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Chinese in the Sunset: Exhibit Launch

November 19, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Photos courtesy: SF Public Library; Western Neighborhoods Project; Palma You, CHSA; the Bow Yuk and Pui Ying Tang Family.

Update: Thank you to all who attended our exhibit launch! Check out event photos on our Facebook page.

Join CHSA on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at the Sunset Recreation Center (2201 Lawton Street, San Francisco) from 11am-3pm as we launch our newest exhibition, Chinese in the Sunset. A project about the lives of Chinese Americans in San Francisco’s Outer Sunset District, Chinese in the Sunset illuminates the history of racial restrictions preventing Chinese and other people of color from living in the Sunset, how the 1960’s civil rights movement and subsequent legislation removed the restrictions, how social attitudes changed, and how different perspectives within the community has led the Outer Sunset to become a vibrant community today.

To celebrate this event, CHSA will host an exhibit launch reception as well as two activities at the Sunset Recreation Center:

A photography walk led by CHSA staff. Walk around the Outer Sunset, take photos of your favorite places, and then add your photos to History Pin (historypin.org), an online photography database to share photos and histories of local communities.

Community Chalk Mural: CHSA is proud to work with Chelsea Ritter-Soronen, owner and co-founder of Chalk Riot. Chelsea is inspired by big blank spaces and the potential that they hold to become a canvas for significant art pieces. Her chalk art is inspired by traditional renaissance chalk art and modern anamorphic work. Participants will work side-by-side with Chelsea to create a chalk mural that showcases Chinese Americans involvement in the Sunset.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information about Chinese in the Sunset, please visit chsa.org/chinese-in-the-sunset.

The exhibit was made possible by a grant from Supervisor Katy Tang’s Office and supported by the San Francisco Arts Commission, Grants for the Arts, San Francisco Public Library History Center, UCLA Center for Neighborhood Knowledge, Western Neighborhoods Project, Recreation and Parks Department, and contributions from donors within the Sunset community.

Event sponsored by Recology SF

About the artist:
Chelsea Ritter-Soronen is a public artist and illustrator currently based in Napa, California.  She is inspired by big blank spaces and the potential that they hold to become a canvas for significant art pieces, and travels the world searching for them. Rooted in the belief that public art sparks positive community engagement, attracts local business, and encourages tourism growth, Ms. Ritter-Soronen aims to utilize her community organizing and project management skills with her artistic talent to beautify urban surfaces with intentions of inspiring and engaging those that walk by.

She is the sole proprietor of Chalk Riot, which specializes in creating custom pavement art and murals for marketing campaigns, special events, and interiors. Chalk Riot has artists in several states, with headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri. Chalk Riot is thankful for the opportunity to collaborate with the Chinese Historical Society to illustrate the important stories that weave the fabric of the Sunset neighborhood.

Between commissioned commitments, Ms. Ritter-Soronen teaches visual and performance art skills as tools for social change on the frontlines of various struggles. 


November 19, 2017
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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CHSA Museum