Take This Hammer: Art + Media Activism from the Bay Area

PERSIA featuring Daddie$ Pla$tik Google Google Apps Apps 2013. Courtesy the artist.

PERSIA featuring Daddie$ Pla$tik Google Google Apps Apps 2013. Courtesy the artist.

The Bay Area Society for Art & Acitivism is a proud contributor to Take This Hammer: Art + Media Activism from the Bay Area, curated by Christian L. Frock and on exhibition at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts from March 11 to August 14, 2016.

Please join us for the opening reception, Friday, March 11 at 7pm in the YBCA Grand Lobby, 701 Mission Street in San Francisco. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

Our contributions include a timeline of Bay Area art and activism and a selection of four short documentaries to accompany the director’s cut of of WNET/KQED’s 1963 documentary Take This Hammer featuring James Baldwin and directed by Richard O. Moore. All five video monitors and the timeline are on display in the YBCA Grand Lobby where they are accessible to the public for free. (No admission fee required.)

YBCA Exhibition Description

Who is an activist? What role does art play in social change?

Performance, visual art, and technology offer a new kind of toolkit for today’s activism, allowing for a broad range of participation in change-making. At the same time, social media offers an unprecedented platform for increased visibility and public dialog. Take This Hammer: Art + Media Activism from the Bay Area explores these possibilities through the recent work of artists, activists, and technologists addressing the most pressing issues of our time.

Guest curator Christian L. Frock provides an expansive look at artworks, media projects, and ephemera from tactical interventions, as well as several new site-specific commissions, including recent works by Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, Bay Area Society for Art & Activism, Cat Brooks with Black Lives Matter | Anti Police-Terror Project, CultureStrike, Pitch Interactive, Tucker Nichols, Favianna Rodriguez, Stamen, and many others. A full-color publication features new essays by Jeff Chang, Christian L. Frock, and Rebecca Solnit.


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