The Bay Area Artist-Run Galleries You Need to Know

Other key artist-run spaces you should know:

2nd Floor Projects (3740 25th Street, No. 205, San Francisco): Margaret Tedesco of 2nd Floor Projects, since 2007, uses her apartment project space to pair contemporary art exhibitions with newly commissioned, limited-edition writing, artist books, and multiples.

Random Parts (1206 13th Avenue, Oakland): Founded in 2014, this Oakland space is run by artists Juan Carlos Quintana and Colleen Flaherty. Their current project “Boom: The Art of Resistance” is a politically charged exhibition and visual archive of current Bay Area anti-displacement tactics, curated by artist-activist Leslie Dreyer.

Galería de la Raza (2857 24th Street?, San Francisco): Founded in 1970 by a group of Chicano artists and community activists in San Francisco’s Mission District, this gallery has long been a forum for the expression of the cultural experience of Chicano and Latino artists. Through programs in visual arts, literature, media and performing arts, Galería fosters public awareness and cross-cultural dialogue.

odium fati (600 2nd Ave, San Francisco): This is a new project by artists Diego Villalobos and Benjamin Ashlock, both formerly of the San Francisco apartment gallery 1038. Their inaugural exhibition of work by Vittorio Orsenigo is on view until August 14.

The Luggage Store (1007 Market Street, San Francisco): Also known as the 509 Cultural Center, this non-profit artist-run multidisciplinary arts organization has been organizing exhibitions, performances, arts education, and public art programs, which are “designed to amplify the voices of the region’s diverse artists and residents” on Market Street in San Francisco since 1987.

100%: This apartment gallery operates in the abode of Evan Reiser (also of City Limits). The gallery’s name (technically the emoji ????) is a “facetious nod to the space, which is not 100% gallery, but rather a mixed-use space.” Reiser balances playfulness with rigorous, critical work, like an upcoming show of Takeshi Moro that opens August 14th. 

—Danica Willard Sachs and Monica Westin

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