On the left, two overlapping square images of oil paintings of mug shots (one facing out, and one in profile), on a dark grey background. On the right, two digital collage images using black and white mug shot photos and various handwritten and stamped words.
11 March - 18 June 2023
San Francisco History Center Exhibit Space - 6th Fl
Main Library

100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States

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San Francisco History Center presents Artists in the Archive, an exhibition of photo collage by Xandra Ibarra and oil paintings by Penelope Houston. These two artists used the mug books in the San Francisco Police Department Records to create original artwork. The artists bring their own perspectives to this body of archival work and its representations of identity within the historical record. 


Companion program: Gallery Talk: Xandra Ibarra and Penelope Houston, Saturday, March 18, 1:00 p.m., Main Library, 6th Floor

Companion exhibit: San Francisco IDentities, on view March 11 – June 8, Main Library, 6th Floor


Image: Carolynn Wells, 23, 1938 by Penelope Houston (left). Collage by Xandra Ibarra (right).


Xandra Ibarra's work is presented in partnership with the San Francisco Arts Commission. Ibarra is one of the current artists participating in the SFAC Artist in Residence Program. Launched in 2015, this program builds partnerships with City Departments in order to provide unique artist residencies that result in strengthening the value of artists participating in and responding to the advancement of civic dialogue.

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