This course’s focus is the visuality of multicultural San Francisco, namely, the ways that art in the city announces its diversity and addresses numerous social groups. We will read histories of US multiculturalism and the development of San Francisco’s art and cultural attractions; sociological investigation and theories of tourism; and fiction and creative journalism that situate San Francisco as a spectacular, expressive site. We will also visit popular locales and dialogue with artists and other cultural workers who were involved in establishing them in previous decades or are presently committed to recasting them for the twenty-first century. Our goal is to contribute to the documentation on San Francisco’s multicultural scenes by researching, recording, and writing informed histories about them.
Jacqueline Francis is Adjunct Faculty in the Art+Architecture Department at the University of San Francisco. She earned an AB in English from Dartmouth College, an MA in African-American Studies from the University of Wisconsin, and a PhD in Art History from Emory University. She is the author of Making Race: Modernism and “Racial Art” in America (2012), and a co-editor of Romare Bearden, American Modernist (2011), a collection of scholarly writings about this twentieth-century artist. A native New Yorker, she started visiting San Francisco in 1989 and is still discovering the wonders of her new hometown.