May 17, 2017 6:00PM
The Mission Book Discussion
The Mission District's famous public murals are works of art that depict Latin American culture, resistance to political oppression, passion for environmental justice, and outrage at gentrification. Join Dick Evans, photographer and author of The Mission; Carla Wojczuk creator of These Walls Speak: PLACA; and Susan Cervantes, founder of Precita Eyes Muralists Association for a panel discussion featuring the Mission’s history and culture and the artists who have created these colorful neighborhood compositions.
A Q&A and book signing follows the discussion.
Dick Evans became interested in photography as a graduate student at Stanford University and continued his practice throughout a forty-seven-year career in the global metals industry that took him all over the world. San Francisco always remained home base, though, and he now lives in the city with his wife, Gretchen. Evans is the author of the photography book San Francisco and the Bay Area: The Haight- Ashbury Edition (InTransit Images and The Booksmith, 2011).
Carla Wojczuk is a Bay Area visual and theater artist, filmmaker, muralist, educator, and writer who has lived and worked in the Mission District of San Francisco. She was born in Boulder, Colorado, to artistic parents who contributed to her love of the visual and written arts. She attended Smith College, where she received a BA in studio art with a minor in Spanish, and she also received an MEd in social justice education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Carla has participated in a number of mural projects in the Mission District in recent years, and she has also contributed to documentary film production and other projects related to the celebration and preservation of the vibrant culture and heritage of the Mission.
Susan Kelk Cervantes artist, educator, veteran of the SF community mural art movement, the founding director of Precita Eyes Muralists in the Mission District of San Francisco. Established in 1977, Precita Eyes is one of only a handful of community mural arts centers in the United States creating over 600 murals locally and internationally. Cervantes is responsible for numerous collaborative community murals considered some of the finest in the Bay Area such as Leonard Flynn Elementary School, Mission Playground Pool, Precita Valley Community Center, Bayview Foundation, the S.F. Women’s Building, and many others. Through a collaborative art process Cervantes is dedicated to social change by transforming the environment and lives of the participants through the creation of community murals. In addition to studio and mural painting Susan works in various mediums including mosaic, painted ceramic tile, bronze relief and “ polyfresco” .
At age 16 Cervantes moved to San Francisco from Dallas, Texas to continue her art education at the San Francisco Art Institute in 1961 where she met her life partner visionary artist, Luis Cervantes. In the early 70’s Cervantes was influenced by the Mujeres Muralistas, the first women’s mural collective in the Mission District. Inspired Susan continues to practice the collaborative process as a key to community awareness and positive transformation.
Sarah Burke is an independent writer, editor, and curator based in Oakland, California. Her work focuses on art, identity, social justice, internet culture, feminism, and the intersections therein. She is a co-curator of the 2017 Oakland Book Festival, the co-founder of Anti Lab, a regular contributor to KQED Arts, and a columnist in residence at SFMOMA’s Open Space. Her writing has also appeared in The Washington Post, Broadly, Artsy, Hyperallergic, Complex and the East Bay Express — of which she is the former Managing Editor. Find her on twitter at @sarahlubyburke.
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