Strange Hope-ening

One of the nicest things about being back is coming home to a new President, and  a country that’s hopefully ready for some progress. Before I left town, I had sent off artwork to Galeria de la Raza for a clever little show called Strange Hope, which opened this past weekend, not long after I got back.

41 artists were invited by Carolina and Raquel to contribute a single, 8.5″ x 8.5″ piece of art to the exhibition, to be traded with another artist in the show by lottery. The show wanted to contend with both the hopeful aspirations as well as to acknowledge the uncertainty of these post-inaugural times.

Galeria wanted to address transformation, renewal and collectivity, but to that, I’d add generosity, vision, optimism, and camaraderie. It was such a fantastic, happy evening (even before the tequila shots), and all the artists were thrilled to be receiving artwork themselves. The energy at the opening was delicious: lots of exuberant, excited folks thrilled to be at the show, and part of any number of new experiences in 2009.

Guillermo Gomez-Pena giving a fantastic benediction of sorts

Gentlebear Jaime Cortez announcing the art trades with Carolina at left

Cheezers: participating artists Julio Morales, Johanna Poethig, Ana T Fernandez, Pato Hebert

The very cute mini-version of the artwork by Angelica Muro that I will receive once the show’s over

Strange Hope
Feb 6  to Apr 2
Galeria de la Raza
24th Street, SF

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