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Patient No More Exhibit “Section 504 Sit-In”

The Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability asked Digital Fusion Media for an alternative to vinyl for their mural project. We recommended an adhesive fabric that looks and feels like linen and does not off-gas or smell like vinyl. The print quality is excellent and everyone loves it!

Client Feedback:  

“I just wanted to share that even though our exhibit has now closed at the Ed Roberts Campus, everyone agreed that the mural just had to stay up so it will now be a permanent fixture of the building!  People were just blown away by it, and it continues to be a really important cultural addition to a significant historical building.”

—Emily Smith Beitiks, PhD, Associate Director, Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability

That's Amado!  He just finished installing the mural at the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability.


The Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability invites you to discover a remarkable, overlooked moment in U.S. history when people with disabilities occupied a government building to demand their rights. Known as the “Section 504 Sit-In,” the protest profoundly changed the lives of people with and without disabilities, and paved the way for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990. 

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On April 5, 1977, American people with and without disabilities showed the world the power of grassroots activism. 

In San Francisco, more than 100 people began a twenty-six day occupation of the Federal Building to insist on getting civil rights. Four years earlier, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 made it illegal for any federally funded facilities or programs to discriminate against disabled people. One signature from the head of Health Education and Welfare (HEW) stood in the way of the law taking effect. People waited and waited. At last in 1977 frustration turned into bold action. A diverse coalition launched protests across the country. San Francisco's occupation was the most significant. On April 30, 1977, San Francisco's Section 504 occupiers emerged victorious from the longest take-over of a federal building in US history. A national disability rights movement was born.

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Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field

Digital Fusion Media produced interpretive signage for the Mark di Suvero exhibition. The sculptures will be located at Crissy Field for one year (May 22, 2013 - May 26, 2014). Presented by SFMOMA in partnership with the National Park Service and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, the work includes eight monumentally scaled sculptures, dating from 1967 to 2012, celebrating five decades of work by the artist.

Time doesn't stand still for art lovers

Christian Marclay

drawing by Luke Wilson for Time

 We went to SFMOMA on Tuesday night for a preview of "Christian Marclay: The Clock." In this 24-hour video presentation, shown in a "theater" to spectators occupying sofas, Marclay has woven together hundreds of film clips that include images of clock faces showing specific times. Those chronological readings are identical to the real times at which spectators are watching the presentation. When I walked in, it was just before 8 p.m., and Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon were arguing, in "The Odd Couple," about some women Matthau had invited over to share a meal.

Marclay's concept is easy to grasp, and it's also mesmerizing. Most people at this preview-reception watched for at least an hour; a few admirers said they'd watched - at other installations - for 12 hours.

At a reception downstairs, I met Sabrina Brennan, a graphic designer (and harbor commissioner for San Mateo County) who had provided the 18-foot-tall drapery that converted the fourth-floor gallery into a theater space suitable for Marclay's piece.

She said she'd first come upon the work at the Biennale in Venice. "I was getting art overload, had seen enough," when she saw "a dark room with comfy couches." It was irresistible; she went in, plunked herself down and started doing e-mail.

Looking up after a while, "I suddenly noticed that the time in the film I was watching was matched up with the time on my iPad." This seemed such an amazing experience, almost religious, she said, "that I sought someone out, and asked, 'Have you noticed that the time in the film ...?' "

This revelation, of course, was at the core of Marclay's project. I was all ears. What was the person's response? "He didn't speak English," said Brennan. "I was on my own."

P.S.: Artist Marclay, who was asked at the reception about his favorite part of the day, said, "When I go to bed, and finally lie down." Fans who want to watch the whole project, though, won't be able to lie down. For them, there was one period of extended showings that started Thursday, and SFMOMA has scheduled five more; see the museum's website.

E-mail: lgarchik@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @leahgarchik