A new exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art explores the relationship between two artists who never met: the Bay Area figurative artist Richard Diebenkorn and the French postimpressionist Henri Matisse. Although Diebenkorn was born 50 years after Matisse, he had an enduring fascination with the older painter. Diebenkorn incorporated Matisse’s techniques, style and use of color into his paintings, and often traveled as far as St. Petersburg and Paris to view Matisse’s work. SFMOMA curator Janet Bishop joins us to talk about these two artists and how, side-by-side, their work tells a story of study and inspiration.
If you want to understand the complex reality of capitalism, there’s no better microcosm than the system that moves containers around the world. That’s according to Fusion’s Alexis Madrigal, whose new radio documentary “Containers” examines the role Bay Area container shipping played in the development of our current economic order. The eight part series brings listeners through the world of ships and sailors, technology and tugboats, warehouses and cranes, and traces the roots of our global economic system to the Port of Oakland, right at the foot of the Bay Bridge. Madrigal joins Forum to discuss “Containers” and how the Bay Area shipping industry helped shape global capitalism.
As President Trump nears his seventh week in office and budget cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts loom, Forum checks in with Bay Area artists about their work during the Trump
Presidency and the connections between art and activism. We’ll also hear about an ongoing KQED Arts project called “First 100 Days: Art in the Age of Trump.”
The Oakland Museum‘s new exhibit “Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture” displays over 140 iconic sneakers and explores their evolution – from PF Flyers to Nike’s first Air Jordan model released in 1985 to a pair of 3-D printed Adidas. We speak to our guests about the stories sneakers tell and their own sneaker collections. And sneakerheads, we want to hear from you: Why do you love sneakers?
A Snapshot of “Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture”
adidas x Run–DMC 25th Anniversary Superstar, 2011 Courtesy of Run–DMC, collection of Erik Blam
Manufacturer Unknown Pre-vulcanized Rubber Overshoes, ca. 1830s Collection of the Bata Shoe Museum
Pierre Hardy Poworama, 2011 Collection of the Bata Shoe Museum, gift of Pierre Hardy
Reebok Freestyle, 1982 Collection of the Northampton Museums and Art Gallery
Christian Louboutin Roller-Boat, 2012 Collection of the Bata Shoe Museum, Gift of Christian Louboutin
When Comedy Central announced that Trevor Noah would be taking over the helm of “The Daily Show” in March 2015, he was far from a household name and few were familiar with the comedian’s personal history. That’s changed with Noah’s memoir, “Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood,” which reveals the profound influence apartheid and poverty have had on his life. Noah grew up in a poor South African township, where his African mother and Swiss father’s relationship was illegal under apartheid. Noah says he became a “chameleon” to blend in, learning to speak eight languages. We’ll talk to Noah about the book, his relationship with his mother and how “The Daily Show” is gearing up to cover the Trump administration.
Andy Cohen is used to drama. Before he hosted his own Bravo TV show, he produced the “Real Housewives” reality series where he managed mascara-streaked meltdowns on and off camera. In his latest book, “Superficial,” he turns the lens on himself, sharing his diary entries about loneliness and his search for a relationship. The host of “Watch What Happens Live” gives us the scoop on the behind-the-scenes drama of reality TV and his own offscreen life.
Cintra Wilson, formerly the New York Times’ “Critical Shopper” columnist, has traveled the U.S. to find out why people wear what they do. Wilson, who describes her own black-clothed style as “bar-fighting nun,” joins Forum in studio to talk about her new book, “Fear and Clothing: Unbuckling American Style.”
Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras and Ella Morton are on a mission to make you rethink where you travel. Their new book, “Atlas Obscura,” is filled with hidden gems to explore throughout the world, from a Portuguese church decorated with bones and skulls to the sparkling glowworm caves of New Zealand. In this hour of Forum, the three authors, who also run the popular Atlas Obscura website, tell us about unknown wonders worth seeking out. And we want to hear from you: What’s your favorite obscure landmark or place?
Many people might associate the name Ed Hardy with colorful T shirts and rhinestone-emblazoned trucker hats. But Don Ed Hardy first drew attention as a barrier-breaking tattoo artist in the 1960s. He graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute before foregoing a Yale arts fellowship to study tattooing in Japan. Today, Hardy focuses mainly on painting and printmaking, but still owns a San Francisco tattoo shop. We talk to Hardy about his work, about tattoos becoming mainstream and how he feels about his brand being associated with “Jersey Shore” stars.
British-Ghanaian architect David Adjaye has designed buildings and structures all over the world. His recent work, the new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C., is a long-awaited monument whose design itself brims with historic import. Adjaye has also been tapped to transform San Francisco’s Hunters Point Naval Shipyard. We’ll speak to Adjaye about his designs, past and present, and on becoming the “starchitect” of his time.
While Ed Drew was deployed in Afghanistan, he created tintype photographs of his comrades — the first known use of the tintype process in a combat zone since the Civil War. Drew’s recent series, “Native Portraits,” depicts members of the Klamath, Modoc and Pit River Paiute tribes of Northern California and Southern Oregon. The series is currently on exhibit at the California Historical Society in San Francisco. We speak with Ed Drew and curator Erin Garcia about the exhibit and media representations of Native people.
Images from “Native Portraits: Contemporary Tintypes”
Teacher, painter and community activist Edythe Boone has worked at the intersection of art and community her entire life. Her work is featured in the “MaestraPeace” mural in the Mission District, the San Francisco AIDS mural and in the mural at People’s Park in Berkeley. Tackling issues such as poverty, racism, and violence, Boone uses paint to help distressed communities communicate their experiences. We’ll talk with Boone about her work and the death of her nephew, Eric Garner, at the hands of police. We’ll also meet local filmmaker Mo Morris and hear about her documentary “A New Color,” which spotlights Boone.
The stereotypical image of a hula dancer often features a woman in a grass skirt on a beach. But Patrick Makuakāne says that’s a far cry from 21st-century hula. The Hawaii-raised and San Francisco-based hula master’s shows are elaborate stage productions weaving in everything from opera and electronic music to ’90s pop. His newest show, “The Natives Are Restless,” looks at the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy and the native resistance that followed. He and his dance troupe, Na Lei Hulu, are also the subject of a new book by the same title, by local author Constance Hale. She and Makuakāne join us to talk about the evolution of hula and what it means to be Hawaiian in the 21st century.
The Bayview Opera House, San Francisco’s oldest theater and a registered historical landmark, will re-open this weekend after a $5.7 million renovation that took nearly three years to complete. Built in 1888 as an entertainment hall within a Masonic temple, the opera house has for decades hosted plays, dance performances, and poetry readings. We discuss the Opera House’s architecture, history and the artists and community members who have shaped it.