Ground Scores

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© courtesy of YBCA
Ground Scores
Curated by: Valerie Imus

701 Mission St.
94103 San Francisco

July 19th, 2008 - October 18th, 2008

Other (outside areas listed)
Thu-Sat: noon-8pm; Sun: noon-6pm; First Tuesdays of the month (FREE) 12-8; Summer Hours (May 28 – Aug 31) include Wed 12-6 PM


Ground Scores: Guided Tours of San Francisco Past and Personal, guest curated by Valerie Imus, is an interactive project that is both situated within the YBCA galleries as well as offering tours or self-guided explorations of sites in and around San Francisco. Ground Scores will offer cartographical and audio portraits of sites that reveal the city’s forgotten histories, as well as mapping out invisible networks within the city’s infrastructure. The Ground Scores artists are BARGE (Bay Area Research Group in Enviro-aesthetics), Jonn Herschend, Alison Pebworth with James Goode, Jeannene Przyblyski and the Bureau of Urban Secrets, The Studio for Urban Projects, Michael Swaine, and Syndicate (organized by Jessica Tully, Kim Munson, Wendy Crittenden, Christine Wong Yap, Greg O'Toole, Tom Griscom and the Labor Archives and Research Center). Ground Scores will run Jul 20–Oct 19, 2008 in YBCA’s Terrace Galleries and in off-site locations, with an opening on Jul 19.

Ground Scores Tours:

Ground Scores tours leave from YBCA, unless otherwise noted

Sat, Jul 26 & Oct 4, noon–2:30 pm, Syndicate
A walking tour of sidewalk art installations which nod to the history of labor unions at performing arts venues in San Francisco. This tour will be led by Jessica Tully, Kim Munson and historians from the Labor Archives and Research Center. This tour is accessible.

Sat, Aug 23, Aug 30, Sep 20 & Sep 27, noon–4 pm, How to Organize a Public Library
A short story by Umberto Eco inspires Michael Swaine’s walking tours of individual home libraries. Tour locations and meeting place to be announced.
To reserve your place, call 415.978.2710 x136, or visit

Sat, Sep 6, noon–4 pm, A Lover’s Line thru the Presidio 6 stories leaving the Presidio, but just 1 coming back (because water always runs downhill)—Jeannene Przyblyski and the Bureau of Urban Secrets examine the history of Lovers’ Lane in the Presidio on this bus tour.

Sat, Sep 13, 3–5 pm, Everything Is Better Now
Jonn Herschend embraces absurdity on this bus tour of locations of public and private emotional crisis.

Sat, Oct 11, noon–4 pm, Buried Treasure Island
Bus tour led by BARGE (the Bay Area Research Group in Enviro-aesthetics) explores the history of land use on Treasure Island.

Sat, Oct 18, 2–5pm, An Unnatural History of Golden Gate Park
Walking tour. The Studio for Urban Projects team up with landscape designers, ecologists and park historians to illuminate Golden Gate Park’s complex history. Tour meets on the steps of the Conservatory of Flowers on Kennedy Drive. This tour is accessible.