I Am San Francisco: Black Past and Presence Exhibition Reception including Magazine Release Party for Race, Poverty and Environment (RP&E)

Where: City College of San Francisco—Rosenberg Library: 3rd Floor Atrium and Room 305—50 Phelan Avenue

When: Thursday, September 22, 2016 · 5 PM – 7:30 PM

Presented by Access Via Exposure (AVE) and Reimagine!  

Contact: Jarrel Phillips, Exhibition Curator and Lead Artist

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I Am San Francisco By MicholianoThe City College of San Francisco Rosenberg Library (CCSF) will host a joint reception for the mixed media exhibition I Am San Francisco: Black Past and Presence which will include a release party for “Power in Place” the latest issue of Race, Poverty and Environment (RP&E)—the national journal for social and environmental justice published by Reimagine!. This event will take place at the 3rd floor atrium and room 305 of CCSF’s Rosenberg Library at 50 Phelan Avenue from 5 PM to 7:30 PM on September 22, 2016.

The public is invited to join us for exhibition viewing, refreshments, presentations and performances. Aliyah Dunn-Salahuddin, Tarik Farrar, Kheven LaGrone and San Francisco Poet Laureate, Devorah Major and other contributors to the project will present.

About the Exhibit
Created and curated by Jarrel Phillips, founder of AVE, the exhibit explores how black life in San Francisco presents itself through culture, art and organization, both historically and currently, using visual art, commentary and personal reflections from city residents and community leaders. It features art from the Three Point Nine Collective, an association of black artists, curators, and art writers based in San Francisco of which Phillips is also a member. CCSF also commissioned, Three Point Nine member, Sydney “Sage” Cain to do a site-specific window installation for the exhibition installed on the atrium windows.

The exhibit is a continuation of I AM SAN FRANCISCO: (Re)collecting the Homes of Native Black San Franciscans curated by Kheven LaGrone, which was presented earlier this year at the San Francisco Main Public Library and featured in Alive! the previous issue of RP&E.

Reimagine!’s latest RP&E issue Power in Place features excerpts from I Am San Francisco: Black Past and Presence.  Together the exhibits seek to make visible the significance, depth and diversity of black life and culture in San Francisco in response to the overwhelming impression that it has faded away. In the words of James Baldwin, “We are the San Francisco that no one talks about.”

Featured Artists/Storytellers include:

Ahmad Jones, Aliyah Dunn-Salahuddin, Alma Robinson, Assata Conley, Blanche Brown, Bongo Sidibe, Careem Conley, Carol Tatum, Christine Joy Ferrer, Devorah Major, Dr. Amos C. Brown, Dr. Andrew Jolivette, Dr. Joseph Marshall, Dr. Toye Moses, Theo Ellington, Edward Jackson, Emory Douglas, Gregory Harden, Halima Marshall, Isiah Ball, Jacqueline Francis, Jamila Turalba-Khalil, Jess Clarke, Joanna Haigood, Kali O’ray, Katherine Connell, Kheven LaGrone, Kristine Mays, Liz Jackson-Simpson, Madison Moody, Malik Turalba-Khalil, Marco Senghor, Mark Harris, Maya Rodgers, Megan Dickey, Michael Ross, Michole “Micholiano” Forks, Mohammed Bilal, Ras K’dee, Rhiannon MacFadyen, Ruby Jasmine, Sabrina Lawrence, Samoel “Urubu Malandro” Domingos, Seneca Jackson, Sophie Maxwell, Stewart Shaw, Sydney “Sage” Cain, Tania Santiago, Thea Matthews, Thomas Simpson, Virginia Jourdan, Virginia Marshall, Wanda Holland-Greene, Wanda Sabir, William Rhodes, Xavier “Chavi Lopez” Schmidt,

The reception is sponsored by the African American Studies Department and Black Student Union at CCSF and Save City College.

I AM SAN FRANCISCO, a recipient of Southern Exposure’s 2016 Alternate Exposure grant, is presented by the social justice-focused City College Library Exhibition Program, which addresses the interests and concerns of the CCSF community.  The exhibit is currently on display on the 3rd and 4th floor atrium galleries of the Rosenberg Library of CCSF through November 3, 2016.

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