Friday, July 10, 2009

Laborfest - Art & Labor Today

The opening reception for the exhibition Art and Labor Today had a great turnout last night. I was impressed by the range of work on display. The show was curated by David Duckworth, around the theme of "the effects of capitalism and the state of labor today." Artists include Skylaar Amann, Philippe Barnoud, Joe Blum, Paul Bouchard, Lenny Bové, Sherri Cavan, Michael Chomick, Mike Connor, Slobodan Dimitrov, Chris Dunker, Tom Griscom (pictured at left, discussing his Copra Crane panorama with 2 guests), Trudi Hauptman, Véronique Held, Mike Kimball, Anthony Lazorko, Jr., Kyle Levinger and Holley Coley, Doug McGoldrick, Douglas Minkler, Mimi Plumb, Aubrey Rhodes, John Robinson, Rachel Schreiber, Elizabeth Sibilia, elin o’Hara slavick, Angela Franks Wells, Marcia Weisbrot, Steve Zeltzer and Holly Wong. Margot Smith’s documentary film, WPA Murals in San Francisco / The WPA Murals of Bernard Zakheim / New Deal Public Art: The Works Progress Administration, will be screened throughout the run of the show.

The exhibition is free, and will be on display through July 25th at SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St. at 8th St. SF. I will update with links to reviews as they come out. For the calendar of this and other Laborfest events, click here. You can see more photography of San Francisco's labor landmarks by Tom Griscom and Wendy Crittenden by scrolling to the bottom of this page and clicking on Labor Landmarks on the slideviewer widget.

Unfortunately, I've seen no reviews yet of this thought provoking exhibition. Here's a general write-up about Laborfest in the SF Examiner and a good piece from the SF Chronicle about the 75th anniversary of Bloody Sunday. If any reviews appear, the Laborfest site usually posts links at the bottom of the home page.