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Friday Nights at the de Young: Mission Muralimso presents Clarion Alley; and Rupa and the April Fishes

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Mission Muralismo—Clarion Alley: Mission Center for Cutting-Edge Street Art, organized by Annice Jacoby in partnership with Precita Eyes Muralists

  • 5–8:45 pm: Mission Muralismo Projection Installation: See two decades of outstanding artwork from Clarion Alley in photos from the CAMP (Clarion Alley Mural Project) archive plus photographs by Lori B, Linda Wilson, Jim Prigoff, Fiona O’Conner Devereux, Annice Jacoby, Katia Fuentes, and Lisa Muellerauh.
  • 7–8:30 pm: Lectures and rare archival film footage presented by the movers and shakers of the Clarion Alley scene
  • 6:30–8:30 pm: An enchanting mix of French nouvelle vague, Latin grooves, Gyspy swing, and Indian ragas
  • 6–8:30 pm: Hands-on art making for everyone, with Mademoiselle Kim: Build a Parisian café
  • September Artists-in-Residence Kearny Street Workshop, 1–8:30 pm. Four interdisciplinary artists create original works in Transforming Fictions.
  • 6 pm: Film by Erika Chong Shuch

The Street Art San Francisco: Mission Muralismo series continues to showcase artists and the art that attracts global attention. Clarion Alley in the Mission District of San Francisco is a corridor of dynamic new art that is experimental, political, playful and edgy.  Friday, October 1, the de Young will highlight the outrageous achievement and history of Clarion Alley with a gathering to honor the hundreds of veterans of this longstanding street art project.  Barry McGee, Margaret Kilgallen, Ruby Neri, Andrew Schoultz, Chris Johanson, Chubs, Huckleberry, Swoon, Heart 101, Cynthia Rojas, Carolyn Castaño, Chuy Campesano, Mats Stromberg, Scott Williams, Ray Patlan, Julie Murray,  Kenneth Huerta, Adam 1-38, Ivy Jeanne, David Benzler,  Mars 1, hera, ZORE,  Carolyn Ryder Cooley, Lena Wolf, Maya Hayuk, and Susan Greene are some of the hundreds of artists whose work will be featured.

Clarion Alley is a world-class corridor of cultural activism, from the Cockettes through the New Mission School to the epicenter of the hottest street art scene of today. All artists who have painted in the alley over the years are encouraged to attend. This is an opportunity for visitors to the museum to meet the Clarion Alley artists featured in the book Street Art San Francisco: Mission Muralismo and have their books signed.Street Art San Francisco: Mission Muralismo continues the yearlong series showcasing artists and art of the Mission district, which attracts global attention. Clarion Alley is a corridor of dynamic new art that is experimental, political, playful and edgy. The event features presentations and images of artwork by the movers and shakers of the Clarion Alley scene. 

In Koret, starting at 7 pm, Annice Jacoby, editor of Street Art San FranciscoMission Muralismo (Abrams, 2009)  will discuss the importance of Clarion Alley and introduce the movers and shakers of the Clarion Alley scene.  Aaron Noble, whose work includes send-ups of superheroes, will talk about the founding of CAMP (Clarion Alley Mural Project) and the Redstone Building.  Megan Wilson will present the groundbreaking CAMP Sama Sama collaboration with Indonesian artists.  Jet Martinez, whose signature patterned paintings are emblematic of the alley’s creative magnetism for artists of many styles, intentions and sensibilities, will talk about the most current work and artists contributing to this ever-changing, never-closed gallery of the streets.

The evening will also include rare archival footage from filmmaker Fiona O’Conner Devereux of the first murals and in Clarion Alley featuring artists like Sebastiana Pastor and Isis Rodriguez, Rigo, Aaron Nobel, and Michael O’Conner. Aaron Nobel will narrate live excerpts from this footage.

Rupa and the April Fishes, with their enchanting mix of chic French nouvelle vague, rousing Latin alternative grooves, energetic Gypsy swing, and dreamy Indian ragas, is spearheading a multicultural movement that is redefining the sound of contemporary music.

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The de Young Museum hosts a yearlong series celebrating Street Art San Francisco: Mission Muralismo (Abrams, 2009), edited by Annice Jacoby, with a foreword by Carlos Santana, as part of the museum’s weekly program Cultural Encounters: Friday Nights at the de Young.

This series celebrates one of San Francisco’s greatest assets—the Mission District arts community, a rising star on the global art map. Both cutting-edge and traditional street artists will offer lectures and performances, sharing their art, insights, musings, experiences, and perspectives. 

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