San Francisco by Susan Wels
Arts for the City: Civic Art and Urban Change, 1932-2012

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Celebrating eighty years of cultural innovation

In 1934, San Francisco's Coit Tower was finally complete and open to the public. Seeing that iconic spire, you'd never guess the years of debate and artistic passion that went into its creation: how many people petitioned against its construction, how controversial the WPA murals were, how deeply loved it became. Coit Tower was one of the San Francisco Arts Commission's first projects, and it set the tone for the next eighty years of public art in a city full of world-class sculptures, music venues, and community arts programs. From the Ethnic Dance Festival to slam poetry performances at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, Arts for the City tells the story of an urban landscape where diversity, creative energy, and political activism are reflected in civic art that is bold and innovative and where citizens take pride in vigorous, often contentious, creativity. Illustrated with images by distinguished contemporary photographers and artwork from the city's Civic Art Collection of over four thousand pieces, it is a celebration of a uniquely fascinating American city and a journey through the events that have shaped San Francisco's rebellious and vibrant cultural reputation.

Featured photographers include: Richard Barnes, Ruth Bernhard, John Chiara, Imogen Cunningham, Jim Goldberg, Doug Hall, Todd Hido, Reagan Louie, Mike Mandel, Richard Misrach, Dan Nicoletta, Ira Nowinski, Susan Schwartzenberg, Larry Sultan, Catherine Wagner, and Henry Wessel.

 

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Published April 1, 2013 by Heyday. 224 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Wels, in collaboration with the San Francisco Arts Commission, takes a bright look back at the history of the venerable Bay Area organization and its many accomplishments. Recalling the group's incept

Apr 22 2013 | Read Full Review of San Francisco: Arts for the C...

This book tells the story of the San Francisco Arts Commission and how it became a national and international leader in promoting municipal advocacy for the arts. The commission was founded in 1932 to oversee public art and municipal music but, over time, assumed responsibility for all aspects of...

Jun 15 2013 | Read Full Review of San Francisco: Arts for the C...

This book tells the story of the San Francisco Arts Commission and how it became a national and international leader in promoting municipal advocacy for the arts. The commission was founded in 1932 to oversee public art and municipal music but, over time, assumed responsibility for all aspects of...

Jun 15 2013 | Read Full Review of San Francisco: Arts for the C...

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