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Opening Reception: Sanctuary City: With Liberty and Justice for Some
March 25 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Exhibition Dates: March 25 – April 8, 2017
Exhibition Location: SFAC Main Gallery
401 Van Ness Avenue (War Memorial Veterans Building), Suite 126
San Francisco, CA 94102
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 25, 6 – 9 p.m.
Free and open to the public
The San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries is pleased to announce the first installment of Sanctuary City, a yearlong exhibition and public program series that delves into topics related to San Francisco’s immigration policies, immigrant and refugee populations, and the history of our Sanctuary City status.
For this inaugural Sanctuary City presentation, the SFAC Galleries is pleased to partner with Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles, to bring their critically acclaimed exhibition With Liberty and Justice for Some. Co-curated by Bay Area artist Monica Lundy, this exhibition features over 125 portraits of immigrants to the United States by 100 artists from Los Angeles and the Bay Area. Conceived in response to the presidential election in November, this show is a statement in response to the current administrations’ new executive order that blocks citizens from six Muslim-majority countries (Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen) from getting visas for 90 days, and reinstates a temporary blanket ban refusing admission to all refugees for 120 days.
Curator and artist Monica Lundy invited artists from across the country to make 8 x 8-inch portraits of individuals who came to the United States as immigrants including historic subjects, personal friends, relatives, strangers, and self-portraits. Lundy says, “Several portraits depict individuals that represent multiple politically vulnerable communities, such as African Americans, LGBTQ persons, Mexicans, Muslims, Jews, refugees, and women, thus representing our communities here in the Bay Area being threatened by the Trump administration.”
Notable subjects portrayed in the exhibition include actor Bela Lugosi, entertainer Grace Jones, former Secretary of State Madeline Albright, Jamaican political leader Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr., Architect I. M. Pei, Province of Pennsylvania founder William Penn, and several established artists such as Hung Liu, David Hockney, Marcel Duchamp, Enrique Chagoya, Wanxin Zhang, and Julie Mehretu.
Evelynn Aponte, Libby Black, Gary Brewer, Nyame Brown, Joey Castor, Chenhun Chen, Modesto Covarrubis, Bibi Davidson, Leonard De Greco, Yvette Deas, Colin Doherty, David Estrada, Rodney Ewing, Susan Feldman, Chris Finley, Jon Fischer, Dwora Fried, Dorothy Goode, Diane Andrews Hall, Adrienne Heloise, Sarah Hirneisen, Marlene Iyemura, Kevin Jones, Amy Kaps, Dave Kim, Michael Koehle, Danielle Lawrence, Carrie Lederer, Hung Liu, Sandra Low, Kija Lucas, Aline Mare, Kara Maria, Randi Matushevitz, Rikki Niehaus, Damian Obrien, Cynthia Ona Innis, Maria Pineres, Yulia Pinkusevich, Amy Pleasant, Mel Prest, Linda Price, Calida Rawles, Kate Rhoades, Karrie Ross, Maja Ruznic, Sonja Schenk, Annie Seaton, Steve Seleska, Christine Shields, Cindy Shih, Sheli Silverio, Jessica Snow, William Swanson, Camilla Taylor, Jessie Thatcher, Lava Thomas, Linda Vallejo, Dana Weiser, Diane Williams, Sandra Yagi, Kelvin Ming Young, Stella Zhang, Wanxin Zhang, among others