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.]
Hello! Last week we left DeFremery Park, looking at the mural with intense satisfaction. Upon leaving, Fred from Precita Eyes, said, “The mural is bascially done.” The time has gone by incredibly fast and the teens have worked incredibly hard. This Saturday we’re lucky enough to have the artist, Kerry James Marshall, who painted the first Haas Atrium Commission in the museum’s grand atrium, come back and spend some time with the teens. This is Kerry’s second visit with the group, and his first since work on the mural began. The last touches and varnish will be applied to the mural, and Kerry is expected to give his thoughts on their project. Everyone is super excited! This week I leave you in suspense. All you see here are colors and brushes. And that’s because next week, you’ll see a lot more: the whole shebang.
Check out the past blog posts on this program here.