About the artist: Michael Jang (b. 1951) moved to San Francisco in the 70s to earn a MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. While earning a living through commercial photography, Jang was also busy documenting the sub-cultures and intimate social circles around him, immersing himself in the city's lively punk scene. He is a pioneer in the storytelling of the Asian American experience in California in both cultural and personal senses. In addition to his joyful or joking portraits, his documentary-style photography offers an honest view of quintessentially Californian moments, like the huddled mass gathered on the Golden Gate Bridge for its 50th anniversary, or Sex Pistol concerts and David Bowie sightings.
The t-shirt's image of the cat is featured in Jang's mural for
Bay Area Walls, free to the public on SFMOMA's second floor. The mural features his playful photos outlandishly staged as graphic posters or musician portraits, wheatpasted with writing and drawings as an ode to the city's rich graffiti community.
San Francisco photographer Michael Jang has spent a lifetime documenting the world around him. In early 2021, he wheat-pasted a series of his photographic images taken in the 1970s over a boarded-up storefront on Clement Street, the heart of San Francisco’s unofficial Chinatown. Unsanctioned public installations have since become his primary form, fueling his artistic practice with new resonance.