SF Maritime Park's Lunchtime "MESS" Library Lecture Series
Friday at 11:00 AM PDT
This event will be livestreamed on our Givebutter page: https://givebutter.com/MESS
This event is FREE - Donations appreciated! Your bowser should automatically start streaming the event around 11 AM. If not, please refresh your screen and click on the large image to activate the live event.
In this talk, Berkeley graphic artist Jos Sances will share the story of creating his 51-foot scratchboard mural Or, The Whale (2018-19), a work of eco-politically urgent visual art inspired by Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. Sances will discuss the ways his aesthetics, politics, and lived experience inform work, from his early familiarity with whaling as a Boston native to his 45-year career as printmaker, muralist, and social activist in the San Francisco Bay Area. Richmond resident and independent scholar, Jeffrey Peterson will highlight the mural’s local connections to the whaling industry and share digital strategies for annotating its intricately layered images.
For over 45 years Jos Sances has made a living as a printmaker and muralist in the San Francisco Bay Area. While founding Alliance Graphics and co-founding Mission Gráfica at San Francisco’s Mission Cultural Center, he maintained a steady output of politically engaged art. The Library of Congress has acquired 495 serigraphs representing an overview of his decades of printmaking. Sances’s work has been exhibited in venues nationally, including New York’s Museum of Modern Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Since 2019, Or, The Whale has been exhibited at the Richmond Art Center, The Bioneers Conference, and Sebastopol Center for the Arts, as well as at the Lawrence Arts Center in Lawrence, Kansas. Critical acclaim for Or, The Whale extends abroad, and coverage in the Italian press (“Nel Ventre Della Balena USA” by Enrico Diaglio, Il Venerdi di Repubblica) recently prompted an exhibition inquiry from
the Officine Grandi Riparazioni in Torino. For more information, please visit: https://www.josart.net/
The MESS (Maritime Education for Students of the Sea) are informal lunchtime lectures meant to showcase a wide array of maritime knowledge, research and skills. Subjects in the past have included shipwreck survival, Louise Boyd: Arctic explorer, rope walks and maritime fine arts. Lectures usually last around 40 minutes with time for questions afterwards.
The MESS lectures seek to amplify new voices, honor experience and respect the diversity of maritime culture. Each lecture is live broadcasted from this webpage and available for viewing. The MESS lectures are sponsored by the San Francisco Maritime National Park Association to help showcase the collection of San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.
The ongoing lecture series takes place on the last Thursday of every month at 11AM (PST).
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