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Sights & Sounds: Sumiko Saulson


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.

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Wire sculpture from visual artist Kristine Mays

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.”

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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.”

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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.”

February is Women In Horror Month and it’s Black History Month. Check out 100+ Black Women in Horror by Sumiko Saulson on her website. 


Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, author, public speaker and proud Oakland native. She hosts the weekly arts segment Sights & Sounds and covers East Oakland for KALW. Jenee has reported for NPR, Marketplace, KQED, KPCC, The Los Angeles Times, Ebony magazine, Refinery29 and other outlets. In 2005, she reported on the London transit bombings for Time magazine. Prior to coming to KALW, she hosted the podcast Mental Health and Wellness Radio.