Posts Tagged “Oakland”

ThEN is Now: Joyce Gordon Gallery’s Ten-Year Anniversary Exhibit

10.19.2013  |  By
Filed under: Field Notes

Oakland’s Joyce Gordon Gallery has been located at 406 Fourteenth Street near the City Center BART station for a decade now, showcasing emerging local artists as well as internationally renowned painters such as Raymond Saunders and Richard Mayhew. Joyce Gordon is celebrating her first decade with a notable group exhibit that has been showing in ... More

Kahlil Joseph’s “Until the Quiet Comes”: The Afriscape Ghost Dance on Film (part II)

03.04.2013  |  By
Filed under: Essay

This is part two of a two-part essay on “Until the Quiet Comes”- a film by Kahlil Joseph that recently won the Sundance Film Festival’s Short Film Special Jury Award. Part one of the essay covered the film’s opening sequences and their relationship to African cosmology. This concluding part of the essay focuses on what I perceiv... More

Kahlil Joseph’s “Until the Quiet Comes”: The Afriscape Ghost Dance on Film

03.02.2013  |  By
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I’m still looking at Kahlil Joseph’s film “Until the Quiet Comes.” Released in September of 2012 and more recently the 2013 recipient of the Sundance Film Festival’s Short Film Special Jury Award – it is presently my favorite piece of art. The consensus of opinion amongst my peer group is that Joseph’s short film is pure genius.... More

Receipt of Delivery: New MOMA, Oakland

01.10.2013  |  By

Receipt of Delivery is a weekly series featuring Bay Area exhibition mailers selected from the SFMOMA Research Library’s collection of artists’ ephemera.

“The New Museum of Modern Art brought some healthy fresh air to the Bay Area gallery scene for two short years in the early 1970s [1971–73]. A collective of nearly 20 artists put the museu... More

Receipt of Delivery: Mark Thompson and the Honeybees

12.08.2012  |  By

Receipt of Delivery is a weekly series featuring Bay Area exhibition mailers selected from the SFMOMA Research Library’s collection of artists’ ephemera.

“I began tending honeybees as preparation for a performance/film project called Immersion [1973–76]. At the time the 16mm film was a natural extension of my sculptural site investigations with moths, wild bees, living systems, harvesting and decay cycles, weathering and erosion processes — all the projects in one way or another involving a human intervention, gesture, or residual tra... More

Receipt of Delivery: Patricia Tavenner – Mail Queen

11.30.2012  |  By

Receipt of Delivery is a weekly series featuring Bay Area exhibition mailers selected from the SFMOMA Research Library’s collection of artists’ ephemera.

Today let us bow to the Mail Queen, aka Patricia Tavenner,and her long reign as a contributor to and curator within the global network of mail art and artists’ stamps. The Oakland-based artist adopted this nom de plume around the time that she began teaching courses on the “hidden” history of women artists. In 1972 she cofounded the Northern California Women’s Caucu... More

The Visual as a Quickening Sound Vibration: An Interview with Musician Oluyemi Thomas, Part III

08.05.2012  |  By

Originally from the musically rich Motor City, Detroit, Michigan, Oluyemi Thomas has been a San Francisco Bay Area resident since 1974. Thomas studied both music and mechanical engineering at Washtenaw College. He creates ordered compositional free music that he acknowledges as part of, but not limited to, what is called jazz. Over a career spannin... More

The Visual as a Quickening Sound Vibration: An Interview with Musician Oluyemi Thomas, Part II

08.05.2012  |  By
Filed under: Conversations

Originally from the musically rich Motor City, Detroit, Michigan, musician/composer/multi-instrumentalist Oluyemi Thomas has been a Bay Area resident since 1974. He studied both music and mechanical engineering at Washtenaw College. Thomas creates ordered compositional free music that he acknowledges as part of — but not limited to — what is cal... More

Simulacrum Blackness: Images of Artificial Hair Vendors in Oakland

01.02.2010  |  By
Filed under: Field Notes

“This was my first really big step toward self-degradation: when I endured all of that pain, literally burning my flesh to have it look like a white man’s hair. I had joined that multitude of Negro men and women in America who are brainwashed into believing that the black people are “inferior” – and white people “superior” – th... More

Githinji Wambire’s West Oakland Studio Part 1

11.15.2009  |  By
Filed under: Field Notes

As one of the creative artists and culture workers in West Oakland I’m often times on Pine Street in deep west Oakland talking and interacting with the artists, writers and musicians there. Just last week I stopped in to pay a visit to painter Githinji WaMbire at his 1018 Pine street studio. Githinji is a Kenyan artist working in Oakland. I came to “chop it up” with him and get some healing vibe from his sanctuary. It didn’t take me long to realize that this space is also a stage that Githinji uses to perform the ritual theater ... More