ArtSlant - Recently added http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/show en-us 40 Won Ju Lim - Yerba Buena Center for the Arts - August 14th - December 6th <p dir="ltr"><em>Won Ju Lim: Raycraft Is Dead</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Can we ever really own a space, either legally, practically, or theoretically? Won Ju Lim&rsquo;s mixed media installations ask her viewers to consider the psychological relationship they have to their own spaces. By investigating, exploiting, and deconstructing the spaces of her home in <em>Raycraft Is Dead</em>, Lim invites us to rethink our everyday experiences of our own spaces. An ongoing body of work set in YBCA&rsquo;s unique Terrace Landing, <em>Raycraft Is Dead</em> is composed of sculptures, video projections, and collages that were born of Lim&rsquo;s looking at domestic spaces as witnesses to the history of a certain place.</p> <p><br />Join us for the Opening Reception on Fri, Aug 14, 6 PM.</p> Tue, 04 Aug 2015 20:03:28 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Ruth Tabancay - Mercury 20 Gallery - August 13th - September 19th <p>The works in <em>Geometricity 2.0</em> by Ruth Tabancay spin the hexagonal form into various configurations and render them in a range of materials that correlate to the concepts of the finished work. For <em>Sweet</em>, over 3,000 cast sugar tiles are configured to represent the molecular structures of the disaccharide and monosaccharide that are the components of cast sugar. The physical properties of sugar are further explored in<em> Melt</em>, a series of small burnt sugar sculptures which morph over time. In <em>Hive</em>, silk hexagons are stitched together and coated with beeswax to create honeycomb fragments, causing one to ponder the stuff of silkworms and honeybees simultaneously. The addition of pentagons and heptagons create convex and concave variations in the otherwise 2-dimensional Euclidean plane. <em>Garden Transformed</em> is assembled from painted tea bags hand-stitched into patterns defined by the hexagonal grid.</p> <p>Tabancay is driven here by both a childlike fascination with geometry, and an educated intellectual curiosity about microbiology, both of which are beautifully underlined by the meditative practice of working in multiples (her works are often composed of hundreds or thousands of units), as well as the conceptually inspired choices of media. <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001upmeypEwq9b0DULs-riK-6E2XYp1jKX0oMUW1qTwpDSjweYOAvTci_BK9TOEPyGiJgy4gvc5V4JZexGOgSSEhRlqMF8uxvN4EgEepMk9KpebLEAQo2wE8o4HoypzXhpSsgIZQThXJu_19Y99SVFuC1HVSw_F2_eSH9CT_JViOqs=&amp;c=jd9-RUZmBwwuMFwpCk4k-hvp6rEpUBY-hxqzkJWQ-3OjOUDrO4GTZg==&amp;ch=aPFzE1YEVTR5mPrFHDKJHUyZf2so_3WmjJEt2QQLj_eFkW9OQY-0fg==" rel="nofollow">www.ruthtabancay.com</a></p> <p>Ruth Tabancay&rsquo;s passion for science led her to study microbiology in college, and after a stint as a hospital laboratory technologist, she went on to medical school. After 11 years in private practice, she left medicine to study art. She is graduate of University of California, Berkeley; University of California, San Francisco; and California College of the Arts. Her work has been exhibited regionally at Southern Exposure, Bedford Gallery, and Richmond Art Center and in venues all over the country. Her work is in the collection of the Oakland Museum.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Exhibition runs August 13th &ndash; September 19th, 2015</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ndash; Reception, Saturday August 15, 4-6 pm with Artist Talks at 4:30</p> <p>&ndash; Third Thursday on 25th Street: August 20, 6-8pm</p> <p>&ndash; Another Third Thursday on 25th Street: September 17, 6-8pm</p> <p>&ndash; Art Murmur First Fridays: September 4, 6-9pm</p> Tue, 04 Aug 2015 03:43:25 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Julie Alvarado - Mercury 20 Gallery - August 13th - September 19th <p>Julie Alvarado&rsquo;s fans and newcomers will not be disappointed by <em>True Adventures</em>. Real-life stories are painted in the really-fantastic vein of vintage pulp novels and men&rsquo;s adventure magazines. You just don&rsquo;t glaze over when confronted with the dramatic, colorful and provocative style of great old low-brow <em>noir</em>, and overlaying that kind of energy onto true stories from her friends&rsquo; lives is pretty tasty. This is way better than Facebook. With her unfailing sense of humor and play, Alvarado embellishes personal tragedies and challenges &ldquo;with drama, steroids and implants.&rdquo; Ha!</p> <div class="event-content"> <p>Man vs. nature was a common theme in the pulp magazines and runs through one set of five acrylic paintings in <em>True Adventures</em>. The cut out panel paintings that accompany them reinforce the sense of menace, tension and, in some cases, absurdity. Men struggle to repel attacks by seals, flying squirrels and kittens. Women find themselves at the mercy of ravaging Chihuahuas or hoping to be rescued from their &ldquo;rescue&rdquo; cats. In another vein, a second set of paintings chronicle, via the artist&rsquo;s trickster hand, some of the possible challenges of International travel. <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001upmeypEwq9b0DULs-riK-6E2XYp1jKX0oMUW1qTwpDSjweYOAvTci9n56bCKydS5OoP83L8OwFsHk8KjPs7vkrWLG75jXRJxX5Wq0pI3l_bPULljKW2c7cIr806pQ6Lb1HV4a7P6g09o5flRrgkOfaQsAECTT6wjBdRAcTjtrxHqxTNsy9fGRA==&amp;c=jd9-RUZmBwwuMFwpCk4k-hvp6rEpUBY-hxqzkJWQ-3OjOUDrO4GTZg==&amp;ch=aPFzE1YEVTR5mPrFHDKJHUyZf2so_3WmjJEt2QQLj_eFkW9OQY-0fg==" rel="nofollow">www.juliealvarado.com</a></p> <p>Julie Alvarado moved from the Los Angeles area to the Bay area in 1993. She received her MFA from CCA in 1995. Her work shows throughout northern and southern California, and she is a member of Mercury Twenty Gallery. She also works as a painting instructor and studio manager at Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ndash; Reception, Saturday August 15, 4-6 pm with Artist Talks at 4:30</p> <p>&ndash; Third Thursday on 25th Street: August 20, 6-8pm</p> <p>&ndash; Another Third Thursday on 25th Street: September 17, 6-8pm</p> <p>&ndash; Art Murmur First Fridays: September 4, 6-9pm</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Exhibition runs August 13th &ndash; September 19th, 2015</p> </div> Tue, 04 Aug 2015 03:37:27 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list PK Frizzell - Mercury 20 Gallery - August 13th - September 19th <p><em class="event-title">Moments of Grace</em>, PK Frizzell&rsquo;s title work for this show, is a video installation exploring the intersection of our intangible selves with our physical bodies. Video projections show us shadows projected over aesthetically rich &ldquo;trash&rdquo;. Shadow represents the essential part of us, the profoundly intangible, the way a shadow is nothing, not even light. Detritus is a metaphor for&nbsp; our physical self which&nbsp; becomes battered over the course of a lifetime and is made out of what is essentially trash (viruses, bacteria, a few chemicals, water, etc). In concert, this &rdquo; trash&rdquo;, and this &ldquo;nothing&rsquo; create a magnificent being. This piece evokes moments of grace we experience in the arc of our lives. The detritus used in the main installation was generated by the making of a series of paintings, also on view, called <em>Dive Bar Light Source</em>. <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001upmeypEwq9b0DULs-riK-6E2XYp1jKX0oMUW1qTwpDSjweYOAvTci4NOyPj1OMb7X49Q-ci1l0hP_1L-MJ5L-jkhdoTUFzMZYynyCN8DcDhZi66GLdWrkPK-vpHq5UQSDSFKyTajxWJVDYSUhjykZB6UoFYpm152575MmmYKU38=&amp;c=jd9-RUZmBwwuMFwpCk4k-hvp6rEpUBY-hxqzkJWQ-3OjOUDrO4GTZg==&amp;ch=aPFzE1YEVTR5mPrFHDKJHUyZf2so_3WmjJEt2QQLj_eFkW9OQY-0fg==" rel="nofollow">www.pkfrizzell.com</a></p> <div class="event-content"> <p>PK Frizzell has worked as an artist in the Bay Area for the past 40 years and has shown extensively throughout the United States during that time. She has been with Mercury 20 Gallery since 2010.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Exhibition runs August 13th &ndash; September 19th, 2015</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ndash; Reception, Saturday August 15, 4-6 pm with Artist Talks at 4:30</p> <p>&ndash; Third Thursday on 25th Street: August 20, 6-8pm</p> <p>&ndash; Another Third Thursday on 25th Street: September 17, 6-8pm</p> <p>&ndash; Art Murmur First Fridays: September 4, 6-9pm</p> </div> Tue, 04 Aug 2015 03:18:21 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Willard Worden - de Young Museum - July 25th - February 14th, 2016 <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;">A fascinating though largely forgotten figure in the Bay Area&rsquo;s rich photographic history, Willard Worden (American, 1868&ndash;1946) took up photography while serving in the Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars and later opened his first gallery near the Presidio in Cow Hollow. Within a few years, his stock list contained hundreds of views of his newly adopted city and its environs as well as sites as far away as Yosemite National Park.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This exhibition presents a survey of Worden&rsquo;s photographs from the first two decades of the 20th century, including views of San Francisco&rsquo;s coastline, Golden Gate Park, and Chinatown. A recurring subject for the photographer was the surviving entryway to a Nob Hill mansion destroyed in the earthquake of 1906 and relocated to Golden Gate Park in 1909. Called the Portals of the Past, the ruin served as both a monument to the city&rsquo;s recent tragedy and a symbol of its perseverance.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Worden was at the height of his career at the time of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE), the 1915 world&rsquo;s fair held in San Francisco. As one of the exposition&rsquo;s official photographers, he captured its spectacular architectural and sculptural creations by day and night. Art from the PPIE, including approximately 250 works by major American and European artists, is the focus of the exhibition at the de Young, <a href="http://www.artslant.com/sf/events/show/391758-jewel-city-art-from-san-franciscos-panama-pacific-international-exposition" target="_blank"><em>Jewel City: Art from San Francisco's Panama-Pacific International Exposition</em></a>, opening October 17, 2015.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Sun, 02 Aug 2015 18:26:56 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Richard Diebenkorn - de Young Museum - April 25th - October 4th <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;">Richard Diebenkorn (American, 1922&ndash;1993) held a lifelong interest in printmaking that began with experiments he made as a student at the California School of Fine Arts (now the San Francisco Art Institute), and he maintained a steady output of prints from the 1960s until his death. A group of 160 prints acquired by the Fine Arts Museums in 2014 includes examples from this thirty-year period and demonstrates Diebenkorn&rsquo;s intense engagement with printmaking processes, particularly etching. Selections from the acquisition compose this exhibition, which provides an overview of Diebenkorn&rsquo;s accomplishments in this medium and introduces unpublished prints and proofs for prints that were not issued in editions.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Museums have presented several small-focus exhibitions of Diebenkorn&rsquo;s prints over the years, each featuring selections from the permanent collection:<em> Blue Surround: The Evolution of a Print</em> (1994); <em>Richard Diebenkorn: 41 Etchings Drypoints</em> (1999); <em>Richard Diebenkorn: Clubs and Spades</em> (2002); and, most recently, <em>Richard Diebenkorn: The Stanford Monotypes, A Recent Acquisition</em> (2009). This new exhibition celebrates the Museums&rsquo; latest significant acquisition of his prints, made possible by the Phyllis C. Wattis Fund for Major Accessions and the generosity of Phyllis Diebenkorn.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Sun, 02 Aug 2015 18:24:35 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Robert Motherwell - de Young Museum - September 17th 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Lauren Kroiz is an assistant professor of American modern art at UC Berkeley. She is interested in the history and theory of photography and new media, race and ethnic studies, and the relationships between regionalism, nationalism, and globalism.</p> Sun, 02 Aug 2015 18:15:08 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Group Show - de Young Museum - October 17th - January 10th, 2016 <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 year 2015 marks the centennial of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE), the San Francisco world&rsquo;s fair that celebrated the opening of the Panama Canal and the city&rsquo;s reconstruction following the great earthquake of 1906. The grand exposition covered 76 city blocks and boasted national and international pavilions showcasing innovation, industry, and the arts. At the heart of the PPIE was one of the most ambitious art exhibitions ever presented in the United States, encompassing more than 11,000 paintings, sculptures, prints, and photographs, in addition to a significant array of public murals and monuments. To mark this anniversary, <em>Jewel City</em> revisits this vital moment in the inauguration of San Francisco as the West Coast&rsquo;s cultural epicenter. The landmark exhibition at the de Young reassembles more than 200 works by major American and European artists, most of which were on display at this defining event.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Jewel City</em> shares examples that signal the key artistic trends of 1915, from the conservative to the avant-garde: American and French Impressionism; works by members of the Ashcan School; paintings from the emerging modernist styles in Italy, Hungary, Austria, Finland, and Norway; and more. Highlights include an impressive survey of American art, with works by Mary Cassatt, Thomas Eakins, John Singer Sargent, James McNeill Whistler, Winslow Homer, Frederic Remington, John Sloan, Robert Henri, and other masters. In addition, the presentation boasts an extensive offering of European painting and sculpture, with examples on view by such greats as Gustave Courbet, James Tissot, Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Auguste Rodin, Th&eacute;o van Rysselberghe, and Edvard Munch. Monumental murals designed for the fair, including those by Arthur F. Mathews and William de Leftwich Dodge, will be seen for the first time in nearly a century.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The exhibition is accompanied by a scholarly catalogue, with contributions from James A. Ganz, curator of the exhibition, and fellow Fine Arts Museums curators Emma Acker, Karin Breuer, Melissa Buron, Martin Chapman, Ren&eacute;e Dreyfus, and Colleen Terry, as well as scholars Laura Ackley (independent historian, San Francisco), Heidi Applegate (independent art historian, Washington, DC), Gergely Barki (curator and advisor in 20th-century painting at Sz&eacute;pműv&eacute;szeti M&uacute;zeum&ndash;Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest), Victoria Kastner (historian, Hearst Castle), Anthony Lee (Idella Plimpton Kendall Professor of Art History, Mount Holyoke College), and Scott A. Shields (associate director and chief curator, Crocker Art Museum).</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In July of 2015, William de Leftwich Dodge's mural&nbsp;<em>Atlantic and Pacific</em> was installed in Wilsey Court in preparation for the exhibition. <a href="http://deyoung.famsf.org/atlantic-and-pacific-mural-willam-de-leftwich-dodge" target="_blank">View photographs</a> of the installation and explore the history of one of the PPIE's original commisioned works.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Learn more about the city of San Francisco's full <a href="http://www.ppie100.org/" target="_blank">PPIE 100 program</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Sun, 02 Aug 2015 18:12:07 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Robert Motherwell - de Young Museum - September 5th - March 6th, 2016 <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;">Mounted in celebration of the centennial of the artist&rsquo;s birth, this one-room exhibition presents thirteen works by the pioneering Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell (1915&ndash;1991) from his seminal series <em>Elegies to the Spanish Republic</em>. The exhibition features the Fine Arts Museums&rsquo; painting <a href="http://art.famsf.org/robert-motherwell/five-afternoon-2003254" target="_blank"><em>At Five in the Afternoon</em></a> (1950), one of the earliest works in the series, as well as prints from the artist&rsquo;s books in the Achenbach collections. Additional works from the series are drawn from other local private and public collections.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In San Francisco in 1937, Motherwell heard the novelist and art theorist Andr&eacute; Malraux speak at a rally concerning the Spanish Civil War (1936&ndash;1939), provoking his interest in a moral issue that would provide the subject and inspiration for his work for the rest of his life. He ultimately produced more than 250 paintings and works on paper exploring the topic, allowing him to express in visual form what he described as a &ldquo;funeral song for something one cared about.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This focused exhibition is an opportunity to better understand and appreciate an important painting in the Museums&rsquo; collection and its relationship to one of Motherwell&rsquo;s most significant bodies of work. Reflecting the chaos, turmoil, suffering, and moral uncertainties of the mid-twentieth century, the series is a testament to the timeless and transcendent aspects of the human condition, such as the co-existence of joy and pain, of hope and suffering, and of life and death.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Sun, 02 Aug 2015 18:12:26 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list - de Young Museum - August 29th - February 28th, 2016 <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;">Explore the distinctive art, culture, and history of Hawai&lsquo;i with the first exhibition of Hawaiian featherwork on the U.S. mainland, developed in partnership with the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Honolulu. Presented in San Francisco, which is considered to be the gateway to the Pacific, the exhibition will feature approximately 75 rare and stunning examples of the finest featherwork capes and cloaks in existence, as well as royal staffs of feathers (<em>kāhili</em>), feather lei (<em>lei hulu manu</em>), helmets (<em>mahiole</em>), feathered god images (<em>akua hulu manu</em>), and related eighteenth- and nineteenth-century paintings and works on paper.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Handcrafted of plant fiber and rare feathers from endemic birds of the islands, the cloaks (<em>&lsquo;ahu&lsquo;ula</em>) and capes provided spiritual protection to Hawaiian chiefs, proclaiming their identity and status. The abstract patterns and compositions of royal feathers (<em>nā hulu ali&lsquo;i</em>) are both beautiful and full of cultural meaning. While the arrangements of their forms&mdash;crescents, triangles, circles, quadrilaterals, and lines&mdash;and fields of color appear contemporary, they are ancient. Symbols of the power and status of&nbsp;Hawai&lsquo;i&rsquo;s monarchs at home and abroad, these vibrantly colored treasures of the Hawaiian people endure today as masterpieces of unparalleled artistry, technical skill, and cultural pride.</p> <h4 style="text-align: justify;">Featherwork: A Conservator&rsquo;s Approach</h4> <p style="text-align: justify;">This related exhibition explores the unique challenges around the study and care of feathered objects and textiles. The diverse objects on view are drawn from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco&rsquo;s permanent collections, and include western hats, African headdresses, an Inuit parka, and a Peruvian feathered wall panel. An interactive touch screen allows visitors to learn more about each feathered object, the damaged sustained by these delicate and fragile pieces, and the scientific testing and conservation techniques that help to preserve them. The exhibition is a result of collaboration between the conservation departments for Textile Arts and Objects at the de Young.</p> <div class="panel-pane pane-entity-field pane-node-field-credit-line"> <div class="field field-name-field-credit-line field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"> <p style="text-align: justify;">This exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum.</p> <h3 style="text-align: justify;">Presenting Sponsors</h3> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Michael Taylor Trust<br />Diane B. Wilsey</p> <h3 style="text-align: justify;">Director's Circle</h3> <p style="text-align: justify;">Akiko Yamazaki, Chair, and Anthony Sun, Chairman Emeritus, Asian Art Museum</p> <h3 style="text-align: justify;">Curator's Circle</h3> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Selz Foundation, Inc.</p> <h3 style="text-align: justify;">Conservator&rsquo;s Circle&nbsp;</h3> <p style="text-align: justify;">Bank of the West<br />Mrs. Dwight (Blossom) Strong<br />Thomas W. Weisel Family</p> <h3 style="text-align: justify;">Benefactor&rsquo;s Circle</h3> <p style="text-align: justify;">Mark and Carolyn Blackburn<br />Paula and Bandel Carano<br />The Donald and Maureen Green Foundation<br />Mr. and Mrs. Edward M. Smith</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Support for the education and public programs is provided by the Walter and Elise Haas Fund.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Sun, 02 Aug 2015 18:12:21 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Angie Tobias, Arbie Williams, Mattie Pickett, Rosie Lee Tompkins, Sherry Byrd - Oakland Museum of California - September 12th - February 21st, 2016 <div class="panel-pane pane-entity-field pane-node-body"> <div class="pane-content"> <div class="section field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="text-align: justify;">Highlighting the stunning creations of five quilters from the Oakland-based Eli Leon collection, <em>Yo-Yos &amp; Half Squares: Contemporary California Quilts </em>presents 20 quilts that defy standard expectations, dating from the late 1980s and early 2000s. Featuring complex asymmetrical patterns, unusual materials and an improvisational creation process, these quilts are unique artworks that expand the notions of craft through&nbsp;exuberant artistic expression. Presenting stories from each maker&mdash;Angie Tobias, Arbie Williams, Mattie Pickett, Rosie Lee Tompkins, and Sherry Byrd&mdash;the exhibition illuminates how these quilts came to be, and the collaborations and relationships involved in their creation. Although the quilts are highly distinct from each other, the exhibition reflects the makers&rsquo; individual interests, skills and talents and Eli Leon&rsquo;s vision and unique story as a collector, beginning in the early 1970s and with a large focus on African-American quilters.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Yo-Yos &amp; Half Squares: Contemporary California Quilts <em>is made possible in part by generous support from the Simpson Family.</em></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Sun, 02 Aug 2015 17:40:01 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Meridel Rubenstein - Brian Gross Fine Art - September 12th - October 31st <p>Brian Gross Fine Art is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of work by Santa Fe artist, Meridel Rubenstein, opening Saturday, September 12, 2015 with a reception from 3-5 pm, and an artist&rsquo;s talk at 3:30 pm. On view will be ten new photoworks from <em>The Volcano Cycle</em>, the second part of Rubenstein&rsquo;s three part series, <em>Eden Turned on its Side</em>.&nbsp; In <em>The Volcano Cycle,</em> Rubenstein explores deep time through images of the smoldering volcanoes that make up Indonesia&rsquo;s Ring of Fire, evoking thoughts of earth, climate change, and human co-evolution.&nbsp; <em>The Volcano Cycle</em> will be on view through October 31, 2015.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Rubenstein&rsquo;s series, <em>Eden Turned on its Side</em>, investigates ecological processes across time that either reinforce or destroy the notion of Eden.&nbsp; These photoworks focus on the poetic intersection of nature and culture in relation to ecological and social imbalance.&nbsp; Rubenstein&rsquo;s previous exhibition at the gallery focused on <em>Photosynthesis</em>, the first part of the cycle.&nbsp; In the final segment, <em>Eden in Iraq</em>, she is co-designing a wastewater garden/memorial in the marshes of southern Iraq that aims to transform relics of war into art.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In <em>The Volcano Cycle</em>, Rubenstein explores volcanoes as a regenerative phenomenon.&nbsp; She captures the cycle of destruction/regeneration through images of charred trees, acidic lakes, volcanic plumes, ash rubble, and plant life emerging from barren ground.&nbsp; Printed using dye sublimation on aluminum sheets, the photoworks shimmer with a metallic luster, adding a sense of alchemical change. &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Meridel Rubenstein was born in Detroit, MI in 1948. She received an MA and MFA from University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. Since 2006, she has been a Visiting Associate Professor at the School of Art, Design, and Media at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. &nbsp;From 2000-2005, she taught at Smith College, Northampton, MA, and from 1985-90 she headed the photography program at San Francisco State University. &nbsp;Rubenstein has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and Bunting Institute at Harvard University, and is currently a fellow at the World Academy of Arts and Sciences.&nbsp; She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and twice received the Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Rubenstein&rsquo;s work has been the focus of numerous museum exhibitions throughout the US and Europe. She was one of only two New Mexico artists included in the inaugural Site Santa Fe in 1995.&nbsp; Her work has been exhibited at the Louvre; the International Center for Photography, NY; the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; the Smith College Museum of Art; the UNM Art Museum, Albuquerque; and the New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Rubenstein&rsquo;s photoworks can be found in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; the Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg; the Houston Museum of Fine Arts; the High Museum, Atlanta; the Denver Art Museum; and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, among others.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 23:21:37 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Coco Fusco - Yerba Buena Center for the Arts - August 19th 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM <p dir="ltr">Part of Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">When the chimp psychologist from Planet of the Apes travelled back in time to pay our civilization a visit, she charmed and terrified humans who sensed that her kind would soon overtake them. Try as humans did to destroy Zira, and thus engineer a different future for their race, they did not succeed in ridding themselves of her or any of her talking ape brethren, who return in endless sequels and remakes to this day. <br class="kix-line-break" /><br class="kix-line-break" />Zira is an expert in human behavior. In Ape City she conducted experiments on human subjects and dissected their brains. Her civilization was designed to avoid the human forms of aggression that lead to calamities, and her behavioral studies were key to forging that split between those hominids who destroy each other and those who would not. <br class="kix-line-break" /><br class="kix-line-break" />For this performance, Zira shares her observations of human predation with a lecture followed by a question and answer session.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 20:31:03 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Alisa Baremboym, Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen, Spiros Hadjidjanos, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, Kevin McElvaney, Leslie Shows, Addie Wagenknecht - Yerba Buena Center for the Arts - August 14th - December 6th <p dir="ltr">Our laptops, cell phones, and other gadgets derive from and return to the earth in a harmful cycle that requires urgent awareness and action to address humanity&rsquo;s permanent impact on the planet. <em>Earth Machines</em> considers this relentless stream of new tech products, the materials they are made of, and their ecological influence. In this small group exhibition, each work of photography, sculpture, sound, or painting explores a different aspect of the rapid production of electronics and the resulting effects on the environment, from rare earth mining, to the disposal of e-waste and the long-term decomposition of tech products.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Artists include: Alisa Baremboym, Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen, Spiros Hadjidjanos, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, Kevin McElvaney, Leslie Shows, Addie Wagenknecht</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Join us for the Opening Reception on Fri, Aug 14, 6 PM.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 20:21:33 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Jennie Ottinger, Jason Jägel, Rachel Harrison - The Contemporary Jewish Museum - July 23rd - November 1st <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>You Know I&rsquo;m No Good</em>&nbsp;presents works by a selection of contemporary artists that directly relate to the life and music of Amy Winehouse. Highly regarded Bay Area artists Jennie Ottinger and Jason J&auml;gel, whose work extends the figurative tradition, will present especially commissioned works for the exhibition. J&auml;gel will create a new mural-sized painting for the wall facing Yerba Buena Lane and Ottinger will create a stop-motion video animation using original paintings. In addition, the exhibition will include a series of untitled drawings (2011&ndash; 2012) with Amy Winehouse as the subject by New York artist Rachel Harrison. These drawings, made using colored pencil on paper, depict Winehouse alongside famous characters from art history like Pablo Picasso, Gertrude Stein, and Willem de Kooning.</p> <p class="footnote" style="text-align: justify;"><em>You Know I&rsquo;m No Good</em>&nbsp;is organized by The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco. Major sponsorship has been provided by BNY Mellon Wealth Management, Gaia Fund, and Wendy and Richard Yanowitch.</p> <p class="footnote" style="text-align: justify;">Media Sponsorship for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.artslant.com/sf/events/show/388881-amy-winehouse-a-family-portrait" target="_blank"><em>Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait</em></a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>You Know I&rsquo;m No Good</em>&nbsp;is provided by 7x7.</p> <p class="footnote" style="text-align: justify;">Major support for The Contemporary Jewish Museum&rsquo;s exhibitions and Jewish Peoplehood Programs comes from the Koret Foundation.</p> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 17:22:23 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Peter Alexander, Lisa K. Blatt, Peter Dreher, Moira Dryer, Masood Kamandy, Robert Kooima, Michael Light, Josiah McElheny, Fred Tomaselli - The Contemporary Jewish Museum - June 18th - September 20th <p style="text-align: justify;">In the eighteenth century, the concept of the sublime became very influential among painters and poets due to an increasing interest in the aesthetics of science. Expanding global exploration made people astutely aware of the enormous scale and splendor of the planet&rsquo;s wild places, and astronomy was revealing the staggering immensity of the universe. The result was a combination of awe and fear&mdash;awe at the majesty and beauty of creation, and fear of human frailty, mortality, and insignificance in the light of the vastness of the cosmos. This response itself became a point of interest: how do we existentially resolve our psychology and spirituality with this new information?<br /><br />Taking the title from the biblical concept that, &ldquo;the day goes after the night,&rdquo; (Gen 1:5) at the time of creation,&nbsp;<em>Night Begins the Day</em>&nbsp;is an exhibition featuring the work of twenty-seven artists, scientists, and creative thinkers that, in this current moment of expansion through scientific development, look at three aspects of contemporary art that can be seen as emerging from the historic precedent of the sublime: technological innovation; new understandings of time; and new expressions of awe and fear that have emerged from contemporary irony and cultural critique.<br /><br />Featured artists/contributors include Peter Alexander, Lisa K. Blatt, Peter Dreher, Moira Dryer, Institute For Figuring, Masood Kamandy, Robert Kooima, Michael Light, Josiah McElheny, and Fred Tomaselli.<br /><br />Organized by The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco. Curated by Chief Curator Renny Pritikin and Associate Curator Lily Siegel. A fully illustrated catalog with essays by the curators, Dodie Bellamy, and Nathaniel Deutch will be available.</p> <p class="footnote" style="text-align: justify;"><em>Night Begins the Day: Rethinking Space, Time, and Beauty</em>&nbsp;is organized by The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco. Presenting sponsorship for this exhibition has been provided by the Bernard Osher Jewish Philanthropies Foundation of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund. Major sponsorship has been provided by an Anonymous donor, Gaia Fund, RayKo Photo Center, and Wendy and Richard Yanowitch.</p> <p class="footnote" style="text-align: justify;">Additional generous support is provided by The Contemporary Jewish Museum&rsquo;s Bernard and Barbro Osher Exhibition Fund.</p> <p class="footnote" style="text-align: justify;">Major support for The Contemporary Jewish Museum&rsquo;s exhibitions and Jewish Peoplehood Programs comes from the Koret Foundation.</p> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 17:16:47 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list