Joyce Gordon Gallery presents

Visual Word – Poetry Through Photography
Curated by Tasin Sabir

June 24 – August 29, 2011
Opening reception: July 1st, Friday,  5:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Deborah Willis
Hank Willis Thomas
Kamau Amen-Ra
Keba Konte
Nancy Duranteau
Nashormen Lindo
Refa One
Sara Prada
Tasin Sabir
Wanda Sabir

Joyce Gordon Gallery
406 14th St, Oakland, CA 94612, 510-465-8928 
Thursday – Friday 9 to 6 pm,
Saturday – Sunday 1 to 4 pm

Opening Reception June 4th 5:30PM

Oakland Marriott Lobby
1001 Broadway
Oakland, CA

Spirits Known and Unknown

Spirits Known and Unknown is a homage to the known and unknown greats of the music industry with artists like Miles Davis, Marshall Allen, Dizzy Gillespie, Charles Lloyd. Kamau Amen-Ra’s body of  work is a continuation of Joyce Gordon’s curated exhibitions on Jazz music and Oakland local artists at the Oakland Marriott City Center lobby.

Kamau’s photographs have been printed in various magazines, newspapers, album covers and books.   He is a historian that writes with his camera lens.

“The very first Jazz Band I seriously tried to photograph was Miles Davis.  This was at the Chicago Opera House.   The funny part about it was that Miles wasn’t the Headliner.  It was Mariam Makeba.  The year was (1965).  I remember someone telling me to buy some fast film.  At that time, film speed of 400ASA was really fast.  To make a long story short, I didn’t have good luck at that shoot. Over the years I’ve learn how to be able to tell a story about the music.  What a honor to be able to photograph these great musicians… I believe that that UNIVERSE knows these spirits.  Let your spirits go and free yourself. ” – Kamau Amen-Ra


The James Baldwin Series, an exhibition featuring a collection of montage digital prints and candid photographic prints by Ted Pontiflet, photographer and visual artist. The series will be on view at the Joyce Gordon Gallery from August 7 – Aug 31, 2009. The opening reception will be on August 7, Friday, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. There will also be an artist talk on August 23, Sunday from 3:30-5:00 p.m.

The critically acclaimed exhibition mixes Pontiflet’s unique artistry, marked by splashes of color and snapshots of life and informed by his belief in metempsychosis, with Baldwin’s signature image as a political, social, and literary giant of our time (the prints in the series juxtapose Baldwin with various Harlem scenes). Reviews as “extraordinary”, the collection has also been exhibited at the Schomburg Center for Reasarch in Black Culture’ Latimer/ Edison Gallery in New York, and the Steingart Gallery in Oakland California.

James Baldwin was born in Harlem and educated in New York City schools. His novels and essays reverberate with honesty, moral urgency and racial pride in the history of black Americans. Baldwin had become, in the words of Kenneth Clark, “a delicately tuned instrument of pure communication [using his skill and talents to revive] the conscience of America.”

In The Spirit of James – “The James Baldwin Series”

Photographs & Paintings

Ted Pontiflet

August 7 – 31

Opening Reception Aug 7, FRIDAY 5:30 – 9:00p.m.

Artist Talk Aug 23rd, SUNDAY 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Main Gallery

Joyce Gordon Gallery

406 14th St. (12th St. Bart Exit) Oakland, CA 94612