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Friday, May 12, 7pm
Patsy Krebs is represented in the Bay Area by the Haines Gallery.
Some notes from the gallery: The paintings of Patsy Krebs create an awareness of our perceptions of color, shading, and light. Her subtle, masterful pallets illuminate the closest gradations of light and dark values and their relationship to each other. Two of her central forms are the rectangle and square, both of which echo the shapes of her paintings and float in and out of vision, hovering in a tantalizing zone on the threshold of optical illusion. Even behind the most scientifically grounded optical phenomena and color theory, there lies a core of mystery and mood in these works.
A native of northern California, Patsy Krebs spent her formative years as an artist in New York. She earned an MFA from Claremont College in 1976 and began an exhibiting career. She has taught extensively at art institutions throughout California, most recently at Dominican University, San Rafael.
Her work is featured in the collections of the Norton Museum, West Palm Beach, FL; Denver Art Museum, CO; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, CA; and the de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA.
Wednesay, May 17, 7pm
A Tale of Two Bridges is a history of two versions of the San Francisco—Oakland Bay Bridge: the original bridge built in 1936 and a replacement for the eastern half of the bridge finished in 2013. The 1936 bridge revolutionized transportation in the Bay Area and profoundly influenced settlement patterns in the region. It was also a remarkable feat of engineering. In the 1950s the American Society of Civil Engineers adopted a list of the “Seven Engineering Wonders” of the United States. The 1936 structure was the only bridge on the list, besting even the more famous Golden Gate Bridge. One of its greatest achievements was that it was built on time (in less than three years) and came in under budget. Mikesell explores in fascinating detail how the bridge was designed by a collection of the best-known engineers in the country as well as the heroic story of its construction by largely unskilled laborers from California, joined by highly skilled steel workers.
By contrast, the East Span replacement, which was planned between 1989 and 1998, and built between 1998 and 2013, fell victim to cost overruns in the billions of dollars, was a decade behind schedule, and suffered from structural problems that has made it a perpetual maintenance nightmare.
This is narrative history in its purest form. Mikesell excels at explaining highly technical engineering issues in language that can be understood and appreciated by general readers. Here is the story of two very important bridges, which provides a fair but uncompromising analysis of why one bridge succeeded and the other did not.
Stephen Mikesell is an historic preservation specialist and public historian living in Davis, CA. He is the former Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer for California. He is the author most recently of The Sierra Railway.
Wednesday, May 24, 7pm
Starting on October 13, 2016, Stephen Vincent, through a combination of 100 abstract ink drawings and journal entries, constructed an imaginative history of the final three months of the Obama administration. In a creative journey which included a continental crossing of 10,000 miles on the train, he sought to register the private and public pulse of the country as we moved from the Obama era towards the one now being defined now by You Know Who. This is a rich visual and literary document of the dramatic vicissitudes of one of the most troubling transitions in recent American history.
Hilton Obenzinger, poet, activist, teacher, will be reading from Dogs Playing Poker and other works. Hilton was born in Brooklyn in 1947. He is the author of eight books, including This Passover Or The Next I Will Never Be in Jerusalem (1980), "a poetic interrogation of the Zionist nation of Israel". His recent book How We Write: The Varieties of Writing Experience is based on the series of “How I Write” public conversations with faculty and other writers conducted by Hilton Obenzinger at Stanford University.
Nonstop Metropolis, the culminating volume in a trilogy of atlases, conveys innumerable unbound experiences of New York City through twenty-six imaginative maps and informative essays. Bringing together the insights of dozens of experts—from linguists to music historians, ethnographers, urbanists, and environmental journalists—amplified by cartographers, artists, and photographers, it explores all five boroughs of New York City and parts of nearby New Jersey. We are invited to travel through Manhattan’s playgrounds, from polyglot Queens to many-faceted Brooklyn, and from the resilient Bronx to the mystical kung fu hip-hop mecca of Staten Island. The contributors to this exquisitely designed and gorgeously illustrated volume celebrate New York City’s unique vitality, its incubation of the avant-garde, and its literary history, but they also critique its racial and economic inequality, environmental impact, and erasure of its past. Nonstop Metropolis allows us to excavate New York’s buried layers, to scrutinize its political heft, and to discover the unexpected in one of the most iconic cities in the world. It is both a challenge and homage to how New Yorkers think of their city, and how the world sees this capitol of capitalism , culture, immigration, and more.
Contributors: Sheerly Avni, Gaiutra Bahadur, Marshall Berman, Joe Boyd, Will Butler, Garnette Cadogan, Thomas J. Campanella, Daniel Aldana Cohen, Teju Cole, Joel Dinerstein, Paul La Farge, Francisco Goldman. Margo Jefferson, Lucy R. Lippard, Barry Lopez, Valeria Luiselli, Suketu Mehta, Emily Raboteau, Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, Luc Sante, Heather Smith, Jonathan Tarleton, Astra Taylor, Alexandra T. Vazquez, Christina Zanfagna
Interviews with: Valerie Capers, Peter Coyote, Grandmaster Caz, Grandwizzard Theodore, Melle Mel, RZA
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