Places Journal has published its complementing piece written by art historian Kim Munson, titled The Fight for San Francisco, to the upcoming photography exhibition Dual Views: Labor Landmarks of San Francisco featuring work by Wendy Crittenden and Tom Griscom. The following is an excerpt from the article:
Fifteen years ago, Rebecca Solnit and photographer Susan Schwartzenberg surveyed “the siege of San Francisco and the crisis of American Urbanism.” Today, the city is once again swept up in a period of rapid change: globalized, gentrified, redeveloped, hollowed out by the forces shaping the “knowledge economy.” Some call this the second tech boom, but of course it is only the latest instance in a long history of booms driven by new technologies, from dynamite to shipping containerization, that transformed entire industries and the city with them.
View images by the photographers and read the full Places Journal article here.
Curated by Munson, Dual Views explores the hidden historic labor landscape of San Francisco: Depression-era waterfront battles between striking longshoremen and police, iconic labor temples amongst soaring office towers, a former dynamite factory in idyllic Glen Canyon, and more. Tom and Wendy drew upon the Labor Archives and Research Center’s San Francisco Labor Landmarks Guide Book to identify sites and then roamed the city's streets seeking traces of its restive past.
The photography exhibit runs from March 19 - August 7, 2015. The opening reception will be held on Thursday, April 2, 2015 from 5:00pm-7:00pm at the Labor Archives & Research Center Gallery on the fourth floor of the SFSU Library and will feature remarks by the photographers about their works and a talk by noted San Francisco historian Robert Cherny.