VISUAL ACTIVISM – SFMoMA, 14-15 March 2014

Visual Activism

Visual Activism

Friday 14 March 2014, 9am – 7pm

Saturday 15 March 2014, 9am – 7pm


Brava Theater Center 2781 24th Street San Francisco, CA 94110 Map


Join us for a symposium exploring the relationship between visual culture and activist practices.

Art can take the form of political and social activism, and activism often takes on specific, and sometimes surprising, visual forms. How is our broader visual culture shaped by activist practices that circulate in public space? How can we better understand forms of communication that take place under threat of war, revolution, or repression? What strategies can be deployed to transform our engagement with the built environment and broader ecologies? How do embedded social hegemonies, such as racism, figure in the larger efforts to engage with activism visually?

Scholars, artists, and activists address these and related questions in a series of presentations, performances, and interactive projects.

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This symposium is presented by the International Association for Visual Culture in collaboration with SFMOMA, and is convened by Julia Bryan-Wilson, associate professor of modern and contemporary art, UC Berkeley; Jennifer A. González, associate professor of history of art and visual culture, contemporary art, race and representation, UC Santa Cruz; and Dominic Willsdon, Leanne and George Roberts Curator of Education and Public Programs, SFMOMA.

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Visual Activism is followed on Sunday 16 March by Bearing Witness, a one-day symposium that explores the political and social significance of the rapid and fundamental changes in the field of contemporary photography.

Admission + Ticketing

Free with pre-registration. NOTE: This event is now sold out; RSVP to add your name to the waitlist.