Looking Forward , 2017

Looking Forward, 2017

Personal to Political: Celebrating the African American Artists of Paulson Fontaine Press
Krasl Art Center
707 Lake Boulevard St. Joseph, MI
September 1 - November 25, 2018

Personal to Political: Celebrating the African American Artists of Paulson Fontaine Press features works by African American artists who have helped to shape the contemporary art conversation in the Bay Area and beyond. The show covers a wide range of prints, paintings, quilts, and sculptures, and includes an array of abstract and formal imagery. Narratives that speak to personal experiences and political perspectives are woven throughout. The exhibition features works by Edgar Arceneaux, Radcliffe Bailey, McArthur Binion, Gee's Bend Quilters (Louisiana Bendolph, Mary Lee Bendolph, Loretta Bennett, Loretta Pettway), Lonnie Holley, David Huffman, Samuel Levi Jones, Kerry James Marshall, Martin Puryear, Gary Simmons, and yours truly. Personal to Political will travel through 2022; list of dates and venues here.

Lottie Green Varner,  2018.

Lottie Green Varner, 2018.

Mugshot Portraits: Women of the Montgomery Bus Boycott
Rena Bransten Gallery 
1275 Minnesota Street, San Francisco, CA
September 8 - October 27
Opening Reception: September 8th

Mugshot Portraits: Women of the Montgomery Bus Boycott is a solo exhibition of works by Lava Thomas. The exhibition takes a contemporary look back at a powerful, yet under acknowledged legacy of Black women’s activism through a series of portraits drawn from the mugshots of women who were indicted under Alabama's anti-boycott law.  Mugshot Portraits transforms visual codes of implied criminality into representations of Black women’s resistance, emphasizing the initiative, leadership, and sustained labor of women to the boycott’s success. 

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Pink Portrait (Self),  2018. Detail.

Pink Portrait (Self), 2018. Detail.

The Portrait Show
Rena Bransten Gallery
1275 Minnesota Street, San Francisco, CA
June 23 - August 18, 2018

The Portrait Show is a group exhibition exploring portraiture from traditional to non-traditional approaches in a range of media. This diverse grouping of works spans the humorous to the somber, nodding to the rich history of the portrait while aiming to expand its boundaries. The exhibition includes works by Robert Arneson, John Bankston, Dawoud Bey, Jonathan Calm, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Rupert Garcia, Jennifer Greenburg, Leiko Ikemura, Oliver Lee Jackson, Eirik Johnson, Arnold Kemp, Bovey Lee, David Linger, Hung Liu, Tracey Moffatt, Martin Mull, Tameka Jenean Norris, Raymond Pettibon, Naaman Rosen, Thomas Ruff, Salomé, Amparo Sard, Peter Saul, Tracey Snelling, Kumie Tsuda, Tara Tucker, John Waters, Lewis Watts, & Henry Wessel, among others.

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Black + White = Yellow (Self-Portrait) , 1995, 2014.

Black + White = Yellow (Self-Portrait), 1995, 2014.

Face Forward: Self-Image & Self-Worth
Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Ave, Richmond, CA
March 27 - May 19, 2017

Several works are included in the group exhibition, Face Forward: Self-Image & Self-Worth. The exhibition explores forms of self-portraiture, presenting a diversity of approaches to issues of identity, race, gender, status, and societal values. 

Lungbreasts , 1997

Lungbreasts, 1997

States of Matter
Zeitgeist Gallery
516 Hagan Street, Nashville, TN
January 6 - February 24, 2017

States of Matter is a group exhibition of sculpture created by women. The work included recalls the five changing states of matter and speaks to the malleability and hybridity of the female form. Curated by Karen Seapker and Vadis Turner.


Indigo Sabbath,  2017.

Indigo Sabbath, 2017.

Sabbath: The 2017 Dorothy Saxe Invitational
Contemporary Jewish Museum
736 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA
November 12 - February 25, 2017

For Sabbath: The 2017 Dorothy Saxe Invitational, the Contemporary Jewish Museum has commissioned works from fifty-seven artists to interpret the diversity of meanings associated with the day of rest.