November 2017–January 2019

Be Not Still: Living in Uncertain Times

Gatehouse Gallery / Main Gallery

Be Not Still: Living in Uncertain Times
Unfolding in two parts over the course of 2017 and 2018, Be Not Still: Living in Uncertain Times addresses concerns of the present social and political climate through a radical new model of experimentation and inquiry. Assembling a diverse intergenerational mix of artists with ties to the Bay Area, the exhibition evokes a call to action, inviting participants to identify and respond to a theme of their choosing through the production of new work. Presented in di Rosa’s newly renovated Main Gallery, the commissioned artist projects offer viewers multiple lenses through which to reflect on and engage with prescient matters affecting our local and global communities. In the Gatehouse Gallery, a guest-curated installation of work from the permanent collection joins the matrix of themes found throughout the exhibition. Central to Be Not Still is an extensive education and civic engagement program including community partnerships and artist residency projects, providing multiple opportunities for engagement throughout the run of the long-term, institution-wide exhibition.

This exhibition is organized by Amy Owen, Curator, and Kara Q. Smith, Assistant Curator with Andrea Saenz Williams, Director of Education and Civic Engagement.

Part 1: November 4, 2017 – May 27, 2018
Dodie Bellamy & Kevin Killian, Ala Ebtekar, Ramekon O’Arwisters, Rigo 23, and Allison Smith

Ala Ebtekar, Rigo 23, and Allison Smith will each present new installations responding to, respectively, citizenship, American exceptionalism, and North American fundamentalism in di Rosa’s 8,500 ft² Main Gallery. The space will also host a dedicated program hub and feature a new ongoing participatory project by Education Artist in Residence Ramekon O’Arwisters. di Rosa’s 3,000 ft² Gatehouse Gallery will feature an installation of work from the permanent collection curated by Dodie Bellamy and Kevin Killian organized around the topic of surveillance.

A partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of Napa Valley will use the exhibition as a platform for a collaboration aiming to increase leadership skills for teens while addressing issues relevant to their everyday lives through an artist-led project. Additional programs and partnerships to be announced.

Learn more:

Read the exhibition release for Part 1 here