The Arts at CIIS
A renowned San Francisco exhibition center, where people from different identities and communities connect through the arts and culture.
Image: Zora J. Murff's Remaking the Mark exhibition in the Desai | Matta Gallery (2018).
About the Arts at CIIS
The Arts at CIIS is rooted in the belief that arts and culture advance civic participation and engagement in our communities, nourish curiosity, and foster discourse across differences about the challenges we share and the future we’re creating.
Image: Karla Diaz' exhibition, While You Were Sleeping, in the Desai | Matta Gallery (2022).
We have been curating evocative exhibitions for a decade and a half.
Image: Chaksam-Pa Tibetan Dance and Opera Company, performed in front of Ang Tsherin Sherpa's exhibition, Himlayan Contemporary (2017).
An exhibition and publications project that fosters pluralism within the field of photography and lens-based media by supporting the work of emerging and mid-career artists of African, Latino, Native American, Middle Eastern, North African, Asian, and Pacific Island heritage.
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In American Places, Palacio brings an outsider’s perspective to his keenly observed America, and we discover a landscape both expansive and contained, delimited and unbounded.
Wendel White’s Manifest makes historical objects intimate yet monumental, reflecting the U.S.’s overlapping histories of slavery, abolitionism, and segregation and the struggle for freedom and equality.
June Yong Lee’s Skin creates photographic images intimately and arrestingly corporeal. They are traces of histories to which we aren’t privy, at which we can only guess, inserting our own experiences and queries to interpret the markings.