Organized by Astria Suparak with University of San Francisco’s MA in Museum Studies Curatorial Practicum class in collaboration with Thacher Gallery
San Francisco
November 19, 2020—February 14, 2021

Become The Monuments That Cannot Fall is the first survey exhibition of Bay Area and Washington D.C.-based art collective Related Tactics. It includes a newly commissioned public art project sited in 14 storefronts within walking distance in Bayview, San Francisco’s newly designated African American Arts and Cultural District.

The future now is a sprawling, site-responsive series that illuminates facets of Black life in the city and explores national politics. Presented in English, Spanish, and Chinese, the vibrant posters include historical images, provocative meditations, and calls to action. The participating businesses are markets, restaurants, a hardware store, a wine store, community and art organizations, and other sites, such as The Jazz Room, which has been providing residents with live music and libations since 1962.

Opening on Dec. 1, 2020, is a web-based survey of the group’s work at the intersection of race and culture, in conversation with the creative practices of individual members Michele Carlson, Weston Teruya, and Nathan Watson.


Stand Arm In Arm To Resist: An Evening with Related Tactics
Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, 5:30-7pm PST

This conversation between Related Tactics and USF’s MA in Museum Studies students will include the launch of a new survey exhibition as well as a preview of a public art project commissioned by Thacher Gallery.

Attendees will be the first to view the online exhibition Become The Monuments That Cannot Fall with a video tour. Hear from the artists themselves as they discuss how they created The future now, a site-specific poster series for the historic Bayview neighborhood.


Related Tactics is a collaboration between Bay Area and Washington-D.C.-based artists and culture workers Michele Carlson, Weston Teruya, and Nathan Watson, producing creative projects, opportunities, and interventions at the intersection of race and culture. Their projects explore the connections between art, broader social issues, and the public through trans-disciplinary exchanges, making, and dialog.