Ad Minoliti, The Feminist School of Painting
The Feminist School of Painting is a solo exhibition by Ad Minoliti. Culminating her residency at KADIST, the project will transform the galleries into an active classroom with new murals of vibrant silhouettes of animals, landscapes, and geometrical forms.
Reimagining the structure of an art school, Minoliti will collaborate with a group of Bay Area artists, scholars, writers, and teachers to lead weekly workshops open to intergenerational artists and non-artists alike. Each workshop is centered around a traditional painting genre—landscape, portraiture, still life—and will combine discussion and studio painting instruction to reimagine historical narratives related to that week’s subject. By incorporating her collaborators’ diverse backgrounds in biology, science fiction, gender studies, technology, and more, the free workshops aim to promote accessibility and curiosity over any art-specific expertise. Rooted in Minoliti’s practice, The School will employ feminist queer theory and experimentation as a foundation for learning and critical thought.
The newly commissioned murals not only animate the classroom but also converse with a long-established history of mural paintings making culture accessible through images in outdoor public spaces—especially in the Mission District where KADIST is located. By engaging with and bringing this tradition inside the gallery, The School works to overturn expectations often associated with experiencing contemporary art today by promoting visual literacy and personal connection. In addition, a fanzine library, videos related to the workshop’s themes, and a coloring station for kids and adults are provided to offer moments for individual creative production.