Infinite City: Right Wing of the Dove

Related Exhibition The Anniversary Show

Thursday, August 12, 2010, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 14, 2010, 3:15 p.m.

At multiple locations

Upending the image of the Bay Area as a liberal safe haven, "Right Wing of the Dove" documents the muscular history of military centers and corporate-military partnerships in the region. As Solnit writes, "we are the brain of the war machine, or perhaps its imagination."

The Right Wing of the Dove broadside map is available while supplies last at City Lights Books (261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco), Green Apple (506 Clement Street, San Francisco), Green Arcade (1680 Market Street, San Francisco), Modern Times (888 Valencia Street, San Francisco), and the SFMOMA MuseumStore (151 Third Street, San Francisco).

Date/Time/Location Description
Thursday, August 12, 2010
7:00 p.m.
Phyllis Wattis Theater

In Smog and Thunder Screening
Sandow Birk, artist
Rebecca Solnit, writer
In Smog and Thunder: The Great War of the Californias, 2003, 46 min., DVD

Birk, the artist behind the "Right Wing of the Dove" broadside, joins us to screen In Smog and Thunder, which he wrote and art-directed. Based on a cycle of paintings, posters, and etchings by Birk, the film imagines the inevitable conflict between Southern and Northern California and their capital cities, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The film's mock-documentary style transforms the alternative reality of Birk's artwork into a tantalizing possibility. What if the crises currently facing California literally tore the state apart? Birk introduces the film and is joined by Solnit for a post-screening discussion of California cultures and conflicts. The Center for Tactical Magic's Tactical Ice Cream Unit will be on the scene to distribute the broadsides.

Saturday, August 14, 2010
3:15 p.m.
Bayview Opera House, 4705 Third Street, San Francisco

The Bay Area's Military-Industrial Complex
Trevor Paglen, artist
Antonia Juhasz, activist/writer

What sort of conservative activities are happening in the area most often cited as the most liberal in the country? Local activist Juhasz, author of The True Cost of Chevron: An Alternative Annual Report, discusses the Bay Area's centrality to corporate exploitation around the globe. Paglen, an experimental geographer and artist whose recent works focus on government surveillance and secret programs, turns to the invisible economy of military-corporate technical invention in the Bay Area. The Center for Tactical Magic's Tactical Ice Cream Unit will be on hand to distribute the broadsides.

Image: Sandow Birk, Right Wing of the Dove, from Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas by Rebecca Solnit, 2010