Art on the Edge of Law

Who gets to break the law, and why? An exploration through art.

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“The relationship between civil rights, community organizing, self-expression and the law grows increasingly murky and intimidating, segmenting our society rather than creating a safe space for communities to come together. I Am Crime touches on issues of equity—who gets to break the law, when, and why.”
Lex Leifheit, SOMArts Executive Director

SOMArts Cultural Center presents I Am Crime: Art on the Edge of Law, an exhibition of more than 20 artists and collectives who—through visual art, video, performance, workshops, and film—challenge, question or circumvent the law through their work.

I Am Crime
March 9—April 19, 2012

SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St. at 8th St.
San Francisco, CA

SOMArts (South of Market Arts, Resources, Technology, and Services) produces and supports exhibitions, performances, classes, and other collaborations that serve its mission: to promote and nurture art on the community level and foster an appreciation of and respect for all cultures. SOMArts was founded in1979 and operates the South of Market Cultural Center, one of four city-owned cultural facilities in San Francisco.

Photos of exhibit by Bryan Hewit, courtesy of SOMArts Cultural Center.
Text excerpted from SOMArts press release.


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  • Street artist JR brings art to improbable places, creating projects that force us to really see each other.

  • How art healed and united troubled communities in the City of Brotherly Love.