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

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Do We Dream Under The Same Sky?

A special curated selection of artists from the Asian diaspora in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, curated by Aleesa Pitchamarn Alexander of the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University and Kelly Huang of KCH Advisory

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May 2021, 8-bridges founding member Kelly Huang of KCH Advisory, and Aleesa Pitchamarn Alexander, Assistant Curator of American Art and Co-Director of the Asian American Art Initiative (AAAI) at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, have curated a selection of historical, mid-career, and emerging artists from the Asian diaspora.

The Bay Area has historically been and continues to be at the center of Asian American studies, artistic production, and activism. The term "Asian American" was coined by the Bay Area-based Asian American Political Alliance in 1968, demanding a much-needed move away from the Eurocentric, exoticizing, and racist appellation "Oriental." This selection understands the term "Asian American" expansively, allowing for a multiplicity of relations and connections rather than as a fixed identity category contained within national borders.

Considering artistic production across the Asian diaspora, these artists work in a broad range of media—from painting to installation, new media to sculpture. Furthermore, they address a myriad of issues: Nam June Paik's conceptual objects speak to technological omnipresence, Rirkrit Tirivanija’s mixed-media practice bridges the personal with the collective and is the source of the presentation’s title, “Do We Dream Under the Same Sky?”, and Anna Sew Hoy's sculptures combine the handmade with consumer culture. This multigenerational selection of artists necessarily reiterates that Asian Americans are, and have always been, formidable creators and artists.

In a moment in which anti-Asian discrimination and violence are surging during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is imperative that the artistic production of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders remain part of larger cultural conversations about representation, nationhood, and equity. For so long, Asian Americans have occupied a peripheral role—if one at all—in the mainstream art world, their contributions to the global cultural landscape rarely acknowledged. By centralizing Asian American artists here, we hope to increase visibility, foster interest, and support the diversity of these artists' practices. May this platform serve as a celebration of the strength and diversity of the Asian American community and an opportunity for further engagement with Asian diasporic art.