Smoke & Mirrors: The War on Drugs

Hall of Culture Murals Room & Activism Alley, 3rd Floor

April 18 – August 31, 2019

Smoke & Mirrors investigates the impacts of the war on drugs campaign. By exploring the messaging, propaganda, and branding historically used to shift the narrative about cannabis and hemp, the exhibition looks to dispel the myths about this flower. Using words, numbers, and images in this interdisciplinary exhibition, artists create beautiful evidence that will share experiences of men and women of color who have been impacted by the war on drugs, the evolution of cannabis policies, and facts about the healing properties of marijuana. In an interactive installation, visitors will be invited to share their own experiences with cannabis.


The exhibition will host three public programming events: an opening reception, a Women of Color in Cannabis Talk and a Cannabis Conference – each will educate and connect people of color to the cannabis industry and share numerous ways to be empowered during the green rush in the Bay Area and beyond.


Image: Danielle Matthews, Oil on Canvas (2007)