How is community built and practiced? In Performing Community, curators Laura Poppiti and Kara Q. Smith connect artists with audiences to explore and inform community building and creative placemaking in SOMA, San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood, July 6–July 28. The curators were selected for one of four Commons Curatorial Residencies taking place at SOMArts Cultural Center in 2011–12.
Exhibiting artists Susan Greene, Marlon Sagana Ingram (MSI), Kitsch House, Mobile Arts Platform (MAP) and Network of Daily Experience (NODE) will activate SOMA’s communities through pre-partying, street healing, and interactive installations which educate and engage gallery visitors by presenting various histories of SOMA and allowing for community contributions to these ever-developing narratives.
Poppiti and Smith commented, “For San Franciscans, SOMA is known as a neighborhood that eschews simple characterization and rightfully so, as a community can never be encapsulated in a few easy descriptors. The projects in this exhibition recognize the complexity of community, delving into communal particularities such as SOMA’s nightlife culture, transient populations and music history, the performances and collaborations of which contribute but a few parts to the sum of SOMA’s ethos.”
Join the artists & curators of Performing Community for the opening reception and witness a special performance by youth rockers from the San Francisco Rock Project at 7pm!
There is also a pre-party hosted by Kitsch House from 5-6pm RSVP here: http://kitschhouse.eventbrite.com/General
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