Upcoming Exhibitions


Ira Nowinski, Philip Roth, Fourth Street, 1973
Ira Nowinski, Philip Roth, Fourth Street, 1973, gelatin silver print, collection of the artist

Janet Delaney, Mercantile Building, Mission and 3rd Streets, 1980
Janet Delaney, Mercantile Building, Mission and 3rd Streets, 1980, printed 2016, pigment print, collection of the artist
Opening May 10, 2016

Photographing South of Market: Ira Nowinski and Janet Delaney

Ira Nowinski and Janet Delaney photographed San Francisco's South of Market in the 1970s and 1980s during a massive push to transform what was once a working class neighborhood and light industrial zone into the business and entertainment district it is today.

This installation is part of Neighborhood for Art, a self-guided walking tour celebrating the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's (SFMOMA) expansion and opening this May. Listen to Avery Trufelman, a producer with the design podcast "99% Invisible," as she leads an exploration of how SFMOMA fits into the neighborhood. Neighborhood for Art is available only through the SFMOMA app. Download it for free at sfmoma.org/app.

The People of Klamath
Opening in July 2016

The People of Klamath
Contemporary Tintype Photographs of Ed Drew

The People of Klamath is a series of portraits of members of the Klamath, Modoc, and Pit River Paiute tribes (tribes that were originally in California and southern Oregon). Drew was commissioned by a tribal mental health worker to photograph during several of intensive “talking circle” weekends in which participants recounted their experiences with racism, abuse, drug addiction, crime and tragedy. In their stories, Drew found connections to his own struggles with his identity as an African American. He was also drawn to the larger history of conflict between Native Americans and the United States government.

As Drew explains: "I am producing 5x7 tintypes of Klamath Falls tribes as part of a commission to redefine the tribal people in the area as no longer the victims of the injustices brought upon them by the U.S. government, but as strong and powerful people of today." By using the tintype process, a popular portrait medium in late nineteenth century America, Drew connects the past to the present and re-contextualizes contemporary Native Americans as the protagonists of their own stories.

Drew won the trust of Modoc tribe members when he ran fifteen miles alongside them (in sandals) during a relay race to Lava Beds National Monument, the site of the Modoc War (1872–73).

In addition to Drew's The People of Klamath, the exhibition will present historical photographs from the CHS Collections, including carte de visite portraits by Louis Heller of Modoc Indians in custody following the Modoc War and stereographic views by Eadweard Muybridge (who was commissioned by the government to document the war) showing the desolate Lava Beds and picturing non-Modoc Indians reenacting battle scenes for his camera.

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