Chet Canlas and Tony Remington, Memories to Light (still), 2021. Courtesy of the artist and the Center for Asian American Media.

Chet Canlas and Tony Remington, Memories to Light (still), 2021. Courtesy of the artist and the Center for Asian American Media.


Memories to Light at Fort Point

Thursday, September 28, 2023, 6:30pm
Fort Point National Historic Site, 201 Marine Dr, San Francisco, CA 94129
Free with RSVP

McEvoy Arts is pleased to announce a special screening and live musical performance of Memories to Light at San Francisco’s historic Fort Point for the inaugural evening of Keepers of the Fire, presented and produced by FOR-SITE in partnership with the National Park Service and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.

On September 28, McEvoy Arts executive director Susan Miller curates Memories to Light in response to the theme of earth and land as sites of migration. This presentation of Memories to Light features a projected screening of Asian American home movies with a live performance by local musicians Danny Clay, Gabby Wen, and Sophia Shen. Its panoramic juxtaposition of vintage and modern images and sound showcase the warmth and vigor of Asian American lives and stories. The film, directed and edited by Chester Canlas and Antonio Remington with an original score composed by Danny Clay and Theresa Wong, was originally commissioned by the McEvoy Foundation for the Arts and the Center for Asian American Media in conjunction with McEvoy Arts’ 2021 exhibition Next to You. Earlier presentations include those at McEvoy Arts in 2021 and in Chinatown as part of Neon Was Never Brighter in 2022.

Keepers of the Fire is a program of cultural events by five Bay Area curators responding to the five elements: earth, fire, water, air, and ether. These intimate, twilight gatherings bring together artists and public audiences to commune around fire pits for curated films, conversations, and live performances inside the bastions of the Fort. 

Curators for the other elements include Claudia Schmuckli, Curator-in-Charge, Contemporary Art and Programming at Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, fire; Veronica Roberts, John and Jill Freidenrich Director at Cantor Arts Center, water; Frank Smigiel, Director of Arts Programming & Partnerships at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, air; and Cheryl Haines, Executive Director & Chief Curator at FOR-SITE, ether.