UPCOMING

  Lottie Green Varner , 2018. Graphite and conté pencil on paper.

Lottie Green Varner, 2018. Graphite and conté pencil on paper.

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. 


  Looking Forward , 2017 Altered tambourines, lambskin, suede, leather, acrylic mirrors, graphite, and paper 65 x 55 x 2 1/2 in.

Looking Forward, 2017
Altered tambourines, lambskin, suede, leather, acrylic mirrors, graphite, and paper
65 x 55 x 2 1/2 in.

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.