Black History Month is a fundamental part of our nation’s tradition, in which we recognize important historical events, honorable leaders and steps towards collective change. Encompassing Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday weekend and all throughout February, the Library champions Black history, culture and heritage with programs spotlighting Black authors, artists, makers and movers. This celebration is titled More Than a Month in an effort to emphasize that reflection, open dialogue, interdisciplinary education and shared advocacy needs to take place in our communities during Black History Month, as well as all year round.
Join us to continue understanding, respecting and celebrating Black history and culture in San Francisco and beyond.
Artist Spotlight: Rodney Ewing
Meet San Francisco-based interdisciplinary artist Rodney Ewing, our featured artist for More Than a Month. Ewing is known for tackling demanding topics such as race, religion or war in his work. He believes that, as an artist, it is important to create a “platform that moves us past alliances, and begins a dialogue that informs, questions and, in some cases, even satirizes our divisive issues.” According to Ewing, “With my work I am creating an intersection where body and place, memory and fact, are merged to reexamine human interactions and cultural conditions to create a narrative that requires us to be present and profound.”
The image above, Tipping Point, is part of an ongoing series, Rituals of Water, that "deals with the element of water and the significance and impact of water on African Americans: the Transatlantic slave trade, the U.S. Civil Rights movement, and (future work in the series) Katrina." You can learn more about his work by visiting his website rodneyewing.com.
“To know the past is to know the present. To know the present is to know yourself.”—Ibram X. Kendi