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.

Founding Committee

Claudia Altman-Siegel, Kelly Huang, Sophia Kinell, Micki Meng, Daphne Palmer, Ratio 3, 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


Lobus, The Space Program

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Latest Past Events

UC Davis Department of Art and Art History – Connie Butler Curator Talk

Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Musem of Art 254 Old Davis Rd, Davis

Connie Butler is the chief curator at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles where she has organized numerous exhibitions including “Lari Pittman: Declaration of Independence” (2019), “Marisa Merz: The Sky Is a Great Space” (2017), and the biennial of Los Angeles artists “Made in LA” (2014). Butler has long been interested in feminism and art, curating numerous show on women artists. When she was the Robert Lehman Foundation Chief Curator of Drawings at MOMA (2006-2013), she co-curated ”Lygia Clark: The Abandonment of Art, 1948-1988,” the first major Lygia Clark retrospective in the United States (2014). She organized the groundbreaking survey “WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution” (2007) at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles where she was curator from 1996-2006. In 2020, Butler received a fellowship from The Center for Curatorial Leadership as well as the Bard College Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence.

Curating Black Rage and Black Utopias: Mike Henderson: Before the Fire, 1965-1985

Join Manetti Shrem Museum Scholar-in-Residence Sampada Aranke and Curator at Large Dan Nadel and the Graduate Group in Cultural Studies for an overview of the exhibition, with an emphasis on the curators’ research and collaboration.

Opening January 2023 at the Manetti Shrem Museum, “Mike Henderson: Before the Fire, 1965-1985” features paintings and films by the UC Davis professor emeritus. These works depict scenes of antiblack violence, heteromasculinity and abject social conditions as well as utopian visions, questions of self-making and formal narrative studies of painting and film. Henderson’s ambidextrous practice examines and offers new ideas about Black life in the visual languages of protest, Afro-futurism and surrealism, challenging the protocols and propriety of art-making in the 20th century.

From Moment to Movement: A Conversation on Art, Protest and Public Engagement

Taking inspiration from the exhibition “From Moment to Movement: Picturing Protest in the Kramlich Collection,” on view at the Manetti Shrem Museum, this virtual conversation addresses the vital role of artists and art in the public sphere today and the challenges of critical and creative interventions in a media-saturated culture. The panel includes Susie Kantor, […]

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