James Baldwin: “Take This Hammer” (1963)

“There is no moral distance between the facts of life in San Francisco and the facts of life in Birmingham.” In the summer of 1963, the KQED Film Unit invited author James Baldwin to investigate racism in San Francisco. Baldwin agreed to be filmed while he scrutinized the liberal, cosmopolitan image projected by the city….

16th c. Costume Studies for Sophocles’ “Oedipus Tyrannus”

Paolo Veronese (Italian, 1528 – 1588) created these costume studies in preparation for the inaugural production of Sophocles’ tragic play Oedipus Tyrannus at the Teatro Olimpico in Verona, which took place March 1585. Although he was not credited as the play’s costume designer, the designs on this sheet were apparently consulted and incorporated. Inscriptions on…

site specific dance, san francisco, Ted Shawn

The Mechanics Monument by Douglas Tilden

In April of 1937, in a demonstration that ‘Athletic dance was the future sport of American men”. Ted Shawn and His Men Dancers performed at The Mechanics Monument by Douglas Tilden. The sculpture, located at the intersection of Market, Bush and Battery Streets in San Francisco, was dedicated on May 15, 1901. President Theodore Roosevelt…

Russian Site Specific Theatre in the 1920s

Photographs by Alexander Grinberg (1885-1979,) one of the most respected Russian photographers of the 20th c. His prestige was on the rise throughout the 1920s until 1929 when, under the storm of the cultural revolution the “old school” of Soviet photography came under fire as “depraved”, and Grinberg fell out of favor. His photography was…

Pasiphaë

Denials from me will no longer convince you; for the facts are now quite clear. If I had thrown myself at a man in love’s furtive commerce, I should rightly now be revealed as lascivious. As it is, because my madness was a god’s onslaught, I hurt, but my trouble is not voluntary. Why, it…