What do you want the next mayor to do to create safe and beautiful neighborhoods, good jobs and healthy families? At this forum, Oaklanders will share their stories and expectations to help mayoral candidates understand the real issues facing our city.
The family of Henrietta Lacks, the focus of the book that chronicles the unethical removal of Lacks’ cancer cells – which launched a medical revolution– will discuss the impact their mother’s unwitting contribution had on science, ethics, and medical research.
English clarinetist, composer, and improviser Tim Hodgkinson and the quartet Dan Les Arbres (Charles Xavier, Ivar Grydeland, Christian Wallumrød, Ingar Zach) share a program of improvised music.
Inspired by Gertrude Stein’s philosophy of collecting and supporting art and artists, this group show will be celebrating that way of life by creating environments in the gallery with furniture, art and events that reflect this attitude.
New York-based artist Sarah Oppenheimer’s work is both beautifully deceptive and brilliantly revealing. With her spatial interventions, she creates immersive optical illusion-like phenomena by cutting areas out of walls, using mirrors to offer vantage points into adjacent spaces, and illuminating those spaces with tones of light. Her works disorient the viewer, creating mental wormholes that derail spatial instincts, and pointing to the ways in which architecture organizes our understanding of the world. The construction of these works is so elegant that it rejects the notion of having been handmade. Produced primarily from metal and glass, the installations resemble transcendent tears in reality. The artist’s process is also extremely involved. Oppenheimer, who received her MFA from Yale University, is interested in solving theoretical problems regarding how humans experience space. She also works extensively with architectural rendering software, miniature 3-D models, and diagrams, much like a scientist experimenting in a lab. The remnants of this process form an array of fascinating ephemera, which is now on view for the first time at the Mills College Art Museum (5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland) in the show Sarah Oppenheimer. The presentation of the models and renderings was painstakingly designed by the artist to form a particularly engaging viewing experience in the museum’s large, open gallery — one that will leave audiences questioning the conventions of their surroundings.
An attempt by Sheldon B. Smith and Lisa Wymore at making a never-ending dance. This two-channel video work utilizes 250 separate video clips of short movement statements inspired by folk dances, edited together by custom software in a manner that implies continuity.