Compositions: A Filipino American Experience



Compositions: A Filipino American Experience, curated by Janet Alvarado, is an exhibition of historical photographs by Ricardo Ocreto Alvarado which dramatically captures the Filipino community in and around San Francisco during the 1940s & 50s, will be on view in the San Francisco Main Library’s Skylight Gallery, Sept. 20 – Dec. 7.


The combined talents of Filipino American scholars, authors and musicians went into the making of Compositions, which includes the exhibition, a literary anthology, a musical performance, panel discussions and other related programs.


These unique historical photographs by Ricardo Ocreto Alvarado provide an enhanced understanding of the earliest roots of Filipino American life. The lively photographs of neighborhoods such as Bayview Hunters Point, Little Hollywood and Visitation Valley include celebrations, street scenes, nightclubs, house parties and other examples of community life.


An accompanying anthology, Claiming Our Stories, features contemporary Filipino American writers talking about the rich cultural history and contributions Filipinos have made to the City.