San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) and Oakland’s Aggregate Space Gallery (ASG) is presenting the debut of four new video works by Chicago-based, interdisciplinary artist Jefferson Pinder in an original exhibition titled Flash Point. Collapsing history into the present, Pinder traces a path back to the Spring of 1919, when Blacks across the United States saw a surge in race riots, lynchings, and violent mobs. Racial tensions had reached a critical tipping point, fueled by a shifting post-war climate. This extended period of violence, lasting through most of the year, is marked in American history as the Red Summer.
The performance work captured in the videos is associated with Pinder’s cathartic 2019 Red Summer Road Trip, a journey he undertook on the 100th anniversary of the 1919 violence. Pinder explores the current racialized landscape with his crew of performers to see what has changed in a century—and what has not. From Chicago, Illinois to Ellisville, Mississippi, revisited sites of terror are host to an exploration of the hidden histories that underpin the African American plight.
Flash Point brings disparate locations and events into a shared space where past injustices meet contemporary forms of perseverance.
Jefferson Pinder is a Professor of Sculpture and the Dean of Faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Exhibition Dates: December 6, 2019—March 28, 2020
Opening Reception: December 5, 2019 from 5pm – 8pm
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco, CA
Aggregate Space Gallery
416 26th Street
Oakland, CA 94612