On the first Friday of every month, the streets of downtown Oakland are transformed into a festival celebrating art and performance. It’s called “art murmur.” Vendors and musicians fill the streets, and galleries lure passersby with wine and snacks. Typically those galleries stock ultra-contemporary art; the kind of thing that would look good in a sleek loft apartment. But during a recent art murmur, one gallery took a different approach.
At Rock, Paper, Scissors Collective, all of the artists whose work was on display are on death row or serving a life sentence for crimes they say they didn’t commit. Kate Ruprecht has the story.