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Close to Home: Creativity in Crisis

March 7, 2021 - September 22, 2021

Painting of an aerial view of the Golden Gate Bridge packed with protestors, who are marching across it. The one lane of traffic on the bridge is stopped, bumper to bumper,. In the background, water from a flat San Francisco Bay meanders under the bridge.

Close to Home: Creativity in Crisis brings together seven Bay Area artists ― Carolyn Drake, Rodney Ewing, Andres Gonzalez, James Gouldthorpe, Klea McKenna, Tucker Nichols, and Woody De Othello ― and their deeply personal responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and social upheaval of 2020. Their projects emerged from the profound curtailing of daily life that resulted from shelter in place: the disruption of routines and the inaccessibility of studios or materials, the instability in employment, and the delicate and sometimes untenable balance struck between family needs and work obligations. These challenges demanded an adaptive way of working; rather than closing off opportunities, the constraints prompted new approaches and new lines of inquiry.

Individually, the artists demonstrate a startlingly wide range of artistic, emotional, and political responses, a reminder of how this unprecedented period affects each of us differently. Taken together, their work emphasizes our shared experience in this collective crisis.




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


151 3rd Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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