The Beat Generation Exhibition
A retrospective of paintings by abstract expressionist Arthur Monroe is on view in Jack London Square, Oakland, along with a collection of African artifacts, albums, drawings and photographs, assembled by Arthur’s close friends, Clairemont Moore, Edward Brooks, and Amarah Hicks. In celebration of Arthur’s lifetime achievements and preparation for his induction to the Smithsonian Archives of American Art. Produced in partnership with Visit Oakland and curated by the artist’s son Alistair Monroe, founder of the North Beach Jazz Festival and Oaklands newest cultural arts festival FESTAC Oakland, the exhibit will be open until May 31st.
Located at 54 Washington Street, Oakland, the special exhibit will be open to the public Wednesday-Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Please join us in this beautiful space to celebrate community, music, and art in preparation for Arthur Monroe’s induction to the Smithsonian Archives of American Art.
Arthur Monroe is a widely respected artist, educator, and community activist. A native New Yorker, he participated in the abstract expressionist art scene during the 1950s and later moved to San Francisco, where he communed with the Beat generation of writers, poets and painters in North Beach.
The Oakland Cannery
In the 1970s, Arthur Monroe pioneered the conversion of The Oakland Cannery in East Oakland into a legal live-work space for artists. Founded by Arthur as an arts warehouse, the industrial building is now home to some 30 creatives. The residents today are dealing with the potential threat of displacement. When the City of Oakland designated certain parts of East and West Oakland as a ‘Green Zone’ for industrial cannabis grows, artists and others in warehouse communities faced the prospect of eviction. Through efforts organized by Arthur and Alistair Monroe in 2018 the Oakland City Council passed amendments to the city’s cannabis ordinances resulting in protection for residents for now.
The Curator Alistair Monroe: As an inner-city, community-based, cultural arts producer, Alistair Monroe founded the North Beach Jazz Festival, San Francisco and Oakland’s newest cultural arts festival FESTAC. He works to enrich and beautify urban environments to educate the public about the process and history through humanitarian and education platforms. Working with a wide variety of neighborhoods, Monroe has inherited the creative process through community arts organizations.