Eight bridges connect the San Francisco Bay, so it is an apt name for a gallery platform that brings the Bay Area art world together.

Our mission is to maintain a vibrant gallery scene, despite restrictions on travel, celebrations and other larger gatherings. We want to support our artists by informing and entertaining curators, collectors and critics with potent online exhibitions of their work.

On the first Thursday of every month, we will launch 8 shows of artists relevant to the Bay Area. They may be working in this place, long considered an epicenter of change, or deeply engaged in the conversations the Bay Area holds dear, whether it’s related to technology, the environment, social justice or sexual identity, to name a few. In addition, each month will highlight the crucial work of a Bay Area non-profit arts organization as its beneficiary, with an initial donation led by Phillips.

Founding Committee

Claudia Altman-Siegel, Kelly Huang, Sophia Kinell, Micki Meng, Daphne Palmer, Chris Perez, Sarah Wendell Sherrill, Jessica Silverman, and Elizabeth Sullivan

Ambassador Committee

Sayre Batton & Maja Thomas, Joachim & Nancy Bechtle, Matt Bernstein, Sabrina Buell, Wayee Chu & Ethan Beard, Natasha Boas, Douglas Durkin, Carla Emil, Matt & Jessica Farron, Lauren Ford, Ali Gass, Stanlee Gatti, Brook Hartzell & Tad Freese, Pamela & David Hornik, Katie & Matt Paige, Putter Pence, Becca Prowda & Daniel Lurie, Deborah Rappaport, Komal Shah & Gaurav Garg, Laura Sweeney, The Battery, Robin Wright, Sonya Yu & Zack Lara

Sponsors

Lobus, Phillips, The Space Program

Haines Gallery
Kota Ezawa
What We Build

Haines Gallery presents a selection of works by the Oakland-based artist Kota Ezawa, whose practice draws from our collective repository of images to examine potent moments in our shared cultural history. Comprising photography, animation, and sculpture, this multimedia offering spans two decades of the artist’s work to explore ideas of peace in our political sphere.

From the representation of a democratic voting process in its simplest form in the sculpture Handvote, to the ceremonial transition of power between US Presidents in the animated Take Off, the selected works in Kota Ezawa: What We Build are especially resonant during this unprecedented era in US politics—one marked by voter suppression, false claims of election fraud, and dangerous breaches of democracy. Viewed together, the works are a meditation on peace, diplomacy, and shared responsibility. The presentation’s title is drawn from former President Barack Obama’s 2016 speech at the Hiroshima Memorial Peace Park, an entreaty to “define our nations not by our capacity to destroy, but by what we build.”

In conjunction with 4×8-bridges, Haines Gallery is streaming one of Ezawa’s seminal animations, Lennon Sontag Beuys, in its entirety online from January 25 to 31. Click here to learn more.

Kota Ezawa
Handvote
, 2008
Plywood, enamel paint
11.25 x 17 x 5.75 inches
AP (from an edition of 3)
$10,000

Kota Ezawa
Visit to Hiroshima
, 2020
Duratrans transparency and lightbox
Lightbox: 30.5 x 45.5 x 3 inches
Edition of 5 + 2 AP
$16,000

Kota Ezawa
Take Off
, 2013
Single-channel video (color, sound)
2:40 minutes, looped
Edition of 7
$10,000

Kota Ezawa
Modernist Folksong
, 2017
Duratrans transparency and lightbox
Lightbox: 30.5 x 30.5 x 3 inches
Edition of 5 + 2 AP
$14,000