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Choice Exhibition Opening Reception

Thursday, December 12, 2013
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Event Type:
Kelly Hammargren
Location Details:
Arc Gallery
1246 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Reception Thur Dec 12, 6-9pm; Exhibition December 12 through January 12; Panel Jan 7, 7-8:30pm; artists' talk Jan 12, 1-3pm

Choice is a landmark exhibition about women's reproductive rights. At a time when the erosion of women's reproductive rights is causing women in some parts of the country to feel that Roe Vs Wade is a distant history, women artists from all across the nation interpreted and created artwork to the theme, "choice." They also give us insight to their artwork through their writings. While one might think "choice" is just about abortion, the artists and juror Catharine Clark show us that it encompasses the spectrum of reproductive rights: if and when to be a mother, the method of contraception and the termination of pregnancy. It is about celebrating a wanted pregnancy and weeping over a pregnancy wanted and not fulfilled. It is choosing to terminate a pregnancy without regret or feeling conflicted with loss, wishing circumstances were different. The artists tell us Choice is what each woman must have: the right to decide for herself.

Juror Catharine Clark, owner and Director of Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco writes, "...choice is an exceedingly complex topic. I think it merits a thoughtful voice. Artists whose work is approaching the topic with the depth and complexity the subject demands were chosen for the exhibit."

Exhibition: December 12 through January 12. Panel discussion on reproductive rights on Jan 7 from 7-8:30 PM, artists' talk on Jan 12 from 1-3 pm.

The Choice exhibition catalog designed by Kelly Hammargren and Miwako Nishizawa is available at the gallery during the exhibition.

Choice is sponsored by the Northern California Women's Caucus for Art (

Arc Gallery supports the making of quality art in all media, provides a nurturing environment for artists to create their work, builds a community of artists to encourage exploration of art, provides resources for the professional development of visual artists, and promotes appreciation of the visual arts in the city of San Francisco.
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