For the 2020-21 season, the Thacher Gallery examines systems. As the global pandemic reveals the weak links in our governmental structures and millions speak out with Black Lives Matter against systemic violence and racism, the exhibitions for this year will also invite visitors to interrogate incarceration, cultural identity, public and institutional infrastructures, and more.
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A Matter of Liberation: Artwork from Prison Renaissance
August 17 - November 6, 2020
Curated by Antwan “Banks” Williams, A Matter of Liberation presents artists Emile DeWeaver, Eddie Herena, Sara J. Kruzan, Jason Perry, Orlando Smith, and Antwan “Banks” Williams answering the question, “What does liberation mean to you?” Through paintings, drawings, photography, collage, spoken word, and dance, these artists reveal the ways in which the pursuit for liberation unites us all. This exhibition is a collaboration between Prison Renaissance and the Thacher Gallery at USF, and is co-sponsored by the Jesuit Foundation. Performance piece provided courtesy of the Artistic Ensemble.
Image: Statute of Liberty by Antwan “Banks” Williams, acrylic on canvas, 2020.
The future now
November 19, 2020 - February 14, 2021
The future now is a site-responsive public art project by art collective Related Tactics. Illuminating facets of Black life in the city and exploring the state of national politics, this new commission will be located at multiple sites in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood and accompanied by a web-based survey of the group’s work at the intersection of race and culture. This hybrid exhibition is organized by Astria Suparak with USF’s MA in Museum Studies Curatorial Practicum class
Image: Installation view of Ready at Berkeley Art Center, 2019. Photo by Weston Teruya.
March 1 - April 8, 2021
In Pulled Apart, we experience artworks by artists examining the mechanisms of gadgets, scientific instruments, and computer technologies to reveal the internal and external systems that help shape society. What can we learn about ourselves through the act of disassembling and re-engineering these human-made tools? Artists include Terry Berlier, Adam Chin, Cynthia Hooper, and Gail Wight.
Image: Gail Wight, detail from “Anatomies,” 2003, 1 of 9 pigment prints, aluminum bar and silk cord, 68” x 42”
The 22nd Thacher Art + Architecture Annual
May 4 - June 27, 2021
Featuring juniors and seniors in the Department of Art + Architecture and organized by students, this annual juried exhibition presents the strongest works by students studying fine art, design, and architecture.
Image: Delaney Gibbons, Color Collages, collage on paper, 2019.