“Four Decades of Art Activism” panel FRI 1/27

Four Decades of Art Activism

How can art be a catalyst for social change? Join Bay Area artists in a fishbowl conversation on Friday, January 27, 7-9 p.m., Intersection for the Arts, 925 Mission, San Francisco. Free and open to the public.

Five Bay Area artists, scholars and activists whose careers cross several generations, disciplines and social concerns will present their projects and strategies for engaging the community. The conversation will then open to the audience. Moderated by artist and human rights activist, Richard Kamler, this fishbowl event, “Four Decades of Art Activism,” will include:

Tom Ferentz (Photographer, Founder, Sixth Street Photography Workshop)

Judith Selby Lang (Eco-artist, Beach Plastic project)

Peter Selz (Founding Director, Berkeley Art Museum and Prof. Emeritus, Art History, UC Berkeley)

Scott Tsuchitani (Interdisciplinary artist, SF Asian Art Museum interventions)

Richard Kamler, moderator, is best known for his art addressing the US penal system, including “Table of Voices,” a sound installation giving voice to both victims and perpetrators, that was instrumental in developing a victim/offender reconciliation program at the San Francisco County Jail. Recently, he collaborated with international artists and the United Nations to create “Seeing Peace.”

Tom Ferentz founded Sixth Street Photography Workshop in 1991, an innovative program that shares the art and skills of photography with adults living in poverty.

Through the Plastic Project, multimedia artist Judith Selby Lang, explores the global impact of detritus and the unfathomable depths of the ocean to raise a deeper concern with the problem of plastic pollution in our seas.

Peter Selz, art historian and former curator of Painting and Sculpture at MoMA in New York, is the author of among other things, The Art of Engagement: Visual Politics in California and Beyond (2005).

Scott Tsuchitani is an interdisciplinary visual artist and documentary filmmaker whose controversial interventions into the Asian Art Museum’s cultural practices have questioned the ways in which stereotypes are used to draw audiences to the museum. He will be presenting this spring at USF’s Davies Forum on Nation, Citizenship and Identities in the U.S. and Japan.

Join these dynamic arts activists to discuss real examples of how art can make the world a better place.

This is the first of a series of events as part of the Richard Kamler Retrospective at USF’s Thacher Gallery, “celebrating four decades of socially engaged art.”

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