Genera#ion: Contemporary Art from Saudi Arabia in San Francisco

Words by My Art Guides Editorial Team
August 2, 2016

Minnesota Street Project celebrates the opening of San Francisco’s first exhibition of contemporary art from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

This timely, cross-generational survey of 15 artists from Saudi Arabia, opens at Minnesota Street Project in the heart of the Dogpatch district of San Francisco, on Thursday 11th August and runs until 6 September 2016.

San Francisco has always welcomed marginalized groups and outsider voices. Since the 1950’s, the Bay Area has attracted influential artists, poets and thinkers who have initiated some of the great generational movements of their time. More recently, technological innovation and a cultural renaissance in the heart of downtown have once again put the ‘City of Rebels’ on the world stage.

It now seems fitting that San Francisco welcomes these outsider artists from Saudi Arabia, very much the pioneers of their generation, who will address cultural norms and taboos and their social impact.  In traveling to the U.S. at this time, they are defying mainstream expectations, reaching out directly to bridge one of the most contested political and ideological borders of our time. 

 GENERA#ION marks the third stop on a multi-city Saudi artists tour of the United States, and is supported by The King Abdulaziz Center for World Cultures. The tour, which launched earlier this summer at the Station Museum in Houston, Texas before traveling to Aspen, Colorado, aims to generate people-to-people dialogue and better understanding between the two nations. Following a run at Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco, the tour will continue to Bates College Museum of Art in Lewiston, Maine and other cities across the country.

Opening 7-10pm — Thursday August 11th, 2016
On the night:
Performance by Ahaad AlAmoudi 7PM & 8PM
Performance by Nugamshi 7.30PM
Music by Gharem Studio
Middle Eastern Food Truck by SAJJ
Arabic Coffee, Chai, Dates

Artists’ atlks 2-4pm — Saturday, August 13th
Minnesota Street Project, 1275 Minnesota St., San Francisco, CA 94107

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