In the Library: Chinatown Through the Lens of Genthe and His Contemporaries


Tuesday, April 28, 2020 6:00PM

In the Library: Chinatown Through the Lens of Genthe and His Contemporaries





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In the Library: Chinatown Through the Lens of Genthe and His Contemporaries


Where: California Historical Society Headquarters, 678 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

Cost: $15 General Admission, $10 for CHS Members.

Join us for an In the Library Program looking at the Chinatown photographs of Arnold Genthe (1869–1942) and his contemporaries. Genthe’s photographs comprise a remarkable record of Chinatown before the 1906 earthquake and fires leveled the district. Working after the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, Genthe’s aestheticized views of the quarter and its inhabitants brought a new perspective to subject matter that previously had been portrayed in abject terms. At the same time, Genthe’s work perpetuated the dominant social structure of his day. California Historical Society’s Director of Exhibitions Erin Garcia will show vintage prints by Genthe, the work of other late nineteenth century photographers of Chinatown, and related ephemera.

About the Speaker:

Erin Garcia is director of exhibitions at California Historical Society, where she has organized more than a dozen shows since 2015. Before joining CHS, Erin worked as a photography curator for the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Oakland Museum of California. She holds degrees in art history from the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.