Artists

The creative people and programs at San Francisco Heritage's Doolan-Larson Building from 2020-2021

Jeremy Fish (Visual Artist)
AIR dates: September-December 2020
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"The Queen of Jeans" by Jeremy Fish, celebrating Peggy Caserta and her clothing shop Mnasidika.

San Francisco visual artist Jeremy Fish inaugurated SF Heritage's Artist-in-Residency program at the Doolan-Larson Building in September 2021. During his three-month residency, Fish interviewed Haight-Ashbury residents, Counterculture figures, and historians to imbue his art with depth and authenticity. The resulting series of intricately-detailed pen and ink drawings celebrated the Haight's rich Counterculture history, and paid homage to San Francisco's poster-art tradition made famous by artists including Wes Wilson, Stanley Mouse, and Victor Moscoso. Fish's artwork was displayed and distributed in various formats and venues, including the free exhibition "Living in the Past" at the Haight Street Art Center.

"Jeremy Fish & The House on Haight" (4:06)
Recorded Interviews with Haight luminaries
Ben Juodvalkis (Musician)
AIR dates: January-April 2021
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Ben Juodvalkis composing in the attic of the Doolan-Larson Building, 2021.

San Francisco composer Ben Juodvalkis created a multi-room "audio documentary" to support future public tours and events at the Doolan-Larson Building. He combined spoken content of Counterculture participants with original music composed onsite, creating compositions unique to selected rooms. Among the work Ben wrote and recorded was "The Duke of the Haight," a ballad to Norm Larson.

 

Since 2007, Ben has composed for more than fifty organizations, ranging from avant-garde museum installations to corporate keynotes. Additionally, he has released five albums and toured extensively with his rock band, Battlehooch. Juodvalkis' residency directly preceded his collaboration with Joe Goode Performance Group, whose Heritage-supported piece Time of Change debuted in September 2021.

"Movement in Place" (4:12)
Jimmie Fails (Actor/Writer)
AIR dates: June-August 2021
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Jimmie Fails inside the Doolan-Larson Building, 2021.

During his residency, Jimmie Fails (The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) compiled a collection of poems, short stories, and journals, as well as continued his work on a script about his experience growing up in a group home. While he is most known for acting, he has been eager to get his personal writing out to the public, and took inspiration from the Doolan-Larson Building and other Haight-Ashbury historic properties. Fails also collaborated with Haight Street legacy clothing shops on a photo exhibition, co-presented with ValueCulture and hosted at the SF Heritage pop-up space at 1506 Haight Street.

Melecio Estrella (Choreographer)
AIR dates: September-December 2021
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Melecio Estrella inside the Doolan-Larson Building, 2021.

The Doolan-Larson Building served as an artistic home for the creative forces behind Time of Change, SF Heritage's collaborative performance piece with Joe Goode Performance Group (JGPG) in September 2021. Co-director Melecio Estrella, the associate artistic director of famed aerial company BANDALOOP and member of JGPG since 2004, served as SF Heritage artist-in-residence while working on the show. He brought in his aerial expertise to activate the Doolan-Larson Building’s exterior architecture, alongside explorations of personal family histories, spirituality, and psychedelia.

Echoes of Hope - Melelcio Estrella at the Doolan-Larson Building (5:01)
Gabriele Christian and Chibueze Crouch (OYSTERKNIFE, Choreographers)
AIR dates: September-December 2021
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OYSTERKNIFE: Gabriele Christian and Chibueze Crouch

Choreographers Gabriele Christian and Chibueze Crouch (OYSTERKNIFE), two of the creative forces behind Time of Change, served as SF Heritage artists-in-residence while working on the show. OYSTERKNIFE are a queer Black duo who create works rooted in traditions from the African Diaspora. They choreographed one of Time of Change's primary sites, exploring the Black narrative of liberation in the larger context of this show’s historical timeframe. 

 

Explore Gabriele and Chibueze's (coming soon) individual residency projects:

Organizations

EyeZen Presents
AIR dates: June-July 2021
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Tina D'Elia as Peggy Caserta in a performance of "OUT of Site: Haight Ashbury" in front of 1506 Haight Street (SF Heritage photo).

EyeZen Presents' OUT of Site: Haight-Ashbury premiered in June 2021, with performances anchored at the Doolan-Larson Building. This queer-history tour celebrated the Haight-Ashbury's contributions to the Gay Liberation Movement. Award-winning actor Tina D'Elia portrayed two key figures from the era, Peggy Caserta and George Harris III aka Hibiscus, while steering audiences on a series of virtual and live-street theater performances throughout the Haight. Caserta, an openly bisexual woman, owned and operated clothing store Mnasidika in one of the Doolan-Larson Building's storefronts from 1965 to 1968. As the first “hip” store in the neighborhood, Mnasidika was instrumental in the development of Haight-Ashbury as a hippie enclave. Hibiscus founded the pansexual theater collective known as the Cockettes, and left a lasting mark across the worlds of drag, theater, music, and fashion. 

Joe Goode Performance Group
AIR dates: September 2021
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Dancers from Joe Goode Performance Group perform in the finale of "Time of Change" at the Doolan-Larson Building, September 2021 (photo courtesy Chani Bockwinkel).

Time of Change, SF Heritage's exciting artistic collaboration with San Francisco legacy business Joe Goode Performance Group (JGPG), was created by co-directors Joe Goode/Joe Goode Performance Group, Melecio Estrella, and OYSTERKNIFE (Chibueze Crouch + Gabriele Christian). This innovative in-person performance guided small audiences through the streets of the Haight-Ashbury to experience several moments of movement, music, and monologue, culminating in a vibrant finale at the Doolan-Larson Building with singers, aerial dancers, and video projections on the building's façade.