.DeWitt Cheng

Oct 8, 2019

Burning Man Fires Up the Oakland Museum

If you've always been curious about Burning Man, but lacked the time, money, or commitment to make the pilgrimage (or the willingness to undergo...
Aug 28, 2019

Brave New Film, Revisited

Guy Debord's 1967 Situationist manifesto, The Society of the Spectacle, presented a coolly scathing look at how capitalist consumer culture has overflowed the banks...
Jul 31, 2019

The Shame of the Mural Censors — Why Art and History Matter

Our affairs are critical, and we must be dispassionate and wise. — POC Alexander Hamilton, getting better known these days. If freedom of speech is...
Jun 5, 2019

A New Art Venue Grows in Alameda

These are inflationary times in the Bay Area rental market, as everyone knows, even if the dreaded I word is not being invoked concerning...
May 22, 2019

History as Art: Andrew J. Russell’s Railroad Photographs

Andrew J. Russell's photograph of the meeting of the Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads at Promontory Point, Utah, on May 10, 1869, with...
Apr 17, 2019

Art Without Artists

The modernist drive to explore the aleatory, or fortuitous, dates back a century ago to Dada and Surrealism, which exalted and exploited accidental effects...
Feb 13, 2019

Three Artists Explore Unusual Materials

Transitions #5 Credits: Image courtesy of Brian Singer The linear-evolution concept of art history, so popular in the 1950s and '60s, went out the window in...
Feb 29, 2012

‘Myths of Progress’ Explores Post-Illusionism

"Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world," wrote W.B. Yeats in 1919. A similar disaffection prevails in...