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November 29

Art & Politics:
Mona Caron and Kiernan Graves

CANCELLED! Mona is in Taiwan painting an amazing and HUGE mural and behind schedule... so we'll revisit this Talk another time...

In summer 2017 an ambitious project was begun to restore and extend the life of Mona Caron's Market Street Railway Mural at 15th and Church Streets. When it was painted in 2003-04, it quickly became a beloved piece of public art, and uniquely presented a complicated historical narrative of Market Street, its uses over time (including a vision of its future!), and the long presence of streetcars on it. After more than a decade, the wall’s surfaces were beginning to crack and buckle, and along came Kiernan Graves, an accomplished conservator, who offered to fix the understory with the skills she’d previously applied to historic Indian palaces and other sites. The art, the history, the process, all will be revealed!

Photo: detail on 1934 strike from Market Street Railway Mural by Mona Caron

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Walking Tours — Fall 2017

Social, historical, and critical tours through San Francisco.

Saturday, September 23Market Street Railway Mural

Saturday, October 14 CANCELLED Summer of Peace, Love, & Anti-War

Saturday, November 18Sea Level Rise Mission Bay

Saturday, December 9Market Street: The Contested Boulevard

Bicycle Tours
“Cycles of History,” our social, historical, and critical tours through San Francisco by bicycle.

Our fabulous bicycle tours are led by Critical Mass co-founder Chris Carlsson, with help from LisaRuth Elliott.

San Francisco Bicycle Tours

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NEXT BIKE TOUR » Spring 2018




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Ecology Emerges poster art by Mona Caron

Ecology Emerges

Discussions and reflections on the history of Bay Area ecological activism, based on oral histories documenting the past 50 years.

Ecology Emerges is an oral history gathering project to explore the past 50 years of ecological activism in the Bay Area and the role that individual and institutional memories play in the development, policy proposals, and interrelationships that together make up the existing networks of ecological politics.  We document the living ecological activist movement, in their own words, but also in a larger context of urban growth and globalization.

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Oral Histories

Oral Histories

Shaping San Francisco, as part of our ongoing work, sits down with people who have stories to tell and conducts oral history interviews.

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Comprised of over 1,400 pages, and 2,500 historical photos, the wiki-based archive is the product of hundreds of contributors, regular people who were compelled by the chance to investigate some piece of this City's past.

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