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On Friday, November 2, the infamous “Fearless Girl” statue outside New York’s Wall Street donned a bulletproof vest brandishing in bold letters, “#FearfulGirl.”
Manuel Oliver, an artist and the father of Joaquin “Guac” Oliver, one of the 17 victims murdered in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting earlier this year, was responsible for the guerilla addition to the statue. The artist’s hope is to advocate for pragmatic gun laws in advance of the midterm elections on Tuesday, November 6, by raising awareness of the pervading terror of in-school mass shootings across the United States.
Manuel and Patricia Oliver, Joaquin’s parents, are the founders of Change the Ref, a nonprofit organization utilizing artwork to confront issues of mass shootings and gun control. Stirred by the tragic loss of their son, the pair hopes to galvanize American voters to enact change for the well-being of the nation’s youth. “She can’t be fearless if she’s afraid to go to school,” their viral tweet about “#FearfulGirl” read.
“Fearless Girl” by Kristen Visbal, is a political work itself, facing the infamous Charging Bull (or Wall Street Bull) and dichotomizing the gender imparity of the financial sector. The statue was erected just before International Women’s Day in 2017.
In September, Oliver created a series of 10 bronze-colored 3D-printed sculptures titled The Last Lockdown, tackling gun violence in schools. The top of each desk has a carving reading a different stat about gun violence, including, “22 kids are shot every day in America.”
Tabitha Arnold’s rugs pay tribute to organizers who lay their bodies on the line in the workplace, in the public square, and in the depths of private prisons.
The intentionality of Booker’s abstraction gives me the impetus to discuss something about the current zeitgeist that’s been on my mind for a while.
Large-scale installations by artist and adobera Joanna Keane Lopez and olfactory-acoustic sculptures by Oswaldo Maciá will be on view starting October 1.
After years in the making, New Time opens at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.
The museum details the process of moviemaking, from its inception in storytelling all the way to its marketing. But interwoven into these exhibits are ugly truths.
Over 125 artist studios, galleries, and exhibition spaces open their doors to the public for this year’s Jersey City Art and Studio Tour, taking place from September 30 through October 3.
The former panels, removed in 2017, featured images dedicated to Confederate Generals Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee.