The first drawing in Ajuan Mance’s sketchbook-journal-art-project series, 1001 Black Men, is the torso of a shirtless, African-American man — inspired by the men who play basketball on the corner of Brookdale and High in East Oakland. The last is a drawing of her own father.
CAC Expands Rehabilitative Arts Programs in State Prisons
The California Arts Council awarded new contracts to 12 different arts organizations offering rehabilitative arts services in California state prisons. Arts programming now reaches all 35 state adult correctional institutions - a significant increase from the 20 institutions served in the previous fiscal year. Funded by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the Arts in Corrections program improves the safety and environment of state prisons, and combats recidivism. MORE >>
Reflections on the Americans for the Arts Convention
The California Arts Council paid a visit to the Bay Area last month for the annual Americans for the Arts Convention, along with 1,200 other arts and culture professionals. Hosted locally by the San Francisco Arts Commission, the convention provided the opportunity for our programs staff to network with their peers, connect with grantees and learn more about the issues that impact our work to support creativity and culture across the state. MORE >>
Exam Opportunity: Associate Arts Grants Administrator
The California Arts Council is is hiring for Associate Arts Grants Administrator positions! At this time, interested individuals should take and submit the Associate Arts Grants Administrator exam and other required materials. Click "MORE" for further details on the exam registration process. The final exam filing date is July 17. MORE >>
Please join us Thursday, July 27th from 6-8PM for the opening reception of Rachel Farmer's instalation, ANCESTORS TRAVERSING QUILTS. During the reception our Director, Gonzalo Casals will give an informal talk about Farmer's work and process before giving the stage to Farmer to answer any questions.
We hope you can attend!
“My work draws inspiration from a variety of sources: my Mormon pioneer ancestry, childhood play with ceramic figurines, my grandmother’s quilts, historical dioramas, and pop culture’s invented mythologies of the American West.
This installation grew out of pouring over my great-great-grandfather’s diary chronicling his immigrant journey from England to Utah Territory in 1853—while confronting the absence of information about my great-great-grandmother who made the same journey, as a single woman without family, in 1855.
I would like to acknowledge that these quilts were made possible by the communal efforts of many. In gratitude.”
Image: Rachel Farmer, Ancestors Traversing Quilts, 2017. Site-specific installation including ceramic, fabric, batting, and yarn. 77 x 258 x 20 in. Courtesy the artist. Photograph (c) Riya Lerner.
Carlos Gonzalez, uses the genre of self-portraiture, mounts a testimonial to his father who came from Puerto Rico in the 1960s and worked as a dishwasher for decades before becoming a cook. The artist says the photographs in this presentation were “taken in New York and in the house in Puerto Rico that my dad bought after years of hard work.”more
A survey of artists trained for the trail, socio-anthropologists of the queer whose work find traces of queerness in a world that prefers us hidden, we excavate. We sift through the past for clues about ourselves, driven by our own impulse for survival. Curated by Avram Finkelstein. more
Each year, the Museum will commission an artist or group of artists to create work to cover the façade of the Museum. To inaugurate this initiative the Museum features a site-specific installation by the Silence=Death Collective, adapting the iconic poster used by Act Up during the AIDS Pandemic in 1980s calling attention to the lack of action by the United States government. more
Anna Canepa International presents a Special Tour to Pietrasanta, Italy
September 10 – September 16, 2017
Pietrasanta, a lovely medieval town known for its marble and bronze workshops, artists and monuments on the coast of northern Tuscany about 20 miles north of Pisa, is one of the most qualified centers for the art of the sculpture where numerous artisan studios and foundries are scattered in the town. Key tour highlights include a visit to the Carrara quarries, a private guided tour of the legendary Gori Collection; and a visit to the recently extensively renovated Pecci Museum. more
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(Title image):Matt Lipps, Untitled (Men), 2010, Two chromogenic prints, 33 x 88 in. Copyright the artist. Courtesy of Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles, Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco, and Josh Lilley Gallery, London UK. Copyright the artist.
Carlos Gonzalez, Horse Ranch, 2014, C-print on paper, 12 x 18 in. Courtesy of the artist.
Ken Gonzales-Day (b. 1964, Santa Clara, California) The Wonder Gaze (St. James Park), 2006, Digital exhibition print on vinyl, Dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and Luis De Jesus, Los Angeles, CA.
Caleb Cole, Birthday Girl , 2008/2010. Archival pigment print, 12.75 x 19 in. Museum purchase.