OPALESCENT is a film screening night that amplifies the stories of Black and Brown image makers. Our July showing highlights works that dive into reverberating notions of lineage, mythology, ritual and bodily presence. These artists are not only interested in discovery of self but also how individual identities are built slowly, layer by layer, and connected to our pasts. Works by Catalina Xavlena, Jacob Cruz-Rine, Miguel Novelo, Semaj Peltier, and Yetunde Olagbaju will glow pronounced on a large wall in Frank Ogawa Plaza July 13th 8pm – late as an ode to their respective iridescence and the people, legacies, and places that make them glow. 

OPALESCENT is curated by Yetunde Olagbaju and Jacob Cruz-Rine and co-produced by Projects Kalahati and Pro Arts Gallery & COMMONS with funds from The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA,) Fleishhacker Foundation, The Clorox Company, The Zellerbach Family Foundation, Projects Kalahati, and Pro Arts Gallery & COMMONS.

This project, OPALESCENT, part of Pro Arts @ the commons program of Pro Arts, is made possible in part with funds by The National Endowment of the Arts, The Clorox Company Foundation, The Zellerbach Family Foundation, and The Fleishhacker Foundation. Pro Arts @ the commons program is carried out in partnership with the City of Oakland Public Art Program.