Thursday: SFAC Discussion with Two Revolutionary Cultural Workers

Aug 12, 2013

As part of the monthly 3rd on Third neighborhood arts celebration, the San Francisco Arts Commission hosts a discussion with cultural activist Juan Fuentes and the former Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party Emory Douglas. The two will talk about the inextricable link between art and politics for them in the past and current work including Emory’s projects with the Zapatistas in Chiapas and Juan’s contributions to a nation-wide collective of Chicano/Latino printmakers.

As the Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party, Emory Douglas’ art and design concepts appeared in the Panther newspaper through the early ’80s. He continues to use culture as a weapon to address social concerns in accessible ways. His artwork has been displayed at the Glasglow Scotland International Art Festival, Biennale of Sydney, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, among other locations. He has also collaborated with Aboriginal artist Richard Bell in Australia and Maori artist Wayne Youle and Rigo 23 at the 5th Auckland Triennial in New Zealand.

Juan Fuentes is a cultural activist/artist/printmaker, who has dedicated his art to supporting and being part of a global movement for social change. His works have addressed important issues concerning local communities of color, social justice, and international struggles for liberation. For over thirty years he has been a mentor to many young emerging artists and his early poster art is now part of the Chicano Poster Movement. After 10 years as director of Mission Grafica, he resigned and created Pájaro Editions, a printmaking studio which is part of a larger collective of Chicano/Latino printmakers from around the country. He is a founding member of Art 94124 Gallery in San Francisco’s Bayview District.

This event will take place on Thursday August 15 at Auntie April's restaurant at at 4618 3rd St. at McKinnon. Food available for purchase from 5:30 - 6:3pm. Discussion and audience Q&A to begin at 6:30pm. 

This program as is a teaser for Sights and Sounds of Bayview, a live radio event at the historic Bayview Opera House, Ruth Williams Memorial Theater, during the September 3rd on Third event.

3rd on Third, a reference to the third Thursday of the month and the event location on Third Street, will feature a myriad of activities for the whole family. The event will include FREE trolley rides, murals by local artists, pop up galleries, outdoor performances, a special children's zone with free art-making activities and food vendors. The fun kicks off at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m.