Preserving The Threads to Our Past
Preserving The Threads to Our Past. Photo: MP+D
Preserving San Francisco's 20th c. Musical Landscape
In partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts
Preserving San Francisco’s 20th c. Musical Landscape is an archival/engagement project that will preserve and make accessible for broad public access 234 linear feet of materials from five major 20th c. musical archives. The project will steward the musical legacy of key artists, critics and educators in San Francisco for generations to come as well as the musical identity of our city and its contributions to the field of music nationally and world-wide. The project will also bring attention to MP+D’s music holdings and expand its public reach with the creation of a new online music exhibit.
In collaboration with The Collected Works
Archive Live, Collected Works. Photo: MM
The Museum of Performance + Design collaborated with the San Francisco theater collective Collected Works to develop and perform a new site-responsive dramatic performance based on texts, images and recordings from MP+D’s performing arts archive. The project brought together artists devoted to creating theatrical performances within non-traditional environments and a rare collection representing the rich history the San Francisco performing arts. The collaboration presented an innovative response to bringing an archive to life while redefining the boundaries of theater-making and dramaturgy. This project is funded in part by the Zellerbach Family Foundation and W & F Hewlett Foundation.