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Every Face Has a Story

Cece Carpio’s painted portraits of women from the Tenderloin neighborhood reveal the powerful presence of those who are often invisible in our society.

May–Oct 2018
Artist Cece Carpio takes over the Village Artist Corner this summer to radiate the themes of the exhibition Divine Bodies into the community surrounding the museum. Divine Bodies asks us to look for the divine in the human, and Carpio has found it in women living and working in the Tenderloin. With a series of painted portraits paired with their stories captured on video about the participants and their lives, Carpio shines a light on those who are needed to be seen.  

Carpio is known for paintings of ordinary people that reveal their resiliency and thriving presence. For this project, she interviewed and painted a range of Asian Pacific Islander (API) women, from workers to sisters to elders to business owners and those caring for the neighborhood’s homeless population.  

Stop by the mural at the Village Artist Corner and take a long look at the faces of these women and hear their voices. What stories are we missing when we don’t really see the people we pass on the street each day?  

Listen to the women tell their stories here

More about the artist here:

About the Village Artist Corner 
As part of a city initiative to revive underutilized public spaces with art, performance and community activities, San Francisco has created several Living Innovation Zones (LIZ) under the Groundplay Program. We are honored to share a LIZ with the San Francisco Public Library: the Village Artist Corner outside the museum on Fulton and Larkin streets. The Village Artist Corner is a venue for art for social change, a platform that encourages creative compassion with experiences designed to bring people together through installations, performances and art-making. In addition to programs on the first Sundays and second Wednesdays of the month, the Village Artist Corner includes a 30-foot-long mural wall that presents a rotating display of site-specific artworks. 

The Village Artist Corner is funded through the generosity of The Family of Tania Vonelleese Seymour. Founding program support was made possible by Housing-Related Park Program from the State of California, facilitated by San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department; The Hearst Foundations; California Arts Council; San Francisco Grants for the Arts; and The NFL Foundation and 50 Fund, the legacy fund of the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee.