Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Walter Kitundu installation at SFO

Artist Walter Kitundu with San Francisco Bay Area Bird Encounters at SFO

Magnolia Editions would like to congratulate Walter Kitundu, whose San Francisco Bay Area Bird Encounters was recently installed at Terminal 2 of San Francisco International Airport.

Detail from San Francisco Bay Area Bird Encounters

The work includes a mural with inlaid wood elements printed at Magnolia Editions, as well as two benches which double as interactive musical instruments. The benches and mural have embedded wooden panels which, when played left to right like a xylophone or marimba, produce the notes of songs by birds depicted in the mural.

Musical bench

Pictures above courtesy of the artist. Congratulations to Walter and the San Francisco Arts Commission!

Walter Kitundu's website

Friday, March 25, 2011

Public art for Ed Roberts Campus

Art translated to hand-glazed ceramic tile at Magnolia Editions

Printer Tallulah Terryll and the team at Magnolia have been working around the clock to complete a public art commission for the Ed Roberts Campus in Berkeley, a new office complex and community center serving people with disabilities.

The project consists of handmade tiles, glazed and fired using a technique developed at Magnolia Editions, bearing artwork created by a variety of artists from all over the world.

Terryll completed this ambitious and labor-intensive project with the help of Magnolia employees Kevin Frances and Ken Jensen, and ceramics expert Mikael Kirkman of Bicycle Coffee.

The tiles will be unveiled at the grand opening of the Ed Roberts Campus on April 9, 2011, at 1 pm; check their website for the full details.

See below for a sneak preview of some of the completed tiles (click any image to enlarge).

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Mildred Howard Day, March 29

The city of Berkeley has announced it will declare Tuesday, March 29, 2011 to be Mildred Howard Day!

Howard will be honored at Berkeley City Hall Chambers (2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley) at 7 p.m. this Tuesday the 29th.

As Leah Garchik of the San Francisco Chronicle notes:
Howard, a San Francisco-born artist whose work is at the Oakland Museum of California, the de Young, SFMOMA, the San Jose Museum of Art and elsewhere, has founded educational programs, managed an art and communities program at the Exploratorium, and was executive director of the Edible Schoolyard. She's been involved with nearly every university and art institution in the Bay Area and has also worked in Alameda County Juvenile Hall and in various Bay Area jails.
Howard has lived in Berkeley since 1949 and has lived a uniquely engaged life; as a teenager, she shook hands with John F. Kennedy and had lunch with Fannie Lou Hamer, and recalls seeing Muhammad Ali shadowboxing his way down Adeline one morning in the early 1970s. She was a member of SNCC and CORE, protested segregation in Berkeley schools, and continues to work with youth and emerging artists both in the Bay Area and internationally.

The event is free and open to the public; please come show your support for Mildred!

Art by Mildred Howard at Magnolia Editions

Mildred Howard catalog published by Magnolia Editions

Friday, March 18, 2011

Video: Rupert Garcia at Magnolia Editions

The de Young Museum's website now features this documentary by Bay Package Productions about Rupert Garcia's exhibition "Rupert Garcia: the Magnolia Editions Projects 1991-2011," including interviews with Garcia and Donald Farnsworth at the studio:

More art by Rupert Garcia at Magnolia Editions

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Prints by Rupert Garcia

Rupert Garcia - Untitled for Touchstones, 2000
Pigmented inkjet and pastel on Japanese mulberry paper
75 5/8 x 41 5/8 in.

In putting together the catalogue for "Rupert Garcia: the Magnolia Editions Projects 1991-2011" (on view at San Francisco's de Young Museum until July 17, 2011), we realized that there were numerous prints and mixed media works by Garcia that were not yet on our website.

We've updated Garcia's page with almost 30 artworks from the last two decades. Please have a look, and don't miss the de Young show!

More art by Rupert Garcia at Magnolia Editions