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Tabitha Soren: Sarah Thornton in Conversation

October 6, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm PDT

Two photos of women side by side—one with a blue shirt and collar-bone-length, curly hair, standing before art; another with shoulder length hair and a short-sleeved black top against a curtain of chains.

Join us for an intimate conversation between artist Tabitha Soren and writer and sociologist of culture, Sarah Thornton. They will discuss Soren’s artistic process, vision, and photographic works on view in Tabitha Soren: Surface Tension (September 18 – December 12, 2021).

TABITHA SOREN (b.1967, San Antonio, TX) is a Bay Area-based artist and Peabody Award-winning journalist, known for her work as an MTV news correspondent and on-air producer. In 1999, Soren began a fellowship at Stanford University where she shifted her visual arts practice from film to still photography. Her photographs are in many private and public collections, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the George Eastman Museum of Photography, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Oakland Museum of California, and San Francisco’s Pier 24.

SARAH THORNTON is an ethnographer who writes about art, design and people. Formerly the chief writer on contemporary art for The Economist, Thornton is the author of three books, including her bestselling Seven Days in the Art World. Once hailed as “Britain’s hippest academic,” Thornton is now based in San Francisco and better known as “the Jane Goodall of the art world.” A scholar-in-residence at University of California, Berkeley, she is currently researching a book titled Uplifting Sagas: The Top Half of Women’s Liberation.


October 6, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm PDT
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Mills College Art Museum
5000 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland, CA 94613 United States
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Wheelchair accessible, Service Animals allowed
Women curated, Women artist(s)
Event Type
Museum, Visual Art