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Christo Oropeza Mural Painting Commission: 'Aun así, pienso en ti'
Fort Mason Center
2 Marina BoulevardSan FranciscoCA 94123
Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture (FMCAC) presents artist Christo Oropeza who creates Aun así, pienso en ti, a mural painting commissioned for the FMCAC campus for FORT MASON ART’s Summer 2022 program. The painting commission is on view from July 2022 to January 2023 in the “Corridor Gallery” between Landmark Buildings B & C. In FMCAC’s second outdoor painting commission, Christo Oropeza remakes former Army loading docks into portraits of FMCAC’s machine history. Continuing a thread realized in his 2019 Whatever the Work May Be exhibition at Guerrero Gallery and mural projects for Facebook and SFMOMA, Oropeza takes up the specialized tools and everyday objects that help us hang art works, maintain hallways, and generally keep the lights on. At FMCAC, the artist can add the “extraordinary” to his mix of the unusual and the mundane, as archival photographs document the super-sized nets, nozzles, and winches in use before, during, and after the site’s service as the U.S. Army’s San Francisco Port of Embarkation (1932-1955). Oropeza creates a suite of still-life paintings drawn from this military history and civilian uses of the site (1977 to the present); he then adapts these paintings for a new mural suite in the corridor gallery between Buildings B and C. Oropeza’s new commission also builds on San Francisco’s illustrious mural history, from Diego Rivera’s landmark indoor works to the now more than 500 Mission District murals originally launched and inspired by the Chicano, Black Power, and United Farm Workers movements. FMCAC hopes this new work transforms a silent alley into a fluent tableaux that can speak to the often hidden actors, implements, and systems that steward FMCAC and make it “go.”