After Dark: Build

Thursday, July 21, 2022 • 6:00–10:00 p.m. PT

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Adults Only (18+)

Note: Free for members and donors—only a membership card and ID required for entry. The Tactile Dome is currently closed.

Tonight, meet us at the intersection of possibility and structure. Discover everyday materials transformed into artful oddities, awe-inspiring art, and unorthodox architectural experiments—then see how the tinkerer’s mentality inspires engineering feats in our local Bay Area landscape. Tinker, construct, and invent to your heart’s content!

Build is part of a series of adults-only summer programming inspired by The Art of Tinkering exhibition, open June 18 through September 5.

 

Homes for the Homies
With Cindy De Losa

6:00–10:00 p.m.
Osher Gallery 1

Take a tour of San Francisco and beyond with Cindy De Losa and her Homes for the Homies. Cindy creates dioramas of places that have been important in her life, particularly places in the Mission District. Within these Homes, she draws from memories to stage scenes that are populated by Homies—figurines created by Richmond artist David Gonzales. As San Francisco experiences rapid change, Cindy’s Homes call for reflection on the living history of the city and the people in it.

Cindy De Losa began making Homes for the Homies in 2008 and has created over a hundred. She is the store manager for Precita Eyes, a community-based arts organization devoted to enriching urban environments through community mural collaborations.

 

Balancing Sculptures
6:30–9:30 p.m.
Gallery 2, Tinkering Studio

Play with balance and stability! Design your own whimsical kinetic sculptures by tilting, sliding, and suspending everyday objects and ordinary materials into surprising arrangements.  

 

Built Environments 
With Ana Serrano

6:30–9:30 p.m.
Osher Gallery 1

Craft your own colorful built environment with artist Ana Serrano. Inspired by her hometown of Los Angeles and her dual cultural identities as a first-generation Mexican American, Ana is best known for creating evocative structures crafted with brightly colored cardboard and paper. Discover the materials she uses in her process and check out some of her work. Ana is interested in how people connect identity and place, and she’ll invite you to bring yourself to the structure you build.

Ana Serrano has exhibited in museums including Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Vincent Price Art Museum, National Museum of Mexican Art, and Craft and Folk Art Museum. Her work has been featured in Artillery and American Craft magazines, and in a number of design books.

 

Peace & Justice Cards
With Designing Justice + Designing Spaces
6:30–9:30 p.m.
Osher Gallery 1

What makes a space meaningful? What makes it enjoyable? Join the team from Designing Justice + Designing Spaces to learn and question with Peace & Justice Cards. This conceptual card deck explores design ideas with communities across cultures and language barriers. By responding to prompts, you’ll use the cards to craft a photographic essay that reflects the qualities of physical space you enjoy, and invites you to delve into your values and emotions. 

Designing Justice + Designing Spaces is an Oakland-based architecture and real estate development nonprofit working to end mass incarceration through place-based solutions that address its root causes. Its work counters the traditional adversarial and punitive architecture of justice by creating spaces for restorative justice, community building, and housing for people coming out of incarceration.

 

Tracks to Build Market Street
With James Rojas and John Kamp

6:30–9:30 p.m.
Osher Gallery 1

As one of San Francisco’s central thoroughfares, Market Street is a public space that has been shaped and reshaped over the city's history. Tonight, imagine, investigate, and collaboratively construct a new vision for Market Street by getting hands-on with a model created by James Rojas and John Kamp. They’ll prompt you to dream big and tinker using their Place It! approach to design. You’ll even be able to listen to the vision unfold as John offers a responsive DJ experience.

James Rojas is a community activist, artist, and one of the few nationally recognized urban planners to examine U.S. Latino cultural influences on urban design and sustainability. His installation work has been shown widely, and his research has appeared in numerous publications and books.

John Kamp is an urban and landscape designer with Prairieform and a designer and facilitator with Place It! His work has focused on irrigation-free landscapes, urban tree canopy reforestation, and walkable neighborhoods, among other areas. He is the coauthor of the book Dream Play Build with James Rojas.

 

Place It! Tinkering Toward Collaboratively Designed Cities
With James Rojas and John Kamp

8:00 p.m.
Osher Gallery 1

Learn about Place It! with James Rojas and John Kamp! The street is a physical space of reactions and a mental space of imagination. It is shaped by memories, experiences, and aspirations. Place It! is an interactive model and community-visioning method that invites participants to directly engage with each other and with the street. In this talk, James and John will share more about the model and the role it can play in spurring solutions to the challenges facing our neighborhoods and cities. 

James Rojas is a community activist, artist, and one of the few nationally recognized urban planners to examine U.S. Latino cultural influences on urban design and sustainability. His installation work has been shown widely, and his research has appeared in numerous publications and books.

John Kamp is an urban and landscape designer with Prairieform and a designer and facilitator with Place It! His work has focused on irrigation-free landscapes, urban tree canopy reforestation, and walkable neighborhoods, among other areas. He is the coauthor of the book Dream Play Build with James Rojas.

 

DJ Lady Fingaz
From Hip Hop for Change

6:30–7:45 and 8:15–9:30 p.m.
Moore Gallery 4

Get ready to dance your way through the night as DJ Lady Fingaz from Hip Hop for Change sets the vibe and keeps the party moving! Lady Fingaz is a skilled turntablist and a member of the infamous Peaches Crew. She can be found rocking parties all over the world with Femme Deadly Venoms and Jazz Mafia. She mixes a variety of genres accompanied by an array of showstopping turntablism and live production. This Southern belle knows how to rock a party!

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.

 

Cash Bar
6:00–9:30 p.m.
Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery 6


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

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