Archive for November, 2008

it must have fallen out of a hole in your old brown overcoat

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

they never said your name but I knew just who they meant…

Donna Summer moment!
Woff is on the radio, this Wednesday Nov 19!

Artist and USF art professor Richard Kamler also hosts a weekly arts radio program on KUSF, one of my favorite radio stations, and he just interviewed me about my art practice. I generally spin the car stereo dial between KUSF, KALX, and KQED, depending on what’s in range, so I’m tickled to actually get to be on the airwaves of one of my fave three stations directly!

Richard and I sat down in the recording studio last Tuesday to record an interview. I’ve already forgotten what I rambled on about, but it’s almost a given that I said at least one or two inappropriate things.  So, if you’ve not heard me embarrass myself publicly enough yet, here’s yet another golden opportunity!

Richard Kamler: Art Talk
Wednesdays at 7:30 pm
Nov 19: Guest Jenifer K Wofford
KUSF 90.7

Art Talk is a weekly series of conversations and interviews with cutting edge artists, writers, performers and educators who are working to expand and embed the role of art and who consider art a catalyst for social change.

Art Talk airs on KUSF, 90.3 FM, in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Art Talk airs on Wednesday night at 7:30pm on @90.3FM, KUSF or streaming live at All shows are available for download on Richard Kamler’s site in Mp3 format. You can subscribe to the Podcast at iTunes or

Flor on the 3rd floor

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

Well, Thursday night’s talk at Kearny Street Workshop/Space 180 was lovely: I haven’t yet reviewed the video I had running whilst the conversations were going on, but my fingers are crossed that the sound came out well, since Jay, Cathy and Dan all had such smart, enriching, dynamic things to say.


As promised, Jay broke down some fascinating Manila/Philippines Marcos-era history for the gang, Cathy had everyone eating out of the palm of her hand as she discussed Filipino nursing and immigration, and Dan rounded things out with some great details on the Filipino experience in the US and California. Prior to their words of wisdom, I did a little rambling about the genesis of the Flor project, and showed a few fun images from “the making of” production stages on the posters. We started a little late, so unfortunately, we didn’t get to dive into a longer Q & A session, but suffice to say, it seemed like folks were really engaged in the conversation, and clearly wanted to keep it going. Woohoo!

I had this funny moment, sitting in the panel, looking out at a number of familiar faces in the audience who’ve seen me through the past couple of years of my struggle to make these art projects on Filipina nurses successful. I’ve talked their ears off about the reasons and inspiration for this work I’ve done, but it was so beautiful to hear 3 people I deeply admire, talking with grace and authority about it in depth. It felt like the ultimate corroboration, and validation, of why I’ve been doing this work: that’s it’s not just something in my head, that’s it’s real, that it’s relevant. It felt like, you know, like when Big Bird finally proved to the Sesame Street gang that Mr Snuffleupagus was real. Or when Al Gore proved that ManBearPig existed. (Except not furry. And also filipina, female, and with a nursing degree.) Okay. Lest I come up with any sillier comparisons, I’ll stop there.

the panel about my panels!

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

Confused about those Market Street posters that are up right now?
Don’t understand their references to Marcos or Milk?
Who’s this “Flor” chick?
Where’s an “I-Hotel”?
What’s Martial Law?
And why isn’t Wolverine in these comics, anyway?

Please come to Kearny Street Workshop on Thursday November 13 to have these questions and more answered, in what’s likely to be a most excellent discussion!

Big-time Bay Area Pinoy profs Catherine Ceniza Choy, Dan Gonzales and Jay Gonzalez are all participating in this panel related to the themes brought up in my Market Street posters, which just blows my mind. I’m beyond thrilled that they’re doing this.

An Art on Market Street Panel Discussion:
The Filipino Experience in the
San Francisco Bay Area the 1970’s

The San Francisco Arts Commission is co-sponsoring with Kearny Street Workshop a panel discussion about the Filipino immigration experience in the 1970’s as part of the Art on Market Street Program.  The panel will take place on Thursday, November 13th, from 7 to 8:30 PM at Kearny Street Workshop, located at 180 Capp Street at 17th Street, in Space 180.

The panel is presented as part of Flor de Manila y San Francisco, an Art on Market Street Program project that includes a poster exhibition by artist Jenifer Wofford.  The panel will discuss the connections between the Philippines and the San Francisco Bay Area, particularly in relationship to the immigration of Filipina nurses. The event is free of charge and open to the public.

This history inspired artist Jenifer Wofford to develop a story narrated in her poster series about the fictional character Flor Villanueva, a nurse who has emigrated from Manila to San Francisco in 1973.  The Art on Market Street exhibition includes six different, original poster designs reproduced and installed in 24 of the triangular kiosks on Market Street between Van Ness and the Embarcadero.  Ms. Wofford will show slides and details from all six posters at the panel discussion and talk about why she chose to tell this particular story.

The panelists include the following distinguished individuals:

Catherine Ceniza Choy
will speak about Filipina nursing and immigration history in the United States. She is an Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California at Berkeley where she teaches courses in Asian American History, Filipino American studies, and contemporary United States immigration. She is the author of the award-winning book, “Empire of Care: Nursing and Migration in Filipino American History,” which was co-published by Duke University Press and Ateneo de Manila University Press in 2003.

Dan Gonzales will speak about the Filipino-American experience and Asian American community activism in San Francisco in the 1970’s.  He is one of the founders of Asian American Studies and the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University.  In addition to a long history of teaching and writing, he has been an historical advisor to several film and television programs about Filipino American history, Asian Americans and American legal, political and social processes, and Philippine/United States relations.

Joaquin “Jay” Gonzalez will speak about Manila/Philippines political history in the 1970’s Marcos era. He is an Associate Professor of Politics and Director of the University of San Francisco Maria Elena Yuchengo Philippines Studies Program and has had numerous books published, the latest being Filipino American Faith in Action: Immigration, Religion, and Civic Engagement. After 9/11, Dr. Gonzalez was appointed Commissioner of Immigration Rights for the City of San Francisco, and in 2005 was awarded a Special Congressional Recognition by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for his exemplary work on immigrant concerns.

The San Francisco Arts Commission’s Art on Market Street Program brings contemporary art by Bay Area artists to San Francisco’s main thoroughfare on a year-round basis. In 2008 the Art on Market Street Program is commissioning projects that focus on narratives.

CONTACT: Judy Moran
judy.moran at


An Art on Market Street Panel Discussion:
The Filipino Experience in the
San Francisco Bay Area the 1970’s

Thursday, November 13th
7 to 8:30 pm

Kearny Street Workshop/Space 180
180 Capp Street at 17th Street

The Art on Market Street Program is funded by the San Francisco Arts Commission and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. Established by charter in 1932, the San Francisco Arts Commission (“SFAC”) is the City agency that champions the arts in San Francisco. We believe that a creative cultural environment is essential to the City’s well-being. SFAC programs integrate the arts in to all aspects of City life. Programs include: Civic Art Collection, Civic Design Review, Community Arts & Education, Cultural Equity Grants, Public Art, SFAC Gallery, Street Artists Licensing, and Summer in the City Concert Series.

biggie biggie biggie…

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

…can’t you see?
A really phenomenal compilation of super-sized Obama-related photos at The Big Picture:



Is it wrong that this pic reminds me of MJ’s big fire hydrant dance scene from The Way You Make Me Feel? (Right around the 5:10 mark.)

“for the first time in my adult life…

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

…I am really proud of this country.”
I’m still pinching myself. I can’t believe it actually happened!
Pics from Maloney and Smitty’s wonderful Obama-rama party last night.














Shifted Focus

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Pics of the Shifted Focus exhibition at Kearny Street Workshop/Space 180, courtesy of Christine Wong Yap! (Thanks, Christine.)

Entrance, with Mike Arcega’s “Auction” tape at right, and Kevin Chen’s drawings at left:

Weston Teruya (left), Mark Baugh-Sasaki (foreground), Wofford (wall)

Wofford’s first editioned archival prints, excerpted from “Flor 1973-78″: