7 May: Stencil Nation Meets Mission Muralismo

Cultural Encounters: Friday Nights at the de Young presents “Mission Muralismo” in partnership with Precita Eyes Muralists

Street Art San Francisco: Mission Muralismo series presents “Directional Signals:  Pranksters and Preachers, Paste and Stencil” featuring talks by Rigo, and John Jota Leaños.  Also, Jack Napier, BLF co-founder, and Milton Rand, Kalman BLF chief scientist, will give a presentation titled “The Art and Science of Billboard Improvement,” plus stencil cutting demonstration by Russell Howze author of Stencil Nation: Graffiti, Community and Art.

Friday, May 7, 6–8:45 pm
Live music in Wilsey Court: Marcus Shelby Quartet featuring vocalist Faye Carol performing the MLK project, 6:30-8:30 pm

de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park

Programs are free of charge

www.deyoungmuseum.org and www.MISSIONMURALISMO.com

On Friday, May 7, the de Young Museum presents another dynamic program, luminous projections, and book signing in the ongoing series Mission Muralismo, in conjunction with the recently published book Street Art San Francisco: Mission Muralismo, edited by Annice Jacoby for Precita Eyes Muralists, foreword by Carlos Santana (Abrams, 2009).  The evening focuses on the talent and passionate work of major contributors to the book: Rigo, John Jota Leaños, Russell Howze, Jack Napier Billboard Liberation Front (BLF) co-founder, and Milton Rand Kalman BLF chief scientist.

The lecture/demonstration program will take place in the lobby of the Koret Auditorium starting at 6:45 pm with Russell Howze demonstrating stencil cutting and the process of working a stencil from start to finish.  Visitors will have an opportunity to see completed stencils and work at his stencil station until 7:15 pm.  Projections of Howze’s work will be shown in the Koret Auditorium.

At 7:15 pm. Rigo will open the lecture series in the Koret Auditorium with his talk “Artists Changing Directions: Mission Muralismo Pranksters and Punsters. Look up! Look down! Look all around! No surface is sacred. No billboard is safe. The Mission is a cauldron of clever, busy artists constantly stoking and provoking the public messages.”

7:40 pm John Jota Leaños presents  “The (Postcolonial) Rules of Engagement: Cultural Activism and Xicana/o Digital Muralismo.”

8:00 pm Jack Napier BLF co-founder and Milton Rand Kalman BLF chief scientist will give a presentation on the art and science of billboard improvement.

Visitors are welcome to bring or purchase their Street Art San Francisco:  Mission Muralismo books for signing by the featured artists and editor, Annice Jacoby, before and after the talks and stencil cutting demonstration.

Live music, hands on art-making and quilt-making demonstrations and a tour of Amish Abstractions:  Quilts from the Collection of Faith and Stephen Brown Collection by Faith and Stephen Brown are also part of this great evening celebrating Americana and “Mission Muralismo.”

This “Mission Muralismo” series of lectures, performances, and more celebrates one of San Francisco’s greatest contributions to the artistic landscape—the Mission District artist community.

Friday night, May 7th, promises to be another fantastic event.  The expanded “Mission Muralismo” series is created in partnership with Precita Eyes Muralists as part of Cultural Encounters: Friday Nights at the de Young.