The San Diego Art Institute will open a groundbreaking exhibit Saturday that explores contemporary work by marginalized African American and Latinx artists who identify as LGBTQ.
“Forging Territories” will showcase rarely-told stories of personal and cultural awakening. The work reflects the artists’ responses to a sense of identity and place, the influence of the current political moment and the comfort of shared background, language and history.
The exhibit in Balboa Park will bring together nearly 20 established, mid-career and emerging contemporary artists—all who live within the region—who work in such varied mediums as painting, drawing, photography, film and performance.
The opening aligns almost to the day with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, the beginning of the gay liberation movement.
“We’re a mainstream arts institution that serves as a launching pad for artists to reach the national and international stage, so it is essential that we open the gate to marginalized artists to allow thousands of residents and visitors to Balboa Park the opportunity to see this important talent,” said Jacqueline Silverman, executive director of SDAI.
The exhibit is curated by Ruben Esparza, founder and director of the Queer Biennial, an international art fair anchored in Los Angeles with satellites in New York, Mexico, Miami, Paris and Zurich.
“As a curator I feel it is important for institutions, museums and galleries to feature more artists of color and specifically queer people of color within the larger conversation,” said Ruben Esparza. “Through ‘Forging Territories’ we will be able to tell a much fuller story of voices that are not as frequently heard within the world of art and culture.”
The exhibit opens with a special preview from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, and will then be open Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. through Nov. 3. Admission is $5. The institute is located at 1439 El Prado in Balboa Park.
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