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ALENA MUSEUM
"Alena Museum is nonprofit 501(c)3 creative space that houses multi-disciplinary arts and work studios to cultivate the cultural richness of the African Diaspora. In the African language of Tigrinya Alena translates to  “we are here!"  Alena Museum declares that "we are here" by providing access for the African Diaspora to create original work and keep dedicated space for creative expression, in the face of the rapid displacement of these communities as a result of gentrification. We are empowering our community to be active players in this new economy in order to directly  mitigate displacement and marginalization."

[See also: https://www.instagram.com/alenamuseum/ ]

[via: https://www.instagram.com/p/BiOzLvhlgtq/ ]
lcproject  openstudioproject  art  arts  coworking  gentrification  studios  africandiaspora  diaspora  oakland  bayarea  tovisit  via:morgansully 
may 2018 by robertogreco
Arion Press | Presidio – San Francisco, CA
"​​​​​​San Franciscans are notably creative spirits. Amongst us you'll find artists, writers, bibliophiles, DIY enthusiasts, crafters, collectors, and art appreciators. Yet too few of us have visited, let alone are even aware of, the Arion Press, one of the nation's last printers of museum-quality, handmade books created with traditional letterpress printing equipment.

Founded in 1974 by publisher Andrew Hoyem, you'll find Arion Press in a former laundry facility in the Presidio, a space shared with its associated type foundry, M&H Type, and its non-profit and owner, the Grabhorn Institute. Together, the three divisions are a powerhouse dedicated to preserving the craft of fine printing and bookmaking.

While Arion Press only publishes about three books a year (up to 400 copies of each edition), every one is an exceptional work of art that's created using a human-touch process. Select literary texts are chosen and then matched with renowned contemporary artists who illustrate each work. M&H Type composes and casts the type from molten lead blocks, which is then handset and hand printed on 100-year-old letterpress machines. The printed pages are proofread by actually being read out loud. And then, once everything is perfect, the pages are meticulously hand bound – sewn, glued, and pressed together into a one-of-a-kind, tangible tribute to the literary work it houses.

Come for a Visit
The Arion Press gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 10 to 5 pm and by appointment. Here you'll find Arion's recent projects and publications. But for a truly memorable and awe-inspiring visit, make a reservation for a 90 minute public demonstration tour, where for $10 you'll see the whole printmaking process in action, browse the facilities, including the floor-to-ceiling walls of typefaces (more than 3,888 typecases, 100 tons of type!), and go home with your very own printmaking souvenir.

Once you've visited this unique printmaker, gallery, publisher, and living museum, should you ever hear anyone claim that print is dead, you can kindly point them to Arion Press.

Arion Press is located just inside the 14th Avenue Gate in the Presidio's Public Health Service District, adjacent to the Richmond District. You'll know you're at the right place when you approach a building with a tall smokestack."
classideas  presidio  sanfrancisco  tovisit  printing  letterpress 
march 2018 by robertogreco
Allison Arieff on Twitter: "An awesome new playground (opening mid-Feb), lots of new seating, a herd of giraffes 🦒 and much optimism at Civic Center Plaza today. Kudos to the many people hard at work making this #publicspace work for San Francisco.…
"An awesome new playground (opening mid-Feb), lots of new seating, a herd of giraffes and much optimism at Civic Center Plaza today. Kudos to the many people hard at work making this #publicspace work for San Francisco."
classideas  playgrounds  sanfrancisco  civiccenter  play  2018  tovisit 
january 2018 by robertogreco
The 20 best privately owned public open spaces (POPOS) in SF
"They're neither obvious nor clearly marked, but privately owned public open spaces (a.k.a. POPOS) are all over downtown San Francisco. These privately maintained but publicly accessible spots have been a development requirement since the passage of the 1985 Downtown Plan, and there are now dozens of POPOS scattered about the city's core.

Though all were built to provide San Franciscans with more space to relax and catch a break from downtown's glut of financial centers and skyscraper-chilled sidewalks, not all POPOS were created equal.

From lush rooftops and sunny indoor atriums to redwood mini-forests, this list of 20 publicly accessible, privately maintained oases are ideal for lunch, meeting a date, or just relaxing within the frenzied confines of the FiDi."
sanfrancisco  publicopenspaces  tovisit 
march 2017 by robertogreco
CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts
[via: http://caterina.net/2016/02/04/ellen-cantor-at-the-wattis/

"The Wattis is one of the best things about the San Francisco art scene–Anthony Huberman moved out here from P.S.1. in New York just over a year ago, and was joined by Jamie Stevens, formerly of the Serpentine Gallery in London, who are doing great work bringing artists to San Francisco who’ve yet to have big solo shows in the U.S. or West Coast. I am looking forward to the upcoming Wang Bing show as well."]

[See also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wattis_Institute_for_Contemporary_Arts ]
art  sanfrancisco  museums  education  tovisit  galleries 
february 2016 by robertogreco
Clockshop
"Clockshop is a multifaceted arts organization that works at the intersection of cultural production, politics, and urban space. We produce projects by contemporary visual and performing artists and program events, screenings, and conversations. We are especially interested in bringing people together to share in the strange particularities of our hometown, Los Angeles, and in the global creative practices and politics that influence us."
art  film  video  losangeles  tovisit  juliameltzer 
january 2016 by robertogreco
Beth Sarim - Wikipedia
"Beth Sarim (Hebrew בית שרים "House of the Princes") is a ten-bedroom mansion in San Diego, California, constructed in 1929 in anticipation of various resurrected Old Testament biblical patriarchs or prophets such as Abraham, Moses, David, Isaiah and Samuel. It was maintained by the Watch Tower Society, the parent organization used by Jehovah's Witnesses, and was also used as a winter home and executive office for Watch Tower president Joseph Franklin Rutherford."

[Address (private residence): 4440 Braeburn Rd ]
bethsarim  sandiego  kensington  tovisit  1929  josephfranklinrutherford  jehova'switnesses  watchtower 
december 2014 by robertogreco
Global Guide to Local: Baja - Modern Farmer
"From our Global Guide to Local travel guide, where to eat and stay in and around northern Baja, Mexico."
baja  bajacalifornia  mexico  food  local  tovisit 
october 2013 by robertogreco
INTUIT - The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
"Established in 1991, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art (Intuit) is the only nonprofit organization in the United States that is dedicated solely to presenting self-taught and outsider art — with world class exhibitions; resources for scholars and students; a Permanent Collection with holdings of more than 1,100 works of art; the Henry Darger Room Collection; the Robert A. Roth Study Center, a non-circulating collection with a primary focus in the fields of outsider and contemporary self-taught art; and educational programming for people of all interest levels and backgrounds."
henrydarger  tovisit  artists  museums  folkart  outsidera  outsiderart  outsider  chicago  intuit 
december 2012 by robertogreco
Museum
"A SMART MAN'S GARBAGE IS A FOOLISH MAN'S FORTUNE & VICE VERSA. MUSEUM BOASTS AN ASSEMBLAGE OF ASSORTED COLLECTIONS FROM AROUND THE WORLD. STRANGE ARTIFACTS AND OBJECTS REMOVED FROM THEIR NARRATIVES MAKE UP THESE WALLS. SOME ARE OVERLOOKED, SOME OVERUSED. EACH ITEM HAS ITS OWN HISTORY.

Located in what was once a freight elevator in the back alley of a former Broadway paper warehouse between Franklin & White streets, sits the Museum, boasting artifacts, objects and curiosities from assorted collections around the world.

Fully equipped with ornate molding, cascading velvet lined shelves and recessed lighting, the space intends to show respect for the everyday, and displays the often overlooked beauty of real life. There is always beauty and magic in the plebeian.

The context of an object can give it its value. Each item on display is accompanied by the story of its origin and how it ended up in the Museum…"

[Update 1 Dec 2012: Photo here http://nymag.com/news/articles/reasonstoloveny/2012/elevator-museum/ ]

[Update 2 Aug 2013: Two more articles:
http://www.designboom.com/art/abandoned-elevator-shaft-hides-secret-museum-in-nyc/
http://www.junk-culture.com/2013/07/new-york-citys-hidden-museum-of-found.html
and a link to my Tumblr posts:
http://robertogreco.tumblr.com/tagged/mmuseumm ]

[Update 15 Nov 2016: more articles:
http://hyperallergic.com/215578/the-kalman-familys-language-of-looking/
http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-c1-small-museum-nyc-20131205-dto-htmlstory.html
http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/mmuseumm-2
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/29/arts/design/mmuseumm-2-to-open-in-tribeca-all-20-square-feet-of-it.html
http://www.coolhunting.com/culture/mmuseum-season-five-nyc
http://nymag.com/thecut/2016/04/mmuseumm-chinatown-abandoned-elevator-shaft.html
http://www.forbes.com/sites/eustaciahuen/2016/06/30/inside-the-20-square-foot-museum-within-an-abandoned-new-york-freight-elevator/#57f7ad2f7bb6
https://www.dezeen.com/2015/06/03/new-york-museum-mmuseumm-objects-rapid-response-collecting/

Wikipedia says:
"Mmuseumm is a modern natural history museum located in lower Manhattan in New York City, dedicated to its signature curatorial style of "Object Journalism.[1]" The first two locations are on Cortlandt Alley between Franklin Street and White Street, sometimes known as Mmuseumm Alley.[2] Mmuseumm is dedicated to the curation and exhibition of contemporary artifacts[3] to illustrate the modern world. Mmuseumm's first wing, Mmuseumm 1, opened in 2012 in a former elevator shaft. The second wing, Mmuseumm 2, opened in 2015 three doors down."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mmuseumm ]
design  art  tovisit  curiosities  plebian  artifacts  objects  everyday  museum  museums  nyc  collections  mmuseumm  small  tiny 
november 2012 by robertogreco
Noah Purifoy Foundation
"Born in Snow Hill, Alabama in 1917, Noah Purifoy lived and worked most of his life in Los Angeles and Joshua Tree, California, where he died in 2004. He received an undergraduate degree from Alabama State Teachers College in 1943 and a graduate degree from Atlanta University in 1948. In 1956, just shy of his fortieth birthday, Purifoy received a BFA from Chouinard, now CalArts. His earliest body of sculpture, constructed out of charred debris from the 1965 Watts Rebellion, was the basis for 66 Signs of Neon (1966), a landmark group exhibition on the riots that traveled throughout the country. As a founding director of the Watts Towers Art Center, Purifoy knew the community intimately. His 66 Signs of Neon, in line with the postwar period’s fascination with the street and its objects, constituted a Duchampian approach to the fire-molded alleys of Watts. This strategy profoundly impacted artists then emerging in Los Angeles and beyond, such as David Hammons, John Outterbridge…"
artists  tovisit  sculpture  via:paulsoulellis  noahpurifoy  art  joshuatree  california 
september 2012 by robertogreco
Edicola, a New Kind of Newsstand, Opens on Market Street: Visual Arts | KQED Public Media for Northern CA
"Upon learning of the Edicola newsstand in San Francisco, started by the artists Luca Antonucci and Carissa Potter, I was impressed; it is one of those rare projects that is not only inspired and original, but has been successfully realized.

Antonucci and Potter met when they were graduate students at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2008. Potter, feeling a certain affinity for her classmate, approached him with a proposition. "I had this crazy idea to ask him to be in a video with me where I told him that I liked him without knowing anything about him," she said. The video didn't turn out too well, but the two have been friends ever since. Together they launched both Colpa Press and Edicola, a newsstand that sells a curated selection of artists' books, newspapers and prints. That's not the only thing that makes the newsstand unique: the store is run out of a formerly closed San Francisco Chronicle kiosk on Market Street in bustling downtown San Francisco…"
tovisit  prints  retail  art  curation  newspapers  books  sfai  2008  carissapotter  lucaantonucci  newsstands  sanfrancisco  edicola 
july 2012 by robertogreco
seesaw
"We're a one-of-a-kind studio + café inspiring curiosity, creativity, and connection.

Studio: education and support for children & adults.
• friendship skills
• structured play groups
• language immersion
• workshops

Café: eat. drink. play.
• Four Barrel coffee
• tasty Danish and Korean snacks
• family-friendly vibe
• art shows and private events

Private Events: Seesaw is a great place to have your next birthday party, baby shower or private event. We offer a variety of packages. Call or e-mail us and we'll give you the low down."

[via: http://twitter.com/dcinc66/status/88450490043613184 ]
sanfrancisco  lcproject  education  learning  parenting  children  glvo  cafes  studios  curiosity  creativity  social  food  tovisit  thirdspaces  thirdplaces  openstudioproject 
july 2011 by robertogreco
Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral - Wikipedia
"El Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral (ex Edificio Diego Portales) es un complejo urbano ubicado en Santiago de Chile, construido a partir de diciembre de 1971 e inaugurado el 3 de abril de 1972. Consta del edificio propiamente tal y de un centro de convenciones de 13.300 m². Se ubica en la Alameda del Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins junto a la estación Universidad Católica del Metro de Santiago."
santiago  chile  edificiodiegoportales  architecture  centroculturalgabrielamistral  tovisit 
april 2011 by robertogreco
LA Sewers: Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant
"The Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant combines advanced wastewater treatment technology with the beauty and tranquility of its landscaped gardens. The Japanese gardens are irrigated with reclaimed water from the plant and are open to the public on a year round basis.

The plant provides reclaimed water to many users in the San Fernando Valley and the Department of Public Works is collaborating with other City departments to expand this program."

[See also: http://www.lacitysan.org/japanesegarden/noflash/gardenopening.htm ]
losangeles  gardens  japanese  tovisit  japanesegardens  sanfernandovalley  via:britta 
january 2011 by robertogreco
Lawrence Hall of Science
"Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS) is a renowned resource center for preschool through high school science and mathematics education, and a public science center with exciting hands-on experiences for learners of all ages."
science  education  kids  california  berkeley  bayarea  sanfrancisco  unschooling  deschooling  lcproject  tovisit  learning 
december 2010 by robertogreco
airplane graveyard - a set on Flickr
"between 1997 and 1999, i made several visits to an aircraft scrapyard in the mojave desert. it's an incredible thing to walk right up to these giant machines and see their intricate workings laid bare.

the black and white images were shot on a blistering august day, the temperature well over 110˚. kodak tri-x pan with a red #25 filter.

color was shot on fuji velvia with a circular pola filter."
flickr  graveyard  mojave  desert  mojavedesert  aircraft  tovisit  togo 
december 2010 by robertogreco
Prelinger Library
"Though libraries live on (and are among the least-corrupted democratic institutions), the freedom to browse serendipitously is becoming rarer. Now that many research libraries are economizing on space and converting print collections to microfilm and digital formats, it's becoming harder to wander and let the shelves themselves suggest new directions and ideas. Key academic and research libraries are often closed to unaffiliated users, and many keep the bulk of their collections in closed stacks, inhibiting the rewarding pleasures of browsing. Despite its virtues, query-based online cataloging often prevents unanticipated yet productive results from turning up on the user's screen. And finally, much of the material in our collection is difficult to find in most libraries readily accessible to the general public."

[via: http://berglondon.com/blog/2009/11/26/another-science-fiction/ ]
sanfrancisco  education  history  art  books  research  tovisit  libraries  databases  serendipity  ephemera  archives  reference  public  resources  film  digitization 
november 2009 by robertogreco

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