From October 19 to December 16, 2023, 500 Capp Street will host visual artist and curator Marcel Pardo Ariza with their project and work titled Orquídeas. Through their engagement with the history and activities of the trans community in San Francisco’s Mission District, 500 Capp Street will become an inviting and inclusive space to gather and share intergenerational stories, visual image-making, and ephemera that are focused on trans joy and artistic resilience.
The project, Orquídeas, will be on view and open to the public beginning October 19 with several planned public programs: 1)Memoria Trans SF, a social sculpture for dialog, conversations, with a generative collection of oral, archival and visual stories of trans joy in collaboration with writer Julián Delgado Lopera; 2) Café Porno, a social space at 500 Capp Street which will host sporadic pop-ups and workshops focused on serving the needs of trans sex workers in San Francisco, in collaboration with translatinx advocacy group El/La Para Translatinas; 3) Orquídeas/Orchid will also host a culinary event and dinner celebrating trans leaders, trans history, and movement-making in the Bay Area. A portion of donated funds during the workshops and events will benefit St. James Infirmary and El/La Para Translatinas.
500 Capp Street is seeking sponsors at $5000, $2500, and $500 levels to contribute to the run of Orquídeas/Orchid. Sponsors of $500 and above will receive acknowledgment on all online materials. Sponsors at $2,500 and above will receive a private curatorial and archive walk-through, lead sponsor credit on all printed and online materials, and public acknowledgment during the openings.
Donations of every amount -large and small- contribute to the success of this exhibition and provide continued support for 500 Capp Street's dynamic programming. Contributions are 100% tax-deductible.