Thursday, April 7, 2011

800 Chestnut Street

800 Chestnut Street, originally uploaded by deanv41.

The venerable San Francisco Art Institute on Chestnut Street is not only a real font of the city's creative culture, since 1871 in fact, but one of my favorite spots to meditate on new art from students, a famous mural by Diego Rivera, as well as a stunning campus created in a modernist concrete Mission-style. There are other art schools in town (one quite infamous as, essentially, a real estate ponzi scheme feeding off the dreams of young artists) but SFAI is the grand dame and a vital institution on Russian Hill that influences the whole Bay Area art scene.

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