ArtSlant - Closing soon en-us 40 Mayumi Hamanaka, Brooks Salzwedel - Johansson Projects - November 21st, 2013 - January 16th, 2014 <p>Johansson Projects presents Temporal Void, a two person show featuring new works by Mayumi Hamanaka and Brooks Salzwedel, in which the vulnerability of our environments, histories and memories is brought to the forefront.</p> <p>By slightly distorting recognizable images from twentieth century wars and layering hand cut prints and paper, Mayumi Hamanaka investigates perceptions of history and the contexts in which histories are written. In Hamanaka&rsquo;s latest project, Invisible Lands, her process is applied to photographs found in the aftermath of the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Using these photographs Hamanaka re-imagines and recreates the memories and histories of people, places and moments that have been lost in an instance. Brooks Salzwedel&rsquo;s work evokes the fragility of our environments, natural and unnatural, often by showcasing the junction of urban development and natural landscapes. These works simultaneously display the transition between unnatural encroachments on the natural and natural reclamation of environments. Salzwedel&rsquo;s graphite, colored pencil, and mylar works are cast in resin. The resulting serene yet eerie landscapes are full of depth.</p> <p>&nbsp;Mayumi Hamanaka received her MFA in Photography from California College of the Arts. She was awarded a Murphy Fellowship Award in 2003, and has attended artist residencies nationally and internationally at Santa Fe Art Institute in New Mexico and Taipei Artist Village in Taiwan. She is currently a Fine Art Museum of San Francisco de Young Artist Fellow. Brooks Salzwedel received his BFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. He has been widely exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at many institutions, including group shows at the Hammer Museum and MOCA, as well as work acquired by The Houston Museum of Contemporary art, and the Portland Art Museum.</p> <p>Show Runs November 21, 2013 - January 16, 2014
</p> <p>Reception: Friday, January 3, 5-8pm</p> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 15:26:20 +0000 Jonah Susskind - City Limits - December 13th, 2013 - January 18th, 2014 <p>For the inaugural exhibition at our new location in Jack London Square, City Limits is pleased to present a new body of work by the Oakland-based artist, Jonah Susskind. For the exhibition, Susskind has strategically manipulated household building materials and ersatz counterparts alike to establish an off-kilter echo between form and function. Bricks, chain links, and other familiar, pre-fab forms are left "as is" or they are altered by the artist to realistically mimic the surface and qualities of surrogate materials. Oscillating between loose gesture and systematic composition, each work establishes its own system of internal logic, striking a delicate balance between craft, chance, and personal sentiment (poetry?).<br /><br /><a href="" target="_blank">Jonah Susskind</a>&nbsp;is an Oakland based artist and curator as well as co-director of S.H.E.D. Projects.&nbsp;His work is a broad exploration of mimetic strategies for reconciling a cultural shift toward superficial value systems and dogmatic complicity. Susskind has exhibited and performed throughout the US, most recently at Cleopatra&rsquo;s and 65 St. Felix in New York, as well as Alter Space in San Francisco.&nbsp;His work has been reviewed in various publications such as Art Practical and &ldquo;The Clog,&rdquo; an online publication sponsored by The San Francisco Arts Commission.</p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 17:01:58 +0000 Marte Ekanes, Petros Moris, Brian O'Connell, Ruairiadh O'Connell, Mitzi Pederson, Stephen Prina, Ben Schumacher, Hugh Scott-Douglas - fused space - October 9th, 2013 - January 18th, 2014 <div class="exhibition-overview"> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">&ldquo;architecture undigested&rdquo; features artists whose works engage with the built environment in surreal and thought-provoking ways. The exhibition presents a range of works that riff on building elements from moving walls and misplaced window blinds to casino carpets and anti-slip guards gone rogue. The cumulative effect suggests an imploded house - one that subverts the distinction between structure and adornment. Although these works resist the use of exotic and expensive materials and thwart the comforts of home, they bring an odd intimacy to what might otherwise be perceived as industrial.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">The show includes works by Marte Ekn&aelig;s, Petros Moris, Brian O&rsquo;Connell, Ruairiadh O&rsquo;Connell, Mitzi Pederson, Stephen Prina, Ben Schumacher and Hugh Scott-Douglas.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">&ldquo;architecture undigested&rdquo; is curated by <span class="external">Jessica Silverman</span>.</span></p> </div> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 19:44:43 +0000 Jamie Vasta - Patricia Sweetow Gallery - November 7th, 2013 - January 18th, 2014 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>PATRICIA SWEETOW GALLERY</strong>&nbsp;is pleased to present Bay Area artist&nbsp;<strong>Jamie Vasta&nbsp;</strong>with her new series,&nbsp;<strong><em>Femme</em></strong>. In her fourth exhibition at the gallery Vasta immortalizes local drag and burlesque personalities in radiant glitter-on-wood portraits. Exhibition dates:&nbsp;November 7 through December 21, 2013. Reception:&nbsp;November 7, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Inspired by 17th century royal portraiture and 19th century society portraits, Jamie Vasta staged costumed performers who have become fixtures in the shrinking San Francisco burlesque and drag communities. Her subjects include locals such as Fauxnique, Mission District resident and recipient of the Miss Trannyshack Pageant, Kitty Von Quim, Bush Street barista and regular El Rio burlesque dancer, and Bunny Pistol, director of Barbary Coast Burlesque at the historic jazz club Yoshi's. These drag and burlesque queens are known for their performances that explore the limits of femininity. "Part of what brought me to the Bay Area years ago was the vibrant arts community, and I want pay homage to that. I can't think of a more apt personification of glitter than these performers, in all their glitz and hauteur," says Vasta.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Jamie Vasta has taken the visual arts to new heights with her glitter on panel works. Her insouciant medium is fine-tuned to accentuate narrative, as in her first exhibition&nbsp;<em>Mustn't, 2007.</em>&nbsp;Vasta began with Angela Carter's feminist reframing of fairy tales, and ended with a magical landscape where women with mystical powers cavort in deadly play. Vasta's second exhibition at the gallery looked at adolescent females posed with their trophy kill proudly displayed. Jamie Vasta then presented her most complex series to date,&nbsp;<em>After Caravaggio</em>, a contemporary reframing of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio's historic paintings composed with her coterie of friends and colleagues with props of today, turning gender, and context on end.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Reviews of Jamie Vasta's works include Art in America, Art Forum, art LTD, Modern Art Obsession, The Boston Globe, New York Times, SF Weekly, and The Bay Guardian. She received her MFA from California College of the Arts and is included in public and private collections, with a recent acquisition from the Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley.</span></p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 16:29:37 +0000 - Patricia Sweetow Gallery - November 7th, 2013 - January 18th, 2014 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>PSG will also present vintage photographs from the private collection of Barry Harrison.</strong>&nbsp;On view are 24 photographs from a photo album of 178 black and white photographs documenting the vibrant gay subculture that flourished in Hollywood after WWII. The title of the exhibition describes the content well,&nbsp;<strong><em>Party People, Hollywood Snapshots: 1949-1955.</em></strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">The photographer and locations are unknown. Some of the guests are identified by first and last name in handwritten captions. Others are more cryptic: "Bill A." and "Bob B." Many of the partygoers show up year after year (in different drag, of course). As amusing and entertaining as these photos are, there's something serious going on. These people were challenging the strict gender norms of the day, and in doing so, engaged in a glamorous act of defiance.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">While they pushed the boundaries of gender identity in Hollywood, the Under Secretary of State John Peurifoy was testifying before a Senate committee in Washington about a "homosexual underground" in the State Department. With the help of Joe McCarthy, he ignited the "Lavender scare" in 1950.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">At the time, homosexuality was classified as a mental illness. Gay men and lesbians were considered susceptible to blackmail, thus constituting a security risk. In 1953, President Eisenhower ordered the firing of every gay man and lesbian woman working for the government. The resulting purge ended careers, ruined lives, and pushed many to suicide.</span></p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 16:30:24 +0000 Group Show - Ever Gold Gallery - January 16th, 2014 - January 19th, 2014 Sat, 22 Feb 2014 15:38:13 +0000 - FOG Design+Art - January 17th, 2014 - January 19th, 2014 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Showcasing San Francisco&rsquo;s position as a center of innovation for art and design, the FOG Design+Art fair will be held from January 17 to January 19, 2014, at the Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion with special preview events on January 15 and 16. Benefiting the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), FOG Design+Art will feature more than 40 prominent twentieth-century and contemporary design dealers from the Bay Area and across the country; a selection of leading modern and contemporary art galleries; 21POP, a special pop-up shop created by celebrated designer Stanlee Gatti; and a dynamic lineup of lectures and interactive discussions with leaders in the design and art worlds.&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">FOG Design+Art will feature more than 40 top art galleries and design dealers from around the country, representing the disciplines of design (including vintage and contemporary), fine art and photography, and high-end craft from the early twentieth century to today. Exhibitor offerings will be presented in a dynamic layout in a classic modern design, complementing the art and design on view. Celebrated event designer Stanlee Gatti will once again envision and present 21POP, an exciting installation at the fair.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Friday, January 17</span><br />9 a.m&ndash;11:30 a.m.<br />Art Sandwiched In: Key Moments in Contemporary Design and Art - What to Know When Building a Collection</strong><br />To purchase tickets, please&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">click here</a>.&nbsp;<br /><br />11 a.m.&ndash;7 p.m.:&nbsp;<strong>Open to the public</strong>&nbsp;<br /><br />12 p.m., 2 p.m., and 4 p.m.:&nbsp;<strong>Performance of J&uuml;rg Lehni's Hektor</strong>&nbsp;<br /><br /><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Saturday, January 18</span></strong><br />11 a.m.&ndash;7 p.m.:&nbsp;<strong>Open to the public</strong><br /><br />12 p.m., 2 p.m., and 4 p.m: <strong>Performance of J&uuml;rg Lehni's Hektor</strong><br /><br />1 p.m.:&nbsp;<strong>A Conversation with Ron Arad</strong><br />Ron Arad, London-based designer and architect<br />Jennifer Fletcher, Helen Hilton Raiser Associate Curator of Architecture and Design, SFMOMA&nbsp;<br /><br />3 p.m.:&nbsp;<strong>Architecture of Engagement and the new SFMOMA Expansion</strong><br />Craig Dykers, Principal and Architect, Sn&oslash;hetta&nbsp;<br /><br /><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Sunday, January 19</span></strong><br />11 a.m.&ndash;5 p.m.:&nbsp;<strong>Open to the public</strong><br /><br />12 p.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m: <strong>Performance of J&uuml;rg Lehni's Hektor</strong></span></p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 16:22:16 +0000 Amikam Toren - Jessica Silverman Gallery - November 22nd, 2013 - January 19th, 2014 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Jessica Silverman Gallery is pleased to inaugurate its new, expanded location at 488 Ellis Street with an exhibition of historic work by Amikam Toren.</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Amikam Toren is an innovative conceptual artist whose practice incorporates the destruction of ready-made objects that are then resurrected in his own paintings and sculptures. Toren&rsquo;s thirty-five-year oeuvre is in a rigorous and witty dialogue with a compelling range of international art movements, such as Arte&nbsp;Povera, Gutai, Minimalism, and Pop. Born in Israel and based in London, the 68-year-old artist has exhibited widely in Europe but, remarkably, this is his first solo show in America.</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;"><em>Of the Times</em>&nbsp;is a series of large-scale paintings created between 1983 and 1993 that depict monumental, sometimes indiscernible letters, made from pigment derived from pulped editions of&nbsp;<em>The [London] Times.</em>&nbsp;The masthead of each obliterated newspaper is displayed beside the canvas that displays its remains. These &ldquo;labels&rdquo; draw attention to the disparate realities of disposable daily papers versus timeless paintings and to the way the artist has distilled hundreds of column inches of text into a single consonant or vowel. Open to myriad interpretations, Toren&rsquo;s&nbsp;<em>Of the Times</em>&nbsp;works suggest an ironic search for the ineffable, fundamental ur-language of painting.</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Although Toren&rsquo;s&nbsp;<em>Stack</em>&nbsp;sculptures bear witness to an analogous process, the end results point in a different aesthetic direction. Between 1984 and 1995, the artist cut out one side of a cardboard box, grinded and macerated it with pigment, then painted the mixture onto a small canvas, which he then stretched over the absent side of the box. The painted image always captures some aspect of the original boxes by blowing up graphics or reworking numbers and phrases like &ldquo;This way up.&rdquo; These emblems are transformed, as Sarah Kent writes, into &ldquo;hauntingly eloquent mediations on the fragility of things.&rdquo; These poetically untidy towers, which rise above their former life as containers of consumer durables, cast a sly backward glance at Andy Warhol&rsquo;s&nbsp;<em>Brillo Boxes</em>&nbsp;and foreshadow the cardboard extravaganzas of Thomas Hirschhorn.</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">In his&nbsp;<em>Of The Times</em>&nbsp;paintings and his&nbsp;<em>Stack</em>&nbsp;sculptures, Amikam Toren halts the flow of fast-moving throwaway goods, annihilating then&nbsp;reinventing them as forms with epic proportions and subtly heroic physical presences.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">The exhibition runs from&nbsp;November 22, 2013 through January 19, 2014.</span> &nbsp;</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 23:22:43 +0000 Jerry Takigawa - San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design - November 9th, 2013 - January 19th, 2014 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><em>Jerry Takigawa: False Food</em> focuses on discovery, sustainability, and action in design. Presented in the form of fine art photography and text which is significantly informed by the artist's profession as a graphic designer. The exhibition provides food for thought by asking visitors, "What does responsible design mean?" and, "Can photographs be graphic design without text?"&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Notes artist Jerry Takigawa,<em> &ldquo;False Food</em> is a metaphor for survival. While the albatross are deceived by plastic, mistaking it for food, we humans are deceived by consumerism&mdash;mistaking material goods for sustenance. In our universe, separation is an illusion. Everything is connected. Plastic is forever. To take the tragedy of ocean pollution and create beauty represents a mindset needed for survival. I believe aesthetics keeps the story alive. We face a myriad of impending disasters and the sooner we can begin imagining better, the better our chances for survival.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">This exhibition is made possible thanks to the special contributions of Jerry Takigawa, Topher Delaney, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Exhibitions and programs generously supported by the Windgate Charitable Foundation and Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund.</span></p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 15:57:27 +0000 David Hockney - de Young Museum - October 26th, 2013 - January 20th, 2014 <p class="p1" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">SAN FRANCISCO &mdash; The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco present <em>David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition</em>, on view at the de Young Museum from October 26, 2013 through January 20, 2014. Assembled by Hockney exclusively for the de Young, this exhibition marks the return to California of the most influential and best-known British artist of his generation. More than 300 works will be shown in 18,000 square feet of gallery space, making this the largest exhibition in the history of the museum.</span></p> <p class="p1" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">This first comprehensive survey of Hockney&rsquo;s work since 2002 covers one of the most prolific periods of the artist&rsquo;s career. Hockney&rsquo;s book, <em>Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters </em>was published in 2001, revealing his discovery that artists had used optical devices in their working processes centuries earlier than had been previously thought. The next decade saw an explosion of activity for Hockney, including a period of two years when he worked intensively and exclusively in watercolor for the first time, followed by painting <em>en plein air</em>, experimentation with the iPhone, iPad drawings, oil paintings on a grand scale, and digital movies.</span></p> <p class="p1" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><em>David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition </em>builds on the success of a recent exhibition organized by the Royal Academy of Arts in London, but encompasses a much larger scope, and includes many portraits, still lifes, and landscapes. In addition to watercolors, charcoals, oil paintings, and works in other media, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco will also be the first to exhibit and publish <em>The Arrival of Spring in 2013 (twenty thirteen). </em>This work consists of 25 charcoal drawings, finished in May of this year, and has been described by Hockney as capturing &ldquo;the bleakness of the winter and its exciting transformation to the summer.&rdquo;</span></p> <p class="p1" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><em>David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition </em>includes some of Hockney&rsquo;s grandest works both in terms of size and concept, such as <em>The Bigger Message</em>, his 30-canvas re-working of Claude Lorrain&rsquo;s <em>The Sermon on the Mount</em>. Also included are more intimate works, like the artist&rsquo;s portraits depicting friends, colleagues, and family members. These reveal the artist&rsquo;s personal and intimate relationships, and illustrate a particularly tender understanding of his sitters. Hockney's most recent portraits&mdash;done in charcoal&mdash;will be exhibited and published for the first time by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">This exhibition highlights Hockney&rsquo;s ability to engage with&mdash;and gain mastery of&mdash;a wide variety of tools and media. Works range from simple pencil drawings on paper, to <em>Bigger Yosemite</em>, five drawings created on the iPad that capture the majesty of the American West. &ldquo;Like an artist alchemist, in one minute Hockney uses a fancy digital device to make a colorful iPad drawing; in the next he shows us that he is one of our greatest draftsmen by rendering an exactingly detailed charcoal drawing of a forest scene in East Yorkshire,&rdquo; notes Richard Benefield, deputy director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and organizer of the exhibition.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Also worthy of special mention are the exhibition&rsquo;s &ldquo;Cubist movies.&rdquo; These are made using as many as 18 separate digital cameras, mounted on a grid and recording the action simultaneously, resulting in a movie with as many as 18 perspectives. In making them, Hockney has addressed a challenge first taken up by Picasso: How to display multiple perspectives in one work of art.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Over a career lasting more than 60 years, David Hockney has consistently displayed a passion, as Lawrence Wechsler writes in his essay for the exhibition catalog, &ldquo;to look deeper and see more.&rdquo; <em>David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition </em>displays the artist&rsquo;s constantly searching curiosity, his desire to always move forward, and his unique genius for seeing. &ldquo;The de Young is thrilled to bring this major exhibition of David Hockney&rsquo;s work to a U.S. museum,&rdquo; says Benefield. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s clear from the pace at which Hockney continues to produce such important work&mdash;and the fearless nature of his innovation&mdash;that he has conceded nothing to his 76 years.&rdquo;&nbsp;</span></p> <h3 style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Exhibition Organization</span></h3> <p class="p1" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">The exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in collaboration with the artist. The exhibition is curated and designed by Gregory Evans. Director&rsquo;s Circle: David Davies and Jack Weeden, Bequest of Dr. Charles L. Dibble, The Michael Taylor Trust, and Diane B. Wilsey. Curator&rsquo;s Circle: Marissa Mayer and Zachary Bogue, and Ray and Dagmar Dolby. Patron&rsquo;s Circle: Hope Shuttleworth Herndon. Media Sponsor: San Francisco Magazine.&nbsp;</span></p> <h3 style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Exhibition Catalogue</span></h3> <p class="p1" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue, <em>David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition</em>, published by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Published on the occasion of this major exhibition at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, and produced in collaboration with the artist&rsquo;s studio, the catalogue is filled with a lavish selection of recent work and rare in-progress photographs. It showcases one of the most diverse and prolific chapters in David Hockney&rsquo;s career, and is replete with fascinating discoveries of a consummate artist at work.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Hardcover $65/$58.50 members; softcover $45/$40.50 members.</span></p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 09:36:39 +0000 ODED HIRSCH, Ohad Meromi, Elisheva Biernoff - The Contemporary Jewish Museum - October 3rd, 2013 - January 20th, 2014 <p style="text-align: justify;" align="left"><span style="font-size: small;">Presenting new work by three artists,&nbsp;<em>Work in Progress: Considering Utopia</em>&nbsp;encourages museum visitors to consider the concept of utopia both in a Jewish context and from a contemporary perspective that emphasizes community and participation. Two videos and five photographs by Oded Hirsch feature members of the artist's kibbutz engaging in communal activities. Ohad Meromi's striking sculptural installation inspired by the Chadar Ochel [dining hall] of the kibbutz encourages discussions about the meaning of utopia today, and Elisheva Biernoff's interactive magnet painting allows visitors to construct their own utopian vista.</span><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;" align="left"><span style="font-size: small;">Oded Hirsch and Ohad Meromi, whose work is being shown in a West Coast art museum for the first time, are both New York-based Israeli artists with personal connections to kibbutzim and a common interest in channeling the collective energy and participatory nature of the kibbutz model in their work, while also reflecting on declining idealism. San Francisco-based artist Elisheva Biernoff's interest lies in the importance of human action in the ongoing quest for utopia. This is reflected in the commissioned work she has created specifically for this exhibition that invites visitor participation.</span><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;" align="left"><span style="font-size: small;">Elisheva Biernoff (born 1980) has been commissioned to create a work specifically for the exhibition.&nbsp;<em>The Tools Are in Your Hands</em>&nbsp;is a magnetic wall painting of an Edenic pastoral scene. Visitors choose from hundreds of magnets to build their own utopian vistas on the wall. Another new Biernoff work,&nbsp;<em>Approaching Utopia</em>, will be visible through the window facing Yerba Buena Lane, offering a glimpse into the exhibition to an audience outside the Museum's walls. In this mural, an allegorical figure of utopia is surrounded by flags representing both historical and contemporary activist movements-the Earth Day flag, the Woman's Suffrage flag, and more.</span></p> <h2 style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Supporters&nbsp;</span></h2> <div class="logos"> <div> <p class="footnote" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">The Koret and Taube Foundations are the Lead Supporters of the 2012/13 exhibition season.</span></p> <div> <p class="footnote"><img src="" alt="" name="" width="75" height="46" /><img src="" alt="" name="" width="144" height="33" /><br />&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 09:42:08 +0000 - The Contemporary Jewish Museum - October 3rd, 2013 - January 20th, 2014 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">In conjunction with&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><em>Work in Progress: Considering Utopia</em></a>, this exhibition explores and celebrates the kibbutz as it starts its second century. <em>To Build and be Built: Kibbutz History</em> focuses on the growth and development of these unique communities which helped create the infrastructure and culture of the State of Israel, and which are now transforming themselves as Israel becomes increasingly urban and capitalistic. The influence of the kibbutz on national and Bay Area culture&mdash;including many summer camps, youth movements, and &ldquo;intentional communities&rdquo;&mdash;is also addressed.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <div class="ap-whitebox-body description"> <p style="text-align: justify;">Tanned, confident, and physically fit&mdash;the <em>kibbutznik</em> became the symbol of contemporary Israeli culture in the early part of the twentieth century. Israel&rsquo;s <em>kibbutzim</em>, collective farms rooted in socialist and agrarian communal ideals, helped create the infrastructure and culture of the State of Israel, produced a disproportionate number of political and military leaders from the 1920s through the 1960s, and came to define the pioneer generation of Israelis.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">A new exhibition at The Contemporary Jewish Museum (The CJM) explores the influence and history of the <em>kibbutz</em> on Jewish life. <em>To Build &amp; Be Built: Kibbutz History</em> traces the growth and development of these unique communities through photographic images, ephemera, sound, moving images, and interpretive text. It presents a concise overview of the history of the <em>kibbutz</em> movement in Israel, from the early settlements of 1909 to the present day. It also looks at the transformation of the <em>kibbutz</em> as Israel has become increasingly urban and modernized, and the movement&rsquo;s influence on American and Bay Area Jewish life.</p> </div> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></p> <h2 style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Supporters&nbsp;</span></h2> <div class="logos"> <div> <p class="footnote" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">The Koret and Taube Foundations are the Lead Supporters of the 2012/13 exhibition season.</span></p> <div> <p class="footnote" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><img src="" alt="" name="" width="75" height="46" /><img src="" alt="" name="" width="144" height="33" /></span><br />&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> Sun, 06 Oct 2013 15:50:48 +0000 Ohad Meromi, ODED HIRSCH, Elisheva Biernoff - The Contemporary Jewish Museum - October 3rd, 2013 - January 20th, 2014 <p><em>Work in Progress: Considering Utopia</em> presents new work by three contemporary Jewish artists&mdash; Elisheva Biernoff, Oded Hirsch, and Ohad Meromi&mdash;that offer new meditations on the idea of utopia.</p> <p>Oded Hirsch and Ohad Meromi, whose work is being shown in a West Coast art museum for the first time, are both New York-based Israeli artists with personal connections to <em>kibbutzim, </em>collective farms rooted in socialist and agrarian communal ideals popular in Israel in the early part of the twentieth century. Hirsch and Meromi share a common interest in channeling the collective energy and participatory nature of the<em> kibbutz</em> model in their work. Hirsch&rsquo;s critically acclaimed video works, filmed on the <em>kibbutz</em> in the Jordan Valley where the artist grew up, will be shown as well as several photographs from his new series, <em>The Tractor. </em>Meromi contributes an ambitious, new installation titled <em>1967</em> (the year of the artist&rsquo;s birth) that offers a nuanced interpretation of utopia through the prisms of past and future. San Francisco-based artist Elisheva Biernoff&rsquo;s interest lies in the importance of human action in the ongoing quest for utopia. This is reflected in the commissioned work she has created specifically for this exhibition, a magnetic wall painting that invites visitors to build their own utopian vistas.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 09:42:12 +0000 - Alameda Museum - January 4th, 2014 - January 25th, 2014 <p>Four receptions, January 4, 11, 18 and 25</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 07:48:52 +0000 - John Berggruen Gallery - January 4th, 2014 - January 25th, 2014 Mon, 13 Jan 2014 16:25:19 +0000 - Kala Art Institute - December 12th, 2013 - January 25th, 2014 <p style="text-align: justify;" align="LEFT"><em><strong>Fresh work in a variety of media by Kala's community of artists!</strong></em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Artists affiliated with Kala Art Institute will be exhibiting their work at the Kala Gallery from December 12, 2013 through January 25, 2014. The exhibition reflects the diverse Kala community with a juried exhibition of prints, photographs, paintings, drawings, videos, mixed media works, and sculpture. A reception will be held on Thursday, December 12 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. The Kala Artists&rsquo; Annual exhibition is generously supported with a grant from the Zellerbach Family Foundation.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>*Holiday Closures: December 24 &ndash; January 6</em></p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 15:55:40 +0000