• August 16 - October 13, 2017
  • 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
  • CIIS Main Building
    Desai Matta Gallery
    1453 Mission Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103
Add to Calendar 08/16/2017 9:00 am 10/13/2017 9:00 pm America/Los_Angeles To Be and To Become The artists in this exhibition invite you to traverse the 7.3 miles of Mission Street—San Francisco’s oldest and longest street. CIIS Main Building
Desai Matta Gallery
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Deirdre Visser, Curator of the Arts at CIIS arts@ciis.edu false MM/DD/YYYY


Please join us Saturday, August 26th at 6:30PM for the opening event for To Be and To Become: MISSION STREET, San Francisco. Meet the nine local visual artists and writers whose work is featured here, and enjoy a reading by Adriana Camarena.

About the Exhibit

Walk the 7.3 miles of Mission Street, the longest and oldest in the city and arguably its Grand Dame, and you'll witness the layering of myriad worlds, in which liberatory histories abut narratives of displacement, past and present. The artists in this exhibition share a complex love of their city; in their intimacies and observations they peel back layers of memory, and invite us into the personal nature of geographies. They reveal a contradictory present and a future we make as we choose where and how we live, shop, and build community.

Additional Programs

Opening reception and reading with Adriana Camarena
Saturday, August 26, 2017, 6:30PM–9:00PM

SF Mission walking tour with Elizabeth Creely
Explore the Irish history embedded in the Mission District with local writer and historian Elizabeth Creely
Saturday, September 9, 5:30–7:30PM

MISSION Street walking tour with LisaRuth Elliott from Shaping SF
Saturday, October 7, 12:00-3:00PM

CLOSING celebration and reading with Norman Zelaya
and SF Poet Laureate, Alejandro Murguía
Saturday, October 7, 6:30-8:00PM

Adriana Camarena
Jaime Cortez
Elizabeth Creely
Guillermo Gómez Peña
Vero Majano
Oliver Padilla
Ben Pease
Shizue Seigel
Norman Zelaya

With thanks to:
• The artists: Adriana Camarena, Jaime Cortez, Elizabeth Creely, Guillermo Gómez Peña, Vero Majano, Oliver Padilla, Ben Pease, Shizue Seigel, Norman Zelaya, whose stories and complex love for this city are an inspiration and call to action.
• LisaRuth Elliott for her deep knowledge of San Francisco and passion for sharing stories and uncovering the layers of history embedded in this small city.
• Rebecca Solnit, whose writings about personal geographies, mapping, and contingent identities inspire and inform my inquiry into San Francisco, my home from birth.
• And not least to Sam Stoller for his generosity and technical wizardry in making the listening stations take shape on a short timeline and an even shorter budget.

Image: Jaime Cortez, The Intersection

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