September 14th 2009
Re: Oct. 17 San Francisco Tenderloin Opens Wonderland Exhibition
From: Artist Organized Art
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Out of Volunteerism, 16 public works of art emerge from San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood.

San Francisco – The art exhibition Wonderland takes place in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco from October 17-November 15 2009. The exhibition encompasses 16 site-inspired projects set throughout the Tenderloin created by 53 artists from San Francisco and beyond.

New York based curator Lance Fung created Wonderland to continue his exploration of collaboration, community and social exchange through the process of making contemporary art. Artists in Wonderland worked over the year with the Tenderloin community including nonprofits, religious organizations, schools, local arts associations and the public to develop their works of art. The themes in the artwork embody the full diversity that the Tenderloin offers and Proposal image by Offstage artist group include giving a voice to children shuttered by the environment, human trafficking, theater, homelessness, immigrant communities, local history and embracing the beauty of historic architecture.

“I am both excited and anxious to see how the Tenderloin community responds to Wonderland. After working here for over a year with all of the existing arts organizations, not for profit agencies, business owners and community groups to discuss relevant issues to them and then balancing these thoughts with the creative and inquisitive nature of the participating artists, I hope the right balance has been met. The reassuring element of this collaborative effort is that these friends and partners in the Tenderloin feel so strongly about Wonderland that they hope to build upon it in the following year so the collective experience continues.” states curator Lance Fung.

The entire event is based on volunteerism, from the curator to the artists and to the organizers, as the original budget for the entire event was less than $8,000. While the City of San Francisco’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development is contributing some logistical expenses, artists have partnered with local business owners, schools, and community organizations to make the exhibition happen.

North of Market/Tenderloin Community Benefit District [NOM/TL CBD] is proudly organizing the event. Wonderland is now the signature event of NOM/TL CBD allowing for proper documentation of this new venture. A full color exhibition catalogue and 30 minute documentary will be created for Wonderland and paid for by the NOM/TL CBD. “The NOM/TL CBD has been so impressed, after some initial skepticism, with the evolution of Wonderland and the artists collaboration and integration with the community and neighborhood artists, that we have adopted Wonderland as our Signature Event. This allows for some infusion of funds to help sustain the project. Wonderland has so engaged the Tenderloin neighborhood that we are preparing and looking forward to Wonderland II.” The NOM/TL CBD has been instrumental in connecting Wonderland with a number of organizational agencies.

Opening activities are scheduled for Saturday, October 17th in Boeddeker Park, located at the intersection of Eddy and Jones streets. Events include public performance, poetry readings, interactive activities for the children, and music. A detailed schedule of events will be available on our website however activities begin at 10 am and conclude by 6 pm. A symposium with the artists will be held on Sunday October 18, details online at The exhibition and all opening events are free and the public is encouraged to attend.

Participating Artists Include:

134 Golden Gate Avenue, Suite A,
San Francisco, CA 94102
Tel (415) 292-4812 Fax (415) 292-7520

Per Åhlund, Barry Beach, Erick Beltran, John K Melvin, Kaif Ghaznvi, Lauren Marsden, Brandon Robinson, Christopher Burch, Peiro Golia, Mike Maurillo, Jonatas Rodrigues, Alex Beckman, Doug Hall, Lynne McCabe, Melkorka Helgadottir, Andrew McClintock, Kit Rosenberg, Brian Bixby, Malak Helmy, Jorge Satorre, Alex Braubach, Regina Miranda, Noritoshi Hirakawa, Ranu Mukherjee, Owen Takabayashi, Roman Cesario, Monika Jones, Patricia Niedermeier, Kristin Timken, Mathias Josefson, Erik Otto, Brandon T Truscott, Colby Claycomb, Mitsu Overstreet, Thomas Watkiss, Sydney Cooper, Thomas Kosbau, Kara Pajewski, Izumi Yokoyama, Everaldo Costa, George Pfau, Christian Kurt Ebert, Mark Lee, Leif Percifield, Jonathan Fung, Agustin Fernandez Mallo, Layman Lee, Christophe Piallat, Lars Chelberg, John Roloff, Jessica Higgins, Erika Knerr, Joshua Selman

Press Contact:

Barry Beach, Press Liaison
Tel. 510/ 725-2780

An Exhibition Catalog Will Be Available

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