Wednesday, August 24, 2011


It is sometimes difficult to explain your perspective or truly hone in on a clear idea. Tonight was just filled with learning about artists. I want to make them human. I want to know where they were born, what their father and mother did for a living and where they first moved for school or had a minimum wage job. I want to see where they had worked tirelessly just to get to the next day. I want the exposure of their work. In my young years, I have been exposed to some pretty harsh environments, the desperate poverty of Malawi or even suburban America. But, my actual experience with viewing visual art is fairly limited. There is vast world of objects, paintings and portals that I have not experienced. They are famous pieces, popular pieces of artwork that I have only seen on or in the pages of a used book from my brother. Many of my colleagues have championed Western European museums and New York City. They tell me the stories of frescoes or great halls of the Louvre. I sadly, have not yet had my opportunity to view such Masterworks. I was striped of this joy during my adolescence. I thought art was a hobby and not something to be taken seriously. It was never taught as a serious subject or spoken of in a legitimate manner. Yet, I am starting to see how vital a role it has played in our humanness. This is where I found how important educating the human character is and believe art has the power to make us better. We have to be better for the sake of the desperate situations of our times. We have to look to these valued pieces and use them as portals of dreams. And those who do not dream anymore, do not know the value of the journey. We must each speak our mind to others so that they may know you and be true yourself. Every moment is an opportunity. What is your favorite portal?

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Lady Gaga at Google. Watch it. Create your shadows.

Gaga at Google.

"From reading the Bible, I got a real sense of moral obligation. I think that's why I believed I got a late start in art because I did it didn't heal bones, didn't have people shelter, I wanted to be a social worker. Art was about communication.

Then the art, infected my teaching. In effect, I was saying that art I do is what I am talking about in the classroom. Look between the art. We prioritize how we look. "
-John Baldesarri

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Call of the Times - Student Showcase at the de Young - 4.22.11

New Generations: Student Showcase

Call for student artwork to be featured at the
de Young Museum on April 22, 2011

TITLE: Where to? The Call of the Times

DESCRIPTION: Our communities are responding in different ways to the social issues of our times such as the recession, human rights or climate change. The challenges ahead are dynamic and often troubling, yet, we will continue to find solutions through activism and art.

Where are we now and where are we going?

What do you see as the urgent social issues? What do these mean to you? How does your work reflect what is happening?

Public Programs at the de Young Museum invites you to submit a proposal of visual art, film, music, or performance art, for “Friday Nights at the de Young” on Friday, April 22, 2011. Members of the de Young Museum’s New Generations Student and Faculty Advisory Committee will jury the proposals.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Monday, March 14, 2011
JUST ANNOUNCED - CASH PRIZES -1st ($300) 2nd ($175) 3rd ($75) !

Please send the following required information to the address or email listed below:
- Full name, university/continuing education program
- A one-paragraph description of your piece, film, or performance
- Drawings, collages, or other visual references and support material
Please read the attached materials list that outlines museum restrictions and limitations on mediums of art.

ATTENTION: Public Programs at the de Young Museum
Re: Student Showcase Proposal
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
San Francisco, CA 94118
Or by e-mail:

Required Mandatory Orientation: All artists/performers who are notified of inclusion in the exhibit are required to attend an orientation in order to participate in the Showcase.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

dyInterpretations iPhone App - Available 2.11.11 (9am-9pm PST) on iTunes

dYInterpretations: A Journey through the de Young with Filmmaker-in-Residence Lise Swenson

The iPhone app dYinterpretations is a journey through our museum space, its collection, and its history as seen through the perspectives of various artists who have been invited to enter and interpret the site. Lise Swenson, the de Young’s filmmaker-in-residence, uses her camera and her understanding of and relationship to the museum to guide the visitor on an inquiry that is lyrical, content-rich, and multilayered.

The App will be available free in the iTunes App Store on February 11 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (PST). After this preview, the App will be available for $2.99 on March 1st.

*We really encourage everyone to download the app before coming to the museum. Time for download varies depending on WiFi network.*

This is by far the largest and longest project that I have been lucky enough to be a part of it's entirety. I am extremely proud of Lise Swenson for her perseverance, Spotlight Mobile,Inc. for their brilliant software development, and the leaders of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Education/Public Programs department that had the vision to put artist's process at the forefront of our museums.

I would love any kind of feedback in your experience of the app. It could either be enjoyed at the museum and for those across the world, this will give you a beautiful experience of the museum that you may never be able to visit in person.