activist imagination exhibition opens!

Jeez. It’s been an entirely too, too, too frenetic week. Waaay behind on shenanigan-related posts, but in the interim, please make time if you’re able to catch this show.

Join Kearny Street Workshop for the opening reception of the Activist Imagination exhibition exploring the past, present, and future of arts and activism through the eyes of Bob Hsiang, Donna Keiko Ozawa, and Christine Wong Yap. The exhibition runs February 29 – May 24, 2008, at KSW’s space180, and is part of KSW’s Activist Imagination program.
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In its 35th anniversary year, Kearny Street Workshop, the oldest multidisciplinary Asian Pacific American arts organization in the country, has collaborated with visual artists Bob Hsiang, Donna Keiko Ozawa, and Christine Wong Yap to produce Activist Imagination, an exhibition about activism, art, and community. Responding to KSW’s rich history of activism and art, Activist Imagination offers a multigenerational and multi-media look at the past, present, and future of Asian Pacific American activism. Photographer Bob Hsiang will unveil recent portraits of activists, including longtime civil rights activist Yuri Kochiyama, South Bay organizer Raj Jayadev, and Oakland performance poet Shailja Patel. Donna Keiko Ozawa will show new interactive sculptures, including viewer-activated pieces inspired by the struggle to save the International Hotel, where Kearny Street Workshop was founded in 1972. Christine Wong Yap contributes site-specific installations and a screenprinted multiple to continue her work around optimism and pessimism.
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The Activist Imagination exhibition goes hand-in-hand with an Activist Imagination discussion series running from November 2007 – May 2008, and a catalog of the exhibition will be released at the closing event on May 24th. Activist Imagination is made possible in part by a grant from the Creative Work Fund through support from the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the James Irvine Foundation. Activist Imagination is also supported in part by a grant from the San Francisco Foundation.

Date/Time: Exhibition Opening Reception: Friday, February 29, 2008; 6.30 – 9pm
Exhibition runs February 29 – May 24, 2008; Gallery hours: W, Th, 3 – 6pm; Sa, 2 – 6pm.

Location: Kearny Street Workshop’s space180, 180 Capp Street, 3rd Floor, @ 17th Street, San Francisco
Cost: Free and open to the public.
Information: 415.503.0520; info@kearnystreet.org; www.kearnystreet.org/activistimagination
Join the conversation online: http://kearnystreet.wordpress.com/category/activist-imagination/

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