The 5Ws Illuminated Sculpture Walking Tour
November 17 | 5:30pm
The 5Ws Project is an exploration of place with a specific focus on the 5M Project and surrounding neighborhoods. This inquiry unfolds as a public art and community partnership project utilizing the questions Who? What? When? Where? and Why? to provoke conversation and exchange. We are working in collaboration with youth development and after-school programs, neighborhood community based organizations, artists and tenants and collaborators at the 5M Project to explore and reveal memories, traditions, cultures and histories of the neighborhood.
Artist Ana Teresa Fernandez and designer & architect Johanna Grawunder, have created five illuminated sculptures installed at the 5M campus and in key adjacent public spaces.
After the walk, join us for the closing night of Alleluia the Road. Tickets on sale here: https://allu.eventbrite.com/
ABOUT ANA TERESA FERNANDEZ: Ana Teresa Fernández’s work mixes her personal story with larger issues of gender, labor, sexuality, and race. The performances that informed her paintings in graduate school and during her Tournesol Award period portrayed her enacting domestic cleaning tasks in a little black cocktail dress and heels—ironing, mopping floors, and even sweeping the desert—next to the infamous wall at the Mexican border. Fernandez’ work continues to subvert the typical folkloric representations of Mexican women through the arena of Public Art and an avid lecturing career.
Fernández has been the recipient of La Fragua Residency Award in Cordoba, Spain; the NALAC Fund for the Arts, National Association of Latino Art and Culture; and the San Francisco Foundation’s Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship. She has exhibited at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art; SEIU Headquarters, Los Angeles; the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco; the Oakland Museum of California; the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; African Time, Cape Town, South Africa; Miami Bassel; and has an upcoming solo show scheduled for 2013 at Centro Nacional de las Artes, Mexico. Fernández received her BFA and MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She lives and works in San Francisco.
Intersection for the Arts and the California Shakespeare Theater come together this fall to co-produce the Califas Festival, a six week-long immersive, story-filled play yard of music, visual art, performance, and more in and around Intersection’s headquarters at 5M (5th and Mission) in San Francisco. The Festival is the culminating event of the Califas Project, a year of multimedia creative exploration in communities around the state including productions of Richard Montoya’s The River at Campo Santo this past March, and American Night at Cal Shakes in June. The Festival will feature a new performance piece with text by renowned California playwright Luis Alfaro, commissioned songs from seven California jazz greats including Howard Wiley and Terrence Brewer, visual art from Joan Osato, Andrea Blum, Mia Nakano and others, as well as a myriad of community voices.
Working together through their research and development wing The Triangle Lab, Cal Shakes and Intersection continue to cross boundaries in their art-making, asking what kind of change can happen when an arts event features a letter from a Dream-act youth next to portraits of and by women living in SOMA SRO’s next to the work of Macarthur-award winning Luis Alfaro, next to a crowd-sourced playlist of California songs. This is the Califas Festival: a place to discover how our journeys – individual and shared – can help us dream the future of our state.