Your Guide to This Summer’s Don’t-Miss Visual Art Shows

by Sarah Hotchkiss
Jun 1



Sculpture that looks like a tangle of multicolored fabric strips
Ramekon O’Arwisters, ‘Cheesecake #14,’ 2019; Fabric, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program, beads, pins. (Courtesy of the artist and Patricia Sweetow Gallery)

The Bay Area exhibition schedule is back in full force! It’s a good thing the majority of the 12 recommendations below have long runs, allowing you ample time to flit from North Bay to South Bay to East Bay over the course of the next few months, soaking up all the beautiful, exciting and challenging visual art your screen-weary eyes can handle.

‘Collective Arising: The Insistence of Black Bay Area Artists’

Museum of Sonoma County, Santa Rosa
June 25–Nov. 27
Details here

Collectives have long been a way for artists—especially those disregarded or undervalued by dominant art world systems—to join forces, amplify their voices and organize around common goals. Collective Arising, curated by Ashara Ekundayo and Lucia Olubunmi R. Momoh, surveys contemporary Black artists who have drawn strength from interdisciplinary collectives. Included in the show are members of nure, 3.9 Collective, House of Malico, CTRL+SHFT, and Black [Space] Residency, representing a wide spectrum of Bay Area artistic practices—and an exciting testament to homegrown talent.