I'm Kenney Mencher. I'm an artist who left a tenured professorship in 2016 to pursue making art full time. This blog is about art, art history, with a emphasis on human rights. I make homoerotic art featuring bears, otters & other gay wildlife.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
What can our ancestors teach us about creativity and resistance?
Día de los Muertos 2017
Opening reception with live music and performances Friday, October 6, 6:00–9:00 pm
Featuring over 60 artists working together to build an immersive environment for reflection and creativity, Day of the Deadat SOMArts insists that we honor the people and places that have been lost.
Now in its 18th year at SOMArts, this year’s theme, Remembrance and Resistance emphasizes the importance of mourning in the context of resistance struggles. Since its inception, Day of the Dead at SOMArts has offered a space for community reflection and remembrance, refusing to forget those who have been lost to police brutality, gentrification and displacement, and environmental destruction. Now more than ever, it’s imperative to honor the dead and reflect on their legacies.
Co-curated by father and son team René and Rio Yañez, Día de los Muertos at SOMArts embodies René's over 30-year career of community-building art and activism in San Francisco.
Help us celebrate this community undertaking with an exhibition unveiling next Friday, October 6, $12–15 sliding scale admission, featuring music by Caribbean fusion band LA GENTE and multi-disciplinary performance from La Mezcla.
Remembrance and Resistance: SOMArts' Annual Día de los Muertos Exhibition On view October 6–November 9, 2017 Gallery hours: Tuesday–Friday12–7pm, Saturday11am–5pm & Sunday11am–3pm Inspired by cherished relationships, current events, and personal and collective histories, more than 25 altars by over 60 participating Día de los Muertos artists build a dense environment of creativity that creates space for meaningful reflection and community engagement. Learn more here!
Remembrance and Resistance: Día de los Muertos Exhibition Unveiling Friday, October 6, 6–9pm The exhibition unveiling, $12–15 sliding scale admission, features music by San Francisco-based Caribbean fusion band LA GENTE, a multidisciplinary performance tribute to the Zoot Suit Riots by dance group La Mezcla, and other special guests. Advance tickets are strongly encouraged. Learn more here!
Remembrance and Resistance: Día de los Muertos Mission Salon Friday, October 20, 6–9pm In conjunction with this year’s Day of the Dead exhibition, SOMArts will partner with curator David Kubrin to bring the spirit of San Francisco’s Mission District to the exhibition. Featuring San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck with performances by Trio Cambio, Los Nadies, Josue Rojas, and Musical Art Quintet, this interactive salon will invite audience members to reflect on the importance of preserving and maintaining the cultural vibrancy of San Francisco. Learn more here!