Art Galleries

What Is (Public) Art?

When: Sat., June 20, 2 p.m. 2015

Oakland’s public art provides a fittingly varied representation of its people, ranging from aerosol scrawls on inconspicuous walls to massive steel sculptures in the middle of downtown. On June 20, Oakland Art Murmur highlights that fascinating diversity by bringing its usual third Saturday gallery tour outside for the first time. Typically, the tours flow through one district of galleries, popping into each to hear from curators and artists. But this specially funded and curated edition will focus on the art that’s in the streets of downtown. The tour will begin at Joyce Gordon Gallery (406 14th St.) and include the wealth of murals in that neighborhood, plus the sculptures in the Uptown Art Park and the new light and sculpture installation at 19th Street BART. You’ll finally get to find out the stories behind the artworks that you see everyday on your way to work, and likely discover new ones that you didn’t realize were there. Luckily, downtown has so much outdoor art that participants won’t have to walk too far to get their fill for the afternoon.

Sarah Burke

Price: Free

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