2017 Exhibitions

Days and Occasions: The Unexpected Griot

Opening: October 6, 2017. Runs all month.


Rodney Ewing's installation Days and Occasions: The Unexpected Griot takes shape on the street-facing wall of Southern Exposure, visible to passersby on Alabama Street. Like a traditional West African griot, Ewing is a collector and conveyor of neighborhood oral information. Traditionally griots perform the role of community historians – public speakers or singers of stories documenting local history for social gatherings and public ceremonies.

Ewing’s work often reflects upon and layers intersecting social histories, and in The Unexpected Griot he weaves together overheard conversational fragments with notations of time, memorializing and elevating ephemeral moments of social engagement. He catches and holds these shards of conversation as they roll past, recording them over the course of a year or more. By stenciling this found text in powdered graphite directly onto the gallery wall, he fills the wall with a dense, cacophonous, smeared sociality.

While the completed work will be presented on October 6, Ewing’s process is on view to the public throughout the month of September.

Recology, San Francisco, CA

October 1, 2017 through January 31, 2018  ​

Rodney Ewing has been selected to participate in the Artist in Residence (AIR) Program at Recology San Francisco during the Fall/Winter of 2017-2018. The Residency is a unique art and education program that provides Bay Area artists with access to discarded materials, a stipend, and a large studio space at the Recology San Francisco Transfer Station. Through this practice, Recology hopes to encourage people to conserve natural resources and promote new ways of thinking about art and the environment. Since 1990, over 120 professional artists and 30 student artists have completed residencies, making art from discarded materials. The studio is located at the 47-acre San Francisco Solid Waste Transfer and Recycling Center/Recology 47-acre facility in San Francisco. The Residency culminates with exhibitions of each of the artists' works and private VIP Tours for UNTITLED Art Fair.


With Liberty and Justice for Some?

Berkeley Arts Center: September 2017

San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery: March 25 - April 8, 2017

​Walter Maciel Gallery: January 7 - March 4, 2017


​Our country needs us now more than ever. Communities are finding themselves under duress, attack and even deportation. Many artists urgently feel a call to arms. Curator Monica Lundy asked working artists from across the country to create at least one, 8x8” portrait of an individual who came to the United States as an immigrant: the portrait(s) could be of anyone, spanning from historic to contemporary individuals, a stranger, someone you know personally or even a self-portrait. These individual portraits are assembled in an installation depicting the American Flag.  

Read the SF Chronicle review here

FourSquared: Arc Gallery, San Francisco

August 24 - September 14, 2017


One of sixteen pieces made for Arc Gallery's FourSquared exhibition in August, the series Strange Fruit is a response to the murders of Black men, women, and children by police and entitled civilians in America. This piece is dedicated to Sandra Bland.


Artist in Residence: Hangar Xerem, Lisbon Portugal

​July 2 - 31, 2017  ​

Rodney Ewing participated in the Hangar International Residency Program during the month of July 2017. The program promotes international exchange and exchange of ideas through artistic practice in the areas of visual arts, performance, photography and video.


Detritus: San Jose Institute for Contemporary Art

June 25 - September 10, 2017


Detritus explores the leftover scraps and byproducts of the art-making process that artists do not discard for a number of compelling reasons. What is the significance of a wall marked by an accumulation of paint and fingerprints spanning a lifetime of studio work? What does a jar full of eraser shavings reveal about the studio practice of an artist who draws? Taking inspiration from the field of forensics, this exhibition—guest curated by Kevin B. Chen, Lisa Ellsworth, and Lordy Rodriguez—examines the detritus from a multitude of Bay Area artists’ studios in order to shift the focus from art as commodity to the core value of art making.


Vanishing Point: 3.9 Collective Reflects on Black Communities in San Francisco Katz Snyder Gallery, JCCSF

May 7 – September 14, 2017


With creeping gentrification in the twenty-first century, the African-American population of San Francisco is increasingly marginalized and invisible. Curated by John Zarobell, Vanishing Point explores proposals for the survival of black people and artists in the city and seeks to open a conversation about black history and the future of black populations here.



April 2017


JUROR: Gia Hamilton Director, Joan Mitchell Center, New Orleans


RECONSTRUCT Salena Gallery, Long Island University, 1 University Plaza, Brooklyn, NY, 11201

April 3 - 28, 2017


Artists: David Baskin, Rodney Ewing, Lawrence Mesich, Sylvia Schwartz,
Brett Wallace, Elizabeth Riley, Simona Prives, Michal Gavish, and Etty Yaniv
Curated by: Michal Gavish and Etty Yaniv

Reconstruct, the new group exhibition at the Salena Gallery of Long Island University emanates from its location at the revamping district of downtown Brooklyn. Fully visible from the outside through large glass panes, the exhibition is placed at the intersection between public and private domains, where the artworks are concerned with the urban changes of the surrounding city. Through its location, transparency, and passageway structure, the exhibition functions as an agora, a meeting point for ideas on urban life in a changing political landscape. In this space the artists relate to urgent subjects, such as consumerism, gentrification, architecture, and race through a diverse range of media, including installation, animation, photography and painting, aiming to open a dialogue on diverse aspects of changes in the fabric of the city. Rodney Ewing examines Afro American narratives. In Rituals of Water he explores the impact of water on the African American Diaspora. In Fact and Fiction (Pugilist-Emile Griffith) he creates new narratives for marginalized individuals.


Beyond Printmaking 5 Texas Tech University

March 2017  

An exhibition of contemporary prints. Rodney Ewing's piece was selected by the curator, Patricia Villalobos Echeverría.

More information here

Justice For All? Euphrat Museum of Art @ De Anza Community College ​

February 1 - March 23, 2017 


Justice for All? looks at issues of justice and injustice with an exploration of inherent bias. The exhibition runs February 1 - March 23, 2017, with the reception with artists and authors will take place Wednesday February 15, 5:30 - 7:30pm.  Artworks and artists include a 10' Liberty Weeping sculpture (Joseph Delappe), large scale woodcut protest prints by the ASARO collective from Oaxaca, Mexico, portraits of those who have lost their lives to police brutality (Oree Originol), the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 that sent thousands of Japanese Americans to internment camps (Emiko Omori and Taro Hattori), explorations of inherent bias around race and identity (Jamil Hellu and Samuel Rodriguez), and more. 

Call for Beauty: A curated exhibit by 3.9 Art Collective

January 14 - February 18, 2017


Call for Beauty challenges assumptions about the concept of beauty while honoring the historical and ongoing creative presence of black artists in the Bay Area. Curated by 3.9 Art Collective, Call for Beauty addresses traditional and emergent notions of beauty through the manipulation of materials, forms, and space. The 3.9 Art Collective is an association of black artists, curators, and art writers of African descent who live in San Francisco. Expanding beyond the reach of their group for this exhibition, the 3.9 Art Collective invited members of the black artist community from around the Bay Area to respond to the call to expand the dialogue around historical and contemporary notions of beauty. Featuring 33 artists working in a variety of media, Call for Beauty offers a wide range of definitions and approaches to the beautiful.

Never Alone: Exploring the Bonds Between and With Members of the Armed Forces SFAC Main Gallery

​November 9, 2016 - March 4, 2017 

ARTISTS (* denotes a veteran artist): Rodney Ewing*, Michael HallMonica HallerJason Hanasik & Blake Montgomery, Jessica Hines,Amber Hoy*, Jennifer KaradyAmanda LucierWhitney LynnSuzanne Opton, Althea Thauberger, and Ehren Tool*; The Exquisite Corpse of the Unknown Veteran project organized Aaron Hughes* & Jeanne Dunning, featuring dozens of Bay Area artists and veteran artists

The artists in Not Alone engage in building narratives about and with members of the Armed Forces and their families. The artwork in the exhibition highlights the family members, veterans and artists that actively seek out opportunities to connect and support their loved ones, friends and strangers. Rodney Ewing's work is dedicated to his father, who was a Vietnam War veteran, and a member of the USAF for over 20 years. The work consists of 20 military blankets folded in the style of an American flag that is given to families at funerals. Each blanket has a star printed on in the center and an engraved name tag that refers to a memory or aspect of Ewing's father's values and personality. With this piece, Ewing creates a narrative of the different parts that made his father who he was, and still is to his son. Not Alone is curated by SFAC Galleries Director Meg Shiffler and artist, curator and journalist Jason Hanasik.​

Coverage from NBC Bay Area, San Francisco Art Show Highlights Veterans

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