Throughout the 75th anniversary exhibitions, artists take up San Francisco's cityscapes as subject and muse. This program of experimental films and videos from the late 1950s to the present offers evocative records of individual experiences of street life. These psychogeographic tours look at North Beach's Broadway strip and the window reflections of a beat poet protagonist. We examine the Mission's storefronts for evidence of larger neighborhood shifts, from gentrification in the 1980s to the current neighborhood use of the former site of a 19th-century amusement park.
Streets of San Francisco: Filmic Journeys
Related Exhibition The Anniversary Show
Thursday, April 08, 2010, 7:00 p.m.
Phyllis Wattis Theater
Tanya Zimbardo, assistant curator of media arts, SFMOMA
Visions of a City, Lawrence Jordan, 1957/78, 8 min., 16mm
North Beach, Henry Hills, 1978, 12 min., 16mm
Motel L, Dean Snider, 1981, 2.5 min., 16mm
Secrets from the Street: No Disclosure, Martha Rosler, 1980, 12.2 min., DVD
Following an Orange, Felipe Dulzaides, 1999, 1.4 min., DVD
Woodward's Gardens, Katherin McInnis, 2007, 10 min., mini-DV
Untitled No. 4, Greg Sharits, ca. 1975, 9.5 min., R8mm
Total running time: 56 min.
Image: Martha Rosler, Secrets From the Street: No Disclosure (still), 1980; Collection SFMOMA, Camille W. and William S. Broadbent Fund purchase; photo: courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York; © Martha Rosler