August 15, 2017-May 31, 2018
Willie L. Brown, Jr. Hall, Fourth Floor (East Wall)
This exhibit chronicles the emergence of San Francisco State’s Music Federation during the 1930s and its role in making our campus “The Music School” for future teachers in the West.
4th Floor, Library Exhibit Cases
Graphic artist Jos Sances and educator Bill Morgan created this wonderful series of drawings and biographies as a basic introduction to the labor movement in the United States. The panels are based on a larger set of “labor hero” trading cards, a selection of which are displayed in each case. Sances and Morgan chose working class leaders who were activists in unions as well as other justice movements in order to illustrate the strong connection between labor and progressive social change....
September 23 - December 23
Sutro Library 5th Floor Reading Room
Much has been written about the archive and its role in defining history. Photography as a medium has been used to document and archive boundless topics, from the microscopic to the macroscopic. Many artists use the photography of others as the source material of their work. Some photographers create new work through organizing and documenting existing non-photographic collections and archives. Both ways of interacting with the archive deepen the viewer’s insight into the formal organization...
September 13 - December 12, 2017
Labor Archives and Research Center, 4th floor
Victor Arnautoff (1896-1979) was a leading artist in San Francisco in the 1930s, whose best known work is the mural "City Life" located at Coit Tower. Victor Arnautoff and The Politics of Art looks at Arnautoff's "art for the people" – works executed in an easily reproduced format and accessible to the general public that were intended to move and stimulate thinking. Like his mentor, Diego Rivera (1886-1957), Arnautoff saw art as "a weapon of ideas in the struggle for a new society." This...