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Lights On, No One Home 

Wednesday, Feb 12 2014

Imagine a neutron bomb dropped on downtown San Francisco – the people gone, the buildings and infrastructure left unscathed. The work in Now That You're Gone ... San Francisco Neighborhoods Without Us has that freshly apocalyptic feel, as nine local photographers pay gritty tribute to the city without the clutter of inhabitants. Presented by San Francisco Arts Commission and PhotoAlliance, the exhibit forgoes iconic landmarks in favor of personal, local points of reference. "There are no Golden Gate Bridge shots and no iconic structures to anchor the work in S.F., and yet it's absolutely clear where these images were shot," says co-curator Meg Shiffler. With pristine skyscrapers and ample parking meters displayed alongside a patched and filthy storefront and a solitary picnic table atop a tangled mess of sod, the city is portrayed as sleek and inviting, urban and wild. The images show off the city without sucking up to it — a visual explanation of the flaws we love.

Feb. 25-May 23, 2014

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