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Jeannie O‘Connor : AIDS Self-Portraits
Oct 28 - Mar 03 2024 - 2 days left
This exhibition features portraits taken by Jeannie O‘Connor at four Centers for AIDS services in San Francisco, Oakland and Richmond from 1989-1995. As a guest artist for Sharon Siskin’s Positive Art classes, once a year, Jeannie set up a make-shift studio and brought in a view camera with Polaroid film. A long shutter release proved to be the best approach, allowing each sitter to control the timing of the shutter. Polaroid prints were passed around and enjoyed, leading to a festive communal experience for the participants and families. Reception + Gallery Talk: Sat, Nov. 4, 4-5:45pm.
we were here
Dec 21 - Mar 01 2024 - Last day
we were here is an interactive creative investigation of the Black American presence in San Francisco in the late 1800s and early 1900s, particularly at the occurrence of the 1906 earthquake. Curator: tanea lunsford lynx. Opening Reception + Artist Remarks: Thu, Jan 11, 5-7pm.
Kenneth P. Green Sr. : Toward a Black Aesthetic
Jan 25 - Apr 21 2024 - 51 days left
Toward a Black Aesthetic: Kenneth P. Green Sr.’s Photographs of the 1960s and 70s. As a lifetime Bay Area resident and the first Black staff photographer for the Oakland Tribune (1968-1982), Kenneth P. Green Sr. captured some of the most important social changes of the era. His photographs—some taken on the beat as a photojournalist and others snapped as an observant bystander on the streets—not only chronicled integral periods of sociopolitical importance, but also the quotidian moments of everyday life. Toward a Black Aesthetic focuses on Green’s images of Black women, whose strength, intellect and beauty he recognized and paid homage to through his photographs, which also highlight the fashion and politics of the 1960s and 70s. Opening Reception: Thu, Jan 25, 5:30-7:30pm.