Mischief Makers 2, the second solo show by iconic folksinger, activist and artist Joan Baez showcasing her portraits of people making the world a better place opens January 6 and runs through February 14 at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley, CA.
In celebration of the artist’s 80th birthday, a reception will be streamed at 5:30 p.m. (PST) January 9, an interview with Baez, a virtual tour of the show and other festivities and “mischief” to mark this milestone occasion.
The follow up to Baez’s sold out solo show, her debut as a visual artist, Mischief Makers 2 features a new cast of luminaries and activists in a range of fields -- from politics and public health to literature, sports, music and entertainment, environmentalism, spirituality and the counterculture.
As part of her get-out-the-vote campaign for the 2020 presidential election, Joan’s portrait of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris went viral when she posted it with the word “badass.” Her portrait of Dr. Anthony Fauci also ignited the Internet when she added the word “Trust” alongside his image, a rebuke of right-wing attacks on the country’s foremost infectious disease expert.
The new show also features portraits of singer-songwriter Patti Smith, teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg, filmmaker Michael Moore, former NFL quarterback and activist Colin Kaepernick, gun control activist Emma Gonzalez, counterculture icon Wavy Gravy and Pulitzer Prize-winning author and activist Alice Walker. As she did in the first Mischief Makers, Joan includes a self-portrait, this one titled “Black is the Color.” Limited edition prints of the self-portrait as well as portraits of Bob Dylan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Anthony Fauci, and Emma Gonzalez will also be available and on display in the gallery.
Audiences from around the world can take part in the celebration of the art and life of Joan Baez by purchasing a ticket (a three dollar service charge will be applied) and joining the livestream event.
The archived stream is available on-demand until February 14th