In this country you can feel buried by story after story of loss, dislocation, and pain. As a tourist, you can’t help but find solace in the optimism of the people you meet here. Angkor was made, lost to the jungle, and eventually, found again.
Kal Spelletich’s new show at the Catharine Clark Gallery opens April 11th on Utah Street in San Francisco, and spans five years of work. It includes robotic renderings of culture heroes of the Bay Area: Poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, founder and owner of City Lights Bookstore; Emory Douglas, graphic artist who made the iconic images associated with the Black Panther Party; Mark Pauline, founder of the technology collective, Survival Research Labs; and documentary filmmaker Les Blank.
Favor is fickle in the art world. Deciding on which side Marina Abramovic falls has been difficult. As of late praise for her work is often countered by harsh criticism.
Maya Angelou was an undeniable force whose words will live permanently in our hearts and minds. Angelou's list of accomplishments could take up an entire posting, but I will keep it local by noting at the age of 16, Dr. Angelou was the first Black female Street Conductor in San Francisco.
Mission at Tenth contributor Rebecca Solnit's latest offering, Men Explain Things To Me, is a collection of essays born from a blog post with the same title. The conversation spawned the term 'mansplaining' and evolved into being word of the year worthy by the New York Times and it's own website of actual accounts from women.
by Collette McGruder
Kara Walker's sphinx like mammy looms over its viewer as a bittersweet reminder of a truth often forgotten. Sugar, one of the worlds' most obsessively consumed and consciously conflicting commodity, became so at the indubitably rich cost of slave labor.