Held and Let Go

November 21, 1998 to January 16, 1999

Based on the dynamic, double-edged theme of "holding and letting go," this exhibition presents a diverse group of contemporary works in basketry, textile, sculpture, turned wood, painting and video. Featured artists include Miroslaw Balka, Michel François, Hiroshima Kazuo, Julia Parker, Fred Sandback, Kay Sekimachi, Maria Serebriakova, Wang Po Shu, Hyun-Sook Song, Bob Stocksdale and Deborah Valoma.

A free series of public programs - including artist lectures, poetry readings and a film screening - will be offered in conjunction with the Held and Let Go exhibition. All events take place in Nahl Hall on CCAC's Oakland campus, 5212 Broadway at College Avenue.

The events are scheduled as follows:

On Saturday, November 21, at 7 p.m. Julia Parker will give an artist's talk. Parker is renowned for her mastery of basket-making in several native California traditions and for her decades-long efforts to preserve and transmit her knowledge and skills. She will discuss methods and styles of baskets made in the Pomo, Miwok and Paiute traditions. This event is co-sponsored by the CCAC Textile Department and Heyday Books.

Lyn Risling and Julian Lang perform an evening of traditional Kurok songs from Northern California on Wednesday, December 2, at 7:30 p.m

Berkeley-based artist Wang Po Shu will give a slide-illustrated talk concerning his work in sculpture, installation and public art on Tuesday, December 8, at 7:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, December 9, at 7:30 p.m. student poets from Oakland Technical High School and Far West High School will read their poems inspired by the exhibition. Organized by CCAC faculty member Opal Palmer Adisa, this program includes readings by Nia Blackston, Devie Escalante, Dorie Escalante, Miriam Lopez, Temeka Penick, Nick Shere and Em Truang. Another poetry reading is scheduled for Wednesday, December 16, at 7:30 p.m. This event will feature Barbara Guest and Michael Palmer reading works on the theme of "holding and letting go."

Korean artist Hyun-Sook Song will make her first U.S. appearance on Wednesday, January 13, at 7:30 p.m. She will present a slide-illustrated talk focusing on her work in drawing and painting over the past decade.

On Saturday, January 16 at 7:30 p.m. there will be a showing of her film, Metamorphosis: The Many-Splendoured Dragon, Childhood. The film is a documentary about silkworm cultivation and silk-weaving in the artist's rural Korean village. This showing is co-sponsored by the Goethe-Institut, San Francisco.