This exhibition centers around a new series of graphite and conté pencil portraits based on mugshots of the women of the 1955 yearlong Montgomery Bus Boycott, illuminating and emphasizing the leadership and sustained labor of women to tlhe boycott’s success. While mugshots intrinsically aim to dehumanize and criminalize, Thomas’ life size, richly detailed portraits offer a counter narrative.
This exhibition is in dialogue with the current political and social climate of the country: the resurgence of white nationalism, the rise of racial hostility and lethal violence, the ascent of white male supremacy in the Executive Branch of government, and the methodical erosion of hard won Civil Rights laws and protections by the current administration.
LAVA THOMAS: MUGSHOT PORTRAITS: WOMEN OF THE MONTGOMERY BUS BOYCOTT
Exhibition Dates: September 8 – October 27
Opening Reception: September 8, 2018 from 5pm – 7pm
Rena Bransten Gallery
1275 Minnesota Street
San Francisco, CA 94107