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Over the Top: Math Bass and the Imperial Court SF 

April 1 - July 23, 2017

In OMCA’s new Over the Top exhibition, familiar elements take on new or unspecified meanings. 

Working with performance, video, sound, sculpture, and paintings on canvas, Los Angeles-based artist Math Bass plays with concepts of space and shifting orientations. Best known for her Newz! painting series, Bass held her first solo museum exhibit, Off the Clock, at MOMA PS1 in New York City in 2015.

Her intriguing pieces in Over the Top are a thought-provoking counterpoint to the artful regalia of the Imperial Court of San Francisco, although both share a playful sense of humor. Founded in 1965 by noted gay activist and drag queen José Sarria, the Imperial Court both celebrates and supports the LGBTQ community. The exhibit includes finery from the Court’s fundraising coronation balls—taking symbols associated with more traditional royalty and reappropriating them.


Math Bass, Newz!, 2017. Gouache on canvas, 50” x 48”. Courtesy of the Artist and Overduin & Co., Los Angeles.

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