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Raw Material is an arts and culture podcast from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). Each season focuses on a different topic, featuring voices of artists working in all media and exploring the inspiration and stories behind modern and contemporary art.

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    • 4.7 • 74 Ratings

Raw Material is an arts and culture podcast from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). Each season focuses on a different topic, featuring voices of artists working in all media and exploring the inspiration and stories behind modern and contemporary art.

    Raw Material Presents: The Mission Muralismo Audio Zine - Volume I

    Raw Material Presents: The Mission Muralismo Audio Zine - Volume I

    Raw Material is excited to share The Mission Muralismo Audio Zine – Volume I with our listening audience — because we know how much you love ART about ART! Local writers Olivia Peña and Josiah Luis Alderete interweave their perspectives on the history of the Mission Muralismo movement with stories from the muralists themselves.

    This zine expands storytelling related to SFMOMA’s Summer 2022 exhibition Diego Rivera’s America, centering voices of The Mission community and Muralism movement.

    Featured Artists:
    Juana Alicia, Susan Cervantes, Daniel Galvez, Mia Galaviz de Gonzalez, Nancy “Pili” Hernandez, John Jota Leaños, Consuelo Mendez, Irene Perez, Patricia Rodriguez.

    Cast and Crew:
    Josiah Luis Alderete – Narrator and Co-Writer
    Javier Briones – Interviewer, Sound Recordist
    Natalia De La Rosa – Production Assistant
    Erica Gangsei – Executive Producer
    Stephanie Garcés – Interviewer
    Camilo Garzón – Voice Director, Co-Writer, Sound Designer, Interviewer, Sound Recordist, and Lead Producer
    Santino Gonzales – Sound Designer, Sound Recordist, and Score Composer Christo Oropeza – Score Composer
    Olivia Peña – Narrator and Co-Writer
    Myisa Plancq-Graham – Executive Producer, Interviewer, Sound Recordist
    Gustavo Vera – Sound Recordist

    Collage by Myisa Plancq-Graham, with photos by Frevi, Carol M. Highsmith, and Myisa Plancq-Graham

    Table of Contents:
    00:00 – 02:37 - Prologue: Land & Language Acknowledgement, featuring a poetry excerpt of Holding Space Inside a Colonized Place by Josiah Luis Alderete.

    02:38 – 06:12 - What does the Mission mean to you? Featuring Nancy “Pili” Hernandez & Consuelo Mendez.

    06:13 – 08:18 - Mia Galaviz de Gonzalez reflects on the origins of Balmy Alley.

    08:19 – 13:43 - Juana Alicia on her murals La Llorona Sacred Waters & Las Lechugueras.

    13:44 – 16:43 - Susan Cervantes and Juana Alicia meet for the first time.

    16:44 – 21:57 - La Misión a short story excerpt by Olivia Peña.

    23:31 – 28:06 - Patricia Rodriguez & Irene Perez discuss the origins of The Mujeres Muralistas and share their artist manifesto.

    28:07 – 35:36 - The impact and history of the Women’s Building’s MaestraPeace Mural.

    35:37 – 39:25 - Artist and educator John Jota Leaños on Contemporary & Digital Muralism.

    39:26 – 42:15 - The Galeria de la Raza Blues poetry excerpt by Josiah Luis Alderete.

    42:16 – 44:52 - A collage of community member voices reflect on what the Mission means to them.

    44:53 – 46:30 - Credits

    46:31 – 48:21 - Epilogue: Daniel Galvez & Camilo Garzón on cave art, muralismo, & oral storytelling.

    • 48 min
    Visions of Black Futurity Episode 7: Radical Dreaming

    Visions of Black Futurity Episode 7: Radical Dreaming

    In Episode 7, Babette reconnects with EJ, and we hear her loud and clear. Babette talks with KQED’s Pendarvis Harshaw + former Oakland head librarian Dorothy Lazard about what makes Oakland soulful. NIAD artists Deatra Colbert and Halisi Noel-Johnson tell us about being Black and legendary.

    Featured: Deatra Colbert, Nan Collymore, Susan Goldman, Pendarvis Harshaw, Martha Jackson Jarvis, Halisi Noel-Johnson, Dorothy Lazard, Evangeline Montgomery, Stephany Neal, and Babette Thomas.

    Audio excerpt from Portfolios: E.J. Montgomery, ©Printmaking Legacy Project®, www.printmakinglegacyproject.org. Used with permission.

    Cover art: Evangeline's Garden by Jeanna Penn @jinamae

    • 43 min
    Visions of Black Futurity Episode 6: We All We Got

    Visions of Black Futurity Episode 6: We All We Got

    In Episode 6, Babette is welcomed into the home of artist Mildred Howard. Twice. Listen to Mildred speak about letting her materials inform her, reflecting light through glass bottles, and giving Black women their flowers.

    Featured: Elizabeth Catlett, Mildred Howard, Evangeline Montgomery, Betye Saar, and Babette Thomas.

    Cover art: Evangeline's Garden by Jeanna Penn @jinamae

    • 46 min
    Visions of Black Futurity Episode 5: How Art Lives

    Visions of Black Futurity Episode 5: How Art Lives

    In Episode 5, Babette connects with artist Cheryl Fabio to discuss the work, impact, and foresight of her mother, poet and activist Sarah Webster Fabio. Rapper and fellow writer Nappy Nina reflects on the role of community in building an art career and practice.

    Featured: Cheryl Fabio, Sarah Webster Fabio, Evangeline Montgomery, Nappy Nina, and Babette Thomas.

    Cover art: Evangeline's Garden by Jeanna Penn @jinamae

    • 39 min
    Visions of Black Futurity Episode 4: Black Futurity Rightnowish

    Visions of Black Futurity Episode 4: Black Futurity Rightnowish

    In Episode 4 of Visions of Black Futurity, Babette shares an update on their search for Evangeline. Plus, we hear two episodes of Rightnowish hosted by Pendarvis Harshaw, exploring what it looks like to build liberated Black spaces in the Bay Area.

    Featured: Deanna Van Buren, Pendarvis Harshaw, Tajai Massey, Evangeline Montgomery, and Babette Thomas.

    Cover art: Evangeline's Garden by Jeanna Penn @jinamae

    • 39 min
    Visions of Black Futurity Episode 3: Big Black Open Spaces

    Visions of Black Futurity Episode 3: Big Black Open Spaces

    In Episode 3, Babette tries to answer the question, “Where will we host our Black art spaces of the future?” In the woods, by the ocean, or in a city center? They turn to artists who deal with matters of space, place, and land: Octavia Butler, Richard Mayhew, and Bay Area artist Sage Stargate. Follow us, as we trace the footsteps our ancestors have left behind.

    Featured: Richard Mayhew, Evangeline Montgomery, Bí Oke, Sage Stargate, Babette Thomas, Jay Thomas, and Veronica Thomas.

    Cover art: Evangeline's Garden by Jeanna Penn @jinamae

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
74 Ratings

74 Ratings

Faceupandsing ,

Fascinating and unique

I love the way every season of this show is different, funky, and fascinating. Definitely one of the best museum-backed art podcasts. This season’s mixtape was especially thought-provoking and diverse, and wow, that episode on Anselm Kiefer was a beautiful gut-punch. I can’t wait to see those in person again. Thank you, SFMOMA!

Sarah Supernova ,

Mind-expanding and inspiring!

I really enjoy this podcast, it shows art in the light that goes beyond a gallery wall -- art in life. Art as something we all create and can be a part of. Way on the fringes, living life as art, as a connection to the spiritual and to the Earth. Excellent podcast.

Vinnee T ,

So good!!

This latest season is phenomenal. I just love the hosts and feel like I could follow them almost anywhere

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