Latham Memorial Fountain Unveiled is a site-specific text installation by Kari Marboe that tells the story of how the fountain came to be in Latham Square using history pulled from the Oakland Public Library and the artist’s original writing style.
With this work, Marboe focuses on the structure of this memorial artwork and how citizens are preserved within a city. This is as a free, public installation, opening November 1, 2013 and will be on display until April, 2014. A catalog written by local arts contributor Sarah Hotchkiss, will contextualize the work within the site and touch upon the current art discourse surrounding text based site-specific works. [pdf layout=”1″ width=”700″ height=”500″ bgcolor=”FFFFFF” allow_full_screen_=”1″ flip_timelaps=”6000″ ]
Download the Online Catalog OPENING RECEPTION NOVEMBER 1, 2013 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM LATHAM SQUARE BROADWAY AND TELEGRAPH @ 16TH STREET OAKLAND, CA This project was made possible by the Downtown Oakland Association, Rotunda Dental and the City of Oakland. To participate as a sponsor, click here. KARI MARBOE – ARTIST Kari Marboe’s works have lived in spaces such as an exterior wall of the Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA, on the Waffle Shop billboard, Pittsburgh, PA, in the online journal Trace SF and within the air of Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA. She received her BFA from California College of the Arts (2008) and MFA from the University of California, Berkeley (2012). Marboe joined BLOCK Gallery’s roster of artists in 2013. View more work by Kari Marboe SARAH HOTCHKISS – CATALOG ESSAY CONTRIBUTOR Sarah Hotchkiss holds a BA in English Literature from Brown University and an MFA in painting from California College of the Arts. Prior to moving to San Francisco in 2009, she was the gallery manager at Pierogi in Brooklyn and currently holds the Communications and Outreach Director position at Southern Exposure. She frequently contributes articles to the KQED Arts blog, Art Practical and Squarecylinder. In addition to maintaining her own art practice, she is co- director of the roving curatorial project Stairwell’s, a recipient of a 2011 Alternative Exposure Grant.
ABOUT THE LATHAM SQUARE PLAZA PILOT PROJECT Latham Square is one of the most prominent and architecturally important intersections in the City of Oakland. Located at the intersection of two of the most significant streets in Oakland (Telegraph Avenue and Broadway) Latham Square is a gateway to the emerging Uptown neighborhood and entertainment district and is flanked by the Rotunda and Cathedral Buildings, two of the best local examples of early 20th century architecture. Despite this prime location, Latham Square is currently dominated by automobile traffic due to the need to serve trips from both Broadway and Telegraph Avenue, and the awkward angle of the intersection.The Plaza Pilot seeks to build on Latham Square’s significance by creating an enhanced pedestrian space that increases economic development potential. The Latham Square plaza pilot project is spearheaded by the Downtown Oakland Association, a Community Benefit District (CBD) Management Corporation committed to revitalizing Oakland’s historic Downtown. The CBD’s mission is to maintain cleanliness and order in the public rights-of-way, improve district identity, foster cultural opportunities, create and maintaining new public spaces, and advocate on behalf of the district stakeholders. Click the links to more about Latham Square Project and the Downtown Oakland Association. HISTORY OF LATHAM SQUARE In 1913 the Latham Memorial Fountain was unveiled in Latham Square by Mayor Mott and the President of the SPCA to the City of Oakland and the water was turned on, providing a site of refreshment to both citizens and their animals. The memorial fountain was a gift from James H. and Henrietta S. Latham’s children Edith and Milton, who wished to commemorate their parents as pioneers of Oakland as well as honor their prolific work for animal rights. The fountain was designed by the French artist Monsieur Peyre and manufactured with American Steel and pink Maine Granite. “The thought which has been ultimately developed in this work of art is a beautiful sentiment. It is a testimonial to a charming filial devotion, civic patriotism, and to a cause worthy indeed of the motive which has prompted the gift to the city,” stated Mayor Mott at the opening ceremony in Latham Square. _________________________________________________________________________________________ PROJECT WRITE-UP’S Bad At Sports: Interview by Jeffrey Songco Bad at Sports is a weekly podcast produced in Chicago that features artists talking about art and the community that makes, reviews and critiques it. Shows are usually posted each weekend and can be listened to on any computer with an internet connection and speakers or headphones. Past shows can be accessed via the Bad at Sports website. CAR associate Tom Burtonwood caught up with Duncan MacKenzie, artist and founding member of Bad at Sports. Jeffrey Augustine Songco is a New Jersey–born artist based in San Francisco. He holds a B.F.A. from Carnegie Mellon University and an M.F.A. from San Francisco Art Institute. He is currently a contributing writer to Art21 Blog, and his writings have appeared in Hyperallergic, FruitFlyLife, and Art Practical. He would like to represent the United States at the Venice Biennale 2023. Learn more about him at his website, songco.org, and follow him on Twitter @VB2023. EAST BAY EXPRESS FEATURE _____________________________________________________________________________________ PARTNERS DOWNTOWN OAKLAND ASSOCIATION The Downtown Oakland Association fosters an environment where businesses thrive, art flourishes, and residents and visitors alike can enjoy all that downtown Oakland has to offer. The Downtown Oakland Association is a Community Benefit District (CBD), which is revitalizing a 19-block area in the heart of Oakland, California by providing special benefit services such as district maintenance, safety and security management, and community and cultural enrichment. The District was formed following a vote of property owners in 2009 to support a voluntary property tax to fund these additional services over the next 10 years. More events in Latham Square: www.lathamsquare.org ROTUNDA DENTAL Dedicated to patient education, we want to make your appointment informative. The more you know about your dental health, the more prepared you will be to make intelligent decisions about treatment. We will educate you by demonstrating techniques, illustrating diagnoses, explaining procedures, and answering your questions. ______________________________________________________________________________________ SPONSORS Oakland Art Enthusiast Oakland Art Enthusiast is not only an online magazine that chronicles the vast art scene through gallery and museum exhibition reviews, interviews of artists as well as art professionals with critical insight into the unique aspects of the contemporary Oakland art scene, but also aims to provide support and encourage development in the East Bay Area art scenes by providing resources and opportunities for both artists and art enthusiasts alike. FASTSIGNS “Independently and Woman Owned & Operated Since 1995, helping to bring your branding vision to life. 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