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Sights and Sounds: Rigo 23

Rigo 23's sculpture honoring Native American activist Leonard Peltier
Maureen Moore
Rigo 23's sculpture honoring Native American activist Leonard Peltier

"Sights and Sounds" is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. On this episode, host Jenee Darden speaks with artist Rigo 23. His sculpture honoring incarcerated Native American activist Leonard Peltier is at the Richmond Art Center

Reparations by Emory Douglas
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Fall 2021 Opening Date TBA

Emory Douglas served as the Black Panther Party’s minister of culture and their revolutionary artist. He created the party’s newspaper, the Black Panther. Douglas embraced revolutionary imagery to inspire political consciousness to their, readers. His exhibit showcases the exploitation and violence of Black people during slavery. While his work displays the inequalities that exist today, it is a hopeful proposal for justice and solidarity that invites viewers to imagine a brighter future. “Reparations” opens this fall at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Dreams Emerging, Beyond Resistance:
Día de Los Muertos 2021
By Rio Yanez and Carolina Quintanilla
At SOMArts until Nov. 5th

SOMArts 22nd annual exhibit honors the Day of the Dead custom. It merges traditional altars with modern installations. Artists reflect on how their grieving rituals became forms of connection, freedom, and healing. It continues to be a multigenerational gathering of remembrance, while affirming the significance of arts & culture in shaping our worlds. Catch it at SOMArts in San Francisco or online now through November 5th.

Tongo Eisen-Martin in Conversation with Jeff Chang
City Arts & Lectures
Sydney Goldstein Theater
December 15, 2021 7:30pm

Tongo Eisen-Martin is the current San Francisco Poet Laureate, educator and organizer whose work focuses on issues of mass incarceration, extrajudicial killings of Black people, and human rights. He’s taught at detention centers around the country and Columbia University. His latest book is Blood on the Fog. Tongo Eisen-Martin will be a guest at City Arts & Lectures on December 15th.

Rigo 23’s exhibit “Time and Again” is currently displayed at the Richmond Art Center till November 20th. Admission is free.

Porfirio Rangel is a Producer for Sights & Sounds
Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, author, public speaker and proud Oakland native. She is the executive producer and host of the weekly arts segment Sights & Sounds as well as the series Sights + Sounds Magazine. Jeneé also covers East Oakland for KALW. Jeneé 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.