Join us under the Mid-Autumn moon for Magic Mooncakes, Poetry, and Sounds, as we harvest as a community at Ross Alley!
Presented and curated by 41 Ross Artist-in-Residence Connie Zheng, the Mooncake Harvest Party celebrates the release of Magic Mooncakes, a collection of mooncakes made in collaboration with Chinatown SRO (Single Room Occupancy) Residents from Chinatown Community Development Center and the artist for the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival!
Partnering up with beloved Chinatown bakeries, Yummy Bakery and Garden Bakery, each mooncake design draws inspiration from the Chinatown Residents’ current joys in life, the people they love, and the dreams and hopes they carry for the future. During a two-week workshop, Connie intimately worked with residents to draft out their ideas and drawings to collectively combine them into two designs, expanding their creativity.
During the party, there will be literary performances by poets Maw Shein Win, Shelley Wong, Ploi Pirapokin, Leena Joshi, and Jennifer S. Cheng and a special DJ set by Red Beans, presented in collaboration with Fault Radio.
Cinematic Harvest - Food + Film Pairing
Thursdays, August 18th, August 25th, and September 1st 6-8PM
41 Ross Artist-in-Residence Connie Zheng presents Cinematic Harvests, a three-part screening series that will pair independent films centering food, restaurants and farming with small themed dishes that respond to each evening's film program!
Selected films range from documentaries to experimental shorts and emphasize familial relationships, ritual and labor, and movements through history, memory, fantasy and myth. Themes of love, tactility, and elastic time thread through the works as they transport viewers to home kitchens, ghostly restaurants and dreamy fields. Each screening will be roughly 40 to 60 minutes long and include films supported by Canyon Cinema, the Kadist Foundation and the Center for Asian American Media, including a screening of the Emmy-nominated film Bloodline and a Q&A with the filmmakers.
All screenings and food will be free to the public to join. Vegetarian options will be offered throughout our screening events. . Stay tuned on our social media @41.ross for more details about each screening!
About Connie Zheng: Table to Farm
As part of Connie’s residency at 41 Ross, she has developed a series public programs and an exhibition that engage visitors in critically (re)considering "farm to table" pathways through the lens of San Francisco Chinatown and a diasporic Asian perspective.
What does the journey from soil to grocery to plate to mouth look like when we center Chinatown — both literally and as an idea — and then conceptually expand outward?
How might this reframing help us to navigate historical and contemporary approaches to eating, farming, cooking, and the category of "food" more expansively?
In the newly 41 Ross space, the artist presents various works such as a wall-sized map tracing Asian farmworker history in California, a 'reading room' of literary works centered around diverse conceptualizations of "food" and eating, maps of Chinatown food businesses made in tandem with tourists and local residents alike, and a community pantry, among other works that will evolve over the course of the residency.
For future programming entails an experimental food and film screening series:
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41 Ross Community Art Space & the Artist-in-Residence Project are supported by:
San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development
Community Challenge Grant
#StartSmall, Fleishhacker Foundation, The San Francisco Foundation
San Francisco Grants for the Arts, Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, Zellerbach Family Foundation, California Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, CCC Contemporaries