Isaac Julien “Vintage” Film Plus Skywatchers at Tenderloin Museum

by on May 26, 2016

The Tenderloin Museum is holding two special events as we enter Memorial Day weekend. On Thursday, May 26, Jessica Silverman Gallery and the Tenderloin Museum are presenting “Vintage,” films by Isaac Julien featuring Looking Langston (1989), Trussed (1996) and The Long Road to Mazátlan (1999-2000). This event is an extension of the exhibition “Vintage” at Jessica Silverman Gallery (488 Ellis St), which presents the same three bodies of work. Located just 300ft from the Tenderloin Museum, be sure to check out the photography exhibition before heading to the museum for the screening.

Isaac Julien’s artistic practice is rooted in photography. Looking for Langston is a homage to Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes. When Julien was preparing to make what would become this award-winning work, he studied the photographs of James Van der Zee, George Platt Lynes and Robert Mapplethorpe. His research led not only to a critical response to their work but the creation of a landmark in the exploration of desire and the reciprocity of the gaze.

The Tenderloin Museum is at 398 Eddy St (at Leavenworth). 6:30pm, Reception. 7pm, Screening, $10
RSVP, here. Buy tickets, here.

5th Annual Skywatchers Festival: Home Is Where the Body Is

The Tenderloin Museum follows this film showing on May 27th with the Skywatchers Ensemble’s 5th Annual Performance.

What is the meaning of “home” when housing is a contested idea? When peaceful sleep is elusive? Or when privacy is a scarce commodity? In the Skywatchers Ensemble’s 5th Annual Performance the politics of the body and space in an economically divided city are embodied in the unique stories, song, dance, and participatory performance work that have become the hallmark of this ensemble of Tenderloin residents, who are performers and co-creators of the work.

Skywatchers, a program of ABD Productions, brings together a richly diverse community in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood to collaboratively create celebratory site-specific performance. This community performance ensemble is rooted in the lives, talents, and stories of Tenderloin residents, who are performers and co-creators of the work. Together we celebrate the voices, the collective brilliance and power of Tenderloin residents, rising up, resisting, and daring to live as we imagine.

On May 27, audience members will witness these stories, join our joyous twighlight procession from the Tenderloin Museum through the neighborhood to the Tenderloin National Forest, led by the inimitable vocalist and choral director, Melanie DeMore, and enjoy the music, dance, song, and visual art that makes Skywatchers not only an aesthetic experience, but also the community celebration and life affirming event that it is.

Featuring residents of the Senator, Iroquois, Cambridge, Dalt, and Hamlin Hotels. Also featuring participants of Larkin Street Youth. With guest artists Melanie DeMore, NAKA Dance Theater, and the ABD Ensemble.

The event is Friday May 27, 2016
7:45pm Tenderloin Museum, 398 Eddy Street, SF
8:30pm Tenderloin National Forest, 509 Ellis Street, SF
Free admission. No tickets or reservations required.

These two events typify the creative programming regularly found at the Tenderloin Museum. If you have yet to visit the museum, this weekend offers the perfect opportunity—-and you can also visit 826 Valencia’s newly opened King Carl Emporium only two blocks away.

Randy Shaw is Editor of Beyond Chron and on the Board of the Tenderloin Museum. He is the author of The Tenderloin: Sex, Crime and Resistance in the Heart of San Francisco


Randy Shaw

Randy Shaw is the Editor of Beyond Chron and the Director of San Francisco’s Tenderloin Housing Clinic, which publishes Beyond Chron. Shaw's latest book is Generation Priced Out: Who Gets to Live in the New Urban America. He is the author of four prior books on activism, including The Activist's Handbook: Winning Social Change in the 21st Century, and Beyond the Fields: Cesar Chavez, the UFW and the Struggle for Justice in the 21st Century. He is also the author of The Tenderloin: Sex, Crime and Resistance in the Heart of San Francisco

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