In conjunction with the 23rd Annual Art of Living Black, please join us for this special event, In Conversation: Joyce Gordon and Christine Harris. Oakland gallerist Joyce Gordon will be speaking with broadcast journalist Christine Harris about collecting art by black artists and her gallery’s role in this quest. They will also discuss the work of the Joyce Gordon Foundation of the Arts in preparing the next generation of young artists.
is the owner of the Joyce Gordon Gallery
in downtown Oakland. Gordon was born in Louisiana and raised Berkeley, CA. She attended the California College of the Arts then ran hair salons for many years, often working as a “platform artist” at trade shows around the country. In every city she’d spend her spare time visiting art galleries, and eventually in 2003 decided it was time to open her own gallery (her friend Robert Redford came to the inaugural event). Joyce Gordon Gallery
often shows the work of black artists, both from Oakland and around the world, highlighting work that doesn’t always get shown in other galleries. Gordon has exhibited work from artists including Joyce Owens (Chicago), Ed Dwight (Denver), Michael Platt (DC), Louis Delsarte (Atlanta), Gerald Griffin (Chicago), Aziz Diagne (Senegal), Sibylle Szaggars (Germany), Ali Dadgar (Iran), as well as Michael Chukes, Mel Ramos, Raymond Saunders, Joe Sam, Charles Bibbs, Stevens Jay Carter, and Mildred Howard from the Bay Area. The Joyce Gordon Galley has also exhibited the work of over 500 mid-career and emerging artists from the Oakland Bay Area. In addition to running her renowned gallery, in 2016 Gordon founded the Joyce Gordon Foundation of the Arts
, a non-profit organization that helps make a viable arts education more accessible for under-served Oakland youth.
Christine Harris is a former television and radio broadcast journalist who worked in Washington DC, Chicago, and Louisville. Her duties for radio included being an assistant news editor, general assignment reporter, anchor and guest commentator. For television she was an anchor and reporter of consumer affairs and education. She is the former president of the Chicago Association of Black Journalists, and organized the 1980 convention for the National Association of Black Journalists. Harris worked for the Minorities Committee of the American Society of Newspaper Editors at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, and served on boards for Miami Cares for Kids (Miami), Montalvo Center for the Arts (Saratoga), YWCA (San Jose), Parkinson’s Institute (Sunnyvale), and Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose (San Jose).
Image: Joyce Gordon (left) and Christine Harris (right)