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Kala Receives Grant from Cal Humanities

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Berkeley, CA — Cal Humanities has recently announced the 2014 Community Stories grant awardees. Kala Art Institute has been awarded $10,000 for Sue Mark’s interdisciplinary project entitled “Communities’ Crossing: Echoes Along Historic Route 123.” Sue Mark’s project is among six artist-led Print Public projects, a new Kala community initiative bringing multiple partners together to create art installations, print kiosks, pop-up projects and other innovative acts of culture along San Pablo Avenue where Oakland, Emeryville, and Berkeley come together.

Community Stories is a competitive grant program of Cal Humanities. Grants are awarded to projects that give expression to the extraordinary variety of histories and experiences of California’s places and people to ensure that the stories can be shared widely. These narratives help us find our commonalities, appreciate our differences, and learn something new about how to live well together.

“Communities’ Crossing” blends neighborhood stories with image and text-based signage to be used in improvisational dance interactions along San Pablo Avenue, one of the Bay Area’s oldest existing transit routes, to explore community identity. This dynamic, transitioning region is grappling with impacts of change. Local history and current social concerns will reach the community as a ‘sidewalk theater’, collapsing the delineations of audience and participant.  Sue Mark of the marksearch team, crafts provocative platforms to explore social relationships. Since 2000, marksearch has collaborated with non-profits, community groups, students, historians, urban planners, and municipalities worldwide to create projects that move beyond aesthetic experience. Their nomadic investigations interweave community stories with neighborhood history, the built environment, and the ecosystem to reveal innovative narratives.

“With our state’s incredible diversity, fostering communication and connecting people to a range of ideas is vital for our general welfare,” said Ralph Lewin, president and CEO of Cal Humanities. “Our grant award enables awardees to pursue the important work of engaging new audiences in conversations around stories of significance to Californians.”

Since 2003, Cal Humanities has supported approximately 400 story projects and granted nearly $3 million to enable communities to voice, record, and share histories—many previously untold or little known. Through video, photography, murals, zines, documentary theater, audio projects, and more, these collected stories have been shared with broad audiences, both live and virtual. Cal Humanities is an independent non-profit state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information on Cal Humanities, please visit www.calhum.org.

Print Public is an innovative place-making project bringing Kala Art Institute and multiple community partners together to create art installations, print kiosks, pop-up projects and other innovative acts of culture along San Pablo Avenue in West Berkeley. Artist-teams are developing distinct projects within the San Pablo Avenue transit corridor, creating an arts-integrated approach to urban planning and community activation. Visit Print Public online to learn more.

Print Public Artists: Sue Mark (marksearch), Susan O’Malley, Taro Hattori, Taraneh Hemami, Swell (Ali Naschke-Messing and Helena Meryman), and Imin Yeh

 

Events and programming scheduled along San Pablo Avenue throughout 2014–2015
Gallery Exhibition: May 7–June 27, 2015

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Open Seas: Gallery Conversation with Artists

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Open Seas:
September 4 – October 15, 2014

Gallery Conversation with the Artists: 
Saturday, September 20, 2pm

Kala Gallery is proud to present Open Seas, a group exhibition that presents work by artists who explore the idea of borders from a wide range of perspectives. From political geography to psychological boundaries, the idea of borders can mean a line, an area, an arc, or a mark where something begins and something ends. When there is a border, a zone appears around this line. Inside the zone is like a chrysalis with a flexible shell. It is in constant flux and a transitional state. It expands on its own merging the edges of the outside. Often it is an area where human desire and curiosity – desire to see what’s not there and desire to change and transform, come to life and/or collapse constantly.

This exhibition asks artists to explore how borders —both atmospheric and conceptual—can be represented in a diverse reach of media.

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Mari Andrews: Rounding the Corner

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August, 2014 – February, 2015

Milvia/Addison Window Location:
2100 Milvia St. Berkeley, CA 94704-1113 

Mari Andrews, Frill, 2010, lichen on wood.

 

Kala Art Institute is proud to present Rounding the Corner, a new installation work by Mari Andrews at Milvia/ Addison Window located at 2100 Milvia Street, Berkeley.

Working with found natural and man-made materials I construct sculptural “drawings”. These objects are fairly minimal and hang on the wall, often coming together to make larger installations. The found materials carry the memory of the urban walk, or the desert, forest or beach hike. I hope to reveal beauty in the mundane, and encourage more curiosity and engagement with things natural, in the hopes of promoting care and stewardship of our wild and natural world.

Mari Andrews

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Kala Exhibition: Open Seas

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September 4 – October 15, 2014

Artists’ Reception: Thursday, September 4, 6-8 pm

Donna Brookman
Kristine Eudey
Arash Fayez
Alana Perino
Christie Ginanni Stepan
Rodrigo Valenzuela
Michael Wilson & Natalie Zimmerman
Wenxin Zhang

Gallery Hours: Tue-Fri, 12-5:00pm; Sat, 12-4:30pm

Gallery location:
2990 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702
510-841-7000

Kala Gallery is proud to present Open Seas, a group exhibition that presents work by artists who explore the idea of borders from a wide range of perspectives.

From political geography to psychological boundaries, the idea of borders can mean a line, an area, an arc, or a mark where something begins and something ends. When there is a border, a zone appears around this line. Inside the zone is like a chrysalis with a flexible shell. It is in constant flux and a transitional state. It expands on its own merging the edges of the outside. Often it is an area where human desire and curiosity – desire to see what’s not there and desire to change and transform, come to life and/or collapse constantly.

Tours of the Kala studio, gallery and print archive are also available by appointment.
A diverse collection of printmaking works is presented throughout Kala’s gallery facility including the Mercy & Roger Smullen Print and Media Study Center.

For more information, contact Mayumi Hamanaka, Kala Gallery Manager, mayumi@kala.org or (510) 841-7000 ex 201.

 

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Available Soon at Kala: New Series of Etchings by Enrique Chagoya

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Enrique Chagoya signing his prints at the print studio with Unai San Martin

Kala Art Institute in partnership with Enrique Chagoya
Kala Art Institute Gallery, 2990 San Pablo Ave. Berkeley, CA 94710 

Kala is pleased to announce the co-publication of a new series of etchings by Enrique Chagoya. Based on Goya’s Disparate Series, the new series, Folly’s of Unreason, will be available for purchase through Kala’s Print Room.  We will be accepting pre-orders in September.

For more information, contact Andrea Voinot (andrea@kala.org).

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PRINT PUBLIC Related Programming

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Archive Pop-Up
September 4–October 3, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 4, 6-9pm

Archive Pop-Up Hours: T–F, 12–5pm; SA 12–4:30pm
Kala Art Gallery, 2990 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA

As part of PRINT PUBLIC’s 2014–2015 programming, Kala Art Institute is pleased to present Lacey Haslam’s Archive this September.  Archive is a living collection of books sourced from the personal libraries of influential visual and literary artists, curators, musicians and cultural leaders. Mirroring how we access information and share knowledge, the collection aims to trigger new patterns of collaboration.

During the month-long installation at Kala, Archive will map the network of those participating and document the growth of the collection via the online catalog. In-house access to the books will be available during gallery hours and virtual access to the catalog can be found at archive-project.com.

Lacey Haslam is the director of BLOCK Gallery, a site-specific exhibition program that takes place in alternative and public spaces. Haslam continues to work with the city of Oakland and private businesses to advocate for art in everyday spaces. She holds an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and a BFA from University of North Carolina at Asheville.  She currently lives and works in Oakland, California.

PRINT PUBLIC is an innovative place-making project bringing Kala Art Institute and multiple community partners together to create art installations, print kiosks, pop-up projects and other innovative acts of culture along San Pablo Avenue in West Berkeley. Artist-teams are developing distinct projects within the San Pablo Avenue transit corridor, creating an arts-integrated approach to urban planning and community activation. Events and programming are scheduled along San Pablo Avenue throughout 2014–2015. Visit Print Public online to learn more.

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Save the Date! Kalassal is Coming Soon!

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Kalassal – Kala’s Annual Half-Off Art Sale | Fall Fundraiser

Opening Party in conjunction with the Opening of the Artists’ Annual:
Thursday, October 23 from 6-9 pm
Member’s Preview 5-6 pm

Sale Continues:
Friday, October 24, noon to 8 pm
Saturday, October 25, noon to 5:30 pm

This year, for the first time ever, (wonder of all wonders!), KALASSAL and the Artists’ Annual Exhibition will converge to open on the exact same night! We’re gearing up for a whopping good party in the gallery and expecting a big turn out. The sale continues Friday and Saturday with extended evening hours.  Like last year, we will have a free Family Art Making Day on Saturday, studio tours, and much, much more.

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Finding Klinkner: Golden Gate Wiki Edit-a-thon

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Monday, July 14, 6-7:30pm
Golden Gate Branch, Oakland Public Library, 5606 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland, CA

Curious about Golden Gate neighborhood early history during the 1880s housing boom? Cultural researcher and artist Sue Mark(marksearch.org) will share her research in this collaborative wiki session. If you are a long-time resident or a new neighbor with stories to share about the community, please join this discussion. Supported by the City of Oakland. Funded by the City of Oakland’s Cultural Funding Program and Kala Art Institute’s PRINT PUBLIC.

 

Finding Klinkner, Sue’s PRINT PUBLIC project, unearths tantalizing clues about Charles Klinkner (1852-1893), one of the Golden Gate region’s early developers, a man that many loved to hate. At turns blasted as a demonic charlatan or revered as a visionary, Klinkner, in his short life, engaged promotional schemes for his entrepreneurial endeavors that today would go rival.

Mark has also created a series of historically interpretive hand-printed bookmarks that, starting in early July, will be dispersed within the shelved book collection at the Golden Gate Library.  Finders will be keepers!  This is the first phase of her 2 year project that explores social shifts and cycles of change at the intersection of Berkeley, Emeryville, and Oakland.

PRINT PUBLIC is an innovative place-making project partnering UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design, Department of City & Regional Planning, UC Transportation Center, Kala Art Institute, and local businesses to create art installations, pop-up projects, print kiosks, and innovative acts of culture to activate San Pablo Avenue in West Berkeley. Four artist-teams are developing distinct projects within the San Pablo Corridor, creating an arts-integrated approach to urban planning and community activation.

 

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Where’s Klinkner? A Walking Discussion

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July 12, Saturday, 10am-12pm
Golden Gate Branch, Oakland Public Library, 5606 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland, CA

Please join this 2-hour walk to experience the Golden Gate neighborhood’s past and contemporary history. Cultural researcher Sue Mark, along with long-time neighbors, will share stories about the community in a walking discussion with Oakland Urban Paths.

Finding Klinkner, Sue’s PRINT PUBLIC project, unearths tantalizing clues about Charles Klinkner (1852-1893), one of the Golden Gate region’s early developers, a man that many loved to hate. At turns blasted as a demonic charlatan or revered as a visionary, Klinkner, in his short life, engaged promotional schemes for his entrepreneurial endeavors that today would go rival.

To learn more about Klinker, the Golden Gate neighborhood’s past and contemporary history, please join Sue Mark in a walking discussion with Oakland Urban Paths http://www.oaklandurbanpaths.org/  on Saturday, July 12 (“Love You Neighborhood Day” http://oaklavia.org/route/loveourhood).  Long-time neighbors will share their insights about the community’s changes at key points during the walk. The 2 hour walk starts at10am at the Golden Gate Library, 5605 San Pablo Avenue.

Mark has also created a series of historically interpretive hand-printed bookmarks that, starting in early July, will be dispersed within the shelved book collection at the Golden Gate Library.  Finders will be keepers!  This is the first phase of her 2 year project that explores social shifts and cycles of change at the intersection of Berkeley, Emeryville, and Oakland.

This project is also supported by the Oakland City Council and funded by the City of Oakland’s Cultural Funding Program.

PRINT PUBLIC is an innovative place-making project partnering UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design, Department of City & Regional Planning, UC Transportation Center, Kala Art Institute, and local businesses to create art installations, pop-up projects, print kiosks, and innovative acts of culture to activate San Pablo Avenue in West Berkeley. Four artist-teams are developing distinct projects within the San Pablo Corridor, creating an arts-integrated approach to urban planning and community activation.

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Finding Klinkner

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Image credit: Oakland History Room’s Archives

 

Where’s Klinkner? A Walking Discussion
Saturday, July 12, 10am-12pm
Golden Gate Branch, Oakland Public Library, 5606 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland, CA

 

Finding Klinkner: Golden Gate Wiki Edit-a-thon
Monday, July 14, 6-7:30pm
Golden Gate Branch, Oakland Public Library, 5606 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland, CA

Kala Art Institute is pleased to present Sue Mark’s Finding Klinkner as part of the PRINT PUBLIC art initiative. In her latest interdisciplinary project, Sue Mark (marksearch.org) unearths tantalizing clues about Charles Klinkner (1852-1893), one of the Golden Gate region’s early developers, a man that many loved to hate. At turns blasted as a demonic charlatan or revered as a visionary, Klinkner, in his short life, engaged promotional schemes for his entrepreneurial endeavors that today would go rival.

 

Mark has created a series of historically interpretive hand-printed bookmarks that, starting in early July, will be dispersed within the shelved book collection at the Golden Gate Library.  Finders will be keepers!  This is the first phase of her 2 year project that explores social shifts and cycles of change at the intersection of Berkeley, Emeryville, and Oakland.

 

To learn more about Klinker, the Golden Gate neighborhood’s past and contemporary history, please join Sue Mark in a walking discussion with Oakland Urban Paths http://www.oaklandurbanpaths.org/  on Saturday, July 12 (“Love Your Neighborhood Day” http://oaklavia.org/route/loveourhood).  Long-time neighbors will share their insights about the community’s changes at key points during the walk. The 2 hour walk starts at10am at the Golden Gate Library, 5605 San Pablo Avenue.

 

Want to learn more? Join the community-based Oakland Wiki for  an edit party focusing on the Golden Gate neighborhood.  No computer experience necessary. Meet at the Golden Gate Library on Monday, July 14, 6-7:30pm.

 

This project is additionally supported by the Oakland City Council and funded by the City of Oakland’s Cultural Funding Program.

 

PRINT PUBLIC is an innovative place-making project partnering UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design, Department of City & Regional Planning, UC Transportation Center, Kala Art Institute, and local businesses to create art installations, pop-up projects, print kiosks, and innovative acts of culture to activate San Pablo Avenue in West Berkeley. Four artist-teams are developing distinct projects within the San Pablo Corridor, creating an arts-integrated approach to urban planning and community activation.

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