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Re: “A Neglected Beat Pioneer

Robert Welch,( poet, artist), the pain is too deep for words, the words are too small for the hurt, when you fall through the big American crack, you end up unknown, buried in dirt

Posted by Bob Welch on 01/12/2020 at 1:55 PM

Re: “A Neglected Beat Pioneer

My name is Bob Kaufman also I am a musician and lived in the Bay Area at the time of Bob Kaufman death. It so happens that I was called by Noel Jewks a well known East Bay musician to play for Bob Kaufman’s eulogy at San Francisco City Hall. When Noel introduced me everyone did a double take.

Posted by Bob Kaufman on 01/10/2020 at 4:27 AM

Re: “A Neglected Beat Pioneer

D. Scot thanks for tightly telling us how the obscurification of Kaufman's work was beyond happenstance. "Manufactured" rightly implies the machinery of a system. I hope to read more of your own re-examination not only of his "life and work" but the obstructive structures that persist. I have not bought "The Collected Poems" yet. Good news, however, I attempted to check it out at the Main today, and there were eight readers in waiting ahead of me. I will be reciting with other poets in praise of Kaufman at the event Neeli is organizing at Bird and Beckett on January 26th.

Posted by Michael Warr on 01/08/2020 at 11:43 PM

Re: “A Neglected Beat Pioneer

Good to see Poetic Justice ...

Posted by Mindjunk on 01/08/2020 at 6:55 PM

Re: “Art Without Artists

Now I get it. Madelyn

Posted by Madelyn Green on 11/10/2019 at 3:03 PM

Re: “Burning Man Fires Up the Oakland Museum

The organization of the exhibition omit the fact that John Law was one of the event's early organizers, the one who originally scouted the Black Rock desert as a site to relocate in 1990 (or '91.)

Posted by Mark Van Proyen on 10/11/2019 at 11:29 AM

Re: “Burning Man Fires Up the Oakland Museum

That would be:
"Paper Arch" by Michael Garlington and Natalia Bertotti is a large Roman-style triumphal arch that has burst into flames of collages imagery, with everything constructed of paper."
Thanks for the lovely article, amazing art.

Posted by Affinity Mingle on 10/10/2019 at 9:30 AM

Re: “A Hip-Hop Memoir

Yeah, the purist form of flattery is an up tempo remix/mashup of the Stickup Kid and his partner EricB. (Created circa 12/2005) http://bit.ly/2onqB0f

Posted by kimgerly on 10/06/2019 at 2:17 PM

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

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