California Humanities Announces New Exhibit We Are More Showcasing Work of Queer Comic Artists in Oakland – California Humanities

Exhibit Takes A Page from No Straight Strains Documentary & Anthology About Historical past of Queer Comics

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June 27, 2019

(Oakland, CA) — California Humanities broadcasts the opening for the subsequent set up in the Artwork of Storytelling collection, new exhibit We Are More: Tales by Queer Comic Artists, which runs July 8 by means of September 30, 2019 in Oakland. The exhibit highlights the intersections between queer id, the humanities, and the humanities, that includes work from 4 queer-identified Oakland-based comic artists, the exhibit also will function excerpts from a forthcoming documentary film concerning the history of queer comics in america. The opening reception, that includes remarks from artists and collaborators will happen on Tuesday, July 16.

Ajuan Mance, Hattie McDaniel and Nell Carter Sunbathe by the Pool on the 4 Seasons Resort at Wailea, 2018.

We Are More explores the ways in which the queer id of 4 Oakland-based modern artists, Ajuan Mance, Breena Nuñez, Lawrence Lindell, and Trinidad Escobar illuminates and supplies a lens into complicated stories which frequently defy categorization. Mance’s brightly-colored drawings are influenced by comics and road art, featuring queer individuals of colour in couples and pal groups, going about their every day lives.

Trinidad Escobar, Seven Moons, 2019.

Nuñez’ La Matriarca is a brief excerpt from an extended graphic novel concerning the artist’s teenage self as she grapples with a disaster in her Salvadoran id. Lindell’s piece, The Backyard, is an autobiographical magical realism comedian set in Compton, California, about heartbreak, re-finding oneself, standing nonetheless and beginning over. Escobar’s black-and-white ink drawings reference Visayan mythology from the Philippines, suggesting that these indigenous deities bless queer individuals in diaspora.

Promotional poster for No Straight Strains: The Story of Queer Comics.

We Are More attracts inspiration from, and options clips of, the forthcoming documentary filmNo Straight Strains: The Story of Queer Comics by filmmaker and exhibit collaborator Vivian Kleiman. Supported by a California Documentary Challenge grant from California Humanities, No Straight Strains tells the stories of 5 queer artists—Alison Bechdel, Jennifer Camper, Rupert Kinnard, Howard Cruse, and Mary Wings—whose work addressed major issues of their respective occasions, and whom every finally reached worldwide recognition. Impressed by the ebook No Straight Strains: Four Many years of Queer Comics by Justin Hall, the film delves into the historical past of queer comics during the last five many years, illustrating the transition from their isolation from the mainstream and comedian ebook shops to becoming a member of an element of the graphic storytelling canon. The featured artists’ work feedback on subjects from the AIDS disaster and office discrimination, to the search for love and a very good haircut.

Excerpt from The Backyard by Lawrence Lindell.

“We Are More serves to illuminate the common humanity in all of us by focusing on stories told from a specific perspective,” stated exhibit organizer and California Humanities Advocacy & Outreach Supervisor John Nguyen-Yap. “The artwork in this exhibit—by contemporary, Oakland-based, queer-identified artists of color—is expansive in terms of theme, narrative approach, visual style, and format. While the artists in the show come from a queer perspective, the works help us to imagine how those perspectives intersect with other aspects of identity and human experience, which connects us all.”

“As a part of our Art of Storytelling series, this exhibit beautifully illustrates how the humanities are connected to the arts,” stated California Humanities President and CEO Julie Fry. “The installation draws upon the themes of upcoming film No Straight Lines and brings them into the present with work from contemporary artists. At California Humanities, we’re always interested in the intersection between the arts and the humanities, and this exhibit is an example of how together they can further enrich our understanding of the human experience.”


We Are More: Tales by Queer Comic Artists
What: Exhibit of work by 4 modern queer-identified Oakland-based comic artists, featuring brief excerpts from forthcoming documentary film No Straight Strains concerning the historical past of queer comics.
When: Monday, July 8—Monday, September 30, 2019
Hours: Second Fridays, July by means of September, 11 am – 2 pm, and by appointment
Where: California Humanities, 538 ninth Road, Suite 210, Oakland, CA
Value: Free and open to the public.
Contact: John Nguyen-Yap, [email protected] or 415-391-1474 x301

Opening Reception for We Are More: Tales by Queer Comic Artists
What: Be a part of artists Ajuan Mance, Lawrence Lindell, and Trinidad Escobar, as well as filmmaker Vivian Kleiman at California Humanities for the opening of new exhibit We Are More: Stories by Queer Comic Artists. Hear remarks from the artists and California Humanities employees, browse books and art for sale by the artists, view clips of forthcoming documentary movie No Straight Strains, and luxuriate in a light-weight reception.
When: Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 5:30–7:30 pm
The place: California Humanities, 538 ninth Road, Suite 210, Oakland, CA
Value: Free and open to the general public.
Contact: John Nguyen-Yap, [email protected] or 415-391-1474 x301


Ajuan Mance is an American visual artist, writer, editor, and a Professor of English and Member of Digital Humanities Working Group at Mills School in Oakland, California. Artistically, Mance may be greatest generally known as the creator of the portrait collection 1001 Black Men. She is the creator of a quantity of zines, including Gender Studies, The Little Guide of Massive, Black Bears, and A Blues for Black Santa. Her comics-inspired type is intended to make her art as accessible as attainable. Mance was a decide for Prism Comics and Queer Comics Expo’s Inaugural Prism Awards for representations of LGBTQAI+ characters in comics. She also is an writer and editor of several scholarly books together with Inventing black ladies: African American ladies poets and self-representation, 1877-2000 and Proud Legacy: The Colored Faculties of Malvern, Arkansas and the Group that Made Them.

Breena Nuñez is an Afro Guatemalan-Salvadoran cartoonist based mostly in Oakland, California by method of San Bruno and South San Francisco. Nuñez identifies as a non-binary womxn who makes use of she/her/they/them pronouns. Nuñez is pursuing an MFA in Comics at California School of the Arts. Her paintings touches on subjects from the Afrolatinx diaspora, to on a regular basis Central American experiences, queer individuals of shade, and social awkwardness. Nuñez’ comics are primarily self-published as zines to make them extra accessible. Nuñez’ work has been featured in online articles and interviews with CultureStrike, Fierce Mitú (one authored by Alán Pelaez Lopez and another by Stephanie Ginese), Taco Speak with Julio Salgado, Huffington Publish, Prime Vice, Colorlines, The Beat, Remezcla, and The Baylies.

Lawrence Lindell is a cartoonist and educator from California. He’s the creator of From Black Boy with Love, Couldn’t Afford Remedy, So I Made This, and the online comedian The Section. He also started Bay Space cartoonist collective The Baylies. Lindell makes autobiographical, uplifting, politically and socially acutely aware comics specializing in Blackness, queerness, mental well being and healing. He teaches cartooning and comics to 1st by means of fifth graders and holds workshops and panels for adults and teenagers. His work has been featured by Afropunk, Huffington Submit, Blavity, Atlanta Black Star, and lots of different retailers.

Trinidad Escobar is a storyteller from Oakland, California. She is an alumnus of San Francisco State’s poetry program and a Fellow of the Jack Kerouac Faculty of Disembodied Poetics MFA Poetry program. She is the recipient of the Olympiad of the Arts Award and the Frances Jaffer Poetry Prize given by The Poetry Middle of San Francisco. Her first assortment of poetry, Liked Letters, was a Finalist in the Meritage Press 2009 Tabios Manuscript Contest. Trinidad is a Voices of Our Nations Arts Basis Fellow. Moreover, she educated in the MFA in Comics graduate program at California School of the Arts. Her writing and visible art have been featured in numerous publications, and she or he has been a visitor artist and speaker at multiple venues throughout the Bay Space. Her graphic memoir CRUSHED was revealed in 2018. Her graphic novella TRYST, about queer aswang love, can be revealed by Gantala Press in the Philippines in 2020. Her graphic novel Of Sea and Venom will probably be revealed by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux in 2021.

Vivian Kleiman is the filmmaker behind the forthcoming NO STRAIGHT LINES: THE RISE OF QUEER COMICS and can also be the Government Producer of the Academy Award-nominated documentary brief film LAST DAY OF FREEDOM. With movie associate Marlon Riggs, they garnered the George Foster Peabody Award, Group of American Historians’ Eric Barnouw Award, and the Worldwide Documentary Affiliation’s Excellent Achievement Award. She has seven co-productions with the Unbiased Television Service (ITVS) for nationwide PBS broadcast. As an educator, she served as Adjunct School at Stanford College’s Graduate Program in Documentary Movie & Video Manufacturing.

The Artwork of Storytelling is an exhibit collection celebrating California’s wealthy cultural and inventive histories and dynamic changing demographics. Multi-generational storytelling and testimonials are articulated in these reveals by means of a spread of visible media. Meant to enlarge the elemental bond between the arts and the humanities, Artwork of Storytelling reveals provide a chance to light up historical past, rejoice tradition, and study ourselves by means of what is on the walls and what the artists need to say about their work.

The California Documentary Undertaking (CDP) is a competitive grant program that helps the analysis and improvement and production levels of movie, audio, and digital media tasks that search to doc California in all its complexity. Tasks use the humanities to offer context, depth and perspective and reach and have interaction broad audiences by means of multiple means, including but not restricted to radio and tv broadcasts, podcasts, on-line distribution and interactive media, group screenings and discussions, in lecture rooms and libraries, at cultural centers, movie festivals, and past. Research and Improvement Grants present up to $10,000 and Manufacturing Grants as much as $50,000 for awarded tasks. Since 2003, California Humanities has awarded virtually $5.5 million via the CDP grant program.

California Humanities, a nonprofit companion of the National Endowment for the Humanities, promotes the humanities – targeted on ideas, conversation and studying – as related, significant ways to know the human situation and join individuals to one another in order to help strengthen California. California Humanities has offered grants and packages across the state since 1975. To study more, visit, or like and comply with on Fb, Twitter and Instagram.

California Humanities is in the Swan’s Market constructing at 538 ninth Road, Suite 210, in Oakland, California. Entry to the office is free and open to the public, by appointment or throughout said exhibit hours. Metered road parking is obtainable close to the workplace. California Humanities is conveniently situated three blocks from the 12th Road/Metropolis Middle BART station, on the corner of 9th Road and Clay Road. A number of AC Transit strains can be found within a couple of blocks of the constructing. An elevator is out there to the second flooring, and wheelchair-accessible all-gender restrooms are available inside Suite 210. For different entry needs, please contact [email protected] nicely in advance of your visit.


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