Tuesday, June 01, 2004
The street faire was a little flat this year -why ?? my guess are: 1. The parade ends arounds 12:30, which is really early compared to previous parades, that the parade participants leave earlier - 2> Too much corporate sponsorship, the Street corners usually belong to a Samba group. This year it was a radio station, TV Station or brooze company. The weather was nice and my return ride through Golden Gate Park was quite beautiful. The park was empty -everyone was in the Mission - my ride was peaceful.
Today lag day I took advantage of free gallery day at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts to quickly checkout Black President: The Art and Legacy of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. Fela, a man whose music I've just started to listen to beyond the rhythms of the Afro-beat....to actually the message of his lycris.
The collection of work was a interesting mix - some pieces were successful for me other weren't. Some of my favorite artists in the exhibit were Victor Ekpuk, Olu OGUIBE and Barkley Hendricks. What I didn't like was the use of space in the gallery. I felt like I was walking through a warehouse.