WHO Sculpture Unveiling

When: Wednesday February 27, 2013, 6:30pm, FREE

Where: Mint Plaza
Reception: 8 Mint Plaza


Intersection for the Arts presents the unveiling of a public art installation and a sculptural component of the 5Ws Project. The WHO sculpture–a 10 foot long, 300lb steel bench–is a physical question offering an opportunity for inquiry, learning, change and growth. Artist Ana Teresa Fernandez and designer & architect Johanna Grawunder, have created five illuminated sculptures that will be installed around the 5M campus and in key adjacent public spaces.

The 5Ws Project is an exploration of place with a specific focus on the 5M Project and surrounding neighborhoods. This inquiry unfolds as a public art and community partnership project utilizing the questions Who? What? When? Where? and Why? to provoke conversation and exchange. We are working in collaboration with youth development and after-school programs, neighborhood community based organizations, artists and tenants and collaborators at the 5M Project to explore and reveal memories, traditions, cultures and histories of the neighborhood.

The 5Ws Project includes community chalkboards, community partnerships (including: CHALK, United Playaz, SRO Collaborative/Sisters Rize!, Bindlestiff Studio, Hospitality House, West Bay, and First Exposures), a series of arts-based workshops, a re-purposed newspaper kiosk hosting exhibitions, an online interactive map, and lighting, sculpture and street furniture.The 5Ws is a project of 5MPlaceWorks, a new program led by Intersection for the Arts in collaboration with the 5M Project.  It is a pioneering new entity that fuses creative placemaking and economic development practice with the goal of a new model for inclusive urban development. 5MPlaceWorks puts artists at the center of inclusive and positive community change.You too can share your questions, stories, photos, and thoughts.

You too can share your questions, stories, photos, and thoughts. Interact with the map at http://placeworks.crowdmap.com, text (415) 756-1555, email 5w@theintersection.org or tweet with the hashtag #5W, to add your voice.

Established in 1965,  Intersection is a pioneering arts and community development organization that brings people together across boundaries to instigate break-through change. Intersection’s programs emphasize relationships, collaboration, and process. We work with hundreds of artists through residencies, commissions, fellowships, fiscal sponsorship and incubation, performances, exhibitions, workshops and public art projects. Annually, we work with more than 50 community partners across sector and field.

Intersection is currently a lead collaborator on The 5M Project, a 4-acre multi-phase, mixed-use development project located in downtown San Francisco. With The 5M Project, we are helping to prototype the next generation of urban development that embraces diversity of thought, life experience, and culture as essential to positive economic and social change in our neighborhoods. We have brought together artists, makers,  entrepreneurs, social change agents, and technology innovators to collaboratively develop a new kind of place that unlocks > resources, connection, and creativity across silos and disciplines.

ANA TERESA FERNANDEZ  (www.anateresafernandez.com) is a visual artist, sculptor, and performance artist based in San Francisco, CA. Originally from Tampico, Mexico,  Fernandez explores the territories that encompass different boundaries and stereotypes: physical, emotional, and psychological.  She subverts the typical folkloric representations of Mexican women by changing the protagonist’s uniform to the quintessential little black dress, a symbol of American prosperity and femininity and of the Mexican tradition of wearing black for a year after a death. Her paintings portray actual performances where Fernandez takes on the Sisyphean task of cleaning the environment – sweeping sand on a beach, vacuuming a dirt road – to accentuate the idea of disposable labor resources. She received her M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2006 and was the Tournasol Awardee at the Headlands Center for the Arts for 2007-2008. She has also completed residencies in Jakmel, Haiti at the Foundation d’arte Jakmel, and in Juarez Mexico through the LEF Foundation. She received the National Association of Latino Art and Culture Award, San Francisco Arts Commission Cultural Equity Grant, and the Murphy Cadogan Award.  She has shown her work locally at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Electric Works, Galeria de la Raza, Luggage Store Gallery, Queen’s Nails Annex, and Headlands Center for the Arts, and internationally, including Centro Cultural Tijuana, Mexico; Fondation d’Art Jacmel, Haiti; Sun Valley Arts Center, Sun Valley, Idaho; and Galeria Nacional Museo San Jose, Costa Rica.

JOHANNA GRAWUNDER (http://grawunder.com/) is a designer and architect based in Milan, Italy and San Francisco. Her work spans a broad range of projects and scales, from large-scale public installations, architecture and interiors, to limited edition furniture and lights and custom commissions. She also designs products for select companies including Flos, Boffi, and GlasItalia among others. Recent work includes private commissions for lights, furniture and interiors, as well as large-scale lighting installations. For the Freeport Singapore, she designed a permanent installation of “light ceilings” through out the building, as well as a unique light façade. And for Robert, in the Museum of Art and Design, NYC, she designed a total light ceiling covering the entire space. Her work is has been shown and is included in many Museum permanent collections, including Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), CNAP, San Francisco MOMA, Art Institute Chicago and the High Museum Atlanta. She worked with Sottsass Associati from 1985-2001, becoming a partner in 1989. At the Sottsass Studio she was involved primarily with architecture and interiors, co-designing with Ettore Sottsass, many of the firm’s most prestigious projects. In 2001 she left Sottsass Associati and opened her own studio in San Francisco and Milan. Graduating in 1984 from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Architecture degree, she completed her final year of studies in Florence, Italy and in 1985 moved to Milan. She was born in 1961 in San Diego, California.


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