Exhibition: September 3-24, 2009
Reception: Thursday, September 3, 6–8 p.m.
SOMArts Main Gallery
934 Brannan St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Gallery hours: T-F, 2–7 p.m., Sat 12–5 p.m.
SOMArts Cultural Center presents “Monumental Remembrance” in SOMArts Main Gallery during the month of September 2009. This exhibition provides a rare opportunity to see both historic and contemporary work by a selection or artists who were participants in the San Francisco Annual Arts Festival and—in many cases—profoundly influenced by the mentorship and talent of the beloved sculptor and Arts Commission program director Elio Benvenuto.
SOMArts Main Gallery will re-create the installation of one of the pavilions of the Art Festival, presenting the garden ambiance of the Civic Center, where the Arts Festivals took place. The pavilion will include the exhibit of artworks of both that time and today, including works by Elio Benvenuto as well as more than a dozen other artists including: John Almond, Jenny Badger Sultan, Lydia Macchiarini Benvenuto, Fred Brayman, Luis Cervantes, Susan Cervantes, Michael D. Cookinham, Vikisa Feinberg Gaspers, Jenny Hunter Groat, Josie Grant, Norma Kaline, Gail Nanao, Kenji Nanao, Ernest Rivera, Henry Sultan, Susan Tibbon, Shane Weare, Ansell Wetterstein and June Yokell.
The exhibition will be curated by Ernest Rivera, who worked closely with Elio Benvenuto on all phases of the original festival, in collaboration with curator and gallery director Betsie Miller-Kusz.