Panel: Claiming Space: The Place of Murals -- Project: The Wall as Witness: Muralism, Spatial Justice, and Social Rights

Event Date: Thursday, May 6 - 5:00 pm
Location: Zoom [Registration necessary]
Illustration made by Omar Sosa-Tzec that shows a hummingbird representing Latinx emerging from a tuna decorated with the American flag. Tuna is the fruit of the nopal, a cactus.

The panel "Claiming Space: The Place of Murals" is one of the academic events of the project "The Wall as Witness: Muralism, Spatial Justice, and Social Rights," which engages with muralism practice in San Francisco and the USA both historically and in the present, focusing on social and racial justice issues related to access to space, Latina/o/x representation, and resistance. 

In the 1970s, community muralists painted their neighborhoods to claim space, demand justice, and express their artistry. The community mural movement changed the look of our cities, challenged the practices of art institutions, and created shared images to protest inequalities and honor the unseen. This talk reflects on the transformations of the community mural movement in San Francisco’s Mission District and on ways of recalling this past for our current moment.

We are honored to have a conversation with Art Historian Cary Córdova and Artist Víctor de la Rosa about the social role and impact of art in open spaces.

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Events of "The Wall as Witness: Muralism, Spatial Justice, and Social Rights" are organized by Abigail Lapin Dardashti and Victor De La Rosa (School of Art), and Omar Sosa-Tzec (School of Design) with the support of the Extraordinary Ideas Grant 2021. College of Liberal & Creative Arts San Francisco State University