Local Voices: Season 3
Local Voices is a new podcast series from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco designed to celebrate art and Bay Area creativity. Local Voices highlights unique perspectives from Bay Area visual artists, musicians, scholars, community leaders, and thinkers aimed to reframe exhibitions and collections through relevant and local narratives. Through these diverse access points, we welcome the Bay Area community and beyond to engage in meaningful and inspiring narratives.
Local Voices: Bay Area Public Art and Monuments
Public art transforms landscapes, builds our collective memory, and reveals distinctive characteristics of our city through shared experiences that add meaning to our everyday lives. Across the nation, monuments were toppled in protest to demand a reexamination of the narratives in our country's history, demonstrating how public art can be a reflection of our communal values. Season 3 of Local Voices engages with critical global conversations of power and representation highlighting Bay Area public spaces and the thoughtful hands redefining them. Through seven episodes, we explore the ways in which public art sparks dialogue and promotes creative expression as a tool for social change.
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Local Voices S3 E1: Introducing Season 3: Bay Area Public Art and Monuments
Local Voices Season 3, Episode 1, examines the issue of power and representation through art in our public spaces. Through conversations with the women of the Black Panther Party Mural and the #SayHerName movement, the Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation, sculptor Dana King, Susan Cervantes, muralist and founder of Precita Eyes, artist Catherine Wagner, the artists, organizers, and activists of the collective See Black Womxn and artist Lava Thomas, we explore how these accomplished individuals usher in diverse representation and change the Bay Area's landscape.
Local Voices S3 E2: #SayHerName Movement and The Women of The Black Panther Party Mural
Meet Jilchristina Vest, artist and organizer of The Women of The Black Panther Party Mural. Learn more about her beloved West Oakland house which became a public art installation honoring and paying homage to the legacy of over 300 Black women, and is a living testament of community resilience.
Local Voices S3 E3: Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation
Hear from Fredrika Newton and Xavier Buck of the Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation as they speak about the importance and responsibility of preserving the legacy of the Black Panther Party and its founder Dr. Huey P. Newton. Through love, strength, and resilience, Fredrika and Xavier share the significance of correcting false narratives and memorializing the party’s historic contributions.
Local Voices S3 E4: Dana King
Meet Dana King, classical figurative sculptor, and creator of many public monuments of Black Bodies in bronze. King opens up her studio space and shares how sculptures can provide culturally impactful memories and moments of connection.
Local Voices S3 E5: Susan Cervantes
A pioneer of San Francisco's community art movement, Susan Cervantes, has dedicated the last 57 years to foster community collaboration through murals. Hear from the founder and director of the Precita Eyes Muralists in the Mission District, on the importance of public art as a way to elevate voices and raise visibility.
Local Voices S3 E6: Catherine Wagner
Hear from Catherine Wagner, a conceptual multidisciplinary artist, whose process emphasizes investigation and deep appreciation for science. Learn more about Wagner’s practice, collaborations, and site-specific installations all across the Bay Area and the world.
Local Voices S3 E7: See Black Womxn
Hear from Angela Hennessy and Tahirah Rasheed, co-founders of the Bay Area artist collective See Black Womxn. Through art and theory, See Black Womxn, are telling their own stories as well as their communities in order to recognize and affirm the beauty, diversity, and complexity of Black Womxn and their aesthetic traditions.
Local Voices S3 E8: Lava Thomas
Join us for the last episode of Season 3 with multidisciplinary artist Lava Thomas. Drawing from her family’s Southern roots and current and historical socio-political events, artist Lava Thomas centers on ideas that amplify visibility, healing, and empowerment in the face of erasure, trauma, and oppression.