Resistance Reverb: Movements 1 & 2 in the SF Chronicle

Lava Thomas chose as her theme the idea of solidarity, producing a soundless tribute to music — a shower of red tambourines suspended from the ceiling — as a metaphor for community. The tambourine, a wall text points out, is an easily learned instrument that plays a part in the traditional music of numerous cultures around the world. Thomas lightly imposes a reference to her own African American heritage here and there, but keeps the whole an open-ended invitation to unity, as a wall of mirrored instruments incorporates the viewer, the room and, by extension, the world.
— Charles Desmarais, The San Francisco Chronicle
Image credit: Colson Griffith Photography

Image credit: Colson Griffith Photography

Thank you, Charles Desmarais, for featuring Resistance Reverb: Movements 1 & 2, in your review of Be Not Still, Part 2, at the di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art. The exhibition will be on view through December 30. 

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Pennsylvania Academy of the fine arts Acquires Prints by the African American Artists of Paulson Fontaine Press

I'm excited to announce that the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts has acquired a collection of prints by the African American artists of Paulson Fontaine Press, including Ficticious Self-Portrait (2006) and Xavier (2006). Read more

Ficticious Self Portrait  (2006) Hardground etching on Somerset white textured paper   29.5" x 28"     

Ficticious Self Portrait (2006)
Hardground etching on Somerset white textured paper  
29.5" x 28"     

Xavier  (2006) Hardground etching on Somerset white textured paper   29.5" x 28"     

Xavier (2006)
Hardground etching on Somerset white textured paper  
29.5" x 28"     

Watch online | SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM PANEL WITH ALFREDO JAAR, SAM GILLIAM, AND MODERATOR E. CARMEN RAMOS: "Contemporary Artists in Conversation with History: 1968"

Footage from the SAAM panel, Contemporary Artists in Conversation with History: 1968, is now available online. The event commemorated the 50th anniversary of the assasination of Martin Luther King Jr.

Watch it below and visit SAAM's video archive for more information.

Alfredo Jaar,  SAAM Deputy Chief Curator E. Carmen Ramos, Lava Thomas, and Sam Gilliam. Photo © Bruce Guthrie 

Alfredo Jaar,  SAAM Deputy Chief Curator E. Carmen Ramos, Lava Thomas, and Sam Gilliam. Photo © Bruce Guthrie 

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E. Carmen Ramos, Alfredo Jaar, Sam Gilliam, and Lava Thomas

E. Carmen Ramos, Alfredo Jaar, Sam Gilliam, and Lava Thomas

Contemporary Artists in Conversation with History: 1968 at SAAM

CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS IN CONVERSATION WITH HISTORY: 1968
SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM

F ST NW & 8TH ST NW, WASHINGTON, DC 20004
APRIL 4 | 6:30 - 7:45

I am participating on a panel with Sam Gilliam and Alfredo Jaar at the Smithsonian American Art Museum on April 4. The event, Contemporary Artists in Conversation with History: 1968, falls on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. The conversation will be moderated by SAAM Deputy Chief Curator, E. Carmen Ramos. 

In addition to discussing Requiem for Charleston, I'll be discussing new work currently in progress: A series of portraits based on mugshots of women who helped lead the Montgomery Bus Boycott.  

Rena Bransten Gallery | PULSE MIAMI BEACH 2017

PULSE MIAMI BEACH
RENA BRANSTEN GALLERY | BOOTH N-200

INDIAN BEACH PARK
4601 COLLINS AVENUE
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA
DECEMBER 7-10, 2017

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Looking Back 1 will be included in the Rena Bransten Gallery booth at PULSE Miami Beach this year, alongside works by Dawoud Bey, Bovey Lee, Hung Liu, Robert Minervini, Vik Muniz, John Preus, and Nobuyuki Takahashi. 

For more information, contact:
 Trish Bransten, trish@renabranstengallery.com / 415.602.1776
Jenny Baie, jenny@renabranstengallery.com / 415.652.3486

Rena Bransten Gallery
Minnesota Street Project
1275 Minnesota St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
415.982.3292
info@renabranstengallery.com

Double Take at SAAM: Requiem for Charleston

DOUBLE TAKE: ONE ARTWORK TWO VIEWPOINTS
FEATURING REQUIEM FOR CHARLESTON
SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM

LINCOLN GALLERY FOR MODERN & CONTEMPORARY ART
F ST NW & 8TH ST NW | WASHINGTON, DC
NOVEMBER 14 | 6-7 PM | FREE

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SAAM Senior Curator of Interpretation, Joanna Marsh, and History Curator, Kevin Strait, Ph.D. from the National Museum of African American History and Culture will discuss Requiem for Charleston as part of the SAAM program, Double Take: One Artwork Two Viewpoints. I'll be in attendance and hope to see you there.

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Sabbath: The 2017 Dorothy Saxe Invitational

SABBATH: THE 2017 DOROTHY SAXE INVITATIONAL 
CONTEMPORARY JEWISH MUSEUM

736 MISSION ST | SAN FRANCISCO
NOVEMBER 12, 2017 - FEBRUARY 25, 2018
 

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The 2017 Dorothy Saxe Invitational is a group exhibition that examines the diversity of meanings associated with Sabbath, the day of rest.  Indigo Sabbath is on view alongside works from over fifty artists commissioned by CJM for this exhibition. 

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