When I Remember I See Red: California Native American Contemporary Art

Saturday, September 17, 2016 (All day) to Thursday, October 13, 2016 (All day)
Image of girl biting apple
This exhibition is the first historical survey of California-based modern and contemporary Native American art. When I Remember I See Red shows how contemporary Native American artists in California are reclaiming their identity and culture through provocative work that emphasizes the paradox of living in contradictory worlds, environmental issues, a commitment to remembering and more. Gallery hours: Wednesdays - Saturdays, 11am - 4pm. Reception: September 17, 1 - 3pm, featuring a performance by the Sweetwater Singers and a Muekma Ohlone welcome by Vincent Medina. Free.
Fine Arts Building, Fine Arts Gallery
Fine Arts Gallery
Fine Arts Gallery
Event extras: 


  • Rick Bartow
  • Bob Benson
  • George Blake
  • Charley Burns
  • Richard Bluecloud Castaneda
  • Dalbert Castro
  • Kevin Cata (Mooshka)
  • Gerald Clarke
  • Spencer Keeton Cunningham
  • Frank Day
  • Lewis de Soto
  • Mercedes Dorame
  • Harry Fonseca
  • Jaque Fragua
  • R.C. Gorman
  • Patrick Swazo Hinds
  • Jean LaMarr
  • Frank LaPena
  • James Luna
  • L. Frank Manriquez
  • Richard Mayhew
  • Leatrice Mikkelsen
  • Geri Montano
  • Rye Purvis
  • Wendy Red Star
  • Lyn Risling
  • Catherine Nelson Rodriguez
  • Fritz Scholder
  • Camille Seaman
  • Rabbett Strickland
  • Brian D. Tripp
  • Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie
  • Franklin Tuttle
  • Frohawk Two-Feathers
  • Joe Waano-Gano

Gallery Conversations

  • Robert Keith Collins on African-Native American history, September 21, 12:10pm – 1pm
  • African-Native American Musical Fusions, September 28, 12:10pm – 1pm
  • Jennifer Foerster and Orlando White poetry reading, September 29, 7pm – 9pm
  • Jacqueline Francis: Talking About and With Richard Mayhew, October 5, 12:10pm – 1pm
  • Conversation with artist Frank LaPena and writer Malcolm Margolin, October 12, 12:10pm – 1pm

The exhibition is supported by the SF State Instructionally Related Student Activities Fund and a generous grant from Dr. Loren Lipson. Support for California-born artists is provided by the Artadia James D. Phelan Award in the Visual Arts from the San Francisco Foundation.

Press release

When I Remember I See Red: Reclaiming Native American identity in SF State exhibit, August 5, 2016

Image: A is for Apple, I is Not for Indian by Geri Montano. Courtesy of the artist.