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Free Saturdays: "MaestraPeace" Panel and Book Signing with the Muralists

September 28, 2019, 1:00 pm3:30 pm
Muralists and Angela Davis

Image courtesy of the Women's Building. Pictured: muralists and Angela Davis

Koret Auditorium

The de Young is proud to continue our support for local public art. Join us on Saturday afternoon as we celebrate the launch of Maestrapeace, San Francisco’s Monumental Feminist Mural, with a panel and book signing by the Muralists. 

MAESTRAPEACE stands five stories tall, vibrantly illuminating the walls of the San Francisco Women's Building, inside and out. The artwork is an homage to their work, which provides urgently needed services to all women, from rape crisis to immigrant services to community organizing of all kinds. In these challenging times, both mural and building are beacons of hope and strength for our communities. These murals are a jewel of the Mission District, a historic treasure on a National Heritage Building, and a magnet for thousands of visitors from all over the world. Although this monumental mural has been widely photographed and reproduced in many books, articles, and videos, it is finally in a stunning book with a foreword by Angela Davis.

Buy the book ahead of time online or purchase it at our store.

Free Saturdays are about celebrating art and this city that we love. Explore the permanent collections, take a guided tour, get inspired to create art of your own at our art-making station.

About the Panel

Miranda Bergman is a veteran of the community mural movement, transforming urban space by painting in the streets for over 40 years. Her murals stretch from various sites in the United States to Mexico, Central America, and Palestine. She loves how murals weave together the bright strands of artistry and social activism. She teaches visual arts and muralism to many constituencies. Her artwork and essays have been published in over 30 books and appears in several films.  In addition to collaborative work, her studio work includes paintings, drawings, sculptures, and mixed media works.

Edythe Boone is a painter whose work spans five decades, both in New York and  California. She has made monumental scale murals, as well as her own paintings and drawings. Boone is fiercely independent and inventive in her portraiture and collage motif work, and has been a teacher for children, youth, and senior citizens, inspiring all to tap into their inner world to find images and expression. She has received many awards for her community and art activism.

Susan Cervantes is an artist, educator, veteran of the SF community mural art movement, and the founding director of San Francisco’s Precita Eyes Muralists. Established in 1977, Precita Eyes is one of only a handful of community mural arts centers in the United States, and has created over 600 murals locally and internationally. Through a collaborative art process, Cervantes is dedicated to social change by transforming the environment and lives of the participants through the creation of community murals. Susan continues to practice the collaborative process as a key to community awareness and positive transformation.

Meera Desai is an artist, teacher, and proud mother of two boys. In the last 25 years, she has painted and facilitated over 25 public and community murals in the San Francisco Bay Area. Meera happened to fall into mural making when she volunteered to help paint one with artists and residents at Westside Lodge, a residential mental health facility in San Francisco. While Meera loves to paint, she also appreciates the reciprocal energy of teaching others. She has taught people aged 2 - 65 in schools, colleges, and museums.

Yvonne Littleton is particularly strong in graphic designs, portraits, and technical illustrations. As an award-winning advertising artist, Yvonne has implemented her expertise in stage design and backdrop lighting, including that used in the Rolling Stone’s World Tour. Her mural designs have also helped promote several non-profit organizations. Yvonne has married her passion for the arts with her love for health education. As a true believer in the healing powers of the arts, she continues to use her art as a tool to enhance well-being in various communities. 

Tania Estrada is originally from Mexico City and came to the United States in 2012. She studied Industrial Psychology and received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology, including study in Criminal Psychology. Her work experience includes human resources, recruiting and hiring for many companies, and as a psychologist at an orphanage. Tania first came to The Women’s Building as a volunteer, and eventually became The Women’s Building’s first Volunteer Coordinator, where she used her human resources skills to create a formal recruitment and training process. In 2017, Tania was named Program Director and she continues her work with The Women’s Building today.

Karen Topakian received her MFA in filmmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute. Before graduating in 1987, Karen began working at Greenpeace as a nuclear disarmament campaigner and remained until 1991. For 16 years, she served as the executive director of the Agape Foundation-Fund for Nonviolent Social Change that awarded $1.1 million annually to California-based grassroots nonviolent social change organizations. In 2010, Karen founded Topakian Communications, a freelance writing and communications consulting business that works primarily with advocacy organizations. She served for 9 years as chair of the Greenpeace, Inc. board of directors and currently serves on the board of the Greenpeace Fund.

Ticket Information

Free. 

Seating is limited and first-come, first-served. Seating tickets will be distributed an hour before the lecture begins in front of the theater.


Contact Information

Public Programs
publicprograms@famsf.org
(415) 750-7624