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.

Click here for more info.

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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SFAI Visiting Artists + Scholars Lecture Series

VISITING ARTISTS + SCHOLARS LECTURE SERIES: LAVA THOMAS
SAN FRANCISCO ART INSTITUTE

OSHER LECTURE HALL | 800 CHESTNUT STREET
OCTOBER 24 | 7-9PM | FREE

  Cora McHaney , 2017, graphite and conte pencil on paper, 47 x 33 1/2" *work in progress*

Cora McHaney, 2017, graphite and conte pencil on paper, 47 x 33 1/2" *work in progress*

I hope to see you next Tuesday evening at the San Francisco Art Institute, where I'll be discussing new work in progress as part of SFAI's Visiting Artists + Scholars Lecture Series. Click here to RSVP.  

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Smithsonian American Art Museum - Contemporary Artist Series

Requiem for Charleston is currently on view in the Lincoln Gallery at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM). I was invited to speak about Requiem for Charleston for SAAM's Contemporary Artist Series. I'm looking forward to sharing the interview with you when it becomes available. 

Joanna Marsh, Senior Curator of Contemporary Interpretation, writes:

Requiem for Charleston honors the nine men and women who died in a shooting on June 17, 2015, inside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Tambourines with black lambskin heads are inscribed with the victims' names, while the drums of others are made of polished black acrylic that reflect the faces of viewers, suggesting the collective tragedy of the attack. Artist Lava Thomas chose to memorialize the dead with tambourines because of their cultural and historical significance, particularly their role in African American musical traditions--including protest songs of the civil rights era. In the days following the Charleston massacre, tambourines, cymbals, and bells rang throughout the community as a call for unity and support. Here the instruments hang motionless, in silent tribute to the lives lost. 
 Joanna Marsh, Senior Curator of Contemporary Interpretation, Anne Showalter, Education Research Specialist, yours truly, and Sarah Newman, Dicke Curator of Contemporary Art.

Joanna Marsh, Senior Curator of Contemporary Interpretation, Anne Showalter, Education Research Specialist, yours truly, and Sarah Newman, Dicke Curator of Contemporary Art.

"With Liberty and Justice for Some," at Walter Maciel Gallery

I was one of several artists invited to participate in the group exhibition "With Liberty and Justice for Some," co-curated by Monica Lundy on view at Walter Maciel Gallery. The exhibition includes over 100 portraits of immigrants: artists, friends, relatives, historical figures, politicians and celebrities. A portion of proceeds from the exhibition go to organizations that provide support to marginalized communities, including: ACLU https://www.aclu.org/, Trevor Project http://www.thetrevorproject.org/ , Center for Reproductive Rights https://www.reproductiverights.org/ , Planned Parenthood https://www.plannedparenthood.org , LA LGBT Center https://lalgbtcenter.org/ and The SF LGBT Center http://www.sfcenter.org/

The exhibition received a wonderful review in the Huffington Post and a video and write up on KQED!

Exhibition Dates: January 7 - March 4
Walter Maciel Gallery
2642 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Culver City, CA