Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Horror-fiction writer and cartoonist Sumiko Saulson told KALW’s Jeneé Darden about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.
- Brutally Soft: Sculptures by Kristine Mays at the African American Art and Culture Complex (SF)
- Black Migration: Art Without Borders at the African American Art and Culture Complex (SF)
- Black Power installation at the Oakland Museum
Visual artist Kristine Mays brings her wire sculpture exhibition Brutally Soft to the African American Art and Culture Complex in San Francisco. Kristine hooks and loops pieces of wire to sculpt figures based on themes of identity, love, and community. Brutally Soft is open through the end of March.
“They are very identity related for her as a black woman.”
Black Migration: Art Without Borders features works by black artists who moved to the Bay Area from other parts of the country and world. Genealogy workshops are happening in conjunction with the exhibit on various dates in Februrary. See Black Migration at the African American Art and Culture Complex in San Francisco now through May.
“A whole bunch of people came out here during World War II to work in the shipyards.”
The Oakland Museum’s new Black Power installation is the follow-up to their popular Black Panthers at 50 exhibit from 2016. Black Power is a collection of photos, posters, and interactive displays that show creative ways black activists in California supported the movement.
“I think it’s an important part of Oakland’s history.”