Monday, April 21, 2003
Not since Robert Mapplethorpe's photographs juxtaposed images of leather daddies with those of naked children has art had the impact that Paul Maurice's work does in the exhibit "The Art of Injustice." His mixed-media pieces incorporate text, sculpture, and found objects, concerned mostly with horrifying tales of murder, torture, and mayhem perpetrated by police and correctional facilities upon people of color. Size 10, for example, tells the harrowing story of JoAnn Yellowbird, who miscarried after being kicked in the abdomen by police in Gordon, Neb. Text describing this event rests beneath three images: a clinical picture of an IUD, labeled "98% effective"; a similar placard about condom use ("82% effective"); and a pair of boots nailed to the wall, with "100% effective" printed on Plexiglas, giving the words and numbers a slightly blurred effect. This show may move viewers to tears rather than to rioting, but it should have an effect similar to Mapplethorpe's. Get the picture at the Cesar Chavez Student Center Art Gallery at San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway (at 19th Avenue). The show continues through May 14. Admission is free; call 338-2580 or visit www.sfsustudentcenter.com/artgallery.
Tuesday, April 23, 2003
If you typically associate pilgrimages with cultural journeys -- you know, a trip to Graceland or the Baseball Hall of Fame -- you're not alone. The average secular person likely finds the idea of a spiritual trek hard to grasp, but even folks who were raised religious, like Roman Catholic author Rosemary Mahoney, can be curious about what inspires such travelers. Questioning her own skepticism, Mahoney set off on six journeys around the world to research her new book, The Singular Pilgrim, in which she ponders philosophical questions about the nature of faith and belief. However, it's Mahoney's personal anecdotes -- her friendship with an Indian teenager who becomes both tour guide and spiritual adviser in the holy city of Varanasi, or her banishment from Israel's El Al Airlines because she fit the profile of a terrorist -- that appeal most. Her reading begins at 7 p.m. at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista (at Chickasaw), Corte Madera. Admission is free; call 927-0960 or visit www.bookpassage.com.