What’s New?, a series of posters by artists Julio Morales and Claudio Michelo

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Art on Market Street Program

What’s New?: A poster exhibition by Julio Cesar Morales and Claudio Michelo

“What’s New?” posters by Julio Morales and Claudio Michelo

“What’s New?” posters by Julio Morales and Claudio Michelo

Exhibition Dates: November 14, 2005, to February 9, 2006

Artist Team: Julio Cesar Morales and Claudio Michelo

Poster Locations: Pedestrian side of 24 triangular kiosks between Van Ness and the Embarcadero

Walking Tour: Artists Julio Cesar Morales and Claudio Michelo will lead a walking tour to discuss their six poster designs on Saturday, November 19, 2005. The tour begins at the southeast corner of Market and Third Streets at 1 PM.

What’s New?, a series of posters by artists Julio Morales and Claudio Michelo, is inspired by Herb Caen’s introduction to his book Baghdad by the Bay, in which he surveys San Francisco residents about daily life in the Bay Area.

The posters will be installed in 24 triangular kiosks on Market Street between Van Ness and the Embarcadero from November 14, 2005, to February 9, 2006 as part of the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Art on Market Street Program.

These brightly colored, dynamically graphic poster designs incorporate linear drawings based on photographs of individuals, vehicles, and architectural elements, with abstract maps of areas on Market Street. Each poster also has a quotation from an interview with a Market Street pedestrian responding to the question: “What’s new?”

Julio Cesar Morales and Claudio Michelo have collaborated on various public media projects in San Francisco since 2001. Julio Cesar Morales, an artist/teacher/curator, is a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute. He works in a variety of art disciplines, including photography, interactive media, audio works, public art and video installation. His work has been exhibited extensively both locally and internationally. He has been the recipient of a Eureka Fellowship from the Fleishhacker Foundation, a Bay Area Award in Performance from New Langton Arts, and an Individual Visual Artist Award from The Arts Council, among others. He is completing a permanent public art project with Johanna Poethig for the San Francisco Arts Commission at the new Juvenile Hall facility.

Claudio Michelo is an young emerging photographer and graffiti-based artist living in San Francisco.

The San Francisco Arts Commission’s Art on Market Street Program brings contemporary artwork by Bay Area artists year round to workers, shoppers and visitors on Market Street.

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