Grace Rosario Perkins

Grace Rosario Perkins, in collaboration with the Golden Gate Public Library and surrounding recreation centers, is working with youth to investigate landscape, identity, and time. With writing as a beginning prompt, archive as a source of investigation, and personal narrative as a building block, her installation in the gallery will change over the course of six weeks comprising large scale prints, wearable textiles, planters, and paintings in which the artist along with her collaborators will investigate what the future looks like, upholding history and physical presence as a radical notion. At the end of June, this install will become a collaborative visual lexicon central to the neighborhood and in turn, a space for the youth to activate in a movement-based fashion show on Saturday, June 29 at 1pm.

Having spent most of her life moving between city centers, the Navajo Nation, and the Gila River Indian Community, Grace Rosario Perkins is interested in disassembling her personal narrative and reassembling it as one that layers words, objects, faces, signifiers, and sound built from cultural dissonance, language, and history. Grace has lectured at venues such as the Mills College, UC Santa Barbara, Occidental College, the San Francisco Public Library, Real Time and Space Oakland, and the Museum of Arts and Design NY. She has been an artist-in-residence at ACRE, Varda Artists Residency, Sedona Summer Colony, White Leaves, and Facebook HQ and exhibited locally and internationally. Her work is largely collaborative including work with her father Olen Perkins and her previous work with Black Salt Collective.

Related Events

Saturday, June 15 | 12 – 4 PM

Grace Rosario Perkins: Community Screenprinting & Sculpture Day at Kala Gallery

Saturday, June 29 | 1 – 4:30 PM

Grace Rosario Perkins: Movement/Fashion Show & Artist Talk at Kala Gallery