Joe Zirker show at Art Center

Joe Zirker actually asked me to shoot his show, both the art and the people, and I complied with about 34 shots before it got dark enough that my camera starts to automatically use a flash, and I stopped. That plus I had promised myself I would leave at 7 to catch Charlie Chan at the Olympics.

Joe and Eva’s grand-daughter Carmisa (I hope I am spelling that) started telling me her work and study in social justice. I wanted to counter with a description of the so-called Gunn graffiti hate crime. I’d like her take on what the heck that was all about here — I am resting my case that the First Amendment carries despite efforts by the school, the press and the spokesperson for PAPD to fan the flames of racism and classism here.

Ok, Joe, you deserve better than someone to hijack your event for political agendas, even ones you or your family might agree with. In fact Joe Zirker in honor of his show, and his 90th birthday, deserves 90 actual art critics to see and write on this set. I will try, therefore, to send this post to 90 art writers and bloggers. Maybe Joe Oliveira can forward this to Peter Selz, who we saw (and I shot) recently at Cantor and WCC.

Carmisa wondered if the couple depicted in this Joe Zirker piece were his parents (her great-great-grand-parents)

Carmisa wondered if the couple depicted in this Joe Zirker piece were his parents (her great-great-grand-parents)

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About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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