10 Things We Learned in Hayes Valley

A compilation of facts and figures gathered during our month-long residency.


September 12-26, 2015 Root Division, San Francisco, CA

Rise Over Run Field Trip

Sunday, September 20, 2015, 3:30-4:30pm Wassaic, NY

Walk the Walk Field Trip

Saturday, September 26, 2015, 3:30-4:30pm Wassaic, NY

Wassaic Artist Residency

September 2-30, 2015 Wassaic, NY

Precarious Vision Nights

Monday, October 12, 2015, 7:30-9pm Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

2015 Heavy Breathing Catalog

The inaugural season of Heavy Breathing culminated in a spiral-bound publication

Heel Toe Heel Toe Field Trip

Saturday, January 30, 2016, 11am-2pm Bernal Heights, San Francisco, CA

Sign Language in San Francisco Field Trip

Friday, April 29, 2016, 3-4:30pm Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA

The Evolution of Power in Oakland Field Trip

Sunday, May 1, 2016, 12-1:30pm Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA

More Power to You! Field Trip

Sunday, June 5, 2016, 2-4pm Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA

Stairwell’s Valley Step Works Public Event

Sunday, August 28, 2016, 12-3pm Hayes Valley Art Works, 456 Laguna St, San Francisco, CA

Stairwell’s Valley Step Works

August 1-31, 2016 Hayes Valley Art Works, San Francisco, CA

Desire Trails at Headlands

Sunday, September 25, 2016, 12-3pm Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA

KQED Arts Field Trip at SFMOMA

Thursday, September 29, 2016, 5:45-8pm San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA

Stairwell’s Radio Quarter-Hour for Untitled Radio

January 13-15, 2017, 11am–5pm Untitled Art Fair, San Francisco, CA

Stairwell’s Stair Summit

Thursday, January 19, 2017, 5-8pm Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

Read ‘The Edda’ at the Stairs Seyðisfjörður

The Edda is the title of two collected Medieval Icelandic folktales, prose and poem written by Snorri Sturluson. I have a larg

The Decline of the Incline

The Decline of the Incline: An Elegy for Cincinnati’s Inclined Plane Railways, 1872 – 1948 PDF version The “Age of Incl

5 Things to Love about Stairs & Unstairs in 10 Things I Hate About You

In order of appearance… 1. After Cameron’s first day of school at Padua High, Michael, his geeky tour guide, manag

Freaking Tiny Staircases at the Cooper Hewitt

Recently, a friend brought to our attention the amazing collection of staircase models at the Cooper Hewitt in New York. These

The Floating Museum (1975-1978)

While writing a review of the excellent Oakland Museum of California exhibition Marion Gray: Within the Light, I learned about


We’re huge fans of the fantastic design podcast 99% Invisible over here at Stairwell’s. Their recent episode abou

High Fives & Water Stairs

We took a recent trip to YBCA for a BAN7 planning meeting and managed to turn it into an exploration of back passageways and s

From the Ground Up: Liz Bernstein

For her part as a From the Ground Up Field Trip Leader, artist Liz Bernstein led an activity in the Oakland Columbarium and

From the Ground Up: Kari Marboe

For her part as a From the Ground Up Field Trip Leader, artist and writer Kari Marboe delved into the history of two Oakland

Proto-Stairwell’s: Jim Melchert’s Location Project #10

Jim Melchert, Location Project #10, from the Points of View series, Thursday, November 7, 1974; Paramount Theatre, Oakland; p

Take the stairs

Tomorrow I will ascend the stairs at 49 Geary for the best kind of event I can envision: a friend’s art opening. The st

‘The Cliff House’ Documentary at Balboa Theatre

For those of you who had your appetite for all things Lands End-related whetted by our last Field Trip (or for those you who m

DREAM SITE: Stairwell’s at Aquatic Park

What if the next Stairwell’s show was in one these 2 circular concession stand/restroom structures at Aquatic Park? Ther

Walking and Listening: Podcasts

Hello, my name is Sarah and I’m a podcast listener. While binging on audio, I realized that by some cosmic alignment two

Some Stairs: Part II (Leading Stairs)

[This is the second in a series of posts by Joy Drury Cox. You can read Part I here.] A lot of my work deals with standard for

DISPATCH FROM LA: Missing Stairs

Taking a brief weekend away from the Bay Area, I flew down to Los Angeles for a few excellent reasons: a) the LA Art Book Fair

Living Upstairs

Until I moved to Brooklyn in the summer of 2007, I had never lived above street level. I don’t count the one summer I sp

Stairs in the Dark

The staircase leading to the upstairs room in the back of the Hideout at Dalva, as seen peripherally. Delicious fancy cocktail

Portable Ramp at the Piers

I spotted this portable ramp on the Embarcadero while touring the new Exploratorium buildings at Piers 15/17 recently. I don&#

Some Stairs: Part I

How does one meet a staircase? My first response is negligently. Staircases incite an immediacy to respond that must tap into

The Second Longest Escalator in Nebraska

It is probably no accident that those lulls in a cross-country road trip, when eager camaraderie and ingenious mix tapes give

PAUSES: Bruce Nauman’s Staircase at Oliver Ranch

  In a recent quest for inspiration, I found myself revisiting PBS’s Art21 series. I was pleasantly surprised by the interv

Winchester Mystery House

The Winchester Mystery House is a mansion located in San Jose, California. Now a famous tourist attraction, the mansion was on

LOS ANGELES: Angels Flight

A short time ago, I spent a weekend in Los Angeles, visiting my parents and celebrating a friend’s inclusion in a great


The Cleveland Cascade is not a dance move common in the state of Ohio. Rather, it is an outdoor Oakland stairway disguised as

FORT POINT: Stairs to Safety

Fort Point (built in 1861) to defend the Union army and California’s gold from outsiders, never saw any military action. The

THE RULES OF STAIRS: Poison arrows, crystals, & more

I have to admit that I’m not really a subscriber of Feng Shui. It seems to employ a threatening kind of reasoning: if yo

MATT KENNEDY: Jumping (2010)

jumping from matt kennedy on Vimeo. In this video, Matt Kennedy frames himself at the peak of his jumping capabilities, captur

COLLIN MCKELVEY: Updates from the studio

We did a second site visit with A GOOD WAY AWAY artist Collin McKelvey recently to see how things were coming together for th

NOAH KRELL: To Move a Body (2010)

The artists are hard at work on their pieces for the next Stairwell’s exhibition (July 13!). Noah Krell, one of the thre

KIDS ON A RAMP: Low tide on the Marina Green

I pass this spot every morning on my way to work and one day these kids demonstrated that it doesn’t go entirely unused.

Copies of Stairs: New work by Margo Woloweic

Bay Area artist Margo Woloweic is working on an exciting new project that features stair-related pieces made out of sewn tiss

World’s Coolest Staircases

Is everyone thinking about stairs right now? We’ve tapped into some sort of zeitgeist, that’s for sure. An article

Architectural LOLCATS <3 Stairs & Ramps!

Created by UC Berkeley Architecture students on spring break, these Architectural LOLCATS I just read about on the Archinect b

Stairs in film: A Matter of Life and Death/Stairway to Heaven

I recently stumbled upon an amazing romantic fantasy film from 1946 called Stairway to Heaven (also known by its original titl

Other art in stairwells: Ann Hamilton & Meredith Monk

While working on the first Stairwell’s exhibition, DEEP DOWN AND BUILDING UP, a friend suggested I take a look at anothe

Studio visit with Maggie Haas

We recently paid a visit to SF-based artist Maggie Haas at her studio in the Mission. Maggie told us about her residency at AC

Research for future Field Trips

This weekend included research for future Field Trips in the areas just south of Piers 15/17 on the Embarcadero and the resid

Studio visit with Carrie Hott

We visited the studio of Carrie Hott at REAL TIME + SPACE in Oakland last weekend. Carrie’s recent work touches on (but


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