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Melanin: Color, Composition and Connection

Melanin: Color, Composition and Connection

Exhibition: September 28 – November 17, 2022
Opening Reception and Artist Walk Through: Saturday, October 1, 12pm-2pm
Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm
Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804

Melanin: Color, Composition and Connection is a solo exhibition of new work by Daniel White, who presents a series of abstract paintings that bring to the foreground geometric forms, lines and color that reveal the intricacies of melanin and its power of connection. 

White creates large works that are composed of smaller paintings that live both as individual pieces and as connected parts. The composition of these paintings serve as a metaphor to the importance of one within the whole, emphasizing that if you take a singular piece away the whole becomes a mystery. On view for the first time is White’s most recent creation, Monuments of Peace in a Universe of Discord, a monumental painting composed of 100 small painted panels that together render an abstracted image of our relationship to the microscopic molecule that gives us color. 

This exhibition invites the viewer to simultaneously look inwards, outwards and towards each other and reflect on the pigments that make up our world. Historically, color has shown to have the power to fragment and create differences between us, yet White’s paintings suggest that melanin has the power to bring us together in our common bonds. Through his abstracted compositions, White encourages us to challenge our perceptions and interpretations of color and in the process find connections that join us together beyond our degrees of melanin. 

Daniel White grew up in Kansas City, Missouri where he attended Kansas City Art Institute but did not finish his degree. He was determined to complete his education and enrolled in San Francisco Art Institute 20 years later, earning a Bachelor of Fine Art degree in 2001, majoring in painting. White’s work runs the gamut from super realistic fine art portraits, abstract paintings, photography and writing. His current work is influenced by Josef Albers, Mark Rothko, Jacob Lawrence, J. M. W. Turner, and Henry Ossawa Tanner. 

This exhibition is part of the Art of the African Diaspora: Luminaries series, and is generously funded by the East Bay Fund for Artists at the East Bay Community Foundation.

Art of the African Diaspora: Luminaries

Luminaries is a series of four solo exhibitions that shine a spotlight on the remarkable work of four artists – Diamela Cutiño, J.B. Broussard, Donna Gatson and Daniel White – who have participated in Art of the African Diaspora but who have maintained an inconspicuous public image throughout their storied artistic careers. The four exhibitions will be presented in the West Gallery throughout 2022, as part of the 25th anniversary of Art of the African Diaspora.

 

Top image: Daniel White, Secrets at Giza, 2022 

New Visions

New Visions

Emerging Artists from Art of the African Diaspora 

Exhibition: September 14 – November 17, 2022
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 17, 12pm-2pm
Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm
Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804

In honor of the 25th anniversary of Art of the African Diaspora, New Visions assembles a group of four Bay Area artists whose work is on the cutting edge of their disciplines. The selected artists – Kim Champion, Tiffany Conway, Ashara Ekundayo and Bertrell Smith – are all within the first ten years of publicly showing their artwork, are at a critical juncture in their careers as fine artists, and have shown work in the Art of the African Diaspora exhibition in the past two years. These four artists employ painting, photography, collage, and vibrant color palettes to engage viewers in their unique expressions of the experience of the fullness and vibrancy of Black expression. Though the four artists work in different mediums and approaches to creating their artworks, New Visions places the works in dialogue with one another to demonstrate the diversity of artwork coming from emerging Black artists in the Bay Area.

New Visions is organized by Oakland-based artist, educator, and independent curator Demetri Broxton.

Top Image: Tiffany Conway, Your Soul Knows the Way, 2019

De Fantasías y Realidades

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De Fantasías y Realidades

Exhibition: September 14 – November 17, 2022
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 17, 12pm-2pm
Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm
Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804

De Fantasías y Realidades is an exhibition of work by Oakland-based artist, Daniel Camacho, who presents a selection of large-scale portable murals, paper mache sculptures, and paintings he has created over the last 25 years. Together, these works represent Daniel’s unique approach of fusing elements of Mexican popular culture with the social and political experiences of his community, blending them into images that blur lines between reality and fantasy.  

Daniel captures the social and mystical realities of everyday people in his community. In particular, Daniel paints the immigrant experience, our political struggles, and of the culture that holds us together. These realities are depicted in Daniel’s portable murals, often illustrated through expressive faces with eyes that command a strong gaze towards our shared struggles. Through these vibrant images, Daniel allows a personal encounter with the fantasies and realities that have defined his own lived experience and that mirror the lived experience of people in his community. 

Daniel blends social and magical realism to create a defining imagery that opens up a world of dualities. Masks, rituals, the sun, the moon, and vivid flowers are important motifs that transcends us into a world of color and fantasy. The subject of these works navigate a space between reality and fantasy, life and death, good and evil, and suggest our own transformations from one to the other. 

Through his work, Daniel captures the experiences of everyday people, their struggles, accomplishments and joys. His work is a mirror that reflects the deep cultural symbolisms, rituals and beliefs that we carry with us as we walk through the realities of this world.

About the Artist: Daniel Camacho is a Mexican born, Oakland-based visual artist and muralist who, for the past 30 years, has worked in public schools, libraries, and community organizations in the SF Bay Area and beyond. Daniel’s work explores themes of social justice, celebration and empowerment of culture.


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De Fantasías y Realidades

Fechas de exposición: September 14 – November 17, 2022
Recepción de apertura: Saturday, September 17, 12pm-2pm
Horario de la galería: Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm
Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804

De Fantasías y Realidades es una exhibición del artista Daniel Camacho que nos presenta una selección de murales móviles, esculturas de papel maché y pinturas que ha creado durante los últimos 25 años. Juntas, estas obras representan como el artista rescata elementos de la cultura popular mexicana y las mezcla con las experiencias sociales y políticas de la comunidad, haci creando imágenes que difuminan las líneas entre la fantasía y la realidad. 

Daniel captura las realidades sociales y místicas de la gente común en su comunidad. En particular, Daniel pinta las realidades de la experiencia inmigrante, de las luchas políticas y de la cultura que nos mantiene unidos. Estas realidades están representadas en los murales móviles que Camacho pinta, ilustrados en rostros con ojos profundos que dominan una mirada hacia nuestras luchas compartidas. A través de estas imágenes llenas de color y cultura, Camacho nos permite un encuentro personal con sus fantasías y sus realidades que han definido su experiencia vivida y que a la misma vez reflejan la experiencia vivida de las personas de su comunidad.

Daniel combina el realismo social con el mágico para crear imágenes que abren un mundo de dualidades. Las máscaras, los rituales, la luna, el sol, y las flores vívidas son simbolos importantes que nos trascienden a un mundo de color y fantasía. Las obras en la exposición navegan un espacio entre la realidad y la fantasía, la vida y la muerte, el bien y el mal, y hacen sugerencia a nuestras propias transformaciones de uno al otro.

A través de su trabajo, Daniel captura las experiencias de la gente común, sus luchas, logros y alegrías. Su obra es un espejo que refleja una imagen de los profundos simbolismos culturales, rituales y creencias que llevamos con nosotros mientras caminamos por las realidades de este mundo.

Sobre el artista: Daniel Camacho es un artista visual y muralista mexicano que a vivido en Oakland los últimos 30 años, ha trabajado en escuelas públicas, bibliotecas y organizaciones comunitarias en el Área de la Bahía de SF y más allá. El trabajo de Daniel explora temas de justicia social, celebración y empoderamiento de la cultura.

 

Top Image: Daniel Camacho, De Fantasias y Realidades, 2022. Oil pastel on paper

Rhythm and Rust

Rhythm and Rust
History, Heritage, Honor told through the Object

Exhibition: August 3 – September 17, 2022
Reception and Artist Walk Through: Saturday, August 20, 12pm-2pm
Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm
Location: Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804

In her solo exhibition, Rhythm and Rust, artist Donna Gatson presents a series of assemblages she has created using vintage objects to compose sculptural notes that speak to her heritage, thoughts and inspirations as a Black woman.

Gatson uses the object as her medium, assembling parts and pieces to create a rhythm that conjures up ancestral memories. In her alchemy, Gatson combines objects that were once used as tools to dehumanize such as ledgers, chains, and cuffs with treasured family heirlooms imbued with generational strength and resilience. In this process Gatson forms assemblages that have the power to transmute historical reality, where objects that were once used to dehumanize become a source of humanity.

Using old victrola parts, violin bodies and the sounds of Ella Fitzgerald, Gatson welcomes us into her ancestral memory and leads us through a series of assemblages that tell the legends of family heroes that surmounted the realities of slavery and the Jim Crow south. We are then brought around to a collection of oracles made of doll heads that serve as a reminder of the work that still needs to be done to maintain our humanity. Lastly Gatson presents us with a collection of Freedom cuffs created of reclaimed copper as manifestation of the prayers, hopes and dreams of Gatson’s enslaved ancestors.

Donna Gatson is primarily a self taught emerging artist. She was born and raised on the Monterey Peninsula with deep ties to the South and Southwest. Driven by an uncontrollable urge to create art, she uses the mediums of watercolor, graphite pencil, metal and found objects. Her work ranges from Black Country Folk art, to a style she refers to as “Afro/Deco Cubism”. Gatson is also one of the few African American jewelry silversmiths in the country. She was taught traditional Native silversmithing by renowned Hopi silversmith Gerald Lomaventema on the Hopi reservation. Gatson takes the traditional techniques she learned and uses them to create her own Afro, Asian, Anasazi influenced designs in silver and copper jewelry.

This exhibition is part of the Art of the African Diaspora: Luminaries series, and is generously funded by the East Bay Fund for Artists at the East Bay Community Foundation.

Art of the African Diaspora: Luminaries
Luminaries is a series of four solo exhibitions that shine a spotlight on the remarkable work of four artists – Diamela Cutiño, J.B. Broussard, Donna Gatson and Daniel W. White – who have participated in Art of the African Diaspora but who have maintained an inconspicuous public image throughout their storied artistic careers. The four exhibitions will be presented in the West Gallery throughout 2022, as part of the 25th anniversary of Art of the African Diaspora.

Front image: Donna Gatson, Ella, 2018

From the Pueblo, For the Pueblo

From the Pueblo, For the Pueblo

Exhibition: September 14 – November 17, 2022
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 17, 12pm-2pm
Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm
Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804

From the Pueblo, For the Pueblo is a culminating exhibition featuring the work of Richmond Art Center’s Artists-in-Residence, Liberación Gráfica.   

Liberación Gráfica is a screen print collective whose art practice is rooted in the Chicanx art tradition of revolutionary community print workshops. Throughout their residency, Liberación Gráfica worked alongside youth and community members to create prints that uplift community voices, and raise awareness of the struggles and resilience of the people of Richmond. 

This exhibition presents the work that Liberación Gráfica collectively created during their residency. This includes a collection of striking silkscreen prints created for community events that speak to key issues like environmental justice, food sovereignty, and the prison industrial complex. The exhibition also includes prints made by Richmond youth who participated in Liberación Gráfica’s summer class which explored empowering topics of identity, culture, and ancestral knowledge. Staying true to the concept that there is no liberation without community, Liberación Gráfica has also invited artists in the community to join them in presenting work that together opens up conversations around ideas of liberation. 

Throughout their time at Richmond Art Center, Liberación Gráfica has embodied the role of the activist-artist championed by the Chicanx Art Movement. In this exhibition, Liberación Gráfica makes a strong connection to their artistic lineage and affirms that the role of the Chicanx artist is to serve the people by creating art that helps in the liberation of the people. 

From the Pueblo, For the Pueblo is the work From the People, For the People! 

About the Collective: Liberación Gráfica is a community-based art collective whose mission is to provide opportunities for self and community expressions through silkscreen printing. The collective is made up of Richmond-based artists, teachers, and community organizers: Eddy Chacon, Lisette Vera, Daniel Cervantes and Francisco Rojas. Liberación Gráfica was established in 2019 and since has worked towards teaching youth the process of silkscreen printing through a social justice lens with the intention to bridge gaps between communities of color and bring awareness to social injustices faced by the Richmond community.

This exhibition was made possible with the support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Artists-in-Residence Press Release

Top image: Francisco Rojas, Pasando Regalos, Passing Gifts, 2022

Collective Care Is Our Best Protection

Collective Care Is Our Best Protection

Favianna Rodriguez, Elaine Chu and Marina Perez-Wong (Twin Walls Mural Company), Keena Azania Romano, Leslie Dime Lopez, Vanessa Agana Espinoza Solari, and Yazmin Shi Shi Madriz

Exhibition: June 22 – August 20, 2022
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 18, 2pm-4pm
Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm
Location: Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804

Together we are strong. And in a troubled world collective care is our best protection.

This exhibition brings together a group of women artists who are at the forefront in activating public consciousness through muralism and printmaking. At the center are works that illustrate the healing and protective power that resides in the act of collective care. 

On display are two large scale portable murals: one painted by Elaine Chu and Marina Perez-Wong from Twin Walls Mural Company titled Protectors of the Sacred, Power: A Prayer for Buffalo Nation; and the other painted by Keena Romano, Leslie Dime Lopez, Vanessa Agana Espinoza Solari and Yazmin Shi Shi Madriz titled Portals thru Powerful Prayers. Complementing these two murals are a series of collages and prints by Favianna Rodriguez that speak to our relationship with food and plants through rituals of self and collective care.  

These works were created during the pandemic and stemmed out of a dire need to share responsibility for each others’ well-being.  As we cautiously walk out of this pandemic, the artists’ work serve as a reminder of the need to continue embracing each other, especially as the pandemic made clear that issues in accessing affordable housing, health care, environmental protections, immigrant rights, and indigenous land sovereignty are deep struggles we remain in. 

The title of the exhibition borrows from Favianna Rodriguez’ series “Collective Care is Our Best Protection” created during the pandemic as a “call for communities to care for each other and develop strong and autonomous support systems of mutual aid.”

Artists

Favianna Rodriguez 

Twin Walls Mural Company: Elaine Chu and Marina Perez-Wong 

Keena Azania Romano, Leslie Dime Lopez, Vanessa Agana Espinoza Solari, Yazmin Shi Shi Madriz

Top image: Twin Walls Mural Company, Protectors of the Sacred, Power: A Prayer for Buffalo Nation, 2020

 

Women Weaving Stories – Mujeres Tejiendo Historias – Eje xuj nchachmon qa o che ex tuj

Español | Mam

Women Weaving Stories – Mujeres Tejiendo Historias

Exhibition: June 1 – August 20, 2022
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 25, 2pm-4pm
Collaborative Learning Circle: Saturday, July 30, 1:30pm-3:30pm | More info…
Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm
Location: Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804

Women Weaving Stories is an exhibition of a newly released art zine created by members of Mujeres Unidas y Activas (MUA) an organization of Latina and Indigenous immigrant women with a dual mission of promoting personal transformation and building community power for social and economic justice. This project was done in partnership with NAKA Dance Theater.

As a culmination of a participatory art project, the zine was created by a cohort of Latina and Indigenous immigrant women who came together in a series of collaborative learning circles where art was used as a medium to share stories, learn from each other, and give voice to their lived experiences as immigrant women in the United States. This exhibition presents the individual pages of the zine as poster size prints. Through colorful imagery, these pages weave together the personal reflections of the women’s experiences as Latina and Indigenous people in the United States. 

This exhibition is presented in Mam, Spanish and English. Oakland and the larger Bay Area is home to the largest Mam speaking community outside of Guatemala. Many of the women who participated in this project are Indigenous immigrants from Guatemala who speak Mam and/or Spanish as their primary language. Translation to Mam was done by Ana Diaz.   

About the Artists: We are a diverse group of women who have woven our lives and our stories into these drawings, creating a tapestry of our histories. We have cultivated a creative space where we support and listen to each other through art, caring for each other, making space and working in solidarity to transform the challenges we face under a patriarchal system. Through these experiences, we recognize the profound importance of raising our voices as women united in a movement.

About the Zine: Starting in late 2020 and continuing through 2021, we began to work as a team in Collaborative Learning Circles (Círculos de Aprendizaje), meeting twice a week on Zoom. We built an inclusive space, where we learn, adapt and figure out how to communicate with each other. Since our team is made up of people who speak different languages, using illustrations in the zine seemed the most appropriate way to express what we wanted to express without needing to choose a particular language, while still recognizing each person’s languages ​​and traditions. 

The Fotonovela team is made up of Adriana Pérez, Leticia García, Luciana Rodríguez, Paulina Calmo and Victoria Pablo, in collaboration with NAKA Dance Theater and members of MUA.

Mujeres Unidas Y Activas is an organization of Latina and Indigenous immigrant women with a dual mission of promoting personal transformation and building community power for social and economic justice.

NAKA Dance Theater creates experimental performance works using dance, storytelling, multimedia installations and site-specific environments. NAKA builds partnerships with communities, engages people’s histories and folklore and expresses experiences through accessible performances that challenge the viewer to think critically about social justice issues.

Top Image: J. Ramirez Pablo, Untitled, 2021 


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Mujeres Tejiendo Historias – Women Weaving Stories 

Fecha de Expocision: 1 de junio de 2022 – 20 de agosto de 2022 
Recepción de apertura: Sábado, 25 de junio, 14:00-16:00
Círculo de Aprendizaje: Sábado 30 de julio, 1:30-3:30pm | Más información…
Horario de la galería: Miércoles-Sábado, 10am-4pm
Localización: Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804

Mujeres Unidas y Activas (MUA) y NAKA Danza Teatro se enorgullece en presentar la publicación de nuestra primera fotonovela, ahora convertida en una exposición.

Somos diversas mujeres que fuimos tejiendonos con nuestras historias en estos dibujos, como lo hace un telar, el cual tenemos muy presente porque forma parte de nuestra vida. Generamos un territorio creativo para acompañarnos y escucharnos a través del arte, cuidándonos unas a otras y dando un espacio para transformar los aconteceres con los que lidiamos en este sistema patriarcal en solidaridad y apoyo mutuo. Todo esto nos ha llevado a reconocer la profunda importancia de nuestra voz como mujeres unidas y activas. 

Este proyecto se realizó durante la pandemia a finales del año 2020 y todo el 2021 mediante el Zoom. Participaron mujeres miembras de MUA (una organización de mujeres Latines e Indígenas inmigrantes de base con la doble misión de promover la transformación personal y fomentar el poder comunitario).  

La revista está conformada por cuatro secciones, que se definieron a partir del interés de las participantes: En la primera, nos enfocamos en manifestar lo que representa MUA para cada una de nosotras. En la segunda, visibilizamos aspectos culturales de nuestra vida diaria, priorizando los alimentos, las costumbres, tradiciones de nuestros países; y en la autodeterminación de nuestros pueblos indígenas. En la tercera, hablamos sobre cuestiones de género. Y en la última sección sobre migración, centrándonos en aspectos relacionados a vivencias personales y emocionales que nos atraviesan como inmigrantes.

El equipo de Mujeres Tejiendo Historias está conformado por: Adriana Pérez, Leticia García, Luciana Rodríguez, Paulina Calmo y Victoria Pablo. 

Imagen: J. Ramirez Pablo, Untitled, 2021 


Mam

 

Eje xuj nchachmon qa o che ex tuj 

tajlal xjaw tun tex q’on junio 1, 2022 – Agosto 20, 2022

Mujeres Unidas y Activas (MUA) ex Naka Danza Teatro ntzalaj ma k-elix tyein tnejil tib’lal (fotonovela) otz’ok qq’ona te ye’k’b’il.

ojoya xuj la’ qb’aja o kub qchmona qa o q-exa tuj (historia) chu’n qa tib’lal lu’, ju’ tisin ntemb’a jun chemaj (telar) tun jun aj chmol , jatzin jlu tkub’saxix qwitza  ex otz’ok te tajlal qchwinqlala. O b’ant t-ten jun tenb’il chb’anix quna ja tum tun chtena quk’la ex tun tzaj chb’ina qoya tun jun tb’anixix yek’b’il (arte), nqo kuena qeya qunx qib’xa, ex nxi q-q’ona jun amb’il tun tch’expaj jaj jun o-qexa tuj ex nqo q’ona ipb’il tij jun sistema patriarcal ex nqo oni qeye qwitz qib’a. Chaqil jlu o tzaj t-yek’iin qeye jaj txilen jun qwiya xuj qoya Mujeres unida y activas.

Jaj jun aq’untl lu ja tb’ant tuj jun yab’il (pandemia) ch’ixtaq tel ab’q’i 2020 ex  chaqiltzin ab’q’i te 2021 tuj jun programa te zoom. o che aq’nan txjali MUA (Jun chmob’il che xuj te junl tnam (latinas) ex qe q-xechil te aj tu qyol (indigena) o q-u’l tuj junl tnam (imigrantes) ja te toklen tun txi tman ex tun tb’ant chten qe xjal ex tun txi cham tun t-ten tipin tnam.

Jaj jun yek’b’il u’j lu te chaj piẍ te’l, o b’aj b’inchan alche il tij te che qa aj ajb’el: Tuj tnejil piẍ, o tz’ok q-q’ona tilil tun txi q-yek’na al che te MUA txilen te junwin qeye. Tuj tkab’in piẍ, o txi qyek’na al che txilen qeya q-xechil tuj qchwinqlala, lujtzin qe wab’j nb’ant qu’na te jatuma tzajin qoya chuj qe tnam ex jun tb’anixix txilen te qeya te aj tu qyol qoya, lujtzin qe qniq’ije tuj qe tnam; ex ojoxa nqo ximna tun tb’ant qtanma che qxjala (indigena). Te t-toxin piẍ,  o qo yolna tij xjalilal (genero). Tuj tzin tch’ip piẍ o qo yolna tij n-chi’ xjal tuj chtanmi (migración) o ok q-q’o na il tij ex o txi qb’ina alchekyaq te junwin o tz’ex tuj jaj nb’aj qija te junl tnam qoya.

A jun k’loj xuj aj chmol alkyechaq o ch-ex tuj b’inchamaj chun qe ajb’inchal: Adriana Pérez, Leticia García, Luciana Rodríguez, Paulina Calmo y Victoria Pablo. 

 

The Eastern Shore: Works by J.B. Broussard

The Eastern Shore

Works by J.B. Broussard

Exhibition: June 8 – July 23, 2022
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 18, 2pm-4pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, July 9, 12pm-1pm | More info…
Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm
Location: Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804

In his solo exhibition, The Eastern Shore, artist J.B. Broussard presents a selection of work that honors the legacy and expressions of freedom of the great 19th century abolitionists Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass.

At the center are Broussard’s new bronze sculptures of Tubman and Douglass, reverentially casting the bravery, wisdom, and resilience that both embodied in their fight against slavery and in their pursuit for human and civil rights. Complementing the sculptures are Broussard’s early work, charcoal drawings and paintings created in his youth that capture in portraiture, expressions of the Black experience.

Together, this collection of work traces the artistic path of artist J.B Broussard, and in the process brings about the underlying spirit that animates his work: to capture with dignity the expression of human beings in their struggle for freedom.

The show’s title, The Eastern Shore, pays tribute to the region where Tubman and Douglass were born and escaped slavery from, and where their fight for freedom and dignity began.

About the Artist: J.B. Broussard is a second generation native of Oakland. He began drawing at age of seven, took art classes during secondary school, and years later attended U.C. Berkeley as an Art major where he focused primarily on sculpture. After graduating from U.C. Berkeley he settled into a career in education. Now retired Broussard spends his time engaged in art projects. As a teenager he was exposed to the work of Charles White. Broussard describes the experience of viewing White’s work as “an awakening.” White’s dignified images of Black people had a lasting impact on him.

This exhibition is part of the Art of the African Diaspora: Luminaries series, and is generously funded by the East Bay Fund for Artists at the East Bay Community Foundation.

Art of the African Diaspora: Luminaries
Luminaries is a series of four solo exhibitions that shine a spotlight on the remarkable work of four artists – Diamela Cutiño, J.B. Broussard, Donna Gatson and Daniel W. White – who have participated in Art of the African Diaspora but who have maintained an inconspicuous public image throughout their storied artistic careers. The four exhibitions will be presented in the West Gallery throughout 2022, as part of the 25th anniversary of Art of the African Diaspora.

Top Image: J.B. Broussard, The General, 2021. Courtesy of the Artist

Emmy Lou Packard: Artist of Conscience

 
Emmy Lou Packard: Artist of Conscience
Exhibition: June 22 – August 20, 2022
 
Public Programs
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 18, 2pm-4pm
How Emmy Lou Packard Made Her Prints (demonstration): Saturday, July 16, 12pm-2pm
Rebel Art: Emmy Lou Packard’s Legacy (panel discussion): Friday, July 29, 6pm-7:30pm
Film screening of Rivera In America: Thursday, August 11, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Closing Reception with The Great Tortilla Conspiracy: Saturday, August 20, 12pm-2pm
 
All events are free and open to the public. No RSVP needed.
Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm
Location: Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804
 
 
Artist of Conscience explores the life and work of Emmy Lou Packard (1914-1998), a remarkable artist known for her paintings, prints and murals, as well as her activism. Packard’s linoleum prints celebrated ordinary people — their work, their history and their environment. Her art was not overtly political, but expressed her progressive values. One of her signature images, Peace is a Human Right, shows three children, Asian, Black and White, seated around a sunflower. The message is framed in human terms — children are not political; they are just children.
 
Through artworks, photos and ephemera, the exhibition at Richmond Art Center will be organized around key periods of Packard’s life. Packard was mentored by Diego Rivera and became his principal assistant on the mural he painted on Treasure Island for the Golden Gate International Exposition in 1940 (currently on view at SFMOMA). During WWII Packard worked at Kaiser shipyard’s newspaper, Fore ‘n’ Aft, in Richmond. Later in life, Packard mentored a generation of mostly female and Chicana artists in the Bay Area. She also led the movement to save the Mendocino headlands from development.
 
This exhibition is curated by Robbin Légère Henderson and Rick Tejada-Flores.
 
Emmy Lou Packard: Artist of Conscience was made possible with support from The Jay DeFeo Foundation. Vital support was also provided by California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
 
          
 
Top image: Emmy Lou Packard, Artichoke Picker, circa 1955, 17″ x 22″
 
 
 

Dewey Crumpler: Crossings

Dewey Crumpler: Crossings

Exhibition: April 6 – June 4, 2022
Reception: Saturday, April 2, 2pm-4pm
Artist’s Talk: Saturday, April 30, 1pm
Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm
Location: Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804

View the Press Release

Dewey Crumpler: Crossings asks us to consider the history, lived legacy and future impact of the global shipping industry. Presenting over 120 works, from sketches to large scale paintings, the exhibition represents Crumpler’s twenty-five years of investigation into the beauty and power of ribbed, metal cargo boxes. 

In Crumpler’s work shipping containers are dense metaphors; encompassing stories of mass migration, transformation and voyages destined to be repeated. They trace transatlantic trade routes that emerged in the 15th century and are still used today. They also show industry that has irrevocably shaped port cities like San Francisco, Oakland and Richmond. Through connecting historical and contemporary systems, time in Crumpler’s work becomes a loop of rebirth and decline pressed forward through the crossing of water. Crumpler explains, “At the heart of these works is memory.”

Thank you to Marguerite Thompson Browne for her assistance in organizing this exhibition.


Dewey Crumpler: Crossings nos pide que consideremos la historia, el legado vivido y el impacto de la industria del transporte marítimo global en el futuro. Con más de 120 obras, desde bocetos hasta pinturas de gran escala, la exposición representa los veinticinco años que Crumpler ha investigado la belleza y el poder de las cajas de carga de metal acanalado.

En la obra de Crumpler, los contenedores marítimos son densas metáforas; abarcando historias de migraciones masivas, transformaciones y viajes destinados a repetirse. Trazan rutas comerciales transatlánticas que surgieron en el siglo XV y todavía se utilizan en la actualidad. También muestran la industria que ha dado forma irrevocablemente a ciudades portuarias como San Francisco, Oakland y Richmond. A través de la conexión de sistemas históricos y contemporáneos, el tiempo en el trabajo de Crumpler se convierte en un bucle de renacimiento y declive que avanza a través del cruce del agua. Crumpler explica: “En el corazón de estas obras está la memoria”.

Gracias a Marguerite Thompson Browne por su ayuda en la organización de esta exposición.

 

To Image: Dewey Crumpler, Untitled 1, 2017, Acrylic and mixed media on canvas. Courtesy of the Artist and Jenkins Johnson Gallery

 

 

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