Opening Reception: Dunes & Avenues: The Richmond District
Tuesday, Mar 05, 2019, 5:00PM - 7:00PM
Diego Rivera Gallery
SFAI—Chestnut Street Campus

Dunes & Avenues: The Richmond District

On View: March 4–9
Opening Reception: March 5 | 5–7pm (artist talk at 5:30)

Before there were the avenues, the Richmond District was a vast stretch of sand dunes. From that sediment grew a quiet residential neighborhood with rolling hills that led to the sea. Surrounded on three sides by ocean and park, the Richmond stands as its own peninsula within the peninsula of the city.

In an ever changing San Francisco, The Richmond remains as one of the last vestiges of the city untouched by encroaching gentrification, though it is slowly being affected too. Because it exists in the small northwest corner of the city, many people don’t give it a second thought. It is a long bus ride in and out, and often even locals don’t want to make the trek. For those of us who live in the Richmond, however, this long bus ride is one we can count on to take us home- to safety and security.

This show is a reflection of the warmth we feel towards our home. The Richmond district has and continues to nurture its inhabitants, providing solitude, comfort, and a place of belonging. The muted colors of the landscape embrace the neighborhood within a shroud of fog, beckoning us towards the ocean, the park, the natural spaces that surround us. In this way it is a haven, away from the oppressive nature of a city, and closer to the essence of the coastline.

While also a reflection of love towards our home, this show is an act of preservation of an authentic San Francisco, one anchored to the landscape, which is being pushed to the very edges of the city by a new wave of capital consumption and greed.

Featured Artists: Sarah Aineb, Anna MacKenzie, Ben Cornish & Kate Laster, Bobby Singer, Jade Mar, Katie Curry, and Nicola Munson