Call for Beauty

Venue: 1131 Mission Street

This January and February, in the face of a tumultuous political climate in which hatred and racism have become increasingly present in the national dialogue, Root Division presents an alternative to all the ugliness.

Call for Beauty challenges assumptions about the concept of beauty while honoring the historical and ongoing creative presence of black artists in the Bay Area. Curated by the 3.9 ART COLLECTIVECall for Beauty addresses traditional and emergent notions of beauty through the manipulation of materials, forms, and space.

The 3.9 ART COLLECTIVE is an association of black artists, curators, and art writers of African descent who live in San Francisco. Expanding beyond the reach of their group for this exhibition, the3.9 ART COLLECTIVE invited members of the black artist community from around the Bay Area to respond to the call to expand the dialogue around historical and contemporary notions of beauty. Featuring 33 artists working in a variety of media Call for Beauty offers a wide range of definitions and approaches to the beautiful.

This two month presentation boasts a live musical event at the February 2nd Saturday reception featuring the jazz trio, BROUN FELLINIS. This event is co-presented by the MUSEUM OF AFRICAN DIASPORA as part of their current exhibition, WHERE IS HERE, curated by Jacqueline Francis and Kathy Zarur. Since the 1990’s BROUN FELLINIS has been a key component of San Francisco's acid jazz scene. Featured in clubs like Bruno's and Cafe Du Nord, the trio mixes the improvisational style of jazz with dub and funk, drum 'n' bass, Afrobeat and hip-hop.

Root Division is thrilled to partner with the 3.9 ART COLLECTIVE and the MOAD, organizations whose commitment to arts education, innovative programming, and inclusive arts engagement mirrors that of our own.

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