After Dark: Art for Action

Thursday, July 29, 2021 • 6:00 p.m. PT

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Adults Only (18+)

Note: The Tactile Dome is currently closed.

The artistic process—much like the scientific process—is a fundamental method of learning and discovery. Arts offer an open-ended process of investigation, imagination, and experimentation in which every artist has the potential to reinvent art practice anew. Tonight at After Dark, experience work from artists who use art as a tool to invigorate public spaces, evoke social consciousness, and encourage awareness. View two newly commissioned murals from Bay Area artists Mark Harris and Bianca Marie Rivera and learn more about individual artists’ creation processes—and the ways in which artworks can be used as powerful tools for prompting meaningful change.

Food and drinks will be available to purchase in our Seaglass Restaurant and at the outdoor bar in Gallery 5 to enjoy in those designated spaces during After Dark. Please note that there is no drinking or eating allowed elsewhere inside the museum at this time.

Just for Tonight

The Art of Mark Harris
With Mark Harris

6:00–10:00 p.m.
Osher Gallery 1

San Francisco-based artist Mark Harris combines his passions for social justice, activism, and art-making to engage audiences about critical issues facing society today. Tonight at After Dark, Harris will share a small collection of his work and share insights into his artistic process and how he generates his ideas.

Mark Harris embodies a strong voice with a gentle spirit. His work vacillates between sounding an alarm through confrontation and educating through humor by revisiting familiar images. Mark’s art practice includes mentoring youth through art education programs; he has also taught at schools such as the Lycée Français de San Francisco and Yang Fan Academy. He recently worked with students at La Scuola International School to create a legacy mural.  In 2017, he won the Teachers for Social Justice Award and established himself as an artist and educator with a strong independent voice. At the Exploratorium, Mark reminds us of our common human aspirations and rights, and what we have to lose if we do not protect them.

What a Long, Strange Year It's Been
With Bianca Marie Rivera
6:00–10:00 p.m.
Osher Gallery 1

What a Long, Strange Year It's Been features the only acceptable portals for communicating with others during the past year of global pandemic: the framed windows of our homes and the video chats framed by our phones, computers, and tablets. This piece also displays the spectrum of events and emotions that have taken place in the past year: moments of joy, celebration, sadness, community, and collective action. Check out this newly commissioned mural from Bianca Marie Rivera and experience a collection of illustrations from across her career.

Bianca Marie Rivera is a Black Puerto-Rican illustrator and muralist born in Brooklyn and currently based in San Francisco. Her practice utilizes bold, crisp lines and a vibrant color palette to visually explore themes of community, mental health, and all the moments of joy, quiet, and contemplation in between.

DJ Malachi
From Hip Hop for Change

6:30–7:45, 8:15–9:30 p.m.
Bechtel Gallery 3, Phyllis C. Wattis Studio

Get ready to dance your way through the night as DJs from Hip Hop for Change set the vibe and keep the party moving all night! Tonight, check out soulful tracks from DJ Malachi. Born and raised in Oakland on a diet of Black music courtesy of his father, DJ Malachi has been a staple in the Bay Area DJ community for over 20 years. Malachi is known for his diverse style and funky dance floor burners, and is the captain of the Motown on Mondays vessel at Hello Stranger in Oakland. 

Hip Hop for Change is an Oakland-based nonprofit that uses grassroots activism to educate people about socioeconomic injustices and advocate solutions through hip-hop culture.

TNT Traysikel SideCaraoke
With Michael Arcega and Paolo Asuncion

6:30–9:30 p.m.
Osher Gallery 1, Kanbar Forum

Grab a mic, step inside TNT Traysikel, and experience TNT SideCaraoke, a karaoke experience where participants sit on a Filipino trike while singing popular songs in public. TNT Traysikel is a mobile public artwork that functions as a light show, karaoke machine, and decorative stage all at once. A collective sing-along couldn’t be more crucial at this time—we hope to sing together at TNT SideCaraoke!

TNT Traysikel is a mobile public artwork that operates as cultural marker for the SOMA Pilipinas Cultural Heritage District in San Francisco. The aesthetic of the traysikel is adjacent to Filipino-customized transport Jeepneys left by Americans after WWII—an immigrant metaphor constructed from a deep colonial history. As a social sculpture, TNT Traysikel has been used as an aesthetic object, a protest tool, and a delivery vehicle during the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be the main site for collecting stories of Filipinx diaspora in a forthcoming documentary. It is a collaboration between Michael Arcega and Paolo Asuncion with help from their communities, and hand-painted by Meng Nguyen.

Quilting for Change
With Social Justice Sewing Academy

6:30–9:30 p.m.
Osher Gallery 1

Learn about the power of textile arts as a vehicle for personal transformation and engagement with community and social change at this drop-in workshop. Hear from the educators and artists behind the Social Justice Sewing Academy about their mission and their approach to collaborative quilting for change, and learn basic techniques for crafting individual quilt blocks. Then try your hand at creating your own block using prompts from SJSA that encourage self-expression and community reflection. 

Founded in 2017, the Social Justice Sewing Academy (SJSA) is a youth education program that bridges artistic expression with activism to advocate for social justice. Through a series of hands-on workshops in schools, prisons, and community centers across the country, SJSA empowers youth to use textile art as a vehicle for personal transformation and community cohesion and become agents of social change. The powerful imagery youth create in cloth tells their stories, and these quilt blocks are sent to volunteers around the world to embellish and embroider before being sewn together into quilts. This visual dialogue bridges differences in race, age, and socioeconomics, and sparks conversations and action in households across the country.

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