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<SPAN class=pie _extended="true">Romare Bearden: <EM>Baptism</EM>, 1975 (detail)Serigraph on paper36.5 x 49 inches paperEdition of 50</SPAN>
Romare Bearden: Baptism, 1975 (detail)
Serigraph on paper
36.5 x 49 inches paper
Edition of 50
Romare Bearden: Storyteller
SAN FRANCISCO, UNITED STATES  •  Jenkins Johnson Gallery  •  3 April - 21 June 2014

The exhibition features collages, watercolors, and prints from the 1970s and 1980s by Romare Bearden, a descendant of the Harlem Renaissance, a great storyteller, and a master colorist. Romare Bearden (1911-1988), an author, visual artist, songwriter, and jazz aficionado, is recognized as one the most creative and important artists of the 20th century, even spurring a centennial celebration at dozens of national museum including the Studio Museum in Harlem. Migrating from Charlotte, North Carolina to New York when he was a toddler, Bearden quickly became part of the cultural fabric of New York City. His family’s house was a meeting place for major figures of the Harlem Renaissance, including writer and social activist Langston Hughes and Bearden’s second cousin and early patron Duke Ellington.  A member of the Harlem Artist Guild and founding member of the civil rights group The Spiral, as well as of the Studio Museum in Harlem, Romare Bearden played a key role in the evolution of black arts and culture throughout the 20th century.

Bearden’s collages in Storyteller — including mural maquettes, an Olympic poster, and a book jacket for a collection of poems by African writers — highlight the artist’s mastery of the medium for which he is most remembered. Intended for public spaces and distribution, these collages symbolize the reach of Bearden’s artwork and his legacy. His approach to collage, as seen in this exhibition, was improvisational, intuitive, and inventive, not unlike the creative process of jazz and blues that tends to evolve somewhat spontaneously. Bearden considered his collages to be paintings and once said of them that “any reproduction will suit my purpose, because, like the ancient makers of mosaics, I’m really drawing and painting with…paper.”
In addition to collage, Storyteller features watercolors, monotypes, and prints.

Prints based on his collages are showcased in his Odyssey series, which illustrates Homer’s epic poem; the series seemingly departs from his best-known work of edgy urban and jazz scenes or his depictions of African American life in the rural South. Yet, because Bearden depicts these Greek mythological figures as black, he invites a comparison between classical myth and African American culture. Viewers may liken the Greek king Odysseus’ arduous and heroic ten-year search for home after the Trojan War to African American struggles. Replacing white characters with black figures, Bearden attempts to defeat the rigidness of racial roles and stereotypes and open up the possibilities and potentials of blacks. Bearden says about this series and his work in general, "What I tried to do is take the elements of African American life….and place it in a universal framework."

Jenkins Johnson Gallery Website

Contact: Jenkins Johnson Gallery
464 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA  94108
Tel: (1) 415 677 07 70

Control: Technology in Culture: Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon: It Only Happens All of the Time
SAN FRANCISCO, UNITED STATES  •  Yerba Buena Center for the Arts  •  7 March - 15 June 2014

Los Angeles-based artist Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon works in sound, installation, and sculpture. Her work is often devised around audio and spatial feedback systems that manipulate the visitor's awareness of sound and space, incorporating the physical and sonic qualities of surrounding architecture to engage the viewer's senses. Gordon investigates sonic and architectural applications of cybernetic systems in the 20th and 21st centuries to technological design, from anechoic chambers to the military's use of Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) speakers. Reverse-engineering those implements of social control, the dissonant spaces she creates uncover how such systems regulate human subjectivity, mobility, and perception.

Commissioned by YBCA, Gordon's new installation—part of her solo exhibition It Only Happens All of the Time—is an immersive sonic experience that emphasizes the primacy of the embodied experience; one that encourages the visitor to navigate the space through a mode of listening that is both felt and heard.

The term "control" refers to philosopher Gilles Deleuze's theory that, as a result of the ever-increasing role of information technology, Michel Foucault's "disciplinary society" of the 20th century has given way to a "control society" in the 21st century. In contrast to discipline, which molds the individual through confinement in factories, prisons, and schools, control is diffuse, adaptable, and ubiquitous, modulating rather than molding the individual.


Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Website

Please click here for a Culturekiosque editorial: Foucault as Opera?


Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Upstairs galleries
701 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103


Tel: (1) 415 978 27 00

Athi-Patra Ruga in <EM>The Future White Women of Azania</EM>, 2012. Photo: Ruth Simboa
Athi-Patra Ruga in The Future White Women of Azania, 2012. Photo: Ruth Simboa
Public Intimacy: Art and Other Ordinary Acts in South Africa
SAN FRANCISCO, UNITED STATES  •  Yerba Buena Center for the Arts  •  21 February - 29 June 2014

Jointly organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), Public Intimacy: Art and Other Ordinary Acts in South Africa brings together 25 artists and collectives who disrupt expected images of a country known through its apartheid history. The exhibition features an arc of artists who look to the intimate encounters of daily life to express the poetics and politics of the “ordinary act,” with work primarily from the last five years as well as photographic works that figure as historical precedents.

Exhibition Artists

Public Intimacy presents

Photography by Ian Berry, Ernest Cole, David Goldblatt, Terry Kurgan, Sabelo Mlangeni, Santu Mofokeng, Billy Monk, Zanele Muholi, Lindeka Qampi, Jo Ractliffe, and Mikhael Subotzky & Patrick Waterhouse

Video works by William Kentridge, Donna Kukama, Anthea Moys, and Berni Searle

Painting and sculpture by Nicholas Hlobo and Penny Siopis

Puppetry by Handspring Puppet Company

Publications, prints, graphic works, and public interventions by Chimurenga, ijusi (Garth Walker), Anton Kannemeyer, and Cameron Platter

Performances by Athi-Patra Ruga, Kemang Wa Lehulere, and Sello Pesa and Vaughn Sadie with Ntsoana Contemporary Dance Theatre

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Website

Contact: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA

Tel: (1) 415 321 13 07

Barbara Chase-Riboud: <EM>Malcolm X #3</EM>, 1969Polished bronze, rayon, and cotton299.7 × 120 × 25.1 cmBase: 70.5 × 40 cm
Barbara Chase-Riboud: Malcolm X #3, 1969
Polished bronze, rayon, and cotton
299.7 × 120 × 25.1 cm
Base: 70.5 × 40 cm
Barbara Chase-Riboud: The Malcolm X Steles
BERKELEY, CALIRFORNIA, UNITED STATES  •  BAM/PFA Galleries  •  12 February - 27 April 2014
Barbara Chase-Riboud: The Malcolm X Steles features six major sculptures, including Confessions for Myself (1972) from the BAM/PFA collection; Peter Selz commissioned the work in conjunction with a 1973 solo exhibition that introduced Chase-Riboud’s work on the West Coast. The current exhibition also includes lyrical drawings from the 1960s that trace the development of the sculptures, as well as the Monument Drawings from 1996 and 1997. These recent drawings, which incorporate text and calligraphic gesture, invoke historical, cultural, and geographical associations, from Queen Sheba’s Monument at Addis Ababa to Man Ray’s The Enigma of Isidore Ducasse.

The University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive Website.

Contact: BAM/PFA Galleries
2626 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, Calirfornia

Tel: (1) 510 642 08 08

Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field
SAN FRANCISCO, UNITED STATES  •  Crissy Field  •  22 May 2013 - 26 May 2014

Eight large-scale sculptures by Mark di Suvero rise at historic Crissy Field this May for a free yearlong exhibition presented by SFMOMA in partnership with the National Park Service and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.  Brought together  from across the Unitied States, the steel structures are set against the backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge, a structure that has inspired the artist throughout his career.

Coinciding with di Suvero's 80th birthday, the exhibition not only marks five decades of work, it also holds particular significance for the artist who emigrated from Shanghai to San Francisco at the age of seven. His passage beneath the Golden Gate Bridge—which opened a few years before his arrival—proved to be a lasting inspiration, as the scale and color of the structure have inspired di Suvero throughout his life. di Suvero notes, "It was like a rainbow, a bridge coming to the New World starting a new life. The woman who chose the color of the bridge, Malo Lowell, taught me how to work wood as a teenager and from there, all was freedom."

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Website

Contact: Crissy Field
San Francisco, California 
Tel: (1) 415 357 41 71

Events in Dance

Mark Morris Dance Group
Mark Morris Dance Group
Mark Morris Dance Group: Acis and Galatea
BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES  •  Hertz Hall  •  25 - 27 April 2014

Mark Morris Dance Group: Acis and Galatea

Mark Morris Dance Group, and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra present their latest joint undertaking, the world premiere of a production featuring Mozart's brilliant arrangement of a Handel score. An epic love story from Ovid's Metamorphoses set along the pastoral banks of the Mediterranean, Acis and Galatea is performed in English by four vocalists and the Mark Morris Dance Group, joined by the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale. Handel finished the opera in 1739 and Mozart later arranged it in the classical style, expanding the instrumental colors of the score and adding his signature clarity of orchestration.

Sets by Adrianne Lobel
Costumes by Isaac Mizrahi
Lighting by Michael Chybowski

Cast :

Thomas Cooley, tenor (Acis)
Sherezade Panthaki, soprano (Galatea)
Douglas Williams, bass-baritone (Polyphemus)
Zach Finkelstein (Damon)

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale
Nicholas McGegan, conductor

Detailed schedule information:
8:00 pm. 3:00 pm

Contact: University of California
Hertz Hall
Berkeley, CA, 94720-4800

Tel: (1) 510 642 99 88

Events in Pop Culture and Cinema

Question Bridge: Black Males
SAN FRANCISCO, UNITED STATES  •  Exploratorium  •  1 May 2013 - 1 May 2014

At this critical moment, when the United States has re-elected its first black man for president, there is still a prevailing negative bias against the black male in America. Question Bridge: Black Males is an innovative multimedia art project that seeks to widen understanding of the experiences of this population, breakdown misconceptions, and provide links to universal questions of identity.

Organized by artists Chris Johnson and Hank Willis Thomas, in collaboration with Bayeté Ross Smith and Kamal Sinclair, the five-channel video installation (and Official Selection of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival) offers a platform to represent and redefine black male identity in America, while simultaneously deconstructing stereotypes. The artists worked with 150 black men from twelve disparate cities across the United States in an effort to bridge economic, political, geographic, and generational divisions. These men engaged in a frank question-and-answer exchange around topics such as family, faith, manhood, and violence.

“How do you know when you become a man?” asks a young boy. “That is a deep question for such a young person!” exclaims one, expressing the surprise of many of the respondents. But their answers, thoughtful and candid, discuss accountability and responsibility, and often reveal more universal implications. “Manhood is, for each person, an individual quest.”

Presented in conjunction with 30 Americans, Question Bridge addresses questions of race, class, and identity in America and contributes to conversations about racial identity in art practice. According to the artists, through this dialogue, “‘Blackness’ ceases to be a simple, monochromatic concept.”

Question Bridge: Black Males Producers: Executive Producers Delroy Lindo, Deborah Willis, and Jesse Williams, Post-Production Producer Will Sylvester, and Supervising Story Producer Rosa White

Question Bridge is sponsored by Fellowship Open.

Exploratorium Website

Contact: Exploratorium
15/17 Pier
San Francisco, CA 94111
Tel: (1) 415 528 44 44

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