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How Did You Make That? Del Sol String Quartet performs Ruth Crawford Seeger, Steve Reich, Anthony Braxton

October 22, 2016, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Del Sol String Quartet will perform three concerts, thematically focusing on three approaches to expression. Finding parallels in the art in the exhibition and the music performed, the students will have the opportunity to make art engaging some of the same elements in projects geared to the musical manifestations of these elements.

There are three planned performances as part of the Fall residency. Suggested donation of $10 for adults attending the concert.

About this event: The third performance discusses process. In response,  the work of Yvette Deas and Mildred Howard and how they use collage and layering to add richness and meaning to their work.

Both artists follow process to add layers of richness and meaning to their work,  In the paintings of Deas, the surface of popularized scenes of the American Dream as promoted in mid-20th century T.V. yields to the underlying reality. Collaged news photographs of the period’s police clashes and civil rights demonstrations seep through to the surface to disrupt the myth. Mildred Howard uses the printmaking technique of chine-collé to layer historical images with composite figures to set up dichotomies of freedom and slavery. Viewing the bits and pieces lend shape to a greater form will stimulate the impulse to push beyond the first view. Listening to the final musical program in the series, the students will explore how they can make each pass through a part of a process which becomes more than the sum of the parts.

Using brush with paint, collage elements, and then the line of the pen, each iteration of color, shape, pattern reveals a deeper resonance, a closer space. Launching from the two-dimensional into three-dimensional to push the colors, shapes, and patterns into deep space will open students to the intrigues of pushing an idea, a theme, a vision, always further.

The art workshop following the performance is intended for high school students. All ages are welcome for the musical performance.

Workshops are free but please rsvp to or call 510.620.6772 to reserve.

Music performance begins at 2:00 p.m.
Art workshop begins at 3:00 p.m.

About the teaching artist: Mary Curtis Ratcliff is an artist working in diverse media, including sculpture, mixed media works on paper and photography.  She lives in Berkeley and has taught art to children and teenagers at the East Bay French American School, the Nomura School and Oakland’s Renaissance High School, among others.

The Residency by the Del Sol String Quartet, organized in partnership with the Richmond Art Center, has been made possible with support from Chamber Music America through its Residency Endowment Fund. Photo by R. J. Muna.


October 22, 2016
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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