Community Events

09/28/2012: Nomad: 40 Years of Art from KSW’s Wanderings

Nomad: 40 Years of Art from KSW’s Wanderings 

Friday, September 28, 2012
6:00pm until 9:00pm
Exhibit: September 28 – December 14, 2012
Reception: Friday, September 28, 2012, 6:00 – 9:00 PM

I-Hotel Manilatown Center
868 Kearny Street
San Francisco, CA 94108

In 1972, a group of young Asian Pacific American activists banded together to form an artist collective that met in the basement of the old International Hotel. They created art that spoke to the struggle for housing rights and played a key role in the movement to save elderly tenants, mostly Filipino and Chinese men, from eviction. They called themselves Kearny Street Workshop.

Forty years and ten locations later, Kearny Street Workshop has morphed into a multidisciplinary arts nonprofit that has nurtured generation after generation of Asian Pacific American artists. Throughout its history, Kearny Street Workshop has moved from home to home, settling at various times in Manilatown, Chinatown, North Beach, South Beach, the Mission, and South of Market. From each location sprang a community of artists that left their unique mark on the organization.

In this retrospective and future-spective, Kearny Street Workshop reimagines the Asian Pacific American visual arts landscape, returning to the place where it started. Each artist in the show represents a past or present location and exhibits work that convey growth, evolution, remnants of past, diaspora, home, and wandering.

Featured artists include: James Dong, Nancy Hom, Zand Gee, Michael Arcega, Flo Oy Wong, Christine Wong Yap, Truong Tran, Pallavi Sharma, and Amy Ho.

This exhibit is co-presented by Manilatown Heritage Foundation.


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