Cultural Encounters: Friday Night Soirées presents Mission Muralismo films Piece by Piece and Quality of Life, Amaldecor, and Alexandra Blum

Mission Muralismo Film Series, organized by Annice Jacoby in partnership with Precita Eyes Muralists
6:00–8:30 p.m. images of the stunning street art of the Mission district
5:30–8:45 p.m. Film series: Piece by Piece and Quality of Life
Amaldecor
6:30–8:30 p.m. Traditional music from the French Gypsy, Eastern European, and American Jazz styles
Hands-on art making for everyone with Mademoiselle Kim
6:30–8:30 p.m. Create a stencil and use it to make your own version of street art
August Artist-in-Residence Alexandra Blum, Silhouettes and Conversations: Articulating a Communal Vision
1:00–8:30 p.m. The artist will trace your silhouette and incorporate it into her work.

Images of Mission Muralismo artwork  
6:00–8:30 p.m.
Wilsey Court
Images of artwork Mission artists featured in the book Street Art San Francisco: Mission Muralismo (Abrams, 2009), edited by Annice Jacoby, with a foreward by Carlos Santana. The de Young hosts a yearlong series celebrating Street Art San Francisco: Mission Muralismo as part of the museum's weekly program Cultural Encounters: Friday Nights at the de Young. This series of lectures, performances, and more celebrates one of San Francisco's greatest contributions to the artistic landscape-the Mission District artist community. www.missionmuralismo.com

Live music by Amaldecor
6:30–7:15 and 7:45–8:30 p.m.
Wilsey Court
Formed in 2000, Amaldecor is made up of talented musicians from the San Francisco Bay Area. Coming together to explore their musical influences, members of local bands (the Japonize Elephants, Aphrodesia, John Vanderslice, and the Mitch Marcus Quintet) formed Amaldecor in order to play some of their favorite traditional music from the French Gypsy, Eastern European, and American jazz styles. These three styles form a coherent whole in the band’s sound and repertoire. An exciting array of lightning-fast Gypsy melodies are interspersed with Parisian café waltzes, swung jazz from the likes of the Hot Club of France, and intriguing original compositions. Sylvain Carton, tenor saxophone; David Gantz, guitar; Marie Abe, accordion; Sam Bevan, upright bass; Jason Slota, drums.

Film series
5:30–8:45 p.m.
Koret Auditorium

5:30 pm Piece by Piece, director Nic Hill (78  min.)
6:50 pm Quality of Life, director Benjamin Morgan (84 min.)
8:15 pm Q&A with filmmakers and artists (15 min.)

Street Art San Francisco: Mission Muralismo film series presents two excellent related works, Piece by Piece and Quality of Life. Following the screenings, filmmakers Nic Hill and Benjamin Morgan, Quality of Life producer and story co-writer Brant Smith, and Mission District street artists participate in a Q&A discussion led by Christienne Dugan.

The influential blog iShogun says Piece by Piece "documents the history of San Francisco’s controversial graffiti art movement, with a fast-paced journey into the world of San Francisco street art, as seen through the eye of the artists. Chronicling more than 20 years of creation and destruction––honestly, accurately and critically, the film takes you alongside those who lived in what is arguably one of the most influential youth cultures of our time.” Watch the Trailer

Quality of Life tells the story of two Mission District graffiti writers who get busted and struggle to maintain their friendship as the cops close in again. Winner of a prestigious Special Mention at the Berlin International Film Festival, the film is widely viewed as the most authentic narrative feature set in the graffiti subculture in twenty years.  Directed by Benjamin Morgan and co-screenwritten/co-starring former Mission District graffiti writer Brian Burnam, Quality of Life, shot in three weeks in the Mission District, has been widely praised for its raw and authentic look at the graffiti subculture.  The Mission has a renowned graffiti history, incubating many world-class graffiti writers––some of whom make cameo appearances in the film. Watch the Trailer

Hands-on art making for everyone
6:00–8:30 p.m.
Wilsey Court
Create your own version of stencil street art inspired by the Mission district with Mademoiselle Kim.

August Artist-in-Residence Alexandra Blum, Silhouettes and Conversations: Articulating a Communal Vision
1:00-–:30 p.m.
Artist Studio/Kimball Education Gallery August 4-29, Closing Reception Friday, August 27
Alexandra Blum will trace silhouettes of visitors while listening to and recording their descriptions of a particularly meaningful art piece each one viewed in the permanent collection of the de Young. These silhouettes and the narrated descriptions of the work will form the basis of mixed-media studio projects consisting of drawing, silkscreen, collage, and paint. The portraits’ conceptual goal is to humanize the private individual experience of viewing art and also transform it into a vision of a shared experience. In this way, the artist will both celebrate individual viewers and specific pieces from the permanent collection, and derive a shared, collective image based on multiple individual experiences.

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Programs are free. Museum admission is always free to members; regular admission fees apply for non-members to visit the galleries. Special exhibition tickets required to visit Birth of Impressionism.

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The de Young hosts a yearlong series celebrating Street Art San Francisco: Mission Muralismo as part of the museum's weekly program Cultural Encounters: Friday Nights at the de Young. This series of lectures, performances, and more celebrates one of San Francisco's greatest contributions to the artistic landscape-the Mission District artist community. www.missionmuralismo.com

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