The Lab

The Lab is a nonprofit experimental art and performance space located in the Mission District of San Francisco.

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The Black Aesthetic


7-9pm, program starts promptly at 7:30pm
$8 entry (no one turned away for lack of funds), free for members
Reserve seats: member login or guest registration

The Black Aesthetic is a creative organization whose mission is to curate and assemble both a collective and distinct understanding of Black visual culture. Part of our ongoing programing is a 6-week screening of emerging filmmakers/video artists with discussion and audience Q/A.


For us, The Black Aesthetic is TBA, meaning 'to be announced', 'to be assessed', and  'to be actualized'.

Thus, The Black Aesthetic (TBA) is a position of the yet to be announced. We eschew continuity in favor of exploration. In an interview for Film Quarterly, Michael Gillespie says, “I’m interested in the rendering of blackness or how black visual and expressive culture stages race not just asimpermeable fact, but as multidimensional and multidiscursive.” The Black Aesthetic is not interested in the already expressed face of the raced, but on the the multidimensional visual and expressive culture of blackness. This objective is not to clarify a theme as such, instead we are unambiguously creating a space where various distinct and dissonant black artistic expressions can live.

Earlier Event: October 20
The Red Krayola
Later Event: October 29