September 10, 2009
The Tenderloin is San Francisco’s most central neighborhood, positioned between Civic Center and Downtown. Adjacent to Union Square’s many hotels, Powell Street and Civic Center BART, shops and Theater District, the Tenderloin is a historic neighborhood with a diverse and international community of residents and businesses.
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Celebrating the Tenderloin’s Vietnamese community, the artist presents a film of daily life in Vietnam set to a soundtrack of Vietnamese 60’s rock music. A wall-sized newspaper lining the windows includes images and texts by Vietnamese-American contemporary figures that have broken stereotypical molds.
Spurred by the Tenderloin’s historical connection to the sport of boxing, the artists have created a boxing gym installation that also serves as a reminder to stand up and fight for the neighborhood during tough economic times.
Central City Hospitality House studio artists have created a series of hand-painted clocks representing the busy lives of poor and homeless people living in the Tenderloin. Artists have each painted a personalized artwork on the face of a clock that represent their day-long activities to educate the broader community about the important contributions Tenderloin residents bring to the fabric of San Francisco.