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Democracy Now! coverage of “All the World’s Futures” at 2015 Venice Biennale

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Since we were unable to make the trip to Venice this year to see the 56th Biennale curated by none other than Okwui Enwezor, we’ll take Amy Goodman’s coverage of the exhibition which surveys global trajectories of politics and upheavals

Posted in Art & Activism Quarterly, Art Exhibitions, Artist-Activists, Found Online, International, Political Art, Posts, Social Justice, Video

Happy 40th Birthday Media Burn!

Ant Farm, Media Burn, event at the Cow Palace, San Francisco, 1975.

  July 4, 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of Media Burn and I have been looking forward to the Bay Area Society for Art & Activism’s commemoration of Ant Farm’s legendary performance piece for well over a year. An iconic

Posted in Art & Activism Quarterly, Artist-Activists, Bay Area, Collective Memory, Organization Update, Political Art, Posts

Media Burn 40th Anniversary Posters: Get’em While They’re Hot!

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Given the significance of Media Burn in guiding the spirit of our work, the Bay Area Society for Art & Activism has commissioned a double-sided commemorative poster to honor Media Burn’s forty years of undiminishable aura. We are incredibly grateful

Posted in Actions, Art & Activism Quarterly, Artist-Activists, Bay Area, Collective Memory, Political Art, Posts

In Case You Missed it: A Dissidents, the Displaced, and the Outliers Recap

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Special thanks to the everyone who made The Dissidents, the Displaced, and the Outliers such a success! Here is a collection of links documenting our exhibition and public programming: Dorothy Santos’s beautiful exhibition reflection and summary of our June 14 Closing

Posted in Art & Activism Quarterly, Art Exhibitions, Artist-Activists, Bay Area, Class, Events, Posts, Social Justice, Up&Out Lab

We are “Making a Scene!”

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The Bay Area Society for Art & Activism documents 50 years of alternative Bay Area spaces From July 9–August 20, 2015, the Bay Area Society for Art & Activism‘s fiscal sponsor, SOMArts Cultural Center, presents Making a Scene: 50 Years

Posted in Actions, Art & Activism Quarterly, Art Exhibitions, Artist-Activists, Bay Area, Collective Memory, Events, Political Art, Posts

From “Saints and Citizens”

Unknown indigenous artist, Station of the Cross V: Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus (detail), Mission San Gabriel Arcángel, San Gabriel, CA, early 19th Century.

California’s Mission Era Indigenous Artists and Political Resistance Ever since Lisbeth Hass’ book talk last year at the California Historical Society on Saints and Citizens: Indigenous Histories of Colonial Missions and Mexican California (University of California Press, 2013), the stare

Posted in Art & Activism Quarterly, California, Collective Memory, Posts

THE SKY IS THE LIMIT: Susan O’Malley (1976-2015)

Susan O'Malley with her work at the Art Moves Festival, Fryderyka Chopina, Toruń, Poland, 2012. (Photo: Christine Wong Yap)

It will be more beautiful than you could ever imagine. Take chances. Make more friends. The sky is the limit. These are the unabashedly brave and buoyant messages left to us by artist and curator Susan O’Malley who passed away suddenly

Posted in Art & Activism Quarterly, Artist-Activists, Bay Area, Posts

Ruminations on the Dissidents, the Displaced, and the Outliers of the Bay Area

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In thinking about the changes happening in San Francisco, I find the relationship between privacy and gentrification seems rather disparate at first mention. However these two concepts have become inextricably tied in urban environments subject to a particular influxes of new

Posted in Art & Activism Quarterly, Art Exhibitions, Bay Area, Class, Curating, Posts

Artists Get Organized!

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Across the Bay Area, artists are responding to the increasing challenges to our livelihood by getting organized. Two groups in particular are working hard to leverage the power of data to improve conditions for local artists. Arts Advocacy Coalition Since

Posted in Art & Activism Quarterly, Artist-Activists, Class, Posts

Who We Be: Superpanel on Art, Protest and Racial Justice

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Inspired by Jeff Chang’s recently published Who We Be: The Colorization of America, the “Who We Be: Superpanel on Art, Protest and Racial Justice” brings together five phenomenal panelists to discuss the visual culture of protest and current national movements

Posted in Art & Activism Book Club, Art & Activism Quarterly, Artist-Activists, Bay Area, Events, Political Art, Posts, Racism, Social Justice

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