The closing reception for Speak Your Peace (January 24th, 6-9 pm) features a tour of the gallery at 6:30 pm by curator Justin Hoover. Hoover will also moderate a 7pm discussion featuring Tressa Berman, founder of the Institute for Inter-Cultural Practice, and featured artist Richard Kamler. The discussion will focus Kamler’s project “Seeing Peace” and his legacy as a Bay Area artist and activist.
Speak Your Peace brings together Bay Area-based painters, digital, video and installation artists ranging in age, ethnicity and nationality to explore intercultural communication and social justice and propose new iconographies of peace through visual art.
“Seeing Peace,” an ongoing project by featured artist, activist and San Francisco native Richard Kamler, inspires the curatorial concept as well as satellite and gallery components for the exhibition. For Speak Your Peace, Hoover builds upon Kamler’s practice of pairing established contemporary artists with highly visible public space in an effort to collectively, publicly and imaginatively define peace.
Additionally SOMArts funds the printing of two images for public display in billboard advertising space donated by CBS Corporation. This pair of billboards at the intersection of 4th and Brannan Streets in San Francisco will exhibit “Ascension” by Ala Ebtekar and “Can I Tolerate Intolerance” by Uzi Broshi, December 10, 2012 through January 10, 2013.