Fall Library Exhibitions


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October 29, 2014 · 11:14 pm

At the Chinatown/North Beach Center Library

Yeye Teng

An exhibition of photographs by Yiye Teng

October 2014-January 2015
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Water, one of the most ancient and basic elements, gives life on earth. As such a vibrant organism, water flows, floats, and changes its form all the time. There is a saying in Chinese classic text, Tao Te Ching: “The highest excellence is like that of water.” As Chinese, I believe that water contains the hidden, unknown potential to become part of the art work.

Water has always been a complicated subject for me. As a child, I nearly drowned in a local pool and have been fearful of the power of water ever since that incident. Over the years, my relationship with water has shifted gradually from one of fear to one of curiosity and wonder. I am fascinated with the changing patterns and forms that are created as water moves and interacts with different methods.

“Waterscapes” is a conceptual abstract series that explores the dynamic interaction of water in relation to a variety of mediums. It embodies much of what I have learned through studying advanced photographic techniques, as well as my early training in Chinese ink painting and calligraphy.

Shaping a variety of patterns from its shapeless is the most beautiful side of water. To record the original movements from it, the way that I have found out is to expose it directly on the light-sensitive paper without using camera in the darkroom. This process reflects a certain extent of the original definition of “photography”, which is thought to derive from the ancient Greek words “phot” and “graphos”, meaning “light” and “drawing”.

Water became my partner in this process. With its infinite potential and vitality, I am amazed by the interaction of water and other mediums created. As something we might see everyday, we have not really seen the magic of it, and that also drove me to visualize it by my own artistic language.

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Between the Leaves… Pictures Nestle on the Pages of Books

4th Floor, Rosenberg Library
City College of San Francisco,
Ocean Campus

Location and Hours

Between the Leaves

Art doesn’t just hang on museum walls. When it appears in books, you can hold it in your hands. The City College Library collection has millions of beautiful images nestled on the pages of books. Like text, pictures are information. Paintings, photographs, etchings, sculpture, collages and illustrations, all convey visual information in unique ways. Within a book, text supplies a context for images, making it even more possible to decipher them. What do the images in these books bring to mind? The work of internationally known artists from the present and last decades is on display: Chris Ware, Ben Shahn, Norman Rockwell and more. The images range from woodcuts in Wild Pilgrimage (1932), a wordless novel by Lynd Ward to drawings by Edith M. Cowles who used colored pencil to draw the frescoes of artist Giotto di Bondone for the 1931 portfolio Giotto, the Legend of St. Francis as Depicted in the Assisi Frescoes. Chris Ware’s multi-publication Building Stories, 2012, is also on display. Can you find the names of artists and illustrators of books as easily as you find the book’s author? Sometimes this depends on what era the book was published in.

Between the Leaves 

Between the Leaves Rockwell cover      Between the Leaves Face pages

Between the Leaves Master of the Day of Judgement

Click here to download the Library assignment on the Between the Leaves exhibition

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Our American Stories: Asian American Artists Illuminate History, Culture and Identity

2nd Floor, Rosenberg Library
City College of San Francisco,
Ocean Campus

Location and Hours

Artists: Susan Almazol, Salma Arastu, Jung Ran Bae, MalPina Chan, Karen Chew, Reiko Fujii, Kathy Fujii-Oka, Nancy Hom, MariNaomi, Pallavi Sharma, Roger Shimomura, Scott Tsuchitani.

                           Aspects of the Journey by MalPina Chandetail
Aspects of the Journey by MalPina Chan

Why have an exhibition of Asian American Artists depicting their American stories? After all, are we not all citizens of the United States with more commonalities than differences?  The answer is yes and no.

A large portion of the San Francisco County population – 34.2% identify themselves as Asian and that does not include interracial residents.* The significance of the diverse Asian American cultures in our country’s melting pot is not often acknowledged. Some Asian ethnic groups have been here for 4 or 5 generations yet little is known about their history and how they shaped our country. Others are recent immigrants just settling into their new land. Many Asian Americans know little about one anothers’ stories.

Often who we are is based on preconceived notions like names, appearances, and accents. A young girl asks if I am Chinese, I reply, “No I am Japanese American” to which she says, “Oh sorry. What’s the difference anyway?” A restaurant owner guesses I am Filipino. A telephone telemarketer says “Oh you speak good English,” when he hears my Japanese last name.

This exhibition provides the viewer a way to gain deeper insights through the power of art.

Each artist chose a visual story that is significant to his or her history, culture and identity. Masters of their chosen media from glass to paint to book arts, printmaking and assemblage, their compelling expertise and strength of their voice is evident.

To give a story and to receive a story is an exquisite gift to be savored, remembered and passed on to others. You’re invited to write a short version of your story here, click on “Leave a comment” below.

Guest Curator: Judy Shintani, Narrator of Culture

Click here for Library resources on Asian American Art and Artists and for the Library Exhibition Assignment

Special Event, Wednesday, April 23, 2014:
Viewing: 5:30-6:30 pm
Artists’ Panel: 6:30-7:30
Madeleine Haas Russell Gallery, Rosenberg Library, 2nd Floor

Lola by Susan Almazol   Kimono by Reiko Fujii American Guardian by Roger Shimomura Grand Mas by Salma Arastu Carry-On  by Pallavi Sharma Artist MariNaomi

Supported by The Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center
Participant in the United States of Asian America Festival 2014 – “The Spaces Between” apiculturalcenter.org

Mandala by NancyHom

Mandala by Nancy Hom

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A Show of Power: Africans and African Americans in Science Fiction and Fantasy

3rd Floor, Rosenberg Library
City College of San Francisco
Location and Hours

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What is power? Some of us imagined having superpowers as children. Maybe it was the power to fly, deflect bullets, or climb walls. Was your power super-strength triggered by rage, or invisibility?
Did you visit new worlds through play? Remember how the blankets and pillows become a rocky terrain where your action figures went on adventures, fighting monsters and evil villains? There was power in creating your own stories, but how often did you see yourself in those stories?
Wearing the masks and costumes of our favorite superheroes took us outside of ourselves. We experienced worlds where good usually triumphed over evil. Sometimes, those worlds paralleled our own. When authentic Black characters appear in fantastic stories or possess amazing powers, they resonate with Black audiences. They also honor our history of achievement and overcoming discrimination, exclusion and racism in the U.S. and aborad.
This exhibition showcases the positive shift in popular culture where a growing number of Blacks use their powers to create and publish their own art and stories. It also celebrates how Blacks continue to inspire and influence the images and stories created by others.
Eugene Randolph Young,
Guest Curator
                                                                                            Koi Asagi “Freckles”
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Spring Library Exhibitions, Rosenberg Library , City College of San Francisco

Spring 2014 Library Exhibitions

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February 28, 2014 · 12:35 am

At the Chinatown/North Beach Center Library

Execrative Order 906-6-6
Scott Tsuchitani

Kitty       Motherhood and Apple Pie

Etchings and Digital Prints
January-May 2014
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Inspired by the book Executive Order 9066, Scott Tsuchitani takes a critical look at the mass detention of Japanese Americans living on the West Coast during WWII and the images used to describe this history. He uses aquatint to beautifully render these historic photographs, adding his own visual commentary. He practices and teaches printmaking at the City College of San Francisco Fort Mason Campus.

This exhibition also includes information on the source photographs and a description of the aquatint technique Tsuchitani used.
The exhibition is on view during building hours:
Mon-Thurs 7:00am-9:00pm
Fri 7:00am-5:00pm
Sat & Sun 8:00am-2:00pm

808 Kearny Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
Circulation:  (415) 395-8643
Reference:   (415) 395-8642
(Located at the corner of Kearny & Washington Streets)

Chinatown/North Beach Center Library exhibitions are curated by Mary Marsh. For more information, contact her at mmarsh (at) ccsf.edu.

Tsuchitani Exhibition Detail 3  Tsuchitani Exhibition Detail

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