JANET BISHOP is the Thomas Weisel Family Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She has lived in the Mission District since 1992.
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As Connie Lewallen rightly suggests, there are widely varying sensibilities and modes of production in contemporary Bay Area art. One distinctive aspect of the visual art scene here—as I have experienced it over the last couple of decades—has less to do with a predominant aesthetic than with an ethos, specifically a generosity of spirit that runs through the way many artists approach their lives and practices today.