Cross Currents is a group exhibition featuring Alvin Armstrong, April Bey, Eunnam Hong, Gabriel Mills, Gisela Mcdaniel, Li Wang, Rozeal., Sahana Ramakrishnan, Tajh Rust, and Tidawhitney Lek co-curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah and Micki Meng, celebrating the profound inﬂuence and dynamic relationship between communities of Black and Asian heritage in shaping contemporary culture. Spanning across centuries and continents, the Black and Asian diasporas have emerged as crucial pillars, forging expansive identities and making undeniable contributions to the global tapestry of life. These communities have functioned as a cultural, social, and creative bedrock that has shaped American society today.
The exhibition explores the symbiosis between these communities to discover the shared values, intersections, and inﬂuences in addition to solidarity within the rich contours of these two vibrant cultural groups. Embedded within the fabric of Black and Asian cultures are deep-rooted spiritual connections to ancestry, memory, storytelling, and the natural environment. Through multiple crossings and migrations across oceans, continents, and cities, the Black and Asian diaspora have cultivated a unique sense of in-betweenness, hybridity, and biculturality. These multifaceted perspectives are at the core of our investigation.
The exhibition highlights the parallels and ‘cross-currents’ between the experiences of these communities, showcasing how artists have fearlessly examined their multifarious collective histories and utilized their practices as a platform to articulate the future. Through their work, they navigate a nuanced entanglement that deﬁes linearity and stasis, embracing ﬂuidity and constant evolution.
Cross Currents aims to serve as a testament to the enduring inﬂuence and creative brilliance born from the fusion of Black and Asian cultures in American society and around the globe. We invite you to embrace the richness of these interconnected narratives and reﬂect on their profound impact on our shared global heritage
6PM – 8PM
Four One Nine, San Francisco
Drinks and Performances
In collaboration with opening committee: East West Bank
A selection of books and library card sign-ups provided by SF Public Libraries will be available throughout the show's run-time at the gallery and at The Line hotel.
Cover image: Rozeal. a³ blackface #36, later study (bcz dude doing double dutch’s du.) 2002/2023