[SFMOMA has commissioned renowned artist Kerry James Marshall to create two murals for the museum's Haas Atrium. For over 30 years, Marshall has explored stories of racial identity, the Civil Rights movement, and unsung histories in his work. In response to Marshall's works, fifteen teens from three Oakland high schools are designing and producing a collaborative mural, in Town Park at DeFremery Park, focusing on the themes of silenced histories and storytelling. We’re blogging about it here on Saturdays.]
Last week the teens did some writing about the meanings of the mural. Fred (from Precita Eyes) thought it would be important for them be able to articulate the reasons for their artistic choices. The color scheme was worked out: first on practice sheets, and then on the final composite. Susan Cervantes, founder and director of Precita Eyes, came by to check out the progress. It looks great, and this week the transfer of drawing to mural begins!
Two program participants contributed to today’s blog post. Devanio took these photos during last weeks session and Jorge describes his experience here:
“Currently at SFMOMA, the young teens from different schools are working on a mural project for DeFremery Park. Today we started coloring a copy of the drawing to see what would it look like when we finished it. The project is going great and all the drawings in the picture are important because they all are part of Oakland. Today we finished most of it and next week we are going to be meeting to start making the mural. We hope to see you at DeFremery Park to show and explain what is currently happening in your community park.”
Thanks to Devanio and Jorge for their contributions week AND…check out our mention in the March 8 New York Times Art & Design section!