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Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here: Transcendent Hope

Exhibition: October 29, 2016-April 13, 2017
Madeleine Haas Russell Gallery, 2nd Floor, Rosenberg Library
Library Hours

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Opening Event: Art as Activism, Art as Memorial, artists’ panel moderated by Art Hazelwood in conversation with Kahlil Bendib, Golbanou Moghaddas, Nancy Hom and Juan R. Fuentes
Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 3:45-4:40, Room 305 Rosenberg Library Light Refreshments to follow in the Gallery

On March 5th 2007, a car bomb exploded in the booksellers district, Al-Mutanabbi Street, in Baghdad. Poet Beau Beausoleil working from his bookstore in the Sunset district sent a plea to the cultural world to stand in solidarity with the victims of this tragedy and preserve its memory. He did this for his fellow booksellers in Iraq, but also in defense of culture against those who would destroy it. The project has been embraced by poets, broadside printers, and artist book makers.

This exhibition is a selection of prints, broadsides and artist books. The printmaking on display represents the work of fifty artists from around the world.

Click here forthe Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here exhibition assignment and list of library resources.

Artists represented in the exhibition include:


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The Paper Bag Test

Rosenberg Library, 4th Floor
April 28-May 6, 2016

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Artist IlaSahai Prouty invites people to write their stories and comments on a series of paper bags. Each bag has been coated with a color and printed with a word that describes skin tone.  Words from a variety of sources reflect in the construction of race, for example: Porcelain, Olive, Brown Sugar, Yellow, Fair, and Ebony.

Prouty’s personal experiences as a person of mixed decent led her to explore how we construct racial identities in part through language. She has expanded the paper bag test, originally used to distinguish ‘light’ and ‘dark’ African Americans, into a piece that asks people “to think about how we use words to describe, imply and evaluate race, to ask people to reflect on how they see their own skin tone and the skin tones of others, and to present race as a social, as opposed to scientific, construction.”

“Paper Bag Test, City College”, an interactive work by IlaSahai Prouty of North Carolina, will be at the Louise & Claude Rosenberg, Jr. Library on the main campus of City College of San Francisco.

Prouty will discuss her work at 3:30 pm, Thursday the 28th, in room V-115 (Visual Arts Building of Ocean Campus) at City College.

This exhibit and talk are sponsored by the Art Department of the City College of San Francisco, and the Louise & Claude Rosenberg, Jr. Library, to coincide with the Open Engagement Conference at the Oakland Museum.

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Compositions: A San Francisco Filipino American Experience

Madeleine Haas Russell Gallery
2nd Floor, Rosenberg Library
Ocean Campus
March 4-October 13, 2016
Library Hours
Please Join us for a reception! 
 Thursday, October 13, 12 noon-2:00 pm
 Madeleine Haas Russell Gallery
 2nd Floor, Rosenberg Library, City College Ocean Campus
 Meet Janet Alvarado and learn more about the work of her father,
 Ricardo Ocreto Alvarado
 Light refreshments, Free
Event co-Sponsored by School of Social Sciences, Behavioral Sciences and Multicultural Studies, TULAY-The Filipino american Student Success Program, Pilipinos for Education Art Culture and Empowerment (PEACE) and the Multicultural Retention Center.
The reception is co-produced by the Alvarado Project.

Compositions: A San Francisco Filipino American Experience is curated by Janet Alvarado. Black and white photographs taken by Alvarado’s father, Ricardo Ocreto Alavarado, fill the Madeleine Haas Russell Gallery on the 2nd floor of the Rosenberg Library. Ricardo Alvarado documented the Filipino American community in San Francisco during the 1940s and 1950s. Photographs of family gatherings, house parties, street scenes, musical and social events were taken south of Market, on Bernal Heights, in the Western Addition, the Fillmore District, at the Alemany Farmers Market and in the Presidio. The photographer’s warm and observant eye captured a rich, engaged community spread across San Francisco. Commentary from well-known Filipino Americans—Emil Guillermo and musician/composer/educator Melecio Magdaluyo among them, describe the community that Ricardo Alvarado photographed.  An accompanying anthology, Claiming Our Stories, now in the CCSF Library collection, includes essays by contemporary Filipino American writers Oscar Peneranda, Guilo Sorro, Emil Guillermo, Janet Alvarado and others who describe the city’s rich cultural history and contributions Filipinos have made to the community.

Ricardo Ocreto Alvarado took over 3,000. Compositions is Janet Alvarado’s second curatorial project highlighting and contextualizing her father’s work.

Learn more about the Alvarado Project here.

Download: Assignment and Resources for Compositions

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Iraq Veterans Against the War

Rosenberg Library
2nd Floor, Madeleine Haas Russell Gallery
Feb. 26-March 3

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See this newsprint portfolio by artists who are veterans of the war on Iraq.

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Learn more and contact IVAW: http://www.ivaw.org/

City College of San Francisco Veterans Services

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Project SURVIVE: 1994-2014

October 10, 2014-April 24, 2015
Madeleine Haas Russell Gallery
2nd Floor, Rosenberg Library
Library Hours

Come Celebrate International Women’s History Month
Join us for the Project SURVIVE 20th Anniversary Celebration!
Wednesday, March 25, 2:00-4:00 pm, 2nd Floor, Rosenberg Library
and
Juana Alicia: Artist and Activist Talk
Thursday, March 26, 1:00-2:00 pm, Room 305, 3rd Floor, Rosenberg Library

Project SURVIVE, a peer education program at City College of San Francisco, addresses the problem of sexual and intimate partner violence among City College students. Even though the problem disproportionately affects women, the program addresses the needs of all survivors, no matter their gender or gender identification. Peer educators facilitate classroom presentations promoting healthy relationships and also organize campus wide-events. The coordinator offers resources and referrals to survivors. A complementary non-credit self-defense class amplifies the empowerment model on which the program is built.

Artist: Juana Alicia
Detail, La Llorona Mural by Juana Alicia
http://www.Juanaalicia.com

Students become peer educators by enrolling in two courses: WOMN 54, “The Politics of Sexual Violence” and WOMN 55, “Ending Sexual Violence: Peer Education.” Students may also become eligible for the Sexual Health Educator Certificate.
Project SURVIVE holds to the principle that violence is a public health problem that can be alleviated, in part, through prevention education. The most empowering aspect of Project SURVIVE is that students deliver solutions to their peers in frank, open discussions. They approach the subject in a non-threatening, hopeful manner. Audiences are always receptive and often enthusiastic. Evaluations indicate that students appreciate learning from peers–people they can identify with and trust.

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         Ni Una Más Project on Display at Stanford University

During our first official year, 1994-1995, one peer educator and the Project SURVIVE coordinator facilitated 60 classroom workshops serving 1,100 students. Twenty years later, 25 peer educators facilitate nearly 400 classroom workshops annually, serving 6,500 students. In the first year of the Sexual Health Educator Certificate, we awarded two students certificates. Now we typically award 15-17 students certificates each year. Many of the performances, installations, and other productions listed on the timeline (in the case across from this one) have become annual events.
In addition to presentations in English, we deliver bilingual Spanish-English presentations at the Mission Campus and bilingual Chinese-English presentations at the Chinatown campus.
Project SURVIVE is a member of the Expect Respect SF collaborative, a group of San Francisco rape and intimate partner violence intervention and prevention programs. Other member organizations include SF Women Against Rape, SFLGBT Speakers Bureau, W.O.M.A.N., Inc., Young Asian Women Against Violence, The Riley Center, La Casa de las Madres, Health Initiatives for Youth, Shalom Bayit and Planned Parenthood. The collaborative works to promote healthy and violence-free dating among all youth through youth-centered, culturally sensitive education. We give healthy relationship workshops to all SFUSD 9th grade Health Education classes every academic year.
Leslie Simon
Project SURVIVE Founder and Coordinator

Click to Access the Project SURVIVE Assignment and List of Resources

The Project Survive exhibition was curated by Kate Connell, Leslie Simon and Amber Straus and designed by Traci Wrycza.

For more information contact Kate Connell,
Curator, Library Exhibition Program at kconnell (at) ccsf (dot) edu.

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Books Equal Art

Books

October 2014 – January 2015
4th Floor Reference Case West, Rosenberg Library
Library Hours

Books Equal Art/Books = Art, especially when they’re handmade books from Tara Books, printed books from Nobrow Press, books made of bamboo or an interactive book by young artist Ruby Alaniz-Hamer or I have Seen the Promised Land, a collaboratively created graphic novel by Bengal painter, Manu Chitrakar, African American griot, writer and performer Arthur Flowers and Italian designer Guglielmo Rossi at the provocation of Tara Books.

Tara Books’ blog lead us to another fascinating press:
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All books on display were lent by the artists or purchased from Bird & Beckett, book lovers and presenters of free concerts in Glen Park, San Francisco, California.

Tara Books’ I Have Seen the Promised Land and Sita’s Ramayana will both be added to the CCSF Library in Spring 2015.

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At the Chinatown/North Beach Center Library

Yeye Teng

Waterscapes
An exhibition of photographs by Yiye Teng

October 2014-January 2015
Click here for location and hours.

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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Yiye Teng is a recent graduate from the Photography Department at the Academy of Art University.

 

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