The Luggage Store Gallery & Annex 500 block of Ellis Street, between Hyde and Leavenworth, The Tenderloin
San Francisco, California

Exhibition: The Lost Art of Letters: Works of Students & Masters

Date: February 11-February 26, 2006

The Exhibit will be open each Saturday & Sunday from 11-3p and by appointment.

Opening Reception: Saturday February 11, 6-10pm

Admission is free

In these times of computers and type faced fonts, the art of letterform has become obsolete. On February 11, three art classes of East Oakland graffiti writers will demonstrate their mastery of urban calligraphic script developed in the least likely of all places, in the classroom.

What started as scrawling on subways may be the only study of letters and letterform in modern history. Much like ancient monks developed fonts to transcribe sacred texts that held the secrets to their society, students today incorporate their individual styles and urban imagery into this meticulous practice of lettering.

The Lost Art of Letters, a multimedia exhibition curated by Erika Abad, takes place at the Luggage Store Annex and will feature works by the students in programs taught by Weapons of Mass Expression (OASIS High School's class, 'Tryna Make It' and the Urban Arts Academy), Royal Crowns (East Oakland Community High), and Kriminal Skills (Urban Promise Academy). An experimental documentary short by Jill Jannusch will also be shown.
[email protected]
415 608 6905

Added by claudinerlco on January 16, 2006



The official address is: 509 Ellis Street (bet. Leavenworth and Hyde Streets).