I took this at the start of my walk, corner of 24th and Valencia looking west on 24th.

It is 8 a.m, 59.5° and headed to 70°. Details for the next ten days are here.

Today’s block for the Mission Wakes Up: 24th and 25th Streets between Valencia and Bartlett.  You can see all of the essays here.  If you want to participate in the project to document the Mission waking up, please contact us at info@missionlocal.com.

Frustrating today as I wanted to get the lovely classical figures above the old main entrance of the library, but the shot failed.

Again, few people were out so the only sound was an occasional bus.  Mostly, what I saw on the block made me think of different art projects.  First the classical figures that I failed to get, then the slice of a house on Bartlett that together with the sky looked like a frame from Fidel Dolorier’s Misión Abstracta Series.

Then there was the Amazon Box on Bartlett, which made me think of this show I saw at MOMA on the conceptual Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco.  It’s always been difficult to understand conceptual shows, but this one helped enormously with audio from the artist talking about the different pieces. One, was a shoe box, Shoe Box, 1993.   And here is the audio of him talking about it.

And then there was the empty lot on Bartlett that was behind an iron fence.  It had a patch of fake turf and a water fixture in the distance that would make anyone ache for imagination.

Enjoy the day!

Lydia Chávez

I’ve been a Mission resident since 1998 and a professor emeritus at Berkeley’s J-school since 2019 when I retired. I got my start in newspapers at the Albuquerque Tribune in the city where I was born...

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