Monday, March 9, 2009

Now Showing: Intersectionality of Sisters

Photographer and Youth Radio
journalist Ayesha Walker with one of her beautiful

On Friday evening I had the pleasure of attending the opening reception for the latest exhibition at Oakland's joyce Gordon Gallery, Intersectionality of Sisters, an all women artists show in honor of Women's History Month. The show was intended to be "an exhibition that explores the crossroads of modern and post modern works on femininity, feminism or womanism, postulating interrelations of cultural patterns and breaking boundaries of nationality, class, and gender."
There was a dazzling display of works by a diverse group of artists, working in all media. One of the exciting things about this show was that it brought together women not only of diverse backgrounds, but also in varying stages of their art careers. While many of them are fixtures on the Bay Area arts scene, others were brimming with excitement because it was their very first gallery show.

One of the highlights of the exhibition was a piece by mixed media artist Karen Seneferu. Karen, a veteran artist, presented a small and quite powerful piece covered entirely in colorful beads as well as black beans. The intricately constructed pieces take Seneferu several months to a year to complete, and are inspired by ancestral art.

Karen Seneferu's beaded sculptural piece

There was a great turnout for this event, and the gallery was packed. It was actually tough to get through the crowd to look at certain pieces, but that's a good thing. The Joyce Gordon Gallery is definitely one of the bright spots in downtown Oakland, and the exhibitions held there are always a testament to the wealth of talented and promising artists that call the city home.

Intersectionality of Sisters is on view at the Joyce Gordon Gallery until April 20th. There will be a panel discussion and poetry Friday, April 3rd 5:30-8:30pm.

Joyce Gordon Gallery
406 14th St.
Oakland, CA

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