December 7 - 21, 2018


Opening Reception: Friday, December 7, 6 - 9 PM, featuring a performance by Gabriel Garza

Artists: Marcela Pardo Ariza, Shelly Bahl, Sarula Bao, Mitsuko Brooks, Angela Conant, Sage Dawson, Ricki Dwyer, Sarah Farahat, Divya Gadangi, Sair Goetz, Nicki Green, Iris Grimm, Maya Gulassa, Katie Hargrave, Andrew Kodama, Fermín Jiménez Landa, Cara Levine, Andy Li, Joseph Liatela, Mark McCloughan, Be Oakley, Aparna Sarkar, Rachel Cardenas Stallings, Jia Sung, Kaitlin Trataris, Lindsay Tunkl, Raphael Villet, and Lili White, and more.

Curated by: Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo

“In a world that is hard to live in, one often questions the use of the word ‘optimism.’ On the one hand, optimism references a possibility for hope in the future a hope in part thanks to all the incredible work that queer, trans, people of color, womxn, activists, culture makers, artists, and educators are doing. On the other hand, the confidence of optimism, like when people say ‘why can’t you just be optimistic about the future?’ can make some feel uncomfortable. It feels like optimism doesn’t always hold the complexities of what it means to look towards the future or a successful outcome.”

- Branfman-Verissimo on the biennial’s theme, OPTIMISM



  • T-Shirt launch by Jennifer Sullivan
    Smell and Draw by Mariana Vidal-Escabi, and more

    Saturday, December 15, 4:00-8:00 pm