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“PROPHECY: ARTISTS & COMMUNITIES CONFRONT GLOBAL CRISES” is conceived as a traveling exhibition and series of events.   Organized by curator William Torphy, it poses a powerful dialog between language and visual art.  It was originally shown  August 2-25, 2007 in the Main Gallery at SomArts in San Francisco, California.

Installation at SomArts. Click images for enlarged views.

Three videos from the August 2 reception:

Introduction by William Torphy:

Video from the August 17 reception at San Francisco City Hall:

Artists' Interview:

“PROPHECY” is based on a poem, written on the gallery’s walls, of an imagined Mayan vision that foresees the destruction of its culture as well as the potential destruction of our own.  Paintings, sculpture, installation and performance along with the extended metaphor created by the text confront issues of greed, war, cultural imperialism and degradation of the environment.  Artists featured are Richard Akers, Chema Gonzalez, Robert Hernandez, Robert Hernandez, Roberta Loach, Carlos Loarca, Diana Marto, Irving Norman, Alfredo Paz and Clayton Thiel.

Three other events were scheduled with the exhibit, reflecting requests by the communities involved. “Mexico/Palestine: Unspoken Borders,”  an evening of art, music, dance and dialog, brought  together two disparate cultures in a dialog addressing issues of borders and conflicted communities.  “Ithuriel Speaks Out!” featured writers and poets from Ithuriel Spear Press of San Francisco weighing in on issues of art and politics.  At San Francisco City Hall, a selection of art works and texts from “PROPHECY” were prominently exhibited in the office of City Supervisor
Ross Mirkarimi.

“PROPHECY” has been designed for travel to art institutions, regional museums and college & university galleries.  The addition of appropriate components and programs suiting the hosting institution are encouraged.  The original core group of nine artists, for instance, can be expanded to reflect contributions by regional artists and writers.  The multi-disciplinary aspects of the program allows for rich participation by any number of academic departments and/or artistic disciplines: music, dance, visual art, poetry and text, performance.

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