Alt-Left: Local Treasures
curated by DeWitt Cheng
April 29 - June 17, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 29, 6 - 8 pm
Featuring work by Mark Bryan, John Hundt, Pancho Jiménez, Michael Kerbow, Ariel Parkinson, Vanessa Woods
The Bay Area is of course among the most politically and cultural liberal regions in the country, its reputation for tolerance and progressive politics probably second to none. Our artists have accordingly been among the most outspoken critics of mainstream, status-quo politics as usual. Alt-Left: Local Treasures is a Bay Area art response to the current national ascendancy of the Alt-Right. It features work by three painters, Mark Bryan, Michael Kerbow and Ariel Parkinson; two collagists, John Hundt and Vanessa Woods; and a sculptor, Pancho Jiménez, who comment on history, politics and psychology with both deep feeling and a mordant, absurdist humor.
DeWitt Cheng is an artist, collector, freelance art writer, educator, and curator based in San Francisco. His articles have appeared in such publications as Artweek, Art Ltd., Artillery, ArtNews, East Bay Express, East Bay Monthly, Sculpture, San Jose Metro, Stanford Daily, Artslant.com, ArBusiness.com, and VisualArtSource.com.
Artists in Conversation
Saturday, May 20, 4pm
Free for BAC Members / $10 Nonmembers
Join the featured artists along with exhibition curator DeWitt Cheng for a fascinating conversation about left-leaning surrealism and art-making in the Trump era.
Resistors: 50 Years of Social Movement Photography
curated by Ken and Melanie Light
June 29 - August 20, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 29, 6 - 8 pm
Revolutionaries, protestors, and now resistors. The Bay Area has been home to a long and proud tradition of citizen activism, which has often been in the vanguard and the cause of increased human and ecological rights across the nation. Now in this time of heightened citizen involvement across the country, this exhibition links generations of resistors and provides inspiration for the ongoing struggle to achieve peace, equality and justice.
The exhibition highlights some of the foremost photographers in the Bay Area, including Stephen Shames, Nacio Jan Brown and Janet Delaney. Over generations, they have witnessed the social history in powerful imagery, seen in newspapers, magazines, posters, books and new media. But the show also includes contemporary photographers, such as Noah Berger and Sarah Rice.
There will also be a community photo board available where attendees can post photos of their own experiences at social movement events, adding to the dialogue and expanding the show.
Ken Light has worked as a social documentary photographer for over forty years, has been featured in numerous publications and exhibitions. He is the author of eight books including his most recent, Valley of Shadows and Dreams. Melanie Light has been involved with both the community of photographers and the photography marketplace for over two decades. She holds a B.A. in Art History from Smith College and a M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies.