Bay Motion: Capturing San Francisco Bay on Film
November 9, 2013–June 29, 2014
This unique exhibition of film and video from Prelinger Archives—a collection of over 60,000 “ephemeral” (advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur) films—explores how the San Francisco Bay and the surrounding region was captured by amateur, professional and industrial camera people. Bay Motion: Capturing the San Francisco Bay on Film complemented the major exhibition Above and Below: Stories From Our Changing Bay, exploring how the San Francisco Bay has been shaped by humans and natural forces over time. On view in the Gallery of California Art, this multiple-screen installation presents a rich and often surprising selection of archival images, many long unseen, choreographed to provide an immersive and entertaining story of the Bay from the beginning of cinema through the 1970s.