Susan O’Malley, Advice From My 80 Year-Old Self, 2015
Gallery Exhibition: May 7 – June 27 , 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 7, 6-8pm
Open House: Saturday, May 16, 12-5pm
Calendar of Events (see below)
Taro Hattori, Taraneh Hemami, Sue Mark, Susan O’Malley, Swell, Imin Yeh
Kala Art Institute, 2990 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA
Gallery Hours: Tue-Fri, 12-5:00pm; Sat, 12-4:30pm
Kala Art Institute presents the exhibition and final phase of Print Public, a two-year place-making project along the San Pablo Corridor in our West Berkeley neighborhood. Please join us for the Opening Reception on May 7, Open House on May 16, and related events in the gallery and around the neighborhood (calendar of events below).
Print Public was conceived in collaboration with the University of Berkeley’s Department of City & Regional Planning as an arts-integrated approach to urban planning and community activation. Taro Hattori, Taraneh Hemami, Susan O’Malley, Sue Mark, Swell, and Imin Yeh have created distinct artworks in partnership with the San Pablo community. During year one of the project, Print Public was integrated into UC’s urban planning research course called [IN]City. The lead faculty are Fernando Hector Burga and Karen Trapenberg-Frick. The [IN]City student team consisted of Derrick Behm, Emily Busch, Lucia Constantine, John McWhirter, and Lu Sun. Additional UC student-partners include Julie Chau (partnered with Susan O’Malley) and Anisha Gade (partnered with Sue Mark).
An essay, and a special dedication for Susan O’Malley, by Christian Frock will accompany the exhibition. Susan O’Malley passed away unexpectedly in March 2015. While we continue to sway from the shock, her artwork serves to ground us in love and beauty. Her memorial site: morebeautifulthanyoucouldeverimagine.com
Kala Art Institute gratefully acknowledges support for Print Public from: University of California Berkeley Chancellors’ Community Partnership Fund, The City of Oakland’s Cultural Funding Program, California Arts Council’s Creative California Communities Grant, California Humanities’ California Stories Grant, and The Andy Warhol Foundation.
Kala also thanks and acknowledge the following important neighborhood partners: Bob’s Machining Co., Flooring Alternatives, Signarama-Berkeley, Berkeley Adult Day Health Center, Golden Gate Library, Destiny Arts Center, PLACE, Actual Café, SPAGGIA, The Emeryville Historical Society, The Ecology Center, Urban Adamah, Love Our Neighborhood Day, and Carissa Potter.
Gallery Exhibition: May 7-June 27
Opening Celebration: Thurs, May 7, 6-9pm
Celebrate Kala’s two-year public art project with the artists and the community. Refreshments will be served.
Open House: Sat, May 16, 12-5pm
Join us for a day of activities and conversations with the Print Public artists and UC Berkeley student partners.
Ongoing: Advice From My Eighty Year Old Self with Susan O’Malley
Two street-side murals viewable day and night in front of Flooring Alternatives (2901 San Pablo Ave.) and Bob’s Machining Co. (2735 San Pablo Ave.).
Ongoing: Finding Klinkner with Sue Mark
Hundreds of letterpress printed bookmarks about the Golden Gate neighborhood’s eccentric first real estate
developer (1880s) are randomly dispersed in the Golden Gate Library’s book collection. 5606 San Pablo
Ongoing: [IN]City Research Boards
Come view the results from Kala’s Print Public partnership with UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design urban planning intensive course, [IN]City. [IN]City students spent a summer course focused on Print Public as their client, studying the San Pablo Corridor and place-making initiatives and practices.
Fri, May 8, 7-9pm: Arresting Power Film Screening and Q&A with the filmmakers
Join us for the Bay Area premiere of Arresting Power, a film exploring the history of police reform and abolition movements that have been active throughout the past 50 years. www.arrestingpower.com
Sat, May 9: Communities’ Crossing Contact #1 with Sue Mark
Want to talk about change? Engage with interactive neighborhood improvisational performances by the
Oakland Improv Collective with Destiny Arts.
Sat, May 30: Love Our Neighborhood Day
San Pablo Avenue will be car-free for this annual festival from Ashby to Stanford
Sat, June 13
Sat, June 20th, 11am-1pm: Communities’ Crossing Contact #3 with Sue Mark
Interactive performances with the Oakland Improv Collective and Destiny Arts
Phat Beets Farmers’ Market, Grace @ Lowell Street & Stanford Avenue
Sat, June 27th,11am-1pm: Communities’ Crossing Contact #4 with Sue Mark
Interactive performances with the Oakland Improv Collective and Destiny Arts
Golden Gate Library & along San Pablo Avenue between 55th & 59th Streets
Taro Hattori, for Swan Songs, has asked community members to recall a song that someone sings or has sung to them in the past. These songs have been recorded and video footage has been collected along San Pablo Avenue from neighbors, business owners, and passersby. A gallery installation will incorporate these collected songs with a large-scale cardboard structure inviting visitors to experience the songs in a new and collective way.
Taraneh Hemami’s People Power project draws on historical and personal narratives to create a series of public
banners for a temporary occupation of public space. The banners weave a timeline of activism in the Bay Area, echoing the quests for justice and a free society through a collection of slogans from the Civil Rights movement to Black Lives Matter, from Free Speech to Occupy. Public events utilizing crosswalks and intersections-as-public forum create opportunities for gathering and exchanges that invite neighborhood participation.
Cultural researcher Sue Mark of marksearch presents Communities’ Crossing, a multi-phased interdisciplinary exploration of social shifts at the intersection of Berkeley, Emeryville, and Oakland, CA. The project’s first phase, Finding Klinker, focused on Charles Klinkner, (1852-1893), one of the Golden Gate region’s early developers and a man that many loved to hate. www.klinknerville.org Phase two of 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. Sue Mark has worked
closely with UC Berkeley student partner and urban planner, Anisha Gade. This project has additional support from Cal Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit www.calhum.org. This project is also supported by the City of Oakland’s Cultural Funding Program.
Susan O’Malley’s Advice from my 80-year-old selfis a continuation of O’Malley’s interest in people, language and optimism. The project asks a simple question: “What advice would your 80-year-old self give you?” O’Malley gathered this information with her UC Berkeley student partner, Julie Chau, through interviews along San Pablo with people of all ages. O’Malley also spent time developing relationships with senior communities in the area, such as Berkeley Adult Day Health Center, to engage in this conversation. Excerpts from the recorded interviews were transcribed into a series of graphic text murals that are displayed throughout the community – two large murals on storefronts and smaller posters in the Kala Gallery. A project website, http://advicefrommyeightyyearoldself.com, further contextualizes the project.
Swell’s Well,Being: Walking in Relationship is a means to emotional, mental, and spiritual fitness. Nearly every one is in a significant relationship of some kind, be it romantic, familial, platonic, working, or otherwise. Walking together is a simple way to share an experience of being together in the world. Swell’s monthly Relationship Walks engage with the physicality of the neighborhood: deeply looking at, and reflecting back the community around San Pablo Avenue. During each walk, Swell records all the special things they see. Each mapped walk is drawn via GPS with their moving bodies, and includes writings on the significance of being present, and being in relationship. Swell engages in practices of limbic alignment, intention, silence, and reflection. As a way to share Well Being, Swell created instructional bandanas free for public use available at the Kala Gallery.
Imin Yeh's Points of Interest is a print-based neighborhood scavenger hunt that is hidden in plain sight along the sidewalk, parking lots, and local businesses of the San Pablo Corridor. Kala’s Gallery will be the headquarters for picking up a special giveaway print, a map and matrix for affixing found stamps along your adventure throughout the neighborhood. This collaborative print between the artist and community participants is about reclaiming small bits of urban spaces through interjecting opportunities for play and discovery, prioritizing play as a necessity for our humanity. Points of Interest hopes to unify the San Pablo neighborhood through people of all ages being outside, exploring, and interacting with streets, stores, and alleys in ways that are beyond just going or getting somewhere.
Arresting Power-Resisting Police Violence in Portland, Oregon Produced by: Jodi Darby, Julie Perini, and Erin Yanke; US, 2015. Arresting Power features interviews with the families of people who were killed by Portland police, victims of police misconduct, local historians and community organizers. Utilizing archival newsreel from the Oregon Historical Society’s moving image archive, the film explores the history of police reform and abolition movements that have been active throughout the past 50 years. www.arrestingpower.com
Northern California Women’s Caucus for Art: Founded in 1972, Women’s Caucus for Art is an affiliate society of the College Art Association and founding partner of the Feminist Art Project. The NCWCA is one of its earliest chapters, formed in the same year as national WCA. It is one of six California chapters and serves members in San Francisco, East Bay, Marin and all parts of Northern California. http://www.ncwca.org/
Jillian Bruschera, of The Mobile Mill, is an interdisciplinary artist and writer creating work in hand papermaking, visual poetry, and body performance. As founder and proprietor of The Mobile Mill, Jillian also works as a traveling teaching artist in hand papermaking. A full digital anthology of this project can be found online at themobilemill.tumblr.com.