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Truth to Power: Sojourner Truth at BAMPFA

“I SELL THE SHADOW TO SUPPORT THE SUBSTANCE.” SOJOURNER TRUTH

In 1864 Sojourner Truth, a former slave turned abolitionist, filed a copyright for her name, using photography and mass media as a strategic tool to fight slavery and the damaging propaganda used to perpetuate it. 295 more words

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Time Travel with La Négresse

It is no coincidence that I experienced “La Négresse” by Jean Baptiste Carpeaux while at the Berkeley Art Museum last week.  At the time I was reading “Kindred” by Octavia Butler, a pseudo science fiction novel (for lack of a better genre) set simultaneously in slavery and 1976.   622 more words

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Dancing the last dance

For quite a few years, we’ve enjoyed the day trips put on by the Art Guild of the Oakland Museum of California. A small cadre of dedicated volunteers does a brilliant job of finding artists and collectors who would welcome a busload of art lovers behind the scenes, and 40 or so grey heads have an excellent and informative day’s outing. 850 more words