Anton Refregier, History of San Francisco mural, "Reconstruction After the Fire," The Jon B. Lovelace Collection of California Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith's America Project, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

Meeting Points: Stories in Art from the Urban Frontier

Maritime Museum

Learn more about SFMOMA’s connections to the cultural fabric of San Francisco, past and present, in this special roving event. Experience a new public practice artist commission and view colorful and historic public works by collection artists at Rincon Annex and the Maritime Museum.

Begin the afternoon by dropping in for micro-talks at the former post office at Rincon. Explore the history of San Francisco through Anton Refregier’s murals as local historian Chris Carlsson, geographer Gray Brechin, art historian Berit Potter, and writer Caille Millner tell their favorite stories of change in the city and reflect on the legacy of the New Deal.

When you are ready to move on from Rincon Annex, be sure to pick up a specially commissioned Can We Talk About Art? map by the artist Amanda Eicher, which charts the locations of conversationalists eager to talk with you about how art matters in our lives today. Use the map to locate an arts commissioner, an F-Train driver, and a park ranger, as well as gallery owners, archivists, curators, and more, and participate in pop-up dialogues as you choose your path to the Maritime Museum.

A new group of presentations at the Maritime Museum includes best-selling local author Gary Kamiya speaking about the hidden aspects of Aquatic Park’s cultural history and artist Constance Hockaday on the public value of the waterfront. Artist Ernest Jolly presents a new intervention in collaboration with Invisible Venue in the context of Sargent Johnson’s vibrant site-specific works.

All talks and presentations are 30 minutes, starting on the hour.

Rincon Annex

noon – Berit Potter, art historian, San Francisco Art Institute

1:00 p.m. – Chris Carlsson, writer, Shaping San Francisco

2:00 p.m. – Caille Millner, cultural columnist, San Francisco Chronicle

3:00 p.m. – Gray Brechin, historical geographer, UC Berkeley


Can We Talk About Art?

Ongoing between noon and 6:00 p.m.


Maritime Museum

3:00 p.m. – Constance Hockaday, artist

4:00 p.m. – Ernest Jolly, artist in collaboration with Invisible Venue

5:00 p.m. – J. D. Beltran, conceptual artist, filmmaker, and writer

6:00 p.m. – Gary Kamiya, author, Cool Gray City of Love