July & August 2017
“Building Bridges, Not Walls”
Public Event in collaboration with LaborFest
Friday, July 14
Canessa Gallery, in collaboration with the Living New Deal, will host an exhibit “Building Bridges, Not Walls” during the months of July and August. This exhibit acknowledges the contributions of the multicultural population of the Bay Area and its role in creating world-renown infrastructure. It will include Bay Area artists, poets and photographers whose work celebrates these contributions. Three themes will be highlighted to celebrate the bridges, the people who built them and the impact on our lives today: Immigrants, Diversity and Internationalism.
A companion exhibit also during July and August at the History Center of San Francisco Public Library, 6th Floor, will display and interpret historic photos and objects from the construction of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and other historic San Francisco bridges – the Golden Gate, Lefty O’Doul and Alvord Lake. Public programs are planned for both venues. These events celebrate the immigrant engineers who designed the bridges, the children of immigrants who built the older bridges, the woman and multiculturally diverse workers who built the new bridge, and the internationalism of the Golden Gate International Exposition and of the founding conference of the United Nations. This exhibit opens on July 15, 2017
The Living New Deal is dedicated to public education and documentation of the people, programs, and infrastructure of the New Deal. The Living New Deal has obtained rivets from the historic Bay Bridge which is in the process of being torn down, having been replaced by the new eastern span.