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Charles Gaines: New Work

March 7, 2021 - September 22, 2021

A portion of a sheet of music, the title reading "Princes and Powers (After Baldwin). In between the top two clefs, lyrics reading "speech in the afternoon, dealing with the relation between ... today can be summed up thus, said Cesaire: that" is spaced out, to match the rhythm of the written music.

New Work: Charles Gaines presents Manifestos 4 (2020), an installation comprising four drawings, two videos, and a musical composition for sextet as well as Sky Box II (2020), an immersive experience of text and the unknown. The conceptual artist’s new works emerge from research into the Dred Scott Decision of 1857, which decreed that Black people were not U.S. citizens and therefore could not sue for their right to freedom. Many believe the ruling, one of the most controversial decisions of the Supreme Court, authorized racism and has left an indelible stain on the foundation of this country. In his charged return to this historical court ruling and its trial documents, Gaines disarms these texts by subjecting them to his rules-based methodologies, disrupting our understanding of rational information and the realm of the sublime.


151 3rd Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States




Wheelchair accessible, Sensory-friendly, ASL interpretation, Assistive listening devices, Service Animals allowed
BIPOC artist(s)
Event Type
Museum, Visual Art, Sound Art, Film & Video
Pandemic Info
By Appointment