/ (pronounced slash) is a 501c(3) nonprofit visual art space founded in 2018 to advance and promote the expanding field of contemporary art in San Francisco through exhibitions, publications, and public programming.
Founded and directed by Ana Saygi, / places an emphasis on the works of internationally well-respected artists, who are perhaps lesser-known in the Bay Area, looking to bring diverse aesthetic concepts together in order to foster discussions and new ideas.
In /‘s inaugural year of programming, Los Angeles-based artist and film-maker Drew Heitzler curated a series of six two-person exhibitions, each accompanied by a zine-style catalogue designed by Tugce Evirgen-Ozmen. /’s second year of programming began with an exhibition curated by Bob Linder, the first in a series of six shows organized by local, independent curators. Due to Covid-19 precautions, this series was paused, but resumed with the opening of Arboreal, curated by Juana Berrío. The series will continue with exhibitions organized by Naz Cuguoğlu, Astria Suparak, Sam Vernon, and Leila Weefur.
/room/ is the workspace adjacent to the / main gallery, founded to give local emerging artists room to create site-specific installations and experimental projects programmed by Maxine Schoefer-Wulf. Exhibiting artists are given the opportunity to engage with the community through public programming, including workshops and artist talks. Beginning in March 2020, /room/ launched /digital room/ to support Bay Area-based artists during the COVID-19 crisis, and continues to collaborate with artists through digital and print projects. All participating artists are selected by the / team and guest jurors via a series of open calls.
With an eye toward furthering understanding, / programming is offered free of charge and designed to be accessible to the general public.