Historic Castro AIDS Mural Defaced.
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Painted in 1998, the mural Hope for the World Cure, at Market and 15th Street in the Castro district, is one of the most potent public art works about the chaos and solidarity of AIDS in San Francisco and worldwde.
But a few weeks ago, in late December 2021, approximately one-third of the two-story mural was defaced with graffiti. Restoration will cost an estimated $50,000, according to Precita Eyes' Susan Cervantes, who directed the work's collective creation 25 years ago.
The mural, seen above as it looked when completed over two decades ago, was located behind what was once the popular hangout, the Bagdad Cafe (note name in upper left corner).
New SFMoMA Audio Zine Blends Poetry, Spanglish and Local Vibes in Walk through Mission Murals
Artistic team and core volunteers. Top row: Fred Alvarado, Paola Reyes Melendez, Susan Cervantes, Julia Barzizza, Paulette Liang. Bottom row: Suaro Cervantes, Val Angulo, and Erikah Walton. (Photo courtesy Joe Blum)
Join dancers Mixchoatl Anahuac and artists in celebrating the new butterfly mosaic at the Precita Park playground (Folsom St. with Precita Ave.) on Sat. Dec. 18 at 11 am. The mosaic features the Monarch, Checkerspot, Mourning Cloak, Buckeye, Mission Blue, West Coast Lady, East Coast Lady, and Western Tiger Swallowtail butterflies that live around the park. Volunteers helped glue thousands of tiles along the 120 foot wall, and dozens neighborhood children contributed to the design, under the eyes of lead artists Fred Alvarado and Julia Barzizza and Precita Eyes founder Susan Cervantes.
New Mural at USF: What Justice Looks Like
Re-Imagining a Just World is the new mural at the University San Francisco's Leo McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good. Protesters sing for justice around a tree of wisdom, where a black panther, representing the Bay Area’s history of social justice movements, looks on. The mural is located at the University San Francisco, 2130 Fulton Street.
Mural of COVID Loss and Resilience Gifted to the Mission by SF General Nurses
New work at 24th St. and York captures local responses to the pandemic
Enfermeras regalan a la Misión un mural sobre la pandemia
La obra, en la esquina de la Calle 24 y York, honra la valentía de quienes desempeñaron tareas esenciales. Leer nota completa en español aquí
The mural ALL THAT YOU TOUCH, YOU CHANGE. ALL THAT YOU CHANGE, CHANGES YOU (a quote from writer Octavia Butler) chronicles the stages of the pandemic. Nurses at San Francisco General Hospital's Richard Fine People's Clinic commissioned the work as a gift to the community they serve. Communities of color like the Mission, where the clinic is located, suffer disproportionally from COVID illness and death.
Read more here.
Balmy Alley Mural Reborn
The gateway to SF's most famous art walk gets refurbished after 30 years.
The Five Sacred Colors of Corn
Above, clockwise from top left: A woman gives birth, and the father receives the child (with Suaro and Susan Cervantes); This Egyptian goddess devours the sun, then gives birth to it day after day; Grandfather Fire, framed by stalks of corn; an Earth goddess envelopes a hummingbird.
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Our Murals Are All Around You
Visit them. Bask in their inspired visions.
"¡Sí Se Puede!" (1995), Cesar Chavez Elementary School at 23rd St. and Folsom
Precita Eyes Muralists, in Your Own Words
Listen to what people are saying about Precita Eyes, and take a tour of the Mission's mural-making community.
Thanks to muralists Juana Alicia and Meera Desai, youth artist and Precita collaborator Xavier Bess, Calle 24 cultural district organizer Erick Arguello, and friends at the California Historical Society Murales Rebeldes community day and the Cesar Chavez Day parade, April 2018. (Music by Manuel Obregón.)
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