ArtSlant - Openings & events http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/show en-us 40 - Asian Art Museum - April 28th 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM <p>The San Francisco Unified School District presents a celebration of student creativity through visual, literary, media and performing arts, hosted by the Asian Art Museum. For the past 30 years this San Francisco festival has brought together families, teachers, artists and community members, emphasizing the promise of equity and access to arts education for all students K-12. All who attend the festival will see for themselves the inspiration and creativity in all of our youngest San Franciscans.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 07 Apr 2016 21:21:07 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list - Asian Art Museum - April 28th 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Bring your families to the SFUSD Arts Festival Community Celebration and enjoy performances and exhibits of visual, literary and media arts&nbsp;by students from San Francisco schools. Mingle with other families, school staff and community stakeholders at a light reception, and honor exemplary arts educators and programs at SFUSD's annual Dreamcatcher Ceremony.</p> Thu, 07 Apr 2016 21:23:06 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Laura Owens - CCA Wattis Institute - April 28th 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Pick your battles</em> is usually sound advice.<br /> <br /> When it comes to painting, there are many battles to choose from: flatness versus depth, materiality versus illusion, abstraction versus representation, the epic versus the everyday, the grid versus the gesture.<br /> <br /> Laura Owens picks them all, and she plays both sides. She self-consciously over-performs the act and the idea of painting. She makes paintings that look like paintings. She forces painting to perform tasks other than painting. She feeds painting its own tail so that it ties itself up in knots. <br /> <br /> This is an exhibition of new work. There are some paintings and books and sounds. There is also an immersive installation of silkscreened, wood-blocked, flocked, painted, and hand-printed wallpaper. (AH)<br /> <br />&nbsp; <br /> <br /> Laura Owens (b. 1970, Euclid, Ohio) lives and works in Los Angeles.</p> Thu, 07 Apr 2016 16:33:51 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Ai Weiwei - Haines Gallery - April 28th 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM <p class="Pa2">This spring, Haines Gallery presents an exhibition of impor&shy;tant works by the internationally renowned Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei. Entitled <em>Overrated</em>, the exhibition finds the artist grappling with history, challenging authority, and reanimating classical mythology to address the abuses of power that shape our present. The show is the first in Haines Gallery&rsquo;s redesigned exhibition space, which offers an expanded footprint to create new possibilities for the pre&shy;sentation of artworks.</p> <p class="Pa2">Several of the works in Ai&rsquo;s exhibition make reference to the travel restrictions and surveillance imposed on the artist fol&shy;lowing his 2011 detention. In response to the Chinese gov&shy;ernment&rsquo;s confiscation of his passport, starting on November 13, 2012, the artist began the everyday practice of placing a bouquet in a bicycle basket outside his Beijing studio, us&shy;ing vivid floral profusions to mock stale, bureaucratic power. <em>Bicycle Basket with Flowers in Porcelain </em>(2014), a delicate, remarkably precise sculpture created in the imperial kilns of Jingdezhen, commemorates this daily act of protest. Porce&shy;lain flowers reappear elsewhere in the exhibition in the in&shy;stallation <em>Blossom</em>, where they proliferate across the gallery floor. The marble <em>Surveillance Camera and Plinth </em>(2015) is a testament to those video cameras surrounding the artist&rsquo;s studio in China, which Ai defiantly festooned with paper lan&shy;terns similar to the model for <em>Lantern </em>(2014); the latter ap&shy;pears to blow in the wind despite its marble girth.</p> <p>&nbsp;The artist&rsquo;s iconic black-and-white photographic triptych, <em>Dropping the Han Dynasty Urn</em>, in which Ai is seen deliber&shy;ately shattering an ancient relic emblematic of Chinese ma&shy;terial culture and history, returns here at an enormous scale, this time in LEGO bricks (2015). Reproduced in gridded gray-scale, the overall effect at once suggests the pixilation of surveillance footage and the playfulness evoked by the presence of a childhood toy&mdash;both associations ricocheting off an act of destruction portrayed in the original photos. Ai&rsquo;s open distain for state power is echoed throughout his <em>Study of Perspective </em>(1995&ndash;2011/2014), a set of forty photographs of the artist raising a middle finger before monuments to power ranging from the White House to Tiananmen Square.</p> <p>The fantastical creatures hung from the gallery ceiling are found in a centuries-old Chinese text entitled T<em>he Classic of Moun&shy;tains and Seas</em>, a bestiary depicting strange animals such <em>Qin&shy;yuan</em>, a winged hybrid, and <em>Feiyu</em>, a bird-like flying fish, both created in 2015 from bamboo and silk with the help of expert artisans from Shandong Province. With these new works, the artist once again looks back toward traditional forms and mate&shy;rials in order to address contemporary conditions, focusing here on the continuities between the ancient world and our present one&mdash;the confused psychology of mythmaking and the political gains made by the invention of monsters. Reflecting on these primal impulses undiminished by modernity, the artist observes, &ldquo;People have always imagined another world parallel to reality, using creatures to reflect their fantasies and fears. Even today, we are facing a world that we suddenly realize we don&rsquo;t really understand. We&rsquo;ve gotten lost on many, many occasions. So the conditions of the human mind have never really changed.&rdquo; Yet, it is precisely the possibility of change&mdash;the potential in each of us to see clearly and without fear&mdash;that drives the artist onward.</p> Tue, 05 Apr 2016 20:36:52 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list - Asian Art Museum - April 29th 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM <p>Featuring 25 objects, most from the museum&rsquo;s collection, <em>Mother-of-Pearl Lacquerware from Korea </em>showcases the significance of Korean mother-of-pearl lacquerwares, highlighting aspects of their aesthetics, creation, use and conservation. It will be the first in-depth exhibition in the United States to explore this remarkable subject matter. <em>Organized by the Asian Art Museum.</em></p> Thu, 07 Apr 2016 21:17:49 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Thomas Laqueur, Gustave Caillebotte - Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive - April 29th 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM <p>Thomas Laqueur teaches European cultural history at UC Berkeley; his&nbsp;latest book is <em>The Work of the Dead: A Cultural History of Mortal Remains</em>. Laqueur is beginning work on a book about what dogs represent in Western art and he has many intriguing things to say about the eye-catching dog in the foreground of Gustave Caillebotte&rsquo;s 1876 masterpiece, <em>Le Pont de l&rsquo;Europe</em>.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Lunchtime talks are included with BAMPFA admission.</em></p> Fri, 22 Jan 2016 22:46:02 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list - San Francisco Art Institute - April 29th 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM <p dir="ltr">San Francisco Art Institute is pleased to present Rare and Fine Ephemera from the SFAI Archive, an auction of fine, rare, medium, and well-done artworks, artifacts, stories, and experiences spanning 150 years of singular institutional history. Join us on Friday, April 29 for a terrace reception and spirited live auction with Bay Area auctioneer and comedian Jerry Goldstone. A free, limited-edition catalogue will be available on-site for curious onlookers and big-spenders alike, with understandable preference given to big-spenders.</p> <p dir="ltr">Highlights include: Will Donaldson&rsquo;s Do-Wacka-Do (1924), an object suggesting a sculpture, REJECTED GRAPHICS, actual artworks, an actually very neat experience related to Angela Davis&rsquo; 1970s SFAI tenure, photographs of photographs, audio cassettes, and so much more.</p> <p>Sell the past to own your future. Only in this case, own both your future and your past by investing in the present. Our present.</p> Sat, 16 Apr 2016 20:20:40 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list - Southern Exposure - April 29th 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM <p class="normal"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>ALTERNATIVE EXPOSURE SAN FRANCICSO OPEN HOUSES HOSTED BY SOUTHERN EXPOSURE</strong></span></p> <p class="normal">Open Engagement is an international conference and platform to support socially engaged art. Southern Exposure is a local partner of this year's conference, which takes place in Oakland April 28 - May 1, 2016.&nbsp;</p> <p class="normal">Seven past recipients of Southern Exposure's Alternative Exposure grant present projects at various locations throughout San Francisco. Alternative Exposure supports the independent, self-organized work of artists and small groups that play a critical and significant role within the San Francisco Bay Area arts community. Alternative Exposure provides monetary awards&mdash;giving grants of up to $5,000&mdash;to foster the development and presentation of artist-led projects and programs that are direct, accessible, and open to the public. The program was launched by Southern Exposure in 2007 in partnership with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.</p> <p class="normal">An active presence in the Bay Area since 1974, <strong>Southern Exposure</strong> (SoEx) is an artist-centered non-profit organization committed to supporting visual artists. Through our extensive and innovative programming, SoEx provides an extraordinary resource center for experimentation, collaboration, and education for Bay Area and national artists and youth in our Mission District space and off-site, in the public realm.</p> <p class="normal"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Other Cinema</span></strong></p> <p class="normal"><strong>992 Valencia</strong></p> <p class="normal"><strong>10:00 &ndash; 11:30 AM</strong></p> <p class="normal">Conceived and stewarded by Craig Baldwin and housed in ATA (Artists&rsquo; Television Access) Gallery, Other Cinema is a long-standing bastion of experimental film, video, and performance in San Francisco&rsquo;s Mission District.</p> <p class="normal">Baldwin surveys the history of Bay Area alternative spaces, with a focus on Artists&rsquo; Television Access and Other Cinema and the contemporary microcinema scene. He will provide a lecture-demonstration with film and video clips from past Other Cinema programs, addressing Black Lives Matter, anti-eviction essays, North/South issues, street/public art, Psycho-Geography, Media Archeology, Optronica, and experimental media art.</p> <p class="normal"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Living Room Light Exchange</span></strong></p> <p class="normal"><strong>Two Living Rooms in the Mission (check </strong><a href="http://www.soex.org" rel="nofollow"><strong>www.soex.org</strong></a><strong> for details)</strong></p> <p class="normal"><strong>12:00 -- 2:00 PM</strong></p> <p class="normal">Living Room Light Exchange invites artists and curators to open up their living rooms for dialogue and to widen their circle of intimacy to include other thinkers and makers, as part of a monthly salon series. The format of the Exchange is committed to present undertakings, unanswered questions, and the ability for presenters to jump into the thick muck of works&shy;in-progress with a group of artists and thinkers.</p> <p>Video artist, photographer and art director Zen Cohen and Rick Prelinger, archivist, writer, filmmaker, and founder of the Prelinger Archives, discuss their work at the homes of artists Adam Gray and Jenny Odell. Check <a href="http://www.soex.org" rel="nofollow">www.soex.org</a> for the address of each Exchange.</p> <p class="normal"><br /> <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">A Simple Collective Project</span></strong></p> <p class="normal"><strong>2830 20th St, #105</strong></p> <p class="normal"><strong>12:00 -- 2:00 PM (ASC Gallery Open 12:00 -- 4:00 PM)</strong></p> <p class="normal">A Simple Collective is an organization of artists and arts professionals dedicated to community, equity, and content-driven contemporary art.</p> <p class="normal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="normal">ASC founder Rhiannon Evans MacFadyen presents <em>Advantage of Disadvantage</em>. To varying degrees, we all have our disadvantages in life. We lament them, compare them, but they&rsquo;re ours. Sometimes there&rsquo;s a particular disadvantage that means more to us than the rest. Within other communities, when we see others cling to their (dis)advantage, or play it as their trump card, do we get frustrated? Angry? Or do we sometimes wish we could claim it as our own? <em>Advantage of Disadvantage</em> creates a space to claim your (dis)advantage and to long for another&rsquo;s.</p> <p class="normal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="normal"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">PLACE TALKS</span></strong></p> <p class="normal"><strong>Prelinger Library, 301 8th Street @ Folsom Street, Room 215</strong></p> <p class="normal"><strong>2:00 -- 3:30 PM (Prelinger Library Open 1:00 -- 6:00 PM)</strong></p> <p class="normal">PLACE TALKS is a series of visual lectures about location that takes place at the Prelinger Library in San Francisco. Bay Area artists, writers, designers, archivists, and other curious people share lectures on place-related topics, illustrated by content from the Prelinger Library's rich collection.</p> <p class="normal">The Prelinger Library is an independent research library open to the public for exploration and reuse. PLACE TALKS is an artist project presented by Nicole Lavelle with Librarian in Residence Charlie Macquarie.</p> <p class="normal">For Open Engagement, the library will be open to visitors, and will present two PLACE TALKS from Bay Area speakers. Check <a href="http://www.placetalks.online/" rel="nofollow">www.placetalks.online</a> for exact speaker information.</p> <p class="normal"><br /> <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Stairwell&rsquo;s</span></strong></p> <p><strong>Meet at Southern Exposure, 3030 20th Street @ Alabama</strong></p> <p><strong>3:00 -- 4:30 PM</strong></p> <p>Tickets: $5 via Brown Paper Tickets, available beginning&nbsp;April 1, 2016&nbsp;at&nbsp;<span style="text-decoration: underline;">stairwells</span>.org</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Stairwell&rsquo;s is an itinerant project by artists Sarah Hotchkiss and Carey Lin.</p> <p>Starting at Southern Exposure, they will lead participants on an interactive group walking tour, challenging familiar understandings of everyday surroundings.</p> <p class="normal"><br /> <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Art for a Democratic Society</span> </strong></p> <p><strong>Mission Dolores Park</strong></p> <p><strong>Ongoing, 12:00 &ndash; 6:00 PM</strong></p> <p>Art for a Democratic Society is an artist collaborative whose work addresses political activism, urban planning, faux bureaucracies, and class war.</p> <p class="normal">For Open Engagement, A4DS takes on the persona of a redevelopment agency, asking the public how they would want to change their urban environment. In the form of an impromptu charrette, they ask passers-by to reconsider the use of public space.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Queens of the Castro</span></strong></p> <p><strong>Southern Exposure, 3030 20th Street @ Alabama</strong></p> <p><strong>Ongoing, 12:00 &ndash; 6:00 PM</strong></p> <p>Queens of the Castro brings awareness about the differences between gender and sexuality to high schools and universities by empowering LGBT Youth and allies to express themselves.</p> <p>For Open Engagement, they operate a photo-booth located at Southern Exposure, inviting the public to participate, express themselves using fabulous props, and take selfies with drag performers, while empowering participants to have frank conversations about gender.</p> Wed, 13 Apr 2016 22:52:17 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Carlos Amorales - Kadist Art Foundation - April 30th 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">For the last two years, Mexico-City based artist Carlos Amorales has been developing a series of works in relation to what he calls "Cubismo ideol&oacute;gico". Three films and a manifesto arose from this investigaton and <em>Cyclope</em>&nbsp;at Kadist marks the US premier of the first performance in this "Cubismo ideol&oacute;gico" series. Philippe Eustachon and Enrique Arriaga join the artist in this percussive and spoken word concert.</p> Thu, 07 Apr 2016 16:36:29 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Alexandra Bailliere, Elizabeth Bennett, Eryka Fiedler, Joel Frank, Nico Harriman, Jacqueline Sherlock Norheim, Holden Schultz, Jingwei Qiu, Leila Weefur - Mills College Art Museum - April 30th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">The Mills College Art Museum is pleased to announce the 2016 Mills College MFA Exhibition on view from May 1-29, 2016. The MFA Exhibition features work in a wide range of media&ndash;&ndash;painting, photography, sculpture, installation, and video&ndash;&ndash;created by the emerging artists of the Mills College MFA in Studio Art Program. Students showcase a final body of work produced as the culmination of their graduate experience. This year&rsquo;s presenting artists are Alexandra Bailliere, Elizabeth Bennett, Eryka Fiedler, Joel Frank, Nico Harriman, Jacqueline Sherlock Norheim, Holden Schultz, Jingwei Qiu, and Leila Weefur.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>THE ARTISTS</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Alexandra Bailliere&rsquo;s</strong> work explores the body&rsquo;s relationship to space. Through plaster mounted on wood panel and metal and paper sculptures, she investigates the symbiotic relationship between a body and its surroundings. By examining both impressions and reflections, Bailliere is considering the palimpsest, how a body leaves a memory of itself and how a body creates a unique memory based on perception.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Elizabeth Bennett&rsquo;s</strong> work spans various media&mdash;including drawing and public interventions &mdash; playing with the rules governing everyday spaces: her studio, a gallery, a commute, and the distances in relationships. Bennett uses humor and the power of text in response to her microcosm of society at large.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Mining a personal iconography, <strong>Eryka Fiedler&rsquo;s</strong> paintings are process-driven constructs of thought and physicality. The specificities have gone through a dis-assembly in which traces of dreams, memories, and the everyday are transformed into an integration of felt color, form and line.<br /> <br /> <strong>Joel Frank</strong> explores the intersection between nature and artificiality in our lives. Through painting, drawing, and ceramic based sculptures, he looks at how the biological and instinctual parts of us interface on a daily basis with the synthetic objects we use and the constructed spaces we inhabit.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Nico Harriman&rsquo;s</strong> work is autobiographical in nature. Using ink and watercolors, he follows meticulous, banal steps to create huge panoramic paintings. He paints like this to reflect the feelings he has about working his day job. He believes work is a necessary and bittersweet part of human life.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Jacqueline Sherlock Norheim</strong> creates installations and paintings that visually collapse layers of images and materials. Photographs of stones, sky, dirt, friends, and the landscape are playfully collaged between gestural paint strokes and fabric. These create magical intersections between seemingly disparate materials, hinting at a new version of the world.<br /> <br /> <strong>Holden Schultz</strong> is intrigued by the technological evolution of imaging devices. He photographs using a custom camera fabricated by joining a flatbed scanner to a large format lens. Resulting images render movement and highlight the passage of time in an unfamiliar way, revealing new dimensions of the human condition.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Jingwei Qiu</strong> is interested in multiple issues and phenomena that occur due to the rapid pace of globalization and technological innovation. He uses sculpture, painting, photography, and video to investigate how ideologies are reshaped by mass media and digital society, and how hyper-reality influences our understanding and interpretation of our senses.<br /> <br /> <strong>Leila Weefur</strong> uses video and installation to investigate structural racism through the language of color, order, and division. Tomatoes, crayons and other elemental objects are personified to represent human bodies. Through grotesque bodily transformations, her work questions the violent and polarizing nature of race and color labels.</p> Thu, 31 Mar 2016 18:48:58 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list - Mills College Art Museum - April 30th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p class="p1">Join MCAM and the 2016 MFA artists for the opening of the Mills College MFA Thesis Exhibition. Refreshments provided.</p> Thu, 07 Apr 2016 20:19:33 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list - Mills College Art Museum - April 30th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>The Mills College Art Museum is pleased to announce the opening reception for the 2016 Mills College MFA Exhibition, on view from May 1-29, 2016. The annual MFA Exhibition features work in a wide range of media--painting, photography, sculpture, installation, and video--created by the emerging artists of the Mills College MFA in Studio Art Program. Students showcase a final body of work produced as the culmination of their graduate experience. This year's presenting artists are Alexandra Bailliere, Elizabeth Bennett, Eryka Fiedler, Joel Frank, Nico Harriman, Jacqueline Sherlock Norheim, Holden Schultz, Jingwei Qiu, and Leila Weefur.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 13:54:39 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Laura Anderson Barbata, Janet Goldner, Melissa Potter, Miriam Schaer - Oakland Museum of California - April 30th 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM <p><strong>Open Engagement</strong> is an international conference&nbsp;and platform to support socially engaged art. The conference highlights the work of transdisciplinary artists, activists, students, scholars, community members, and organizations.</p> <p><strong>Allies or Aliens? Collaborating Across Cultures</strong></p> <p>This panel examines issues of power and privilege in socially engaged collaborations involving artist/facilitators from communities dramatically different from those of the participants. The panelists will describe a series of socially engaged collaborations with professional artists and artisans in the West African nation of Mali, with rural felt artisans in the Republic of Georgia, with Yanomami tribal artists from the Venezuelan rainforest, and with the extraordinary repatriation of the body of a 19th-century Mexican woman exhibited in Europe and the U. S. as a sideshow freak, a signal event encompassing art, memory, power, politics, the law and human dignity. Each panelist has a long-term commitment to their adopted communities.</p> Mon, 28 Mar 2016 17:25:55 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list - Asian Art Museum - May 1st 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM <p><ins cite="mailto:Zejian%20Shen" datetime="2015-12-18T17:12">Celebrate Asian American Pacific Heritage Month at the Asian Art Museum with yoga classes, art making, tours and storytelling</ins><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><ins cite="mailto:Zejian%20Shen" datetime="2015-12-18T17:12">.</ins></span></p> Thu, 07 Apr 2016 21:35:52 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Josiah Wedgwood - Cantor Arts Center - May 4th 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM <p>Mellon Curatorial Research Assistant and Art History PhD candidate Rachel Newman discusses her exhibition, which explores sugar manufacturing and consumption at the peak of the sugar trade in the late 18th- and early 19th- centuries. Newman considers works of art depicting everything from sugar&rsquo;s roots in brutal slave plantations to its final destination, the tables of tea drinkers in Britain. Supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Enter through the main lobby or Diekman (Rodin) Rotunda. Doors open at 5:15 pm.</p> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 18:48:22 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Mimi Plumb - Rayko Photo Center - May 5th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: left;" align="center"><span style="text-align: left;">In her later teens and early 20s,&nbsp;</span><a style="text-align: left;" href="http://www.mimiplumb.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Mimi Plumb</a><span style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;went back to where she was from, suburbia. She photographed the landscape of her childhood: &nbsp;the mushrooming housing developments, suburban malls, the county fairs, the torn up swaths of land, and most importantly the people living there, the kids, the teenagers, the adults, all reminders of her youth... Throughout her childhood years, in the 1950s and 1960s, growing up beneath the shadow of Mt. Diablo in the California suburb of Walnut Creek, Plumb watched the rolling hills and green valleys be developed with tract homes and strip malls. To her and her teenage friends, they were the blandest, saddest homes in the world. Suburbia also stood in stark contrast to the cultural and violent upheavals taking place across the country, the shooting of John F. Kennedy, the ongoing threat of nuclear war, the civil rights movement, and the anti-war movement. Suburbia felt like a cultural wasteland, something of a purgatory to her. Mimi Plumb got out as quickly as she could upon graduating from high school.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>In 1972 as a student at the San Francisco Art Institute, she realized that she wanted to photograph where she came from and what had shaped her. Off and on during the 1970s, Plumb photographed various suburban communities throughout the Bay Area, particularly in Walnut Creek and Marin County. These pictures she recently revisited and scanned, then collected into a series called&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.mimiplumb.com/what-is-remembered" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">What Is Remembered&hellip;</a></em>&nbsp;</p> <p>What is remembered? The teenagers with their sullen,&nbsp;<em>whadda you want, I&rsquo;m not going to tell you anything</em>&nbsp;gaze. Plumb got it. It was how she looked as she was growing up: cool, very cool. For her, this place of extreme alienation, of land being constantly torn up and divided into subdivisions, the land of Ed Rusha&rsquo;s Standard gas stations, this place, this is where Mimi Plumb came from, and what she remembered.&nbsp;</p> <p>Besides the landscape of her childhood, RayKo is also honored to exhibit another era of Mimi Plumb&rsquo;s work. The 1980s, when the photographer returned to the city, having left not just the suburbs, but also an extensive stint in the Central Valley with Cesar Chavez and the farm workers. The 1980s portraits, mostly of San Francisco city life, are the landscape of Plumb&rsquo;s young adulthood. The images attempt to capture the anxieties of a world spinning out of balance, similar to what many are experiencing in today&rsquo;s world. Global warming, civil wars in the Middle East and Central America, and the election of a former movie actor, Ronald Reagan, to the presidency of the United States, all contributed to the the punk diaspora of the 80&rsquo;s and the sense of no future. Dressing up, going out with friends, from photographs such as the&nbsp;<em>Woman at the Crystal Pistol</em>&nbsp;(a punk/transgender bar in the Mission district) to&nbsp;<em>Richard at the Palace</em>&nbsp;(a now defunct&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/1987/12/17/us/market-street-journal-dingy-palace-braces-for-renaissance.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">landmark pool/billiards hall on Market Street</a>), to&nbsp;<em>Tang at the Bowling Alley</em>&nbsp;(Serra Bowl in South San Francisco) and&nbsp;<em>Neil at the Dance</em>&nbsp;(singer in the legendary San Francisco punk polka band Polkacide), the images document a slice of San Francisco night life. A few of the portraits in this group are a glance back at Plumb&rsquo;s suburban roots like&nbsp;<em>Kim in Palm Springs</em>,&nbsp;<em>Two Women in Fur Coats at the Lookout</em>, and&nbsp;<em>Brie at the Motel.</em></p> <p>Both collections of pictures in the&nbsp;<a href="http://raykophotocenter.com/upcoming-show/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">upcoming show at RayKo Photo Center</a>&nbsp;are personal and autobiographical in content as well as charged and electrical. To quote Stephen McLaren,&nbsp;&ldquo;By the time she was in her mid-20s, Mimi Plumb turned her attention to the suburbs that were spreading out into the hillsides around Berkeley and Oakland. These pictures that she describes as being the landscapes of her childhood have remained untouched for more than 30 years and only recently has she been able to put together an edit called&nbsp;<em>What is Remembered</em>. It&rsquo;s not hard to discern the influence of Robert Frank and Henry Wessel in these images, shot in the full beam of the California sunshine, but the sensibility on display is not of someone passing through, but from someone who knows the locale intimately. Occasionally, we find images of gawky teenagers hanging out, and these portraits remind us that the photographer was a young woman herself who identified with the listlessness and ennui of growing up in the burbs.&rdquo;&nbsp;(BRITISH JOURNAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY, SEPTEMBER 2015, Cover Story,&nbsp;<em>California Redux)</em></p> <p>I have watched with interest as Mimi Plumb has been slowly bringing her archive into public view after all these years. I showed a selection of her&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.mimiplumb.com/dark-days" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Dark Days</a></em>&nbsp;work in my exhibit,&nbsp;<em><a href="http://raykophotocenter.com/2013/2013/4/21/san-francisco-days-documentary-photographs-spanning-30-years?rq=san%20francisco%20days" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">San Francisco Days</a></em>. I also built the exhibition,&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.sfartscommission.org/gallery/2014/9463/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">The Valley</a></em>, at San Francisco&rsquo;s City Hall around&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mimiplumb.com/pictures-from-the-valley-1" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">her farm worker images</a>. And now, it is my sincere pleasure to have a mini retrospective of Plumb&rsquo;s photographs in the exhibition,&nbsp;<em>What is Remembered&nbsp;</em>at RayKo Photo Center opening on May 5, 2016. Mimi Plumb is one of the best street shooters of that era, holding up to the greats, but she has something else that Winogrand and Frank and Wessel didn&rsquo;t have, a feminine eye. A sensibility that the men didn&rsquo;t have. There is something incredible raw about her pictures. I hope you will come see for yourself in May.</p> <p><strong>About RayKo</strong></p> <p><strong>RayKo Photo Center &amp; Gallery</strong>&nbsp;is a comprehensive photographic facility, located near the Yerba Buena Arts District, with resources for anyone with a passion for photography. Established in the early 1990&rsquo;s, RayKo Photo Center has grown to become one of San Francisco&rsquo;s most beloved photography darkroom spaces; it includes traditional b&amp;w, color and alternative process labs as well as a state-of-the-art digital department, a professional rental studio, galleries, and the Photographer&rsquo;s Marketplace &ndash; a retail space promoting the work of regional artists. RayKo also has San Francisco&rsquo;s 1<sup>st&nbsp;</sup>Art*O*Mat vending machine and a vintage 1947 black &amp; white Auto-Photo Booth and a retail store that sells all types of used film cameras, from view cameras to Leicas to a build-your-own Nikon station. Everything you need to make any type of photograph!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>RayKo Gallery</strong>&nbsp;serves to advance public appreciation of photography and create opportunities for regional, national and international artists to create and present their work. RayKo Gallery offers 1600 square feet of exhibition space and the Photographer&rsquo;s Marketplace, which encourages the collection of artwork by making it accessible to collectors of all levels.&nbsp;RayKo also has a thriving artist-in-residence program that further supports artists in the development of their photographic projects and ideas. Current resident artist,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.carlosjavierortiz.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Carlos Javier Ortiz</a>&nbsp;just received a Guggenheim grant as did 2013 resident,&nbsp;<a href="http://mcnairevans.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">McNair Evans</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>RayKo Photo Center &amp; Gallery&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>428 Third Street</p> <p>San Francisco, CA 94107</p> <p><a href="tel:415-495-3773" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">415-495-3773</a>&nbsp;(ph)</p> <p><a href="http://www.raykophoto.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.raykophoto.com</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 09 Apr 2016 21:09:55 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list