Infinite City: All Identity Is Local

Related Exhibition The Anniversary Show

Thursday, October 7, 2010, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 9, 2010, 8:30 p.m.

At multiple locations

Two maps about identity are featured in October. A joint project by Rebecca Solnit and artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña responds to the question "Who am I where?" with a wonderful exploration of the authors' contingent identities and circumstantial memories. "Tribes of San Francisco," by local artist Jaime Cortez, is a cartographic display of vanishing and arriving ethnicities and subcultures that have inhabited San Francisco.

Date/Time/Location Description
Thursday, October 7, 2010
7:00 p.m.
Phyllis Wattis Theater

Who Am I Where? / ¿Quien soy y donde soy?
Guillermo Gómez-Peña, artist
Rebecca Solnit, writer

In Pacific Heights, Solnit is "the granddaughter of Trotsky's flag boy," while Gómez-Peña is told he looks like "that member of Santana's band." "Who Am I Where? / ¿Quien soy y donde soy?" examines how neighborhoods, history, and individual institutions work to shape our character, while also extending an open invitation to consider your own geographical identity. Gómez-Peña and Solnit use this piece from the “Contingent Identities” broadside as a point of departure for a night of performative readings from their personal and political cartographies.

Free with museum admission.

Saturday, October 9, 2010
8:30 p.m.
Mission Cultural Center, 2868 Mission Street, San Francisco

Some Lost Tribes of San Francisco
Adriana Camarena, writer
Jaime Cortez, artist
Guillermo Gómez-Peña, artist
Joshua Jelly-Schapiro, writer
Aaron Shurin, poet
Rebecca Solnit, writer

In conjunction with Litquake SF, the largest independent literary festival on the West Coast, we celebrate the stories and voices of the Mission and the city at large in an evening emceed by local performance artist Gómez-Peña. Join us in the heart of the Mission for remarkable anecdotes and readings about San Francisco from Solnit, leader of the map project, and other contributors: Shurin ("Monarchs and Queens"), Jelly-Schapiro ("Shipyards and Sounds"), Cortez ("Tribes of San Francisco"), and Camarena ("The Mission: North of Home, South of Safe").

Admission free.

Image: Guillermo Gómez Peña, Xavier Tavera, 2003; courtesy Pocha Nostra Archives