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Interface Gallery: Sarah Thibault and Liv Aanrud ‘Night Moves’ @ Interface Gallery
Aug 11 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Please join us for the opening reception of Night Moves, featuring new work by Liv Aanrud (LA), and Sarah Thibault (SF).
Friday August 11th, 6-9 pm.

Thibault presents several paintings, while Aanrud’s pieces are informed by the language of painting but constructed through the traditional folk method of rag rug hooking.

Both artists primarily depict female figures using vibrant color and expressive, simplified forms. Their female subjects are playful, sexual, strong and at times bored and reflective, but always independent beings.

The night permeates much of the work presented in this show. Thibault literally engages with the theme of the nocturne in two melancholy paintings composed of moody blue tones, whil…e Aanrud’s female Atlas holds up the weight of the world against a purple night sky. Meanwhile, the concept of making a move, which can suggest a sexual encounter, also suggests a strategic positioning, a quality of agency that both artists’ female subjects embody.

Of the female subjects in the work of Post Impressionist painter, Suzanne Valadon, Whitney Chadwick writes “Instead of presenting the female body as a lush surface isolated and controlled by the male gaze, she emphasizes the awkward gestures of figures apparently in control of their own movements.”1 The same could be said for the subjects in Thibault and Aanrud’s work. Slightly awkward, they are unconcerned with an outside viewer and in control of their own moves.

Jingletown 2nd Friday Art Walk @ Jingletown Oakland & Alameda Galleries
Aug 11 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Pro Arts Oakland: 2 x 2 exhibitions “Incongruent Lineage”. @ Pro Arts Oakland
Aug 11 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us for the opening reception and the first of this year’s 2 x 2 exhibitions, “Incongruent Lineage”.

Curated by Xavier Robles, “Incongruent Lineage” presents new and recent work by Natalie Falero and Arash Fayez. Both artists explore the complex connections of foreigners to place through performance art. This two-person show emphasizes the ongoing tension between the simultaneous desire to belong yet remain foreign by exploring the effects of displacement on the body from location A to location B [where one learns] to shed and become C.

During the opening reception, Fayez will do a performative lecture in which he will walk through the space making, taking, and leaving notes, guiding the audience into …the “bicameral” mind. Following this performance, Falero will perform in relation to a pre-recorded video. Initially situating herself in a green, lush landscape, she then finds herself placed within a junk yard on a journey to discover how her body engages within two distinct spaces. In addition, Oakland DJ Shizatin will spin in between performances.

For “Incongruent Lineage”, Fayez’s installation will emerge from his performance during the opening reception. In addition to his lecture, Fayez will live print various images that he will then display throughout the gallery. His images and writings allude to the existence of multiple layers of being within the bicameral mind, consisting of disjointed memories and fractured, multilingual phrases. In tandem, Falero will present three videos that allude to her relationship between personal liberation and Puerto Rico’s post-colonial state. She depicts this process by inserting herself into abandoned spaces juxtaposed with Puerto Rico’s natural landscape to explore where she ultimately belongs.

“Incongruent Lineage” will be on view from August 11 – September 1 at Pro Arts.

Opening Reception:
6:45pm: Performance by Arash Fayez
7:30pm: Performance by Natalie Falero
In between performances: DJ Shizatin

About the Artists:

Arash Fayez, officially known as Faeiz, is an artist, curator and educator based between San Francisco, Tehran and other locations. Spanning video, performance, live situations and photography, his practice intertwines to create para-fictional and multi-layered projects informed by notions of displacement, distraction, and bicamerality (a brain split in two parts). Through storytelling based on partial memories and notions of interstitial space, his works confront sociopolitical issues, while engaging the role of found footage and archival materials in constructing these narratives. Fayez has exhibited and performed internationally at venues such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Musée du quai Branly, Paris; the British Museum, London; the Queens Museum, New York; and the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco.

Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Natalie Falero is an interdisciplinary artist working in a range of mediums including performance, installation, video and photography. Falero received a BA in Journalism at the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón and MFA in Studio Art from the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI). While at SFAI, Falero was awarded the Anne Bremer Prize Award for Best MFA Exhibition 2017 at The Mint, San Francisco, CA.Highly invested in understanding the body as a communication tool to interact with cultural and social constructs, Falero examines the body as site of activism and reinvention among acculturation and social-political conditions. Falero’s work explores social injustices related to discrimination of race, gender and colonialism. Through ritualistic acts, she dismantles traces of identity by marking territory with her own body.

About the Curator:

Xavier Robles is a Mexican-born curator, visual artist, and educator, who grew up in Santa Ana, California. Robles previously worked as the Coordinator of Public Programs at the Grand Central Art Center, where he created programming and developed youth curriculum addressing contemporary art forms by artists of color.

Currently, Robles is the Curatorial Intern at Southern Exposure, where he works closely with the Curatorial Committee and Exhibitions and Projects Program Director. He is also an Artist-in-Education at Southern Exposure. In this role, he works one-on-one with youth to expand their craft. He is the founder of Paleta Zine, an ongoing self -published curatorial zine that creates a space of expression and documentation for queer bois of color. Robles’ practice as a curator seeks to challenge and address the concept of “invasion” through a range of art forms that subvert in order to embrace the term as way to take space. Robles holds a B.A. in Architectural Studies from Hampshire College and currently resides in Oakland, California.

ABOUT 2 x 2:

2 x 2 is a series of two-person exhibitions, featuring recent work by outstanding emerging artists, based in the Bay Area. The program specifically supports the freedom to create challenging and non-commercial work.

Xavier Robles’ Curatorial Residency at Pro Arts is made possible through the support of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Pro Arts’ 2 x 2 exhibitions are funded in part by generous grants from The Zellerbach Family Foundation and The Fleishhacker Foundation.

Naming Gallery: “Good Luck Everyday” @ Naming Gallery
Aug 12 @ 6:00 pm – Aug 13 @ 9:00 pm

Naming Gallery presents “GOOD LUCK EVERYDAY”, a group show opening on August 12th featuring new work by Matt Carignan (OAKLAND), Chris Rexroad (LA) @therealfishstick, and Taylor Carpenter (LA) @taylorcrapenter !

Opening Reception Aug 12th 6-9PM





Athen B Gallery: Playgrounds by Kit King @ Athen B Gallery
Aug 12 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Playgrounds, a solo exhibition by Kit King coming to Athen B. Gallery this August! To be added to the collectors preview contact

Joyce Gordon Gallery: Artist Talk for “Identity Theft” with renowned artists, Chukes @ Joyce Gordon Gallery
Aug 17 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us Thursday, August 17th 6-9pm for an Artist Talk with renowned artist, Chukes and his new body of work titled “Identity Theft”

featuring new works by Chukes
August 4 – September 2, 2017

Artist Talk: Thursday, August 17th
6-9pm (Talk @7pm)

Joyce Gordon Gallery is proud to present a new body of work titled “Identity Theft” from the renowned artist Chukes.

“Identity Theft” is a very personal statement for Chukes. He began creating these pieces at the beginning of 2017 to protest the televised killings of Black people and people of color here in America and through out the world. Chukes states, “This work is a learning tool designed to confront the negative stereotypes plaguing Black people and people of color and challenge the misconceptions that lead to self-hatred and genocide.

Chukes is a native of Northern California he received his BFA from The California College of Arts and Crafts and later moved to Southern California where he now lives, and received his MFA from the prestigious Claremont Graduate University.

Chukes art has been featured in the White House. He has also in the collection of Nobel Piece Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Actress CCH Pounder and famed art collectors, Bernard and Shirley Kinsey to name a few. Chukes works have been published in countless magazine including O, The Oprah Magazine, Ebony and Essence magazines, as well as books and films.

Please come and join the Joyce Gordon gallery for this insightful and thought-provoking exhibit and artist talk.

Third Thursday Art Walk
Aug 17 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm


Up to a dozen creative spaces located on the block of 25th street between Telegraph and Broadway stay open late on the Third  Thursday evening of each month.

  • Galleries may include Vessel, Oakopolis, FM, Mercury20, Manna, PHOTO, SLATE, and Roscoe Ceramics Gallery; open 6-8pm
  • 25th Street Collective of slow food and slow fashion artisans open 6-10pm
  • Two Mile Wines open until 10pm.
  • Perfect for people who want a more relaxing alternative to First Friday
Friday Nights at OMCA @ Oakland Museum of California
Aug 18 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Enjoy the best—and biggest—street market in the Bay this summer with OMCA and Off the Grid! Friday Nights @ OMCA is now open an extra hour later, and expands onto Oak Street, adding even more food trucks to help quench your thirst for delicious local cuisine. Savor California beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages around the Koi Pond at the Blue Oak beer garden. Enjoy half-price admission, live music, hands-on activities for kids, a pop-up art market in the Redwood Burl area, and extended OMCA Store hours. Bring friends and family for a taste of local music, food, and culture at the Oakland Museum of California every Friday Night!

Don’t miss the last week for Of Dogs and Other People: The Art of Roy De Forest, on view through August 20, and final weeks for Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing, on view through August 27! Learn more at

What to expect on August 18:

5–10 pm: Half-off gallery admission for adults, free for ages 18 and under
5–10 pm: All Museum galleries open late
5–10 pm: Gourmet food trucks from Off the Grid featuring the best in local cuisine
5–9:45 pm: OMCA Store open with great artisan California-themed gifts, apparel, books, toys, and more
5–9:30 pm: Local beer and wine specials in the Blue Oak beer garden
5–9 pm: Marketplace @ OMCA, featuring local vendors selling their wares in Redwood Burl area
5–6:30 pm: August resident DJ Suavecito Souldies spinning vinyl in the 10th Street Amphitheater
5–8 pm: Family-friendly drop-in activity: Make a Summer Zine in the California Room
6:30–7 pm: Fun with Magician Timothy James in the 10th Street Ampitheater
6:30–8:30 pm: Live music from Pete Madsen and Friends setting the mood in the Oak Street Plaza
7–9 pm: Psychedelic, roots-rock back Moonalice playing live music the 10th Street Amphitheater

**Please note the OMCA Gardens will be closed on Friday, August 18. Seating is available at Oak Street Plaza, 10th Street, the 10th Street Amphitheater, and the café patio.
Cost: Half-price gallery admission for adults, ages 18 and under are free. Admission for Members is always free. Cash bar. Prices vary for Off the Grid food trucks.

Transportation: OMCA is located one block from the Lake Merritt BART Station. Event parking is available at the Museum for a $7 flat fee after 5 pm. Museum garage closes at 10:30 pm.

Save your spot! Reserve a picnic table for your group during Friday Nights @ OMCA or book a Friday Night lounge through Event Services.

Presented in partnership with Off the Grid: Lake Merritt @ OMCA. Friday Nights @ OMCA is made possible in part by generous support from Bank of America, the Oakland Museum Women’s Board, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Koret Foundation.

Aggregate Space Gallery: ‘Eleven and a Half Hours ‘ @ Aggregate Space Gallery
Aug 18 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Eleven and a Half Hours
A video installation between Dionne Lee and Shirin Abedinirad
18 August – 23 September 2017

In 1687, Isaac Newton proposed his First Law of Motion, the law of inertia: A body at rest tends to remain at rest, a body in motion tends to stay in motion. Bodies will continue in their current state, whether at rest or in motion, unless acted on by a greater outside force. As political tension between Iran and the United States increases, ongoing struggles for world power and resources directly impact everyday lives. The laws of inertia and resistance apply to both places despite the time difference (Eleven and a Half Hours, UTC-7 hours, time zone PDT).

Eleven and a Half Hours is an exhibition focused on how Iranian and American residents carry on living despite varying levels of political turmoil that maintain a state of unrest. A collaboration between two female artists in parallel political and geographical locations showcases an attempt to resist the law of inertia by entering into a conversation and sharing experiences of discomfort in a sanctioned world. This exhibition is curated by Shaghayegh Cyrous as the culminating project of Aggregate Space Gallery’s annual intensive gallery internship.

Opening Reception
18 August 6-10pm

First Friday Event
1 September 5-8pm

Second Saturday Artists Talk
9 September 11am

Friction / Function: 23 September 7pm
Local performing artists get juiced on ASG works and respond!
Curated by Jesse Hewit:

Support for the Friction / Function series generously provided by Kenneth Rainin Foundation

Gallery Hours
Fridays and Saturdays 1-5pm
and by appointment

Aggregate Space Gallery
801 West Grand Avenue
Entrance on West Street
Oakland, CA 94607


Aggregate Space is a warehouse and has a similar temperature to the outside; please dress accordingly.

Image courtesy of Dionne Lee and Shirin Abedinirad

Toofly and Dime ‘GRAFITERAS’ @ East Side Arts Alliance
Aug 18 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

On Friday August 18th, 6-10pm famed graffiti and street artists Toofly (NYC), and Dime (OAKLAND) team up for GRAFITERAS, a collaborative exhibition, installation, pop-up, and art workshop all in one. GRAFITERAS will be held at EastSide Arts Alliance & Cultural Center, a grassroots organization of third world artists, cultural workers, and community organizers of color.

GRAFITERAS is a multi dimensional exhibition that seeks to connect and build bridges between Raza artists from the east coast and west coast. Both artists exemplify sisterhood, latinidad, graffiti and have served as vital agents of influence for legions of women driven to rise in today’s art world.

Both women were raised in the tumultuous 90s era. Toofly hails from Corona, Queens NY, Dime from Oakland, California. As young graffiti artists they made their mark in a male dominated graffiti scene. The challenges of being immigrant and brown women did not deter their journey of self-discovery. In fact, it influenced the trailblazing art they create today. They were determined with mucho corazon which comes from instinctual feelings of love and community. Through their art, they not only represent themselves but the dreams, ideals and instincts of women, particularly Raza women.

Over the years they have carved out an important artistic space at the intersection of street graffiti, murals, and exhibitions—on their own terms, staying true to their roots and love for community. Eventually, the forces of the universe brought them together as grafiteras.

To be “Latina” or to be “Raza” in America means you celebrate two or more cultures through language, art, cultural traditions, music, and food. As daughters of families who at one point migrated to the states in search of greater opportunity and economic security, both women understand the power of their art in telling the story of immigrant families. In the face of struggle in a country of institutionalized racism, racial profiling, and an anti-immigrant legal systems, Toofly and Dime respond with art that uplifts, engages and promotes the inclusion of their communities. They have faced racism, and discrimination and so have their family members and peers. It is part of their lives and what gives them a thick skin in the face of adversity. This is what makes women strong, what makes them warriors. They are part of a growing generation of people of color who stand up for what they believe in and will weaponize their art to share their truths. Resistance is part of their culture, it’s in their blood.

Today, “Latina Americanas” like Toofly and Dime, are also spreading their craft into the broader society as educators, designers, educators, and community organizers. It has become the path of self determination for women artists who hold the roles of mothers, daughters, sisters, and aspiring professional storytellers. As grafiteras they have a complex story that speaks volumes of the strength and love that is needed to inspire and move society. GRAFITERAS is a powerful initiation to the complexity of what it’s like to grow up in America, and how Raza and many other cultures find a way to stand up, rise, and shine through it all.

Join us! Let’s celebrate women artists today who are the rainbow warriors of the new world.

As part of a 10 day artist residency, Toofly who visits from Ecuador, will host a #TooflyWorkshop on August 19th, 2017 at EastSide Arts Alliance. Space Limited, Sign-up Required:

Maria Castillo known as “TOOFLY” is an international Ecuadorian/NYC artist, curator, and social entrepreneur. Recognized in the early 90’s for her hard and fluid character style, she gained popularity as one of the few females excelling beyond her peers in the male-dominated graffiti scene. Founder of female arts collectives, like; YOUNITY, LADIES LOVE PROJECT, and PROJECT GIRLZ. TOOFLY is a full time artist and runs her own independent art & design company; STAY TRU, where she consults, designs, and develops a variety of arts & culture events, as well as workshops. Her work has exhibited at many venues such as the Bronx Museum of Art, CAC; Contemporary Museum of Ecuador, and can be found on public walls internationally. TOOFLY is featured across media outlets like Graffiti Women, Outdoor Gallery, Juxtapoz, and Latina Magazine.

Leslie Lopez, known as “DIME” is a Xicana Graffiti Writer, Educator, and first generation Mexican-American born and raised in East Oakland. DIME, A lifelong artist carrying on intergenerational traditions of cultural and spiritual resistance in her family began painting graffiti as a young teenager. Through her politicalization within the Xicana Movement and Oakland’s Eastside Arts Alliance she developed into a educator, organizer and public artist for community empowerment, healing, and self determination. Being one of the few women writers of her generation in Oakland, Dime developed a strong bond with the new rising generation of young women and used it as an opportunity to build a sisterhood and mentorship through a course she developed and taught to Middle School and High School young women called SHE’Rose. DIME is part of the EASTSide Arts Alliance Cultural Center. A member of BSK, Bomb Squad Kingz, one of the first graffiti crews in Oakland, Ca. put together by Style, Phresh, and West who were part of the first dozen of original graffers of Oakland to ever put paint on the walls of the city in the early 80’s. She is also part of Few and Far Women since it Originated in Oakland in 2011 it’s a collective of women artist, skaters, and photographers from around the world. DIME has worked collaboratively as part of Xochitlceive Collective and as an apprentice with Jesus Barraza from Dignidad Rebelde. Her collaborations are painted with youth and are seen in walls all around the city and beyond, including in marches and rallies reaching an intergenerational audience. Her work bridges graffiti and fine arts, as a muralist, printmaker, and mentor passing down teachings of her ancestors to all generations. Her passion and goal is to use art not only as a tool for social justice but as a tool for violence prevention, to reach young people, and entire communities and use art and Muralismo to cope, create change and empower.

The EastSide Arts Alliance & Cultural Center presents free youth art classes, cultural programming, public art projects, ongoing gallery exhibitions, community town halls, and the annual Malcolm X Jazz Arts Festival. We work with numerous organizations and community groups to present hundreds of events every year.

Art & Soul 2017 @ Art & Soul
Aug 19 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Oakland Art Murmur Gallery District Walking Tour @ Oakland Art Murmur
Aug 19 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Is art a tool for politics? An escape from politics? What is the function of art in a politically-tumultuous world? The YOUTH.2.POWER exhibit at Warehouse 416 will form the launching pad for a larger exploration of the ways art and politics coexist in gallery settings, and beyond. We’ll visit four current shows inspired by issues ranging from international conflict, to the politics of identity.

Meet at Warehouse 416, 416 26th Street, at 2pm.

Sanchez Contemporary: DOCE 12×12 Silent Auction @ Sanchez Contemporary
Aug 19 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm


DOCE: 12×12 Silent Auction and Group Show will open to the public on Saturday Aug 19th, 2017 with an artist reception from 5-8pm.

This exhibit celebrates the diverse works of local artists. Each piece represents the artist’s latest work. Each artist was invited to create a new work that celebrates their own individual artistic style and subject matter with the only limitation being the size of the canvas – 12×12 inches. The show includes original paintings on wood, canvas, photography and glass.

Collectors will be able to bid on each piece online. All bidding starts at $150 with $25 incremental bidding. A portion of the proceeds will be used to create a new scholarship fund that will assist local students pursuing a degree in Fine Art.

Participating Artists: Alejandra Oseguera, Ana Guadalupe Aviles, Valerie Medina, Lilly Quintana, Roxanne Quezada Chartouni, Donna Rodriguez, Dana Bloede, Russell Bloom, Tomye Neal Madison, Semmie Johnson, Julio Rodriguez, Stephanie Steiner Jacobi, Mario “Mantistic” Navaserro, Zoe Boston, Mathew Barnes, Luis Tinoco, Frances Hernandez, Corry Perez, Sylvia Ledezma, Benjamin Estrada, Paul Razo, Luis Garcia, Sally Rodriguez, Yadira Cazares, Maria Sanchez.

Black Mail Collective – Dranks and Draws @ 1AM Generator
Aug 19 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

A art critique night for Black and Brown artists. Creating a culture that encourages authenticity, transparency of artistic process, and exchange.

Art & Soul 2017 @ Art & Soul
Aug 20 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm