Ira Watkins tells stories of a San Francisco that’s like a distant and fantastical memory, a place where he could make his way hustling a mean game of billiards, a city where one could squat in a vacant apartment for months at a time or get a five bedroom flat for a few hundred dollars a month depending on the neighborhood. He carried his portfolio in his backpack ready to jump on the opportunity to exhibit or sell a painting.
The Desai | Matta Gallery
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street (between 10th and 11th Streets)
San Francisco, CA 94103
OPEN WEEKDAYS 9:00AM to 5:00PM
We are grateful that we can safely welcome viewers back into our gallery.
When you visit the gallery we will ask that you:
• show proof of full vaccination on entering the building.
• answer a brief health questionnaire.
We in The Arts at CIIS believe that art is essential, that we make change through cultural shifts, and that we cannot build what we haven’t yet imagined. Please email with questions: Arts@ciis.edu.
The Arts at CIIS is a contemporary arts exhibition program that cultivates community engagement and creative and integrative approaches to the urgent challenges facing society today. Through exhibitions, publications, and events featuring emerging and established artists, The Arts at CIIS strives to promote pluralism in the arts, to support artists in the creation of new work, and to foster dynamic and critical dialogues within and across communities.
Our exhibition space at Mission Street was created with the generous support of Helen and Raj Desai and Robert Matta.