October 1 - November 19, 2016
With an interest in unearthing stories from one of San Francisco’s most historically diverse neighborhoods, Bay Area artists Monica Lundy and Rodney Ewing’s exhibition focuses on images from the early to mid 20th century, when the Fillmore District was a Japanese neighborhood, through the Japanese Internment during World War II. As the Japanese left, the area became a thriving African American neighborhood and musical epicenter known as Harlem of the West, ultimately terminating with the Redevelopment Period that displaced the entire community and destroyed thousands of San Francisco’s oldest homes.
Ewing says, “Our work focuses on the Fillmore District’s history of displacement: Japanese Americans in the 1940s, African Americans in the 1960s. It will be in two parts: Trace Drawings, based on photographs of the homes that were destroyed and individuals who were displaced, will focus on the actions of being adrift and erased. Haint (ghost) Houses will be scaled down versions of the structures, constructed out of discarded building materials, suspended in space. The houses’ corporeal forms will be transparent, as if they are apparitions.”
Reviews by Huff Post, Squarecylinder, The New Fillmore, and San Francisco Arts Monthly here