presented in conjunction with the exhibition. Minnesota Street Projects’s Gallery 200 is located at 1275 Minnesota Street.
Related event: Saturday, December 15, 6– 8pm
A For Freedoms Town Hall event will take place in Minnesota Street Project’s Atrium hosted by Marc Bamuthi Joseph, spoken-word poet, dancer, playwright, and Chief of Program and Pedagogy at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Throughout the exhibition, programming, performances, and special events will be held in collaboration with various individuals and organizations.
Thursday, December 13, 6 to 9pm– Reorienting the Imaginaries: Markers’ Market at SOMArts Cultural Center: The exhibition on view at SOMArts, Reorienting the Imaginaries, brings together artists of color who are connected by complex histories, identity and power to disrupt the unwarranted representations imposed upon them by the Western gaze. As part of the exhibitions programming, the Makers’ Market moves beyond representational identity politics to highlight makers and organizers in a variety of industries. Participating vendors are taking control of their own means of production and redefining the business model that is rooted in community building and engagement based on community needs. Vendors include Allatum Jewelery, Damn Good Teas, Diaspora Co., Illustrated Truths, La Botanica Azul, Narinda Heng Pottery, and Vida Vazquez StudioQueer Care. SOMArts Cultural Center is located at 934 Brannan Street.
Ongoing to December 22– Janet Delaney: Public Matters at EUQINOM Gallery: Capturing the spirit of protest and parade, Public Matters brings together photographs made in Reagan-era San Francisco. At this turbulent time in the mid eighties, Delaney was living in the primarily Latino neighborhood of the Mission District. If political governance was regressing, the West Coast city was a place where, as Delaney remembers, ‘progressive ideas would always be upheld.’ Celebrating multiculturalism and collective struggles for social justice, Public Matters surfaces at a juncture when the message of building bridges is needed now more than ever. In the vintage glow of her sun-drenched images, Delaney leads viewers in and out of crowds – among demonstrators, fair-goers, crossdressers, union organisers, beauty pageants, dancers, salesmen, mothers, kids, and market punters – searching for as many intimate moments as she found collective voices. EUQINOM Gallery is located at 1295 Alabama Street.
Ongoing to December 22– Anne Appleby: The Mountain and Me at Anglim Gilbert Gallery: In this exhibit, Appleby offers offers a powerful, nuanced account of evolutions in the natural environment of her home in central Montana. Appleby’s 360 degree, 365 days-a-year observations encompass distant views of the rising mountain forms, as well as the finely tuned abstractions derived from specific tree species and the effects of climate change. Appleby’s process of intimately observing the sweeping mountainsides and tree species indigenous to her surroundings, results in abstract compositions that capture the quietness yet monumentality of the natural world. Her works have a subtle palette and tonal range that reflect how light, color, and form are optically experienced. Clusters of tree groves and shadows appear in soft focus, allowing the viewer’s gaze to slowly drift across the painted surface, observing the work in a mode similar to Appleby’s personal vision of the landscape around her. Anglim Gilbert Gallery is located at 1275 Minnesota Street.
Ongoing to March 10– Other Walks, Other Lines at San José Museum of Art: One of our most elemental behaviors as human beings is walking. But what happens when we become explicit, inquisitive, and deliberate about what is as natural to us as eating and breathing? Walking is both universal and idiosyncratic; we all walk but choose different paths, peppered by unique interactions and experiences. Other Walks, Other Lines examines the variety of ways in which 23 artists reflect on this specific, mundane activity, and use it to make meaning. San José Museum of Art is located at 110 South Market Street in San José.
Ongoing to January 12– Orestes Gonzalez & Zulfikar Ali Bhutto: I am to see to it that I do not lose you at SF Camerawork: The exhibition presents two bodies of work that establish a vital temporal line between a retrieved history and a proposed future. Gonzalez’s photographic tour of his late uncle’s home in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood invites audiences into his uncle’s space to witness a life lived unapologetically amidst rigid twentieth-century social morals that rejected queerness outright. Gonzalez’s work records and deconstructs the family and culturally-driven narrative about who his uncle was as a gay man, immigrant, and hard-working provider. Bhutto’s multimedia series fuses textile, performance and lens-based practices to envision a rebellious queer future. Bhutto seeks to subvert the western gaze at Muslim, queer, and black and brown bodies by creating high femme warriors who fight for a world in which all are embraced. SF Camerawork is located at 1011 Market Street, 2nd Floor.