Reception and Artist Talk | Sydney Cain

December 15, 2021 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
MoAD Salon
Pay What You Can

This program is in-person at MoAD. Proof of vaccination is required at the door.

MoAD Members Champagne Reception with artist, followed by public reception and artist talk with MoAD Emerging Artist Sydney Cain.  Reserve Members-Only Tickets here

Sydney Cain: Refutations is an ongoing body of work exploring ancestral memory and the power of Black myth. The project includes various multimedia series of artwork, publications and exhibitions emerging from personal genealogy research alongside process documentation through photography and drawing. Through play between ephemerality and figurative representation, Cain teases resistance against erasure while also celebrating metamorphoses that occur in the voids of invisibility. The work is an exploration in the perimeters of both existing and not existing through imaginative landscapes. 

Sydney “Sage” Cain is a visual artist born and raised in San Francisco, CA. As an act of empowered remembering, Cain’s work invites viewers to challenge the continuum of colonialism that privileges scientific language and understanding of mystical experiences over indigenous epistemologies. Utilizing graphite, powdered metals, printmaking, and chalk as transcendent emblems for myth-making, her work offers reverent narratives that reveal the power of remembrance and spiritual evolution within “unseen” Black afterlives.

Their work has been exhibited at Betti Ono, Ashara Ekundayo Gallery, Rena Bransten Gallery and the Oakland Museum of California. They have received the Emerging Artist Award at the Museum of the African Diaspora and the Honorary AIR Award at Kala Art Institute. Cain is currently represented by Rena Bransten Gallery with a solo exhibition scheduled to open there late 2021.

Sydney Cain is an awardee of MoAD’s 2019-20 Emerging Artists program.