ArtSlant - Openings & events en-us 40 - Asian Art Museum - October 21st 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM <p>One of the world&rsquo;s greatest works of literature, the Rama epic &mdash; the 2,500-year-old classic and its many versions &mdash; teems with excitement. The story of Prince Rama&rsquo;s quest to defeat a powerful demonic king, rescue his abducted wife and re-establish order in the world is also, for many, a sacred tradition. For centuries, this beloved tale has been told again and again through visual and performing arts, literature and religious teachings in the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia and beyond.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;This exhibition invites you to explore the personalities and perspectives of four main characters: Rama; his wife Sita; Rama&rsquo;s faithful monkey lieutenant Hanuman; and the 10-headed demon king Ravana. Spanning the ancient to the contemporary, this major international survey of 135 artworks captures the epic in a new light. Coursing beneath the drama and fantasy of the thrilling tale, discover timeless human struggles and poignant moments that will resonate with your own story.</p> Thu, 08 Sep 2016 21:05:41 +0000 Urs Fischer - Gagosian Gallery - San Francisco - October 21st 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:07:14 +0000 Cody Hoyt, Alexander Kori Girard - Johansson Projects - October 22nd 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">In Cody Hoyt and Alexander Kori Girard&rsquo;s upcoming show at Johansson Projects, patterned forms and organic geometries come together in an unique exploration of functional permanence and mystic communication.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Cody Hoyt&rsquo;s ceramics are rigorously drawn, curiously angular, and intricately patterned, creating brutalist organic &ldquo;vessels&rdquo; that question the need for function over form. The forms are constructed from patterned slabs, which are themselves assembled from smaller individual pieces; a highly individualized framework for a three dimensional exploration of pattern and abstraction. Surface and material masterfully fuse to create a form that blurs the boundaries between utility and beauty. The historical associations of sharp lines and angles reference origami, the machine age and cubist space. Their openings are not an entry point or mechanism of display, rather a fissure within the vessel, completing its aesthetic design. The forms are cracked and ruptured within their pastel-toned markings, an unpredictable result of the mixing of elements revealed during the firing process. Yet, despite their perceived instability, Hoyt&rsquo;s vessels are solid and permanent in their delicate nature.<br /> At first glance, Alexander Kori Girard&rsquo;s works register visually as paper cut outs or prints, but each piece is individually hand drawn and meticulously painted. Perhaps influenced by his work in the world of high design and textiles, his craftsmanship and composition are both precise and organic. His artwork presents a narrative of how people experience and interact with the natural world, and an immediate personal connection is easily made to each piece. Evoking a magical feeling of an apparition, his petroglyphs are at once a shapeless void and a collection of familiar symbols. Elements of modern folk lore and story-telling are also integral: His grandfather, the legendary Alexander Girard, was a prolific collector of folk art, and Girard was submerged in this relation at a young age. His organic works thus contain an essential feeling of home. They are timelessly archetypal and fantastical, an homage to the healing power of nature.</p> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 23:26:07 +0000 - Legion of Honor - October 22nd 9:30 AM - 5:15 PM <div class="panel-pane pane-entity-field pane-node-body"> <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"> <p style="text-align: justify;">The lineage of the artist&rsquo;s book descends from the common impulse to use pictures to tell stories. This connection has held constant from Paleolithic cave paintings onward, through the emergence of the artist&rsquo;s book as a recognized creative medium in the twentieth century. Historically, artists have used the familiar elements of the book form&mdash;paper, printing, binding&mdash;as opportunities for expression and reinvention, sometimes challenging our notion of what a book can be. <em>Historic Futures</em> features examples documenting key moments in the evolution of the artist&rsquo;s book from the late 1700s to today.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">During the social and political upheavals of early twentieth-century Europe, avant-garde artists, poets, and designers re-imagined the book radically. This exhibition features <em>Dlia Golosa (For the Voice)</em>, the 1923 collaboration by El Lissitzky and Vladimir Vladimirovich Mayakovsky that was groundbreaking in its compositional interpretations of poetry; Filippo Marinetti&rsquo;s wild typographic transgressions, as exemplified by his <em>Les mots en libert&eacute; futuristes </em>(<em>Futurist Words in Freedom</em>, 1919); and <em>LidantYU</em> (1923), an early book by publisher and artist Ilia Zdanevich (Ilazd), with a text composed in Zaum, a Russian Futurist&ndash;invented language.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The exhibition continues with contemporary works, including <em>Musashimaro</em> (2013), by German artist Veronika Schaepers, whose treatment of a short story by Japanese author Choukitsu Kurumatani creates an immersive environment for reading. Examples such as this demonstrate how artists continue to approach the book as a medium still offering myriad possibilities for the creative imagination.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 02 Sep 2016 15:45:03 +0000 - Legion of Honor - October 22nd 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM <p>Throughout history, many artists have approached the book as a particular kind of challenge: an invitation to imagine its form and its future in their own terms. The merging of narrative and image has a rich history that spans thousands of years&mdash;from cave drawings to illuminated manuscripts, the visions of William Blake, and contemporary books&mdash;but the artist&rsquo;s book only came into its own as a recognized genre in the twentieth century. Join prominent historians, artists, curators, and scholars as we explore the past, present, and future of this vital, engaging art form.</p> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 19:55:27 +0000 Live Auction Gala - San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) - October 22nd 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM <p>The 36<sup>th</sup> Annual Live Auction Gala on October 22nd will feature works by Bay Area-based, national and international artists. The selection of work in the exhibition reflects the ICA&rsquo;s continued commitment to including nationally and internationally recognized artists in its exhibition program. Held in a sophisticated gallery setting with a professional auctioneer, Live Auction guests actively bid on a wide range of work including paintings, photography, works on paper, sculpture, and mixed media pieces by nearly 200 artists. Tickets and information can be found at or by calling 408-283-8155.</p> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 21:30:05 +0000 - Cantor Arts Center - October 27th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Douglas Crimp, art critic and queer theorist, reads from his new book, "Before Pictures," and discusses post-war art, gay culture and memoir writing with Richard Meyer, Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor in Art History.</p> Fri, 14 Oct 2016 19:49:22 +0000 - Root Division - October 27th 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM <p>Collect art, support arts education, and be inspired by artists at Root Division's largest annual fundraising event!<br /><br />We are proud to feature an eclectic mix of high quality artwork from over 150 established and emerging Bay Area artists, many who have been partners of the organization's growth over the past 12 years and including plenty of rising stars! <br /><br />Proceeds directly benefit local artists, free art classes for Bay Area youth, and the continued success of Root Division's unique model for keeping artists working at the heart of San Francisco.<br /><br />Tickets (entry times: HOST: 6:00 PM / VIP: 6:30 PM / EVENT: 7:30 - 10:00 PM)<br /><br />HOST LEVEL - Starting at $300<br />At each level, you'll receive access to experience this event to the fullest. You and your guests will receive complimentary valet parking, have reserved seats for the Live Auction AND part of your contribution is tax-deductible! All VIP benefits apply including early viewing and bidding, passed appetizers, specialty cocktails, and a limited-edition artist-designed tote filled with goodies and gifts!<br /><br />VIP TICKETS - $120 (at the door)<br />(1 for $110, 2 for $200 or 4 for $360 - by Monday, October 24th)<br />VIP tickets includes early viewing and bidding, passed appetizers, specialty cocktails, complimentary valet parking from 6 - 7 PM, and a limited-edition artist-designed tote filled with goodies and gifts! (Valet parking is available for a fee after 7 PM.)<br /><br />EVENT TICKETS - $50 (at the door)<br />(1 for $45, 2 for $80 or 4 for $150 - by Monday, October 24th)<br />Tickets to the Art Auction include entry into the event and free registration for a bidder number. The event includes food and beverages by local sponsors and a Live Auction (8 PM) and Silent Auction of art and gift certificates. (Valet parking is available for a fee.)<br /><br />For a full list of our participating artists visit:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sun, 09 Oct 2016 18:27:28 +0000 Group Show - fused space - October 28th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Night Gallery is pleased to announce&nbsp;<em>Flowers in&nbsp;Your&nbsp;Hair</em>, a curated group exhibition at FUSED, San Francisco, which will include the work of Katherine Bradford, Alex Chaves, Mira Dancy, Jules de Balincourt, Awol Erizku, David Hockney, Jake Kean Mayman, David Korty, Anne Libby,&nbsp;Tal R, Melanie Schiff, Claire Tabouret, and Barak Zemer. The exhibition will be Night Gallery&rsquo;s first collaboration with Jessica Silverman and&nbsp;FUSED, and an opening reception will be held on&nbsp;Friday, October 28, from&nbsp;6 - 8pm.<br />&nbsp;<br />Portraiture and floral motifs characterize the works included in&nbsp;<em>Flowers in&nbsp;Your&nbsp;Hair.</em>&nbsp;Implicit to portraiture is an acknowledgement that the image at hand was a moment frozen, and therefore that time has since passed. Flowers, with their even briefer lifetimes, speak to this inevitability perhaps even more strongly.&nbsp;Scott McKenzie sang about a dreamy vision of San Francisco in 1967, a city resplendent with gentle people covered in flowers, reveling in endless summer, never mind the August marine layer. If summertime is a love-in, autumn is a buzzing phone, and the vibration only gets stranger from here.</p> Sat, 22 Oct 2016 09:54:12 +0000 Bruce Conner - SFMOMA - San Francisco Museum of Modern Art - October 29th 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Realist. Surrealist. Hippie. Punk. Bruce Conner (1933&ndash;2008) was all of these and more. A pioneer in experimental film, collage, photography, conceptual works, and paintings, he challenged the limitations of medium, genre, and style, constantly breaking new ground. Both of and ahead of his time, Conner continues to exert influence over artists working today.&nbsp;<em>Bruce Conner: It&rsquo;s All True</em>&nbsp;is the first comprehensive retrospective of this pivotal American artist&rsquo;s incredible output, bringing together over 250 objects in various media, including film and video, works on paper, assemblages, photographs and photograms, performance, and more. Spanning his five-decade career, the exhibition presents aspects of Conner&rsquo;s work that have rarely been seen before, from paintings he made in the 1950s to photos from the Bay Area punk scene in the 1970s to video work from the 2000s, as well as numerous works produced in the last decade of his life.</p> <p class="body--xsmall" style="text-align: justify;">Major sponsorship of&nbsp;<em>Bruce Conner: It&rsquo;s All True</em>&nbsp;is is provided by the Henry Luce Foundation.</p> <p class="body--xsmall" style="text-align: justify;"><img class="img-responsive" src="" alt="Henry Luce Foundation" /></p> <p class="body--xsmall" style="text-align: justify;">This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.</p> Mon, 05 Sep 2016 18:41:00 +0000 Shinichi Iova-Koga, Jimi Nakagawa - Mills College Art Museum - November 2nd 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Taiko drummer Jimi Nakagawa and dancer Shinichi Iova-Koga will perform a duet to&nbsp;celebrate the release of the "95 Rituals" book which documents the process and&nbsp;performance of the 2015 project &ldquo;95 Rituals&rdquo; in honor of Anna Halprin. Jimi, a former&nbsp;member of San Francisco Taiko Dojo, incorporates improvisational jazz music. Shinichi, an&nbsp;improviser and creator of experimental theater works, incorporates Japanese traditional&nbsp;dances. The two fire information back and forth, colluding and colliding.</p> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:32:18 +0000 Kathy Aoki - Berkeley Art Center - November 3rd 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Kathy Aoki will present her talk <strong>T</strong><strong>he Rise and Fall of Hello Kitty Monument </strong>describing the faux historical context of the work on view in the gallery.&nbsp;Aoki has developed a humorous performance persona as Curator of this "collection" in order to lend ironic academic airs to the presentation.</p> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:04:42 +0000 Kathy Aoki - Berkeley Art Center - November 3rd 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Kathy Aoki will present her talk&nbsp;<strong>T</strong><strong>he Rise and Fall of Hello Kitty Monument&nbsp;</strong>describing the faux historical context of the work on view in the gallery.&nbsp;Aoki has developed a humorous performance persona as Curator of this "collection" in order to lend ironic academic airs to the presentation.&nbsp;<br /><br />Free for Berkeley Art Center Members.&nbsp;</p> <p>$10 Nonmembers, click on the link below to purchase your tickets in advance.&nbsp;<br />;event=607&amp;</p> <p>RSVP requested:</p> <h3 id="yui_3_17_2_1_1476042375848_491"><strong id="yui_3_17_2_1_1476042375848_490">&nbsp;</strong></h3> Sun, 09 Oct 2016 20:02:31 +0000 - Cantor Arts Center - November 3rd 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM <p>This is part of a continuing series of Art Practice faculty talks&nbsp;at the Cantor to welcome the Department of Art and Art History to their new home&nbsp;in the McMurtry Building.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div id="event-price" class="cost">&nbsp;</div> Fri, 14 Oct 2016 20:00:26 +0000 Danae Mattes - Dolby Chadwick Gallery - November 3rd 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM <p>Dolby Chadwick Gallery is pleased to announce <em>Alluvial Maps</em>, an exhibition of new work by Danae Mattes. Mattes&rsquo;s art presents powerful, absorbing visions of landscapes that have been realized, filtered, and synthesized by the artist and then reworked onto canvas. She writes: &ldquo;When walking through a landscape, I often find that a wonderful mirroring of myself takes place, as if the very act of movement becomes a gateway, an opening into perception.&rdquo; Each work serves as fulcrum for the dynamic ecosystems that surround us&mdash;the continuously unfolding patterns of life we encounter visually and physically as we move through our worlds, both natural and manmade. &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 08 Oct 2016 19:20:56 +0000 Clay Johnson - Elins Eagles-Smith Gallery - November 3rd 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM <p style="text-align: center;">Laramie Wyoming based Painter Clay Johnson to exhibit new paintings at his first solo show at Elins Eagles-Smith Gallery, San Francisco.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Clay Johnson was born in Durham North Carolina and studied painting and art history at Duke University, receiving a B.A. degree in 1985. For several years Johnson worked in New York and Connecticut as the studio assistant to American Color Field painter, Robert Natkin. In 1998 Johnson began exhibiting his own work in New York, San Francisco, and Washington DC, in a style influenced by The New York School and Color Field painters. After relocating to Laramie, Wyoming in 2014 Johnson&rsquo;s painting took a shift, evolving from an all over abstraction to that of multiple horizontal color bands stretching from edge to edge. Still essentially non-objective, the recent works nonetheless seem to express the wide-open spaces and ever changing light and sky of the Western prairie implying multiple horizons and foregrounds.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Clay Johnson is a process artist. He does not paint with brushes but rather spreads acrylic paint with a putty knife. Along the hard non-porous surface of the panels he works on he creates progressive layers of variegated color. Once dry he sands down through the layers revealing the underlying pattern, sometimes all the way to bare wood. He will often repeat the process building up a richness of the texture and subtlety of hues.</p> Thu, 08 Sep 2016 09:32:08 +0000