Lacey Jane Roberts
The pieces shown for the National Queer Art Festival’s “WAR” show comment on the modern hierarchies in place in today’s art world, which in turn are telling of power structures and their effect on minorities as a whole in today’s society.
This was also reflected on a more local level in San Francisco when California College of The Arts dropped the word “Crafts” from it name. The name change disregards the history of the school—founded by Joseph Meyer 100 years ago with strong ties to socialism and the arts and crafts movement—which was inclusive of women, poor people with less access to training, materials and education, and people of color. This body of work which included a large indoor installation, a site-specific installation on the façade of the San Francisco campus, t-shirts, and a participatory component attempted to make those often silenced once again visible.