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.]
We had an AWESOME time last Saturday. Kerry James Marshall was back in the Bay Area and came out to see the final touches being made to the mural. After about an hour of watching the teens paint (in the rain), we went to find drier land. We moved indoors and Kerry talked with the teens about their work on the mural, the meaning of their piece, and the artistic decisions they made. Even though the program officially ended on Saturday, there were still some loose ends to tie up in the mural. We were psyched when the teens agreed to come back this Saturday to finish up. Now THAT’S dedication. Next week: the full mural.
See you next week for the last chapter!