1992 May - 1992 June 30
"The Streets of Dai Fau: Arnold Genthe's Photographs of San Francisco's Old Chinatown" was an exhibition featuring photographs taken by Arnold Genthe in San Francisco's Chinatown, known as Dai Fau, before it was destroyed by the 1906 earthquake. Genthe was not a strict documentarian; in order to enhance the exotic image of Dai Fau, he freely tampered with his photographs. The exhibit featured both Genthe's original photographs and the altered versions. The Museum's Department of Education offered a series of lectures on documenting ethnicity and programs on the immigrant experience in conjunction with the exhibition. The exhibition and programs were funded by the Arthur Ross Foundation and the Henry Nias Foundation. A traveling exhibition organized by the Chinatown History Museum, the exhibit was on view in the Akeley Gallery of the American Museum of Natural History starting in May 1992 and continuing through June 30, 1992.
Individuals and institutions involved in the creation of the exhibition: Chinatown History Museum; Arnold Genthe.
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