Lindsey White, part of the artist collective Will Brown, is one of five 2017 SECA (Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art) Award winners announced by SFMOMA, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Since 1967, SECA has honored more than 70 Bay Area artists. Winners are selected over a 10-month process involving SECA members, museum staff, and members of the local arts community. The award includes an exhibition at SFMOMA and inclusion in the accompanying catalogue.
Will Brown (composed of David Kasprzak, Jordan Stein, and Lindsey White), received a 2015 Creative Work Fund grant in media arts for a collaboration with the San Francisco Art Institute.
This March, Gray Area is exploring the art of cartography. For its #CreativeCode Meetup XXVIII at 7 p.m. on March 22, it is presenting Creative Work Fund recipient Erin McElroy of the Anti Eviction Mapping Project and Sara Dean of VUCA Studio, two artists whose digital practices inspire critical thinking about spatial ecosystems. To sign up for this provocative conversation, visit here.
Pictured: San Francisco Evictions, 1997-2016, the Anti Eviction Mapping Project
At 6 pm. on Thursday, February 9, at the Roxie Theater, SF Indie Fest is hosting a reception to celebrate the life of filmmaker Lise Swenson. Swenson will be honored posthumously with the SF IndieFest Vanguard Award. At 7:15 the festival is presenting the premiere screening of Swenson’s new film Saltwater. Saltwater also is being shown on February 11 at 2:45 pm following a free 12:30 pm retrospective showing of Swenson’s 2004 Mission Movie, which was developed in collaboration with Southern Exposure and supported by the Creative Work Fund.
SF IndieFest writes of Lise, “As both a filmmaker and professor she pushed artistic boundaries and inspired legions of aspiring and accomplished filmmakers in the Bay Area film community. Sadly, after many years of creating and inspiring others, Lise passed away last year.”
Tickets are available ($12 in advance and $14 at the door).
On Saturday, October 22, 7-9 p.m., the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History will debut Camille Utterback‘s window installation Vital Current — Seeking the San Lorenzo. This large-scale river-shaped projection shows an ever-changing collage of historic and contemporary images of the San Lorenzo River. Members of the public are invited to explore the river’s history by “dipping” their fingers into the river via a touchscreen surface. Vital Current – Seeking the San Lorenzo is debuting at the Museum’s annual GLOW: A Festival of Fire & Light, 2016 and will be on view at the MAH for the coming year. Advance Tickets for GLOW are available or for purchase (cash only) the night of the event.
On Friday, September 9, at 6 p.m., the Anti Eviction Mapping Project invites the public to “Counterpoints: Stories and Data for Resisting Displacement: A Night of Food, Music, and Insurgent Art” at the Eastside Cultural Center in Oakland. The Creative Work Fund supported lead artist Erin McElroy, an active team of Anti Eviction Mapping Project volunteers, and collaborating partners at Tenants Together to gather and analyze data about evictions in the East Bay cities of Oakland, Fremont, and Alameda. This media arts project has produced data maps that are enriched by oral history films telling stories of displaced residents.
On Thursday, July 21, 7-10 p.m., the San Jose Museum of Art is hosting a closing party for Border Cantos, a collaboration with sound artist and composer Guillermo Galindo and photographer Richard Misrach. The event will feature a 7 p.m. performance by Galindo on instruments he fashioned from objects found near the US-Mexico border; an 8 p.m. book signing with Misrach of the project catalog featuring his photographs of the border, as well as a performance by Opera Cultura; and, at 9 p.m., Migration Stories: The Distance from Me to You. Tickets are available.
Border Cantos, based in a multi-year partnership between Galindo and Misrach, has sparked conversations about immigration and identity; partnerships among the artists, the museum, and 41 other organizations; and excellent responses from the press, including this article in The Nation. The exhibit closes July 31.
In recent weeks, San Francisco’s arts community has been saddened by the deaths of performer and writer Cherylene Lee and filmmaker Lise Swenson, both Creative Work Fund recipients. Swenson received a 2001 Media Arts grant to create Mission Movie in collaboration with Southern Exposure. Lee received a 2011 Literary Arts grant to collaborate with the Center for Asian America Media on her memoir Just Like Really, which was presented as a series of digital media pieces that incorporated footage and images from her life story, and as a book published in late 2015.
Cherylene Lee’s life was celebrated at an event organized by her family and Theater Bay Area on June 19 at Theater Artaud. Artists Television Access is hosting a memorial for Lise on Saturday, July 9 at 8:00 p.m.– an event that will that include screenings of Mission Movie and Saltwater.
Image: Marker indicating the geographic — but not the cultural — center of San Francisco
As part of his collaboration with the San Jose Museum of Art, sound installation artist and composer Guillermo Galindo will be performing Circular Calls/Resonant Shadows on June 4, 2016, at 2:30 p.m. The event is part of Border Cantos, a response to the US-Mexico border by Galindo developed in collaboration with photographer Richard Misrach and the San Jose Museum of Art.
Circular Calls/Resonant Shadows is a quartet that will be performed using instruments made from items found at the border, including personal belongings of immigrants. Ensemble members are Guillermo Galindo (string, percussion, and wind instruments); Paula Cekola (percussion and wind instruments); Joel Davel (percussion); and Tom Dambly (wind and percussion instruments).
The performance is open to the public and free with museum admission.
Pictured: Pinata de cartuchos by Guillermo Galindo, photograph by Richard Misrach
Erin McElory, a team of committed volunteers, and Tenants Together have been mapping instances and stories of evictions in San Francisco for several years and, with assistance from the Creative Work Fund, have expanded that work to include a study of Alameda County. The project is presenting its work on multiple fronts in May:
- On Wednesday, May 11, from 6-9 p.m. the project is raising funds for its data visualization and narrative work at Bissap Baobob in the Mission District of San Francisco. The evening promises great food, drink, and salsa music with DJ Waltdigz, as well as short presentation about the mapping project’s work. The restaurant is donating 20% of proceeds from food and drink ordered during the event.
- On Saturday, May 14, from 1-3 p.m., the project is presenting the workshop “Engaging Data with Action: The Work of the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, Eviction Free SF, and the SF Tenants Union” at SOMArts Cultural Center in San Francisco.
- The project’s “Narratives of Displacement and Resistance” as well as a compilation of data visualization maps are included in “Take This Hammer,” a group exhibition curated by Christian Frock at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. “Take This Hammer” is on view until August 2016.
- The Project’s new Power Map, constructed with Oakland Creative Neighborhoods Coalition, is on currently installed at Betti Ono Gallery in downtown Oakland.
The project urges anyone who has been evicted or who is threatened with eviction on either side of the Bay to fill out its crowdsource data. If you are interested in sharing your story of displacement or gentrification as part of its oral history project, please e-mail the project.
Betti Ono Gallery in the heart of downtown Oakland is showing the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project’s (A[E]MP’s) “Oakland Community Power Map,” part of its Creative Work Fund-supported project to map and gather stories of evictions in Alameda County. Lead artist Erin McElroy (co-founder of the A[E]MP), a robust group of volunteers, and the nonprofit Tenants Together are working together and with East Bay rent boards and nonprofits to map the rise in evictions in Oakland, Fremont, Alameda, and Berkeley.
The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project has been mapping housing trends and in Bay Area cities since 2013, when it started with San Francisco’s data. The installation at Betti Ono Gallery represents new geographic territory for the project. As quoted in the April 13 East Bay Express, McElroy notes, “Stories of Oakland, Fremont, and the City of Alameda can’t be conflated with stories of San Francisco.”
While McElroy and volunteers focus on collecting and sharing the mapping data, Carla Wojczuk and other volunteers have been gathering oral history and video components for the map.
Pictured: Carla Wojczuk and Erin McElroy