ArtSlant - Openings & events en-us 40 Wendy Goldberg, Fernando Reyes, Kerry Vander Meer - SFMOMA Artists Gallery - July 29th 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p>Landscape, Figurative and Abstract Works</p> Sun, 05 Jul 2015 17:15:57 +0000 Alejandro Almanza Pereda - San Francisco Art Institute - Walter and McBean Galleries - July 30th 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Almanza&rsquo;s exhibition in the Walter and McBean Galleries is comprised of two parts&mdash;both above and below the water. In July and August, the gallery will function as an active studio, and scuba tank, for experimentation and the production of new work. In September, and for the duration of the exhibition, the resulting photographs and video will be presented.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Concurrent with Almanza&rsquo;s neon-scaffolding intervention of the Diego Rivera mural in the Diego Rivera Gallery from June 20-December 12.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>July 30,</strong> OPENING: EXHIBITION-IN-PRODUCTION: ALEJANDRO ALMANZA PEREDA: EVERYTHING BUT THE KITCHEN SANK, 6:30-9pm.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>September 11</strong>,RECEPTION: ALEJANDRO ALMANZA PEREDA: EVERYTHING BUT THE KITCHEN SANK, 7-9pm.</p> Wed, 15 Jul 2015 17:57:53 +0000 David Wilson - The Contemporary Jewish Museum - July 30th 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">Oakland based artist David Wilson collaborates with Francesco Spagnolo, the Curator of the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life. Wilson researched and drew objects from the Magnes&rsquo; collection. Spagnolo expands on and plays with the origins and meanings of the objects.</p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><a name="_GoBack" rel="nofollow"></a><strong><em>&nbsp;</em></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><strong><em>Mima&lsquo;amaqim </em></strong><em>(</em>from the depth of the collection)</p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">Inspired by the ambiguity of the Hebrew word found in Psalm 130, <em>mima&lsquo;amaqim</em>, David Wilson and Francesco Spagnolo have been collaborating on a deep study of the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life at UC Berkeley.</p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><em>Mima&lsquo;amaqim</em>, translated alternatively as &ldquo;from [or out of] the depths&rdquo; or <em>de profundis</em>, is a concept that evokes deep valleys, dark places, and mysteries. For several months, Wilson has been working in the deep storage of the Magnes, finding, researching, looking at, and drawing objects from the four corners of the world. Each drawing session culminates in a conversation with Spagnolo, who expands on and plays with the origins and meanings of the objects portrayed.</p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">This installation is the result of their collaboration. Artifacts, drawings, and annotations open a window into the process of bringing out the life of an object, unleashing its performative powers.</p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">The conversation is, by all means, not over.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 23:42:39 +0000 - Asian Art Museum - August 1st 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM <p>Well-known Taiwanese film director Mei-Juin Chen will screen her film about the life and times of Li XiangLan, who in her lifetime was known by many different names, among them Shirley or Yoshiko Yamaguchi. She was an opera singer, film actress in both Chinese and Japanese films, pop idol, accused of being a traitor in China, wife of artist Noguchi Isamu. She was a prominent movie star and singer from the late 1930's to 1958 when she married a Japanese diplomat and retired from a successful but controversial career. She served as a goodwill ambassador and was active in the Women's Fund to compensate comfort women. Her most famous song &ldquo;Ye Lai Xiang&rdquo; (The Tuberose)is still hummed by Chinese around the world. The hour-long movie will be followed by a Q&amp;A session with the award-winning movie director.</p> <p>&nbsp;Mei-Juin Chen has an MA in Visual Anthropology from USC. In 1993 she founded Lotus Films and embarked on a career as a documentary film maker. Her work has appeared in major film festivals around the world. In her work she continually seeks to explore how culture, nationality, and society shapes our sense of who we are and how it leads us to embrace multiple identities.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong><em>Co-presented by the SAA, Asian Art Museum, Center for Asian American Media and the Japan Society </em></p> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 19:28:45 +0000 - Asian Art Museum - August 2nd 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM <p>Discover and play as a family at the Asian Art Museum. On Family Fun Days, our fun gallery activities, immersive storytelling and creative art making opportunities will encourage you and your family to look more closely at the art and have some fun while doing so. Themes and projects change regularly.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;On Aug. 2, Alphabet Rockers will host a special Family Fun Day filled with art, music and dance, including a special performance from 1&ndash;2 PM. Make art, learn to beat box and blast off with Alphabet Rockers through hip hop grooves, rhymes and &ldquo;super-positive messages for kids.&rdquo;</p> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 22:00:16 +0000 - SF Camerawork - August 4th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Please join us on Tuesday, August 4th from 6 - 8 PM with Heat jury panel Pete Brook, Seth Curcio and Janet Delaney as we walk through the exhibition and discuss the artwork and how it responds to the concept of "heat."</p> Sat, 18 Jul 2015 17:59:58 +0000 Elizabeth Moran, Paccarik Orue - Rayko Photo Center - August 5th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Elizabeth Moran and Paccarik Orue have been working as resident artists for the past six months at RayKo Photo Center in San Francisco. Come see their surprising installations and creations on August 5th!</p> Sun, 12 Jul 2015 00:45:04 +0000 Al Barna, Randall Ann Homan - Rayko Photo Center - August 5th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <div id="block-yui_3_17_2_4_1435857923879_17344" class="sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div class="sqs-block-content"> <p>They are as much a part of the San Francisco landscape as the bay, the cable cars, and the city&rsquo;s spectacular views. But despite their enticingly bright presence, they are often overlooked.&nbsp;Not anymore. With the publication of a new book,&nbsp;<em><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">San Francisco Neon: Survivors and Lost Icons</a>&nbsp;</em>(Giant Orange Press), authors Al Barna and Randall Ann Homan shed new light on the backdrop and the history of the city&rsquo;s neon signs, the luminous beacons that help tell the story of the town&rsquo;s neighborhoods, its nightlife and its fun-loving nature.</p> </div> </div> <div id="block-yui_3_17_2_4_1435857923879_21805" class="sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"> <div class="sqs-block-content"> <p>&ldquo;The San Francisco we usually think of is a bird&rsquo;s eye view of hills and architecture,&rsquo;&rsquo; Homan said. &ldquo;We wanted to present a view of the city from the sidewalk, looking up at these remarkable neon signs that are an integral part of the urban landscape.&rsquo;&rsquo;</p> <p>The couple spent five years working on the project, searching out the city&rsquo;s vast patchwork of neon signs, dating back to the 1930s Art Deco era, like the Vogue and Curren theaters &ldquo;blade&rsquo;&rsquo; signs. While the book displays more than 200 classic neon signs still lighting up San Francisco&rsquo;s diverse neighborhoods from the Marina to the Mission, one of the unfortunate discoveries of the book&rsquo;s research was how many great works of neon art have been lost over the decades. &nbsp;&ldquo;Even in the five years since we started work on the book, dozens of neon signs have been removed from the city&rsquo;s landscape,&rsquo;&rsquo; Barna said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s our hope that this book will serve as a catalyst for San Franciscans to preserve legacy neon signs.&rsquo;&rsquo;</p> <p>As&nbsp;<em>San Francisco Neon</em>&nbsp;so vividly illustrates, the signs represent many of the places where generations of city residents have met to watch movies, drink martinis, buy raviolis and even park cars. Some of the iconic signs include the sleepy moon at the Nite Cap, the laughing chef at Original Joe&rsquo;s and the neon fish which reminded tourists what Alioto&rsquo;s restaurant features at Fisherman&rsquo;s Wharf. &nbsp;The neon signs dotting San Francisco&rsquo;s landscape cover just about every conceivable business and cut across almost all cultures and lifestyles, whether they are high-end hotels or small mom-and-pop markets. Neon graced the fronts of motor lodges, auto dealerships, liquor stores, funeral parlors and of course, dive bars. What could be more enticing than a large, red, tilted martini glass? Depending on the hour, maybe an oversized donut splashing into a cup of coffee.</p> <p>As the authors discovered, neon signs made even the most mundane storefront memorable. The appeal of neon at night is the atmosphere it creates, where even a quiet street could be turned into a movie set. And neon art reminds us of our past, representing decades of survival against all odds and the onslaught of relentless gentrification. &nbsp;<em>San Francisco Neon</em>&nbsp;tells a story that punctuates the night sky and lures us to experience a disappearing side of San Francisco. They may seem like relics from the past, but they continue to sparkle in the neighborhoods and destinations that make San Francisco such a quirky, colorful city of lights.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> Sun, 12 Jul 2015 00:48:21 +0000 Mission Voices Summer - Southern Exposure - August 5th 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p class="p1"><strong>(T)HERE![ther &middot; hir] puts a new twist on the age-old question,&nbsp;</strong><strong>how do we get there from here? Mission Voices Summer artists&nbsp;</strong><strong>investigate the potential for language to allow multiple, and&nbsp;</strong><strong>sometimes contrasting, meanings. The artists juxtapose opposites&nbsp;</strong><strong>and document their movements across the transdimensional plane&nbsp;</strong><strong>between here and there!&ndash; and guess what, they&rsquo;re here!</strong></p> <p class="p1">Mission Voices Summer (MVS) is an intensive arts program that focuses on arts-based community development by pairing local artists with teens. Three collaborative, multi-disciplinary projects guide learning and art-making, culminating with an opening event with performances, refreshments, and exhibition on view to the public.</p> Mon, 20 Jul 2015 21:33:26 +0000 Mel Prest, Connie Goldman - Chandra Cerrito Contemporary - August 7th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Please join Chandra Cerrito Contemporary for the First Friday opening reception of two concurrent solo shows in painting: "Color Chant" by Mel Prest, and "Shift" by Connie Goldman.</p> <p>Developed over the last two years, Connie Goldman&rsquo;s most recent dimensional paintings evidence the tenuous relationship between flux and stasis through shifting depths, forms, and colors within her sculptural multi-section panels. The works in "Shift" explores this duality through 3D and 2D, as dynamic sculptural shapes that coexist with vivid monochromatic surfaces. A momentary equilibrium is struck between one shape and what it may become, between one color and those surrounding it, between tension and calm.</p> <p>In "Color Chant," Mel Prest&rsquo;s first Bay Area solo exhibition in six years, the artist focuses her vibrant paintings comprised of stacked and colliding lines, on atmospheric color and light explorations. Prest's current body of work explores the "blue" autumns of Brooklyn -"melancholy, lightweight and fleeting" -and the "pink" atmospheres of California. The viewer's experience shifts according to changes in one's angle of view or time of day. Like the ever-changing atmosphere, with its uniquely harmonious strata, Prest's paintings defy singular states and keep us coming back to see more.</p> Sun, 12 Jul 2015 02:13:06 +0000 Elizabeth Bernstein, Luca Antonucci, Carey Lin, Kristine Eudey, Olivia Mole, Emma Webster - Pro Arts Gallery - August 7th 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Selections by Christina Linden, Associate Curator of Painting and Sculpture, Oakland Museum of California</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>July 3 - August 7, 2015</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Artists' Reception: Thursday, July 9, 6-8pm</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Artists' Talk: First Friday, August 7, 6.30pm</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>First Person Once Removed</em>&nbsp;brings together a constellation of seven artists working with the concept of the extended self to explore processes of abstraction. Juror Christina Linden says of the exhibition, &ldquo;Through a variety of techniques, these artists demonstrate that attempts to understand and represent external bodies&mdash;whether these bodies are lost objects, foreign landscapes or the people we live with&mdash;are always subject to abstraction. Some develop this abstraction in as much isolation as they can find in their studios, but others highlight the role of conversation, collaboration, and chance in their procedures.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Featured Artists: </strong>Luca Antonucci, Elizabeth Bernstein, Kristine Eudey, Carey Lin, Olivia Mole, Emma Webster</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Pro Arts</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA 94612</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow"></a> // 510-763-4361</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 25 Jul 2015 17:33:22 +0000 - San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) - August 7th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p><strong>Mary Younakof:&nbsp;</strong><em><strong>RGB&nbsp;</strong></em><strong>participatory performance</strong></p> <p><strong>Friday, August 7, 2015</strong><br /> 7:00pm<br /> Parque de los Pobladores (also known as Gore Park)</p> <p>On Friday, August 7,&nbsp;<em>ICA Live</em>! will feature Los Angeles-based artist Mary Younakof in a lively performance titled&nbsp;<em>RGB</em>. The artist will choreograph a series of movements with 49 volunteer participants wearing various colored dresses made by the artist, to create what will appear to be a visually engaging, human kaleidoscope</p> <p>PLEASE JOIN US! The public is invited to participate in this performance!</p> <p><em>Interested participants should arrive at the ICA at 6:00pm to select a dress to wear and to change in the coat-check area. The artist will choreograph a brief production in the park across from the ICA, with 49 participants wearing dresses from the project.</em></p> Thu, 16 Jul 2015 20:25:36 +0000 - The Contemporary Jewish Museum - August 7th 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; line-height: 115%;">In this short lunchtime gallery talk, Eddie Muller aka The Czar of Noir uses the lens of noir to talk about the ominous beauty of Los Angeles as it is depicted in the exhibition <em>Night Begins the Day: Rethinking Space, Time, and Beauty.</em></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; line-height: 115%;"><em>&nbsp;</em></p> Thu, 16 Jul 2015 23:18:28 +0000 Karina Denike, Midtown Social, LoCura - The Contemporary Jewish Museum - August 13th 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Three stylistically eclectic Bay Area bands honor the music of Amy Winehouse. Karina Denike, Midtown Social, and LoCura will put a new spin on the beloved artist's work while showcasing the diversity and talent of Bay Area music.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Presented in conjunction with the exhibition <em>Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait</em>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Thursday, August 13, 2015; </strong><strong>6:30&ndash;9pm</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Sunday, August 16, 2015; 2&ndash;5pm</strong></p> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 19:35:52 +0000 - The Contemporary Jewish Museum - August 14th 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM <p>In this short lunchtime gallery talk, rock critic Greil Marcus discusses Winehouse&rsquo;s unique interpretation of rock classics, drawing from his recent book <em>The History of Rock &lsquo;N&rsquo; Roll in Ten Songs</em>.</p> <p>Presented in conjunction with the exhibition <em>Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait</em>.</p> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 17:32:56 +0000 Joyce Maynard, Phil Bronstein, Carey Perloff, Ben Fong-Torres, Mathew Zapruder - The Contemporary Jewish Museum - August 20th 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; line-height: 115%;">On the fortieth anniversary of <em>Born to Run</em>, Litquake and The Museum celebrate the singer-songwriter. Dramatic interpretations of Springsteen&rsquo;s lyrics, personal reminiscences, and music by Joyce Maynard, Phil Bronstein, Carey Perloff, Ben Fong-Torres, Mathew Zapruder, and more.</p> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 17:35:00 +0000