August 29, 2003

“At Work: The Art of California Labor” Opens Labor Day

Exhibition, Book, and Music Festival Celebrate SF Labor Movement

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The artists who recorded the dignity and struggle of California’s turbulent labor movement will be presented in At Work: The Art of California Labor, opening Labor Day (9/1) at the California Historical Society (CHS), 678 Mission St. at Third Street. The first overview of labor themes in 20th century California art, the exhibition continues through December 20, 2003.

The CHS exhibition features historic pieces from 19001-1970, through the Chicano arts movement. Ester Hernández, Dorothea Lange, Yolanda Lopez, Rupert Garcia, Emmy Lou Packard, Maynard Dixon, Nancy Hom, Julio Morales, and Pirkle Jones are among the artists represented.

A companion At Work exhibit opens at San Francisco State University’s Fine Arts Gallery, 1600 Holloway St., San Francisco, September 2 - October 11, 2003. Mark Dean Johnson, professor of art at SFSU, curated both exhibitions. For details on the exhibition and related programming, visit california historical society.org.

The SFSU Fine Arts Gallery highlights contemporary labor artists--Larry Sultan, Allan Sekula, Sabastião Salgado, David Avalos, Hung Liu, Sergio de la Torre, Tina Modotti, Tom Tomorrow, and others.

The At Work exhibition kicks off with the SF Labor Day Festival at Yerba Buena Gardens, Monday, September 1, 11 am - 5 pm, on Mission between 3rd/4th Sts. The Festival is free, with lots of kids’ activities. Dr. Loco’s Rockin’ Jalapeño Band, with its rich blend of mestizo and mulatto styles, will headline the program. Holly Near, Linda Tillery, and Wavy Gravy will also perform.

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