A Joy Unexpected 2nd Saturday Reception

Venue: 1131 Mission Street

Join Root Division on June 12, 2021 from 6-8pm for a limited capacity opening reception in honor of A Joy Unexpected, curated by Root Division’s inaugural Curatorial Fellow, Tavarus Blackmon. This artist-centered exhibition grew from an in-depth curatorial exploration during a year of social-distancing. Through virtual studio visits, online roundtables, and careful collaborations, curator Tavarus Blackmon has brought together a dynamic group of 15 artists ruminating on the hard-working propensity of creatives to make joyful adaptations in times of uncertainty. This rich multimedia exhibition features installations, video work, sculpture, and painting as well as pre-recorded artist interviews, performances, and a panel discussion.

Political upheaval, environmental instability due to climate change, and challenges to voter freedom, had all been folded into the difficult year of 2020. A Joy Unexpected reveals what is difficult to see within us during times of comfort.

Our limited capacity 2nd Saturday reception will be open for approximately 50 guests. In accordance with SF Health Department mandates we will need every visitor to RSVP ahead of time, wear a mask, and maintain social distancing while in the gallery. We’re excited to see you in person!

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