When: Friday, October 1st, 5-9PM, performances 7-8pm
(Note: We will be closed during the day)
Members Only Walkthrough: Friday, October 1st, 4-5PM
Free and open to the public.
Image Above: Conrad Egyir, A Chapter of Love, 2021, reproduction of painting on vinyl. Courtesy of the Artist and Jessica Silverman.
Featured Program Image: Conrad Egyir, Mitchell’s Class, 2021, Oil, acrylic, mounted wood on canvas, 48 x 44 in. Collection of Tricia Herrick.
South FIRST FRIDAYS ArtWalk SJ + Street Mrkt: Opening Reception for Conrad Egyir Exhibition and Facade Project
Join us in celebrating the opening of two ambitious projects at the ICA – Conrad Egyir: Chapters of Light and Conrad Egyir: A Chapter of Love open Friday, October 1st at 5pm for South FIRST FRIDAYS ArtWalk SJ + Street Mrkt (Note: we will be closed during the day). Get a glimpse of Egyir’s bold, bright, graphic narrative paintings and portraits on view at the ICA until February 20th, 2022.
In celebration of Conrad’s opening night, the ICA has partnered with The Silicon Valley African Film Festival (SVAFF) to present Master Drummer, Pope Flyne and Spoken word artist, LaToya Fernandez who will perform 7-8pm in front of the ICA. RSVP Below:
About the Performers:
Pope Flyne (Master Drummer):
Ghanaian born performer/composer/educator, Pope Flyne is an adjunct professor at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga. He helped bring the genre of highlife music to new heights with his legendary Sweet Talks band of Ghana. His band has performed in prestigious venues in Europe, Asia, South America, North America and Africa. Pope Flyne came to California as a Ghanaian Cultural ambassador and for over three decades has shared his joyful spirit and vast knowledge of African folk music, dancing and percussion with a generation of American audiences. He continues to perform and teach African drumming and dance in the Bay Area.
LaToya Fernandez aka Queenhype (Spoken word artist):
Listed as a 2021 Women of Influence in Silicon Valley by the Silicon Valley Business Journal, LaToya Fernandez aka Queenhype is an educator, activist, community leader, devoted champion of youth empowerment and award winning spoken word artist. She dedicates her career to teaching students equity and justice. As a Restorative Justice Coordinator, LaToya has served in local San Jose schools supporting students, educators and families through cultural responsiveness, restorative practices and community engagement. She is the founder of Youthhype, a community based organization that empowers youth from San Jose’s marginalized communities to actively participate in activism, agency and leadership.
Silicon Valley African Film Festival (SVAFF):
The Silicon Valley African Film Festival (SVAFF) promotes an understanding and appreciation of Africa and Africans through moving images. Now in its 12th year, and aptly themed “Africa through the African lens”, the film festival celebrates the vast richness of the African Continent and its diaspora through the lenses of its seasoned and emerging filmmakers. From film screenings to talkback sessions with visiting filmmakers, fashion shows, live performances, panel discussions, workshops, food, the African market, red carpet, awards, etc., SVAFF offers Silicon Valley a window to Africa and, crucially, provides audiences with exquisite lenses to the real Africa. Join us for the 12th annual SVAFF on October 8-10, 2021 presenting over 100 films from 36 countries.