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9/28, Blazing and Blasted: Post-Punk Pre-Tech Underground Fi
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Nancy Tubbs

September 22, 2019    

McEvoy Foundation for the Arts presents:

Blazing and Blasted: Post-Punk Pre-Tech Underground Film in 1990s SF

On view September 27, 2019 - January 18, 2020. An opening reception takes place Saturday, September 28, 5-8pm., San Francisco

MORE INFO: https://www.mcevoyarts.org/exhibition/blazing-and-blasted/


The 1990s --after the influx of punk rock but before the apex of socioeconomic stratification resulting from the dot com boom-- fostered a period of extraordinary artistic activity in San Francisco. Opening on September 27, 2019 at McEvoy Foundation for the Arts (MFA), 'Blazing and Blasted: Post-Punk Pre-Tech Underground Film in 1990s San Francisco' presents experimental short films from the city's underground film community. The program is curated by Joel Shepard, former curator of film at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

'Blazing and Blasted' is presented in conjunction with MFA's exhibition 'Michael Jang's California.' Featuring 16 low-budget artists' films, Shepard identifies a spirit of rebellion and youthful energy in the program akin to Jang's prolific photography of all strata of Californian life. An opening reception takes place on Saturday, September 28, 5-8pm in tandem with the exhibition.

The video program centers on artists drawing inspiration from a vibrant street energy to produce and share work rooted in the physical culture of their surroundings. The city's independent filmmakers shot, cut, cast, and edited films with whatever was available, experimenting with narrative, poetic, and collagist approaches to create something beautiful that transcended its original context. Works are included from Craig Baldwin, Chris Johanson, Anne McGuire, Jenni Olson, Jon Moritsugu, and Thad Povey among others.

'Blazing and Blasted' celebrates this singular period in the city's cultural history when irreverent mixtures of subject matter and style collapsed distinctions between high- and low-brow. Yet the program is no nostalgic time-capsule of a bygone San Francisco and its subcultural artifacts. These films are at times grotesque, poignant, disturbing, and ultimately unforgettable. Reencountering them today unleashes vital questions of identity, belonging, home, landscape, and privilege in the context of the city's current cultural moment.

DATE/TIME:
On view September 27, 2019 - January 18, 2020. An opening reception takes place Saturday, September 28, 5-8pm.

LOCATION:
McEvoy Foundation for the Arts
1150 25th St., Building B
San Francisco, CA, 94107
415-580-7605
https://www.mcevoyarts.org

COST/TICKETS/REGISTRATION:
Exhibitions are free and open to the public.

MORE INFO:
Website: https://www.mcevoyarts.org/exhibition/blazing-and-blasted/
Email: info@mcevoyarts.org
Phone: 415-580-7605
Contact: McEvoy Foundation for the Arts

About McEvoy Foundation for the Arts:
The McEvoy Foundation for the Arts (MFA) presents exhibitions and events that engage, expand, and challenge themes in the McEvoy Family Collection. Established in 2017, MFA's vision is to create an open, intimate, and welcoming setting for private contemplation and community discussion about art and culture.
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