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If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, please join us for the opening of Arion’s final exhibition of 2023: (un)BANNED. Ten premier local artists will present a diverse array of work celebrating the power of books to expand imaginations, open paths to empathy, and act as bulwarks against fear and misunderstanding. The dramatic rise in the attempts to ban books from library shelves and classrooms across the country has thrust the vital role of books into the public eye. Books about racism, sexuality, gender, and religion and those written by authors of color, women, and members of the LQBTQ+ community are often most in the line of fire.
Arion’s Curator-in-Residence Tamsin Smith has commissioned this timely creative response as a way to challenge these threats to freedom of expression and to celebrate the authors whose words have withstood censorship. Come meet the artists: Donald Bradford, Sam Claude Carmel, Sahar Khoury, Maia Kobabe, Judith Selby Lang, Richard Lang, Kija Lucas, Michelle Yi Martin, Brian Singer, and Jean Pettigrew Whelan.
Come out to celebrate the premiere of (un)BANNED at the Arion Press Gallery in the Presidio on Saturday, October 14th from 6-8 p.m. Drinks and light refreshments will be served.
The exhibition runs from October 14 through December 15.