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Comment Archives: stories: Arts & Culture: Arts Feature

Re: “Haunting Imagery and Searing Honesty

Funny. That was posed. Nobody curls 40 pounds to build muscle, particularly not a guy that buff. He'd be throwing 80-120 or more.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 09/05/2019 at 7:27 AM

Re: “When Fake News Was Real

i agree: 'don't get mad, get funny.' a classic method of nonviolent politics - like otpor.

Posted by muriel on 08/22/2019 at 8:38 AM

Re: “Hoodslam Is Going Weekly

Incredible entertainment! Best show in town

Posted by Derek Eliot Shaw on 08/14/2019 at 5:38 PM

Re: “The Shame of the Mural Censors — Why Art and History Matter

The murals should be covered most of the time, uncovered for study or for weekend art exhibits. I'm glad to see the Bd of Supes (as of Aug 9) may be moving toward the cover-but-keep approach. Although I am close to being a First Amendment absolutist, I must ask the writer Mr Cheng to think about the feelings of high schoolers. Cheng and some others (such as New York Times Op-Ed writers) seem unwilling to attempt empathy for young people. Cheng writes: "The notion that adolescents are excessively delicate and need protection from reality and history is deeply repugnant and patronizing." They are delicate -- sometimes! They do need protection -- sometimes! There is a time and place for everything, including the close study of "reality and history", which indeed belongs in the classroom. But imagine every single hour of every school day you are constantly seeing these powerfully painted gigantic art works that depict the victimization and humiliation of, and violence against, your ancestors, your fellow humans! Why on earth should these kids have to see that ALL the time? Looking at slavery and genocide every single day throughout your entire school day. (While people make jokes about it and normalize it -- "Meet you at the dead Indian".) Especially if they feel no ownership of the works, not having painted them themselves as part of a group effort. Have some empathy. But yes, don't destroy these works.

Posted by David Herzstein Couch on 08/10/2019 at 1:52 PM

Re: “The Shame of the Mural Censors — Why Art and History Matter

SFUSD Board should be focusing on real stuff instead of trying to force this narrative. They are all so desperate to be relevant.

Posted by SJJ on 08/09/2019 at 10:18 PM

Re: “The Shame of the Mural Censors — Why Art and History Matter

I've just watched the 20-minute video "Expulsion" [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=om_LnJKGAE8] created by commenter No. 2, "Book of Hours" (the link to "Expulsion" provided in the comment above did not work). I highly recommend the video as well as DeWitt Chang's East Bay Express article to all. That people are seriously contemplating the destruction of this important mural is a disgrace.

Posted by Alice Diane Kisch on 08/07/2019 at 2:11 PM

Re: “The Shame of the Mural Censors — Why Art and History Matter

Thanks Dewitt Cheng. The mindlessness of the mural's opponents beggars belief. The fact that this is an anti-slavery mural seems lost on them. Life isn't a "safe space"--how are these kids supposed to deal with reality outside the school walls when they're coddled by the myopic, reactionary, wanna-be PC brigade? This is also obvious a virtue-signalling media stunt by the board members. "Reparations"? Please. I think we can do a lot more regarding reparations than painting over a historically significant and blatantly anti-slavery/anti-genocide/anti-Manifest Destiny mural.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 08/01/2019 at 4:23 PM

Re: “The Shame of the Mural Censors — Why Art and History Matter

Thank you for this insightful article and thank you for not falling into the freedom of speech trap that others have. Placing the destruction of these murals into a free speech issue is not only incorrect but a losing proposition. Thats because that argument allows for accusations of these murals being hate speech and the comparison of the murals to removal of statues in southern university campuses which this issue has nothing to do with. Unfortunately though, media outlets have gone there.

This is about erasing history, taking content out of context and using it as the reason for destroying the vessel that holds that content. My wife and I are San Francisco media artists who recently moved to Pittsburgh, PA. We produced a 20+ minute video-essay about the controversy entitled: Expulsion. You can see it here: https://youtu.be/om_LnJKGAE8
JP Collins/Book of Ours

Posted by Book of Ours on 08/01/2019 at 2:16 PM

Re: “Yukking It Up In Richmond

The correct link to our events calendar is www.bridgestorage.com/events

Posted by Iris AlRoy on 07/24/2019 at 9:20 AM

Re: “Blackness and Anti-Blackness at BAMPFA

Any gallery owner will tell you ( and any person who displays art) that the reason you don't paint gallery walls black is that the ambient light is needed to illuminate. That's it. It's not a racist conspiracy.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 05/29/2019 at 8:41 AM

Re: “Brittani Sensabaugh Pursues Healing with First Book, The Power of Melanin

Hi my name is Ariell Calbert. You can also find me at ig bombbae_bay if it matters to you. I am big supporter of the melanin movement! I am in support of opening the eyes of our brothers and sisters and specifically us people who were about the lost tribe! I just want to let you know that I support you and I will definetly be buying your book soon!!! P.S. I saw your build board right next to the McArthur bart station. I was so astounded, so empowered and so happy!!!! You go Goddess!

Posted by Mizzani Cowans on 05/20/2019 at 7:40 AM

Re: “Jos Sances' Great White Whale

A stunning work! I'm so glad I traveled to see it today. I hope you're getting lots of requests to show it in other venues and communities. My memory of seeing "Or, the Whale" will last as long as my memory does. Thank you for this creation.

Posted by Empithy on 05/16/2019 at 7:03 PM

Re: “Jos Sances' Great White Whale

It
Is
Overwhelming, delightful, absorbing. I
Look forward to finding new vignettes to see.

Posted by Betsy Kendall on 05/06/2019 at 9:14 PM

Re: “Jos Sances' Great White Whale

Ive known Jos for over 30 years, and I can say without hesitation that this is most definitely his masterpiece, at least in my view. Phenomenal work!

Posted by Ina Bendich on 05/03/2019 at 8:21 AM

Re: “Jos Sances' Great White Whale

Congratulations, Josh!

Posted by phlpshoh on 05/02/2019 at 11:07 AM

Re: “Rita Moreno's Lifelong Quest for Non-Sterotypical Work

Rita Moreno is proof that we only get better as we get older.

Mz. Black Magic

http://www.beautylounge3000.com

Posted by Dane Terrell on 03/25/2019 at 5:34 PM

Re: “A Life of Improvisation

Wow! What a creative force, and such a beautiful example of sharing all ones gifts. Bravissima!

Posted by Christian Schneider on 03/09/2019 at 11:47 AM

Re: “A Life of Improvisation

Such a beautiful story, and such a funny girl! Jessica rocks! theres no stopping her :-)

Posted by Christina Marie on 03/08/2019 at 3:54 PM

Re: “Rita Moreno's Lifelong Quest for Non-Sterotypical Work

Breakthrough roll? Is that a new kind of roll you buy at the bakery? I believe the headline writer meant role. I don't know how the editors could have missed that. I read somewhere the entire editorial staff was fired, if that's true it's starting to show.

Posted by wolfman on 02/21/2019 at 6:43 AM

Re: “What's Missing in Oakland's First Cultural Plan in 30 Years?

The other subtext is that Cultural Affairs resides within the Economic Development Department and instead not only needs to stand on its own but extend laterally through every department. Also, Oakland is the ONLY town in the Bay Area without inclusionary zoning, which requires a percentage of newly built units to be affordable (most other towns require up to 25%). As of last years accounting, only $10M (or 6-8 units) was collected in impact fees from developers to build affordable units...somewhere else and not within the new fancy building. Were also seeing lots of empty ground floor spaces, now. Oakland will continue to see displacement of its artists (in non-residence) and people with lower incomes in the near future. Preserving our Oakland Culture? Not yet. Too late? Maybe. Would a Cultural Zone or Districts really help? I want to remain hopeful but it may require the agency of every remaining artist in Oakland plus 5 friends, as well as the diasporated, to move from plans to ACTION.

Posted by HirokoKurihara on 12/19/2018 at 7:37 AM

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