Living the in the Past:
An artist residency project with Jeremy Fish
When: Saturday, April 17, 2021 – June 6, 2021
Location: 215 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
At the end of 2020, San Francisco visual artist Jeremy Fish completed a three-month residency at Heritage’s Doolan-Larson Residence and Storefronts, a National Treasure and city landmark at the corner of Haight and Ashbury. The residency and exhibition, Living in the Past, is supported by San Francisco Grants for the Arts program and will open on April 17 at Haight Street Art Center (215 Haight Street).
The upper Haight is at once one of San Francisco’s best-known and most troubled neighborhoods: the former epicenter of the 1960s counterculture that has since then been both a bustling commercial and residential area as well as a magnet for people experiencing addiction and homelessness. Compounding epidemics in healthcare, systemic racism, and economic inequality have made a difficult situation worse, and like many neighborhoods in San Francisco, the Upper Haight, its businesses, and residents are facing existential threats.
Fish’s artwork is a testament to the history of the Upper Haight – its most famous residents and meeting places; its architecture and character – and the stories that hover over every foot of ground there. His living at the corner of Haight and Ashbury at this moment infuses the poignancy of these images: the fear and hope we all feel now. The exhibition asks how we can best serve the people and the places that make the Haight unique, and central to San Francisco. Most of the work is for sale, both online at haightstreetart.org/livinginthepast and in person at 215 Haight St.