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Aug
23
2022
Nov
30
2022
San Francisco

In the Banlieues/Centering the Margin: Saint-Denis/Oakland

The first of a series of international exhibitions focused on the margins and suburbs of France and the United States, “In the Banlieues/Centering the Margin: Saint-Denis/Oakland” is presented during Summer 2022 in Paris, Saint-Denis, San Francisco and Oakland. Whatever you call them - banlieues, peripheries, suburbs - this exhibition highlights the symbolic pivot from the center to the periphery. Artistic movements, social struggles, urban innovations: Oakland, California and Saint-Denis, France are today exerting their influence and inventing solutions to the challenges posed by equity and the rapid urban development of metropolitan areas. “Bringing together a hybrid corpus of images, archives, models, paintings, artistic installations, objects, and videos, this exhibition explores cultural and inhabitant practices in urban planning. They are composed of places, people, and stories, drawings – far from clichés - portraits of composite urban areas on the peripheries. There is an urgency, today, to recognize and understand the day-to-day experiences of those who live, work and create in our cities.” - June Grant and Laure Gayet, co-curators of the exhibition The exposition is co-produced by the Pavillon de l’Arsenal; the Villa Albertine in San Francisco and California Humanities ; in partnership with SPUR San Francisco, la Maison des Sciences de l'Homme Paris Nord; with the support of the foundation 836M, l’Institut Français, la Fondation Art Explora; in collaboration with the cities of Oakland and Saint-Denis, Périféeries and with the participation of ARTE. Generously sponsored by the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District.
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Jan
21
2020
Jun
30
2020
San Francisco

We Are the Bay

As part of the SPUR Regional Strategy, we sent photographer Ryan Young out to meet his neighbors. Over the course of a week, Young traveled 2,000 miles north, south, east and west to capture images of residents in the Bay Area's many and varied communities. The resulting photographs and conversations have been turned into We Are the Bay, a new exhibition at the SPUR…
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Jun
24
2019
Nov
11
2019
San Francisco

Non-Linear: The Mind of Michael Painter

Even among landscape architects, Michael Painter was unique. After all, it’s incredibly rare that the person responsible for a project comes as highly admired as the project itself. His ability to beautifully design landforms was surpassed only by his humility, and his love of collaboration was surpassed only by his willingness to ensure that every idea be heard. Ultimately, Michael’s body of work would span a half-century, hundreds of clients and more…
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Jan
10
2019
Jul
31
2019
San José

Re-Envisioning the Guadalupe River Park

Cities across the country are rethinking linear parks and trails to create community hubs and iconic spaces. From New York’s High Line to Atlanta’s BeltLine, from Miami’s Underline to Chicago’s 606, downtown districts and neighborhoods are turning neglected infrastructure into engaging public spaces. In San Jose, the 2.6-mile Guadalupe River Park can learn from these leading examples, leveraging both its natural and built assets to…
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Apr
8
2019
Jun
12
2019
San Francisco

How We Move

Humans have long exhibited an innate need to classify, categorize and taxonomize everything we encounter. How We Move, the newest exhibition at the SPUR Urban Center, applies a similar level of classification to the multiplicity of transportation modes that we experience on a daily basis. Come explore this new transportation taxonomy that communicates how people around the world travel from city to city, place to place and anywhere to home.
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Nov
1
2018
Feb
28
2019
San Francisco

How We Move

Humans have long exhibited an innate need to classify, categorize and taxonomize everything we encounter. Such a process helps us better grasp the complex, sometimes impalpable relationships between objects. Its history can be traced back to our earliest ancestors, when knowledge of what plants they could and couldn’t eat and from what animals they should and shouldn’t flee would trigger an appropriate reaction and determine…
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