Opening Reception: Thursday, October 4th 6pm - 9pm
ArtSpan SF Open Studios: Saturday & Sunday, October 13th & 14th 11am - 5pm
Closing Reception: Thursday, November 29th 6pm - 9pm
The Tenderloin Museum is excited to welcome visual artist Deirdre Weinberg into its gallery space for ArtSpanSF Open Studios 2018. The artist has lived and worked in San Francisco for over 25 years; her dynamic artistic practice ranges from quickly drawn mini portraits to large scale public murals but is grounded in a sensitivity to her environment and immediate community. “I have always recorded my reactions to the world around me, even if it's not beautiful,” Weinberg says in her artist statement, “though I do seek to show beauty where it might be overlooked.” This perspective makes Weinberg an ideal artist-in-residence at the Tenderloin Museum, one who can create at the intersection of the neighborhood’s long, storied history and its persisting themes of transition, perseverance, and compassion.
Weinberg’s SF Open Studios project is an ambitious hybrid of portraiture and cartography, living memory and historic record. The artist will assemble a street map of the Tenderloin comprised of past and future artworks that represent people and places of the neighborhood, an homage to both the Tenderloin’s distinctive built environment and the luminous neighborhood map on the Tenderloin Museum’s ceiling. In an effort to invite people into her practice, Weinberg will add to her map throughout Living Memory in the TL’s run, making portraits of visitors at the Opening Reception (October 4th) as well as the SF Open Studios weekend (October 13-14). There will be many opportunities to view this map mural as it grows and expands, a living testament to the Tenderloin past and present.