STREETOPIA @ LUGGAGE STORE GALLERY SAN FRANCISCO MAY 2012

After San Francisco's new mayor announced in 2011 imminent plans to "clean up" downtown with a new corporate "dot com corridor" and arts district--featuring the new headquarters of Twitter and Burning Man--curators Erica Dawn Lyle, Chris Johanson and Kal Spelletich brought over 100 artists and activists together with residents fearing displacement to consider utopian aspirations and plot alternative futures for the city. The resulting exhibition, Streetopia, was a massive anti-gentrification art fair that took place in venues throughout the city, featuring daily free talks, performances, skillshares and a free community kitchen out of the gallery.

PRESS

'Streetopia': An Anti-Gentrification, Utopian Dream City in the Tenderloin (KQED, SAN FRANCISCO)

In a Midmarket Gallery, Imagining a Perfect City (NY TIMES)

Longing for Something Different: Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore interviews Erick Lyle (LA Review of Books)

BEST OPEN SOURCE UTOPIA: BEST OF THE BAY 2012 (SF Bay Guardian)

Utopia on Market Street? A San Francisco art exhibit explores the possibilities (KALW, San Francisco)

The art festival that aimed to change San Francisco (audio from KALW Radio, SF)