Current Exhibition



“Black Power * Flower Power” – A Photography Exhibition

Reception: Thursday, February 6th. 5 – 8 pm
Exhibition: January 16th – February 20th, 2014

Exhibit Statement:

“Black Power * Flower Power” chronicles the cultural transformation of the 60s through a historically significant black-and-white photography collection by artists Pirkle Jones and Ruth-Marion Baruch, noted documentary photographers and former Marin residents. The collection comprises two major bodies of work: “Black Panthers, 1968,” and “Haight-Ashbury, 1967.”

The collaboration between husband and wife photography team, Jones and Baruch, strikingly capture the early days of the Black Panther Party in the Bay Area through their street-style photography. The exhibition features a sampling of their original silver gelatin prints which narrate the evolution of the American social, political and cultural life, a period of charged social consciousness and action. The photos reveal the moral character, dignity and strength of the Panthers while affirming the universal themes of family, commitment and hope for the future. The exhibit also features five photos of Baruch’s much larger collection rendering the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco during the Summer of Love which depicts flower adorned youth and antiwar sentiments of the 60′s counterculture movement.

In honor of Black History Month, the (Cesar Chavez Student Center and Associated Students Inc) Art Gallery in collaboration with the Richard Oakes Multicultural Center, and the Pirkle Jones Foundation, feature primarily the Black Panther photographs from this famous collection. Photographs are courtesy of the Pirkle Jones Foundation and with much gratitude to their Director, Jennifer McFarland.


Related Events (during Reception Day, February 6th):

12:00 – 2:00 pm – Film Screening: “Slavery by Another Name,” a film that challenges the common assumption that slavery ended with the Emancipation Proclamation. *Film Screening is part of the, “Created Equals Series” created and hosted by the Richard Oakes Multicultural Center (ROMC) and is free, open to the public. Location: ROMC Library.

5:00 – 8:00 pm – Interactive Art Project: “What’s Your Cause?” Visitors are encouraged to design buttons that reflect their personal, cultural and/or political beliefs and to wear these handmade campaign buttons for the duration of the reception as a way to publicly advocate for a community, movement or belief. “What’s Your Cause?”
celebrates the ways which people identify and thereby represent themselves in a larger community and encourages appreciation of difference. Location: Art Gallery.

5:15 – 7:30 pm – Live Music: “The Pull”, “DJ Pocho Boogie” and more TBD. Genre: Afro-Cuban, Jazz and Afro-Hip-Hop and Blues. Music presented by The Depot and Associated Students Inc. Location: Art Gallery.

6:00 – 8:00 pm – Open Discussion: Elaine Brown. Former Black Panther Party Chairman responds to film, “Slavery by Another Name,” and her experiences with the Black Panther Movement. Discussion is part of the, “Created Equals Series” created and hosted by the Richard Oakes Multicultural Center (ROMC) and is free, open to the public and tailored towards the San Francisco State University community. Location ROMC Conference Room.

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