Coit Tower News - May 2015

  COIT TOWER NEWS – May 2015

COIT TOWER ARTIST FAMILY MEMBERS, PRESERVATION ADVOCATES CELEBRATE ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF REOPENING OF RESTORED COIT TOWER AND IMPROVED TREATMENT OF MURALS WITH LAUNCH OF NEW COIT TOWER MURAL ARTISTS EDUCATION PROJECT

On May 14, 2015, the one year anniversary of the reopening of a restored Coit Tower, the daughter and granddaughters of Coit Tower mural artist Otis Oldfield gathered together at Coit Tower with Coit Tower preservation advocates to celebrate the improved treatment of the Tower’s historic New Deal murals and to launch a new education project about the 25 artists who painted the historic Coit Tower murals.  The new education project will distribute 10,000 Coit Tower Mural Artists educational pamphlets this summer.  The pamphlets were created by Jon Golinger of Protect Coit Tower, in collaboration with Susan Goldstein with the SF History Center of the SF Public Library, and printed with generous support from Delia Fleishhacker Ehrlich, great-niece of Herbert Fleishhacker, who was the President of the SF Park Commission when Coit Tower was built.  They feature rare photos of the 25 artists who came together in 1934 to paint the Coit Tower murals, the first big art project in the nation paid for by the government through the New Deal.

Three years ago, San Francisco voters approved Proposition B, a Coit Tower Preservation ballot measure that required the city to prioritize the millions of dollars generated by Coit Tower visitors for the ongoing restoration and protection of the 81 year old building and its historic collection of 27 frescos and paintings.  Before voters approved Prop. B, Coit Tower had lead paint peeling from the ceiling, poor lighting, seeping water leaks corroding the murals, and huge gashes damaging the frescoes.  On May 14, 2014, the city reopened Coit Tower following a six-month, $1.7 million repair of the building and restoration of every single mural inside the Tower for the first time in its history.  Last month, under the direction of the San Francisco Arts Commission, conservator Anne Rosenthal cleaned the murals and restored minor damage to some of the art from the past year.

Read the article “Coit Tower Muralists Get New Recognition” by clicking here:  http://hoodline.com/2015/05/coit-tower-muralists-get-new-recognition

EXPANDED MURAL ART TOUR PROGRAM AT COIT TOWER

In an effort to expand student and public awareness of the murals at Coit Tower, a Coit Tower Mural Education Fund has been created to expand docent led tours of the murals for students and the general public.  Donations will help support student field trips and educational docent tours.

“We at the Tower are dedicated to expanding the awareness of the this important art and its history the Tower murals represent,” says, Mr. David Crockett with Coit Tower, LLC, which contracts with the City to manage the day-to-day operations at Coit Tower.  “Many of our visitors are so intent on taking the elevator to the top for the view, they often miss the experience of these vibrant life depictions of the 1930’s.  We hope through this new program, we will be able to expand guided tours of the murals for students and the public.”

Donations to support the docent program can be made to “ArtCare: Friends of the San Francisco Arts Commission” and may be sent to Community Initiatives at 345 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94104.  Please add ArtCare/Coit Tower to your check memo line.  For more information about the docent program, Mr. Crockett may be reached by email at davycoittower@gmail.com

 

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