After Dark: Conversations About Landscape

Thursday, February 24, 2022 • 6:00–10:00 p.m. PT

Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery

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Spark your curiosity at After Dark!  As the sun sets, we’ll hit the rainbow lights, turn the music up, and open our doors, inviting you to take your imagination out to play. Tonight we feature a screening of Welcome to the Neighborhood, a short documentary that shares the remarkable story of legendary Berkeley social activist Mable “Mama” Howard and her daughter, renowned artist Mildred Howard. The screening will be followed by a conversation with Mildred Howard, filmmaker Pam Uzzell, and geographer Rachel Brahinsky.

Photo of Mable and Mildred Howard © 1985 by Kathy Sloane.

DJ Fooders
From Hip Hop for Change

6:30–7:45 and 8:15–9:30 p.m.
Bechtel Gallery 3

Get ready to dance your way through the night as a DJ from Hip Hop for Change sets the vibe and keeps the party moving all night!

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.

Welcome to the Neighborhood: Film Screening and Conversation
With filmmaker Pam Uzzell, artist Mildred Howard, and geographer Rachel Brahinsky

Presented by Cinema Arts
Osher Gallery 1, Kanbar Forum

Welcome to the Neighborhood is the remarkable story of legendary Berkeley social activist Mable “Mama” Howard and her daughter, renowned artist Mildred Howard. Mable Howard came with her husband and children to San Francisco during World War II and the family soon joined the growing community of African Americans in South Berkeley. She became an essential leader and activist in Berkeley, with her landmark 1968 lawsuit against BART supporting the preservation of the economic stability and cultural diversity of her South Berkeley neighborhood. Mable Howard was also a beloved role model for her daughter, nationally recognized artist Mildred Howard, whose work reframes history to tell the stories of those who are overlooked. Today there is one thing that Mildred Howard cannot do—afford to live in Berkeley. Welcome to the Neighborhood threads together a multiplicity of Bay Area stories centered on social and economic justice and examines the fragile nature of change over two generations.

Pam Uzzell is an award-winning documentary producer, director, and editor with a deep interest in sharing inspirational stories. Welcome to the Neighborhood has screened at film festivals, universities, community centers, and most recently at Fog Design + Art. She is also the host of the Art Heals All Wounds podcast.

Artist Mildred Howard works in multiple mediums, including mixed media, collage, and sculpture. Her work is about the universal connections between people and place separated by arbitrary borders. She has received many awards and fellowships including the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award, the Lee Krasner Award in recognition of a lifetime of artistic achievement, a Rockefeller Fellowship, and an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her artworks are in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), the de Young Museum in San Francisco, the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington, and many more.

Rachel Brahinsky is an urban/human geographer who teaches in the Urban and Public Affairs graduate program, the undergraduate Urban Studies program, and the Politics Department at the University of San Francisco. She earned a PhD in geography from UC Berkeley, where she focused on the human and social geography of cities, with an emphasis on the politics of race and place. Her research and teaching center around the challenges of race and inequality in the context of rapidly changing cities, with a long time focus on the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the author, with Alexander Tarr, of A People’s Guide to the San Francisco Bay Area, an alternative history and geography of the Bay Area that highlights sites of oppression, resistance, and transformation.

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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