Kala Art Institute is proud to present protest curtains by Ashley Brown, Hannah Ronson, Miriam Klein Stahl, Stephanie Syjuco, Angie Wilson, Hazel Klein Wolff and Lena Wolff at Milvia/ Addison Windows located at 2100 Milvia Street, Berkeley.
“Be Kind” by Ashley Brown
“Resist Fascism” by Hannah Ronson
“ERA Now!” by Miriam Klein Stahl
“Resist” by Stephanie Syjuco
“Stay Woke” & “We Are Powerful” by Angie Wilson
“Feminism” by Hazel Klein Wolff (age 10)
“Power Up” & “All For One For All” by Lena Wolff
Through art making we elevate our voices, build community and generate support to bolster our spirits and know that we are not alone. We build bridges and come together with love as a unifying force. Awake! presents a selection of repurposable fabric banners made in association with Solidarity Sundays, Anti Lab, and 100 Days Action as a response to the political moment, spearheaded by artist Angie Wilson with help from collaborator Lena Wolff. The reusable banners in this exhibition are essentially mobile murals that can be infinitely reconfigured – doubling as window curtains for homes and businesses to face the public, or to be carried in protests in the streets to communicate messages of love, empowerment and solidarity.
Angie Wilson is an Oakland-based artist whose work has been exhibited at theHeadlands Center for the Arts, di Rosa Museum, the Oakland Museum of California, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, Cult/Aimee Friberg Exhibitions, Root Division, and SOMArts, among others. She has been awarded fellowships and residencies at the Headlands, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, NIAD, and in December 2017 at the de Young Museum where she will be conducting public Protest Curtains workshops as well as producing new work. Most recently she has been collaborating with dancers challenging systemic inequity through performance, exploring themes of trauma, healing, womanist histories, race, and gender role dissolution. Angie is currently working on a mural project depicting inspiring posters and banners from the Women’s March, airport protest, NoDAPL actions and others that demonstrate the message that millions of people across the world stand in solidarity on the side of love, compassion, and humanity.
Based in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1991, Lena Wolff’s work extends out of American craft and folk art traditions, while at the same time being connected to the modern and contemporary movements of geometric abstraction, minimalism, social practice and feminist art. Utilizing a range of material approaches including drawing, paper collage, sculpture, murals, text-based pieces and public art, she has exhibited her work at the Headlands Center for the Arts, the Legion of Honor Museum, The San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, Needles & Pens, Southern Exposure, Traywick Contemporary, CULT / Aimee Frieberg Exhibitions, Sweeney Kaye Gallery and New Image Arts among other spaces. In addition to private collections, her work is in the public collections of the One Archive, the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Alameda County Arts Commission, Facebook, the Cleveland Clinic, the University of Iowa Museum and the Zuckerman Museum of Art, among others. In November 2017, she will be an artist-in-residence at the De Young Museum in San Francisco.