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


Lobus, Phillips, The Space Program

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Haines Gallery – Kota Ezawa: Lennon Sontag Beuys

January 25

In conjunction with 4×8-bridges, Haines Gallery presents an exclusive online screening of Kota Ezawa’s 2004 animated video, Lennon Sontag Beuys.

Lennon Sontag Beuys is based on existing footage of impassioned public speeches addressing notions of peaceful protest. Each segment features the piece’s tituar figures: John Lennon and Yoko Ono, surrounded by journalists, tout the potential of their “bed-in” to stop the war; Susan Sontag, seen giving a lecture at Columbia University, discusses how images of violence might be considered instruments of protest; and Joseph Beuys, filmed in the ‘70s during a public forum at the New School in New York, expounds on his thesis of “social sculpture.” By bringing together these three distinct messages, Ezawa exemplifies how an artist—whether musical, literary, or visual—can appear as an agent of social change.

Kota Ezawa, Lennon Sontag Beuys, 2004
Single-channel video (color, sound), 2:10 minutes
Courtesy of the artist and Haines Gallery, San Francisco

View at Haines Gallery


January 25


Haines Gallery