ArtBites, Art + Compassion, and Social Justice

“Dream” is a public installation located on San Francisco’s Bernal Hill by American Mexican artist and activist, Ana Teresa Fernandez, addressing immigration and young people (Dreamers and DACA) who face the uncertainty of deportation to countries foreign to them through no fault of their own.

Ms Fernandez, together with Stanford University neuroscientist Dr. James Doty (author of Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and Secrets of the Heart) and artist Tucker Nichols, spoke at yesterday’s ArtBites, a panel skillfully moderated by the SFMOMA’s Assistant Curator, Nancy Lim, on issues of art and compassion and social justice. It was a riveting moment, and an excellent event organized by the museum’s Modern Art Council.

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ArtBites panelists with backdrop image of Ana Teresa Fernandez work, Dream, a public installation located on San Francisco’ Bernal Hill.  

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ArtBites panelists with backdrop image of Ana Teresa Fernandez work, Unsettled, a public installation and performance, where the artist painted 24 posts of the US/Mexico border wall separating the two countries in Tijuana. Notable are the artist’s choice of paint (by Martha Stewart, who was incarcerated at the time) selected for meaning and color, as well as her strapless cocktail dress and stiletto heels.

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ArtBites panelists with backdrop image of Stanford University neuroscience professor, Dr. James Doty, and an image of his 2016 bestseller, Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and Secrets of the Heart.

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ArtBites panelists with backdrop image of artist Tucker Nichols’ installation at UCSF, where he is also a patient.

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ArtBites panelists with SFMOMA Assistant Curator, Nancy Lim.