curatorErika Abadlocationluggage store annexdateFebruary 11-February 26, 2006openingSaturday, February 11, 6-10pm


at the luggage store (aka/509 Cultural Center)

509 Ellis Street (bet. Leavenworth and Hyde ), SF, CA 94109 usa


The Lost Art of Letters: Works of Students & Masters

Curated by Erika Abad



featuring works by the students in programs taught by Weapons of Mass _Expression (OASIS High Schools class, Tryna Make It and the Urban Arts Academy), Royal Crowns (East Oakland Community High), and Kriminal Skills (Urban Promise Academy). An experimental documentary short by Jill Jannusch will also be shown.

The exhibit opening reception features performances by:

Poetry for the

Forensic Science
Rico & Panama

Special Guests:
Broke Superheroes & DJ Stepdaddy

Hosted by Ras
with DJ Saurus and
DJ Riddm
Holdin’ Down
the Decks

In these times of computers and type faced fonts, the art of letterform has become obsolete. On February 11, three art classes of East Oakland graffiti writers will demonstrate their mastery of urban calligraphic script developed in the least likely of all places, in the classroom. What started as scrawling on subways may be the only study of letters and letterform in modern history. Much like ancient monks developed fonts to transcribe sacred texts that held the secrets to their society, students today incorporate their individual styles and urban imagery into this meticulous practice of lettering.