di Rosa announces a new campus-wide initiative with its next exhibition, Be Not Still: Living in Uncertain Times. Shown in two parts throughout 2018, the group exhibition addresses the present social and political climate through an experimental blend of commissioned artworks and di Rosa's collection of Northern California contemporary art. Part 1 assembles a diverse intergenerational mix of artists and cultural producers with ties to the Bay Area, including authors Dodie Bellamy and Kevin Killian, and artists Ala Ebtekar, Rigo 23, and Allison Smith. Participants were invited to identify and respond to a topic of their choosing under the overarching theme of present-day America. The resulting artist projects--exploring topics of surveillance, citizenship, American exceptionalism, and the rise of white nationalism--are presented to open a dialogue around prescient matters affecting our local and global communities.
This exhibition unfolds in two parts through 2018; it is designed to address the current social and political milieu which, as you may have heard, is somewhat charged. Overarching themes touch on surveillance, borders, racism and American exceptionalism. First up: new commissions by writers Dodie Bellamy and Kevin Killian and artists Ala Ebtekar, Allison Smith and Rigo 23.