Sargent Johnson

San Francisco Maritime Museum

Sargent Johnson spent his career in the Bay Area; he was the first African American artist on the West Coast to achieve a national reputation. Johnson moved to San Francisco in 1915 to study painting, drawing, and his primary medium, sculpture. Here, though, you can see a partially completed WPA mural.

This is what SF/Arts curator Christian L. Frock has to say about Sargent Johnson :

Behold Johnson’s incomplete mosaic on the balcony facing the San Francisco Bay. Originally commissioned with funds from the Federal Art Project for a publicly-accessible bathhouse, the building was ultimately leased as a private casino. When Johnson heard of these plans he walked off the job and the mural remains incomplete to this day, a small testament to an enduring artist’s legacy.

Event Info
Aug 21 → Sep 30
Daily 10 - 4
San Francisco Maritime Museum
900 Beach Street at the foot of Polk, San Francisco
Venue: 561-7100
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