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Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, courtesy of the artists, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, and Luhring Augustine, New York

 

Maybe you were among the lucky visitors to a sonic installation at San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center a couple years ago.

Making art from San Quentin's Death Row

May 16, 2018
Photo Melissa Ysais (2018) / Courtesy of The William A. Noguera Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

 

About 750 incarcerated people have been sentenced to death in California. One of them is William Noguera. He’s a Colombian-American who grew up in a suburb of L.A, and he’s spent nearly 30 years on San Quentin’s Death Row after murdering his girlfriend’s mother when he was a teenager.

“Right now we’re standing in front of a more arid desert feature,” says my tour guide Darryl Smith. It’s an odd thing to point out in the middle of San Francisco — and the street sounds nearby don’t let you forget that you’re in the heart of the Tenderloin, but as soon as you set foot in this park, you know you’ve walked into a unique space.

Nick Williams

 

In the gallery below his woodshop, master woodworker George Wurtzel has two portraits of himself on display.

Curator Ashara Ekundayo: Sights & Sounds

Mar 8, 2018
Courtesy Ashara Ekundayo

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Curator Ashara Ekundayo told KALW’s Jen Chien about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this week.

Liza Veale

An East Oakland warehouse is ground zero of a unfortunate standoff between art and marijuana. Over 30 artists are facing possible eviction, after a cannabis investment fund bought their building—one of Oakland’s oldest live/work artist housing.

 

Ramekon O’Arwisters is a fabric and social practice artist who likes to say he has “no reverence for systems of control.” He is best known for creating a series of public art events called crochet jams, where he makes a space for people to create a communal work of art.

 

Whitney Bell got tired of receiving unwanted sexually explicit photos from men, and decided to do something about it. 

Your Call: San Francisco Mime Troupe Launches “Walls”

Jul 5, 2017
San Francisco Mime Troupe

For the past 58 years, the San Francisco Mime Troupe has been fighting oppression by creating socially relevant theater and making us laugh at the absurdities of contemporary life. 

If you’ve never seen the Mime Troupe, they’re not actual mimes. They use the word 'mime' in the ancient sense: to mimic. They talk. They sing. And they make a lot of noise. 

This year's performance, 'Walls,' asks: How can a nation of mostly immigrants declare war on immigration?

Claire Stremple

 

“Oh, my god!”

 

Erica Deeman gasps as she walks into her solo exhibition for the first time.

 

“Sometimes I have to pinch myself. It is the first time I’ve seen them all in a room together, all thirty pieces framed.”

Putting the art back in BART

Jun 6, 2017
Reis Thebault

Travelers at the Orinda BART station are in a hurry. They don’t seem to notice the abstract, multicolored, geometric shapes on each wall. 

Photo by Joen Madonna

 

If you’ve read the San Francisco Chronicle in the last 15 or so years, you probably saw something unique. Once a week, the paper published an illustration called “All Over Coffee” that showed a fresh view of San Francisco, accompanied by words of random insight. 

Is remix culture an exciting new development in the arts, or a sign that genuine creativity is dead?


In October 2016,  over 2000 people took part in more than 30 events across the Bay Area as part of the first-ever Reimagine End of Life Festival

This story is set to the music of Bay Area shakuhachi player Masayuki Koga, who runs the Japanese Music Institute of America

Philosophy Talk: Art and Obscenity

Mar 14, 2017
"ART? or Obscenity?" by Ferocious Fierce used under CC license

Where is the line that divides genuine art from mere obscenity?


Violet Overn with Zach Romeo, resized and recropped

 

"F*ck U, in the Most Loving Way" is an exhibition presented by the Northern California Women's Caucus for Art that features 52 artists, from performance art to documentary film. It was curated by Tanya Augsburg, a feminist performance scholar and Associate Professor of Humanities and Liberal Studies at San Francisco State University. 

Photo courtesy of Robbie Sweeny

Iconic dance troupe Dance Brigade is celebrating its four decades of intersecting art and social issues with the show Gracias a La Vida - Love in a Bitter Time. The evening will touch on everything from immigration to freedom of the press, all with the company’s signature blend of fierce dancing, taiko drumming, and a live band.

Sights & Sounds: Melonie Green

Nov 24, 2016
Courtesy of AfroSolo / cropped and resized

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Artist, curator and public programmer Melonie Green told KALW’s Jen Chien about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.

Sights & Sounds: Marc Bamuthi Joseph

Nov 17, 2016

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Writer, performer, educator, and Chief of Programming at the YBCA Marc Bamuthi Joseph told KALW’s Jen Chien about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.

Sights & Sounds: Seth Eisen

Oct 27, 2016
Garuy Ivanek / cropped and resized

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Transdisciplinary artist and performance maker Seth Eisen told KALW’s Jen Chien about three wonderful arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.

Sights & Sounds: Gina Gold

Sep 22, 2016

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Gina Gold, filmmaker and actor and host of TMI Storytelling, told KALW’s Jen Chien about three cool arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.

Sights & Sounds: Walter Hood

Sep 8, 2016
Molly DeCoudreaux Photography / resized and cropped

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Walter Hood, an artist and designer who renovated the Bayview Opera House, told KALW’s Jen Chien about three cool arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.

Philosophy Talk: This Is Your Brain on Art

Aug 23, 2016
"Your Brain on Rainbows" by garlandcannon used under CC license

If you could see inside my brain when I was looking at a piece of art, would you know what it was like for me to look at that art?

    

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Philosophy Talk: The Mystery of Music

Jul 23, 2016
"Music" by crayon27 used under CC license

What does it mean to have good (or bad) taste in music?

Courtesy of the artist/ Resized and cropped

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. Our guest is Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh, an artist and illustrator with work in two exhibits: Home at Pro Arts Gallery  in Oakland and  No Heroes Allowed at Art Attack SF in San Francisco. 

Andy Mogg

Wondering what's worth doing around the Bay Area this weekend? Well, we have you covered with our Weekend Go-Tos.

Todd Whitney

 

If you have walked the streets of the Bay Area recently -- you might have seen posters featuring the names and faces of Oscar Grant, Renisha McBride, Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin, among others. 

5/17: Modern civil rights

May 17, 2016


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