San Francisco has never been a city lacking in street art, but I do miss the days when Barry McGee's work was artfully scrawled around Market St. Back when he was recognized on the streets as Twist, McGee was one of a handful of amazing artists coming out of the Mission. His buddies, such as Chris Johanson, Ruby Neri, Alicia McCarthy, and the late Margaret Kilgallen became collectively known to the art world at large as The Mission School. Their work and their loosely-connected style was chronicled as part of the gorgeous 2008 documentary by Aaron Rose, Beautiful Losers, and any celebration of their work is a must-attend event in this city.
So I'm really excited for tonight's big show at the San Francisco Art Institute, the opening party for "Energy That Is All Around." The exhibition, which runs now through December 14, showcases the formative work of the above mentioned folks – McGee, Johanson, Neri, McCarthy, and Kilgallen – all of whom shaped the way people saw art not only in San Francisco, but in DIY subcultures in general, starting in the '90s and for years to come. The opening reception for "Energy That Is All Around" takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. at SFAI's Walter and McBean Galleries (800 Chestnut) and includes a performance by Johanson's band Sun Foot, among other fun.
Image of Margaret Kilgallen at work from SFAI