ArtSlant - Openings & events en-us 40 - Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive - February 10th, 2013 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM <p>Meditate in the galleries! In conjunction with Himalayan Pilgrimage: Sacred Space, Berkeley Buddhist-about-town Wes “Scoop” Nisker leads the first of three hour-long guided meditations offered in partnership with <a href="" rel="nofollow">Spirit Rock Meditation Center</a> in Marin County.<br /><br /><a href="" rel="nofollow">Nisker</a> is a teacher of Buddhist mindfulness meditation who has practiced for over thirty-five years with teachers in Asia and the West. He is the author of the bestselling books Buddha’s Nature; The Big Bang, the Buddha, and the Baby Boom; and Essential Crazy Wisdom, and the founder and coeditor of the Buddhist journal Inquiring Mind. <br /><br />These meditation sessions are appropriate for both experienced and beginning practitioners. Please bring a pillow or mat to make yourself comfortable on the gallery floor. <br /><br />Included with admission.</p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 21:35:00 +0000 Gary Hutton - CCA San Francisco Campus - February 11th, 2013 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>The first project by Gary Hutton (CCA Environmental Studies 1975) was a restaurant called Today's on San Francisco's Union Square, and was published in <em>Interior Design</em> magazine in 1979. Hutton unveiled his boundary-pushing furniture line in 1986. The process by which the Gary Hutton Design team integrates unconventional design elements is telling of a rare engagement in process. From the USGS seismic map rendered in grey pearls in the master bedroom of Modern by Design, to a giant hand-cut steel entry canopy leading to his client’s Venice loft, his conceptual engagement is evident. Hutton's 2012 program included designing the new home for the Museum of Craft and Design at the American Industrial Center on 3rd Street in San Francisco. He is actively lecturing across the country, and continues his support of arts and design education as well as other social causes.</p> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 18:00:06 +0000 - CCA Wattis Institute - February 12th, 2013 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM <p>The language of film and video developed in response to specific physical qualities and constraints of the media used and its means of exhibition. Film faculty member Brook Hinton will discuss the need to reexamine the foundations of film language and aesthetics in an age of infinite screens.</p> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 18:02:35 +0000 Jonathon Keats, Elena Dorfman - Modernism Inc. - February 12th, 2013 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM <h3 style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"></span></h3> <h3 style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span size="4"></span></span></h3> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span size="4">"Jonathon Keats's playfully learned volume is not only a history of modern art-faking but also a philosophical investigation of creativity and repetition in our era. It won't tell you how to forge, but it may convince you that you should." —John Dorfman, editor-in-chief, Art &amp; Antiques  </span></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span size="4">"Deeply intrigued and moved by the vast rock landscapes, Dorfman set out for the first time in her distinguished career to produce a body of landscape photography. She began seeking out the strangely beautiful, isolated, and, in some cases, abandoned rocky terrains that once were the sites of great industry. The result is as epic as the 19th-century paintings of Albert Bierstadt and Frederic Edwin Church, but with an unmistakably original 21st-century sensibility." —Kevin Moore</span></span></p> <h3 style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span size="4">PLEASE JOIN US FOR A BOOK SIGNING<br />IN CELEBRATION OF THE PUBLICATION OF<br /><br />"FORGED" AND "EMPIRE FALLING"<a href="" target="_blank"></a></span></span></h3> Sun, 10 Feb 2013 15:26:53 +0000 Group Show - Wirtz Art - February 12th, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I was invited to Conduct studio visit with SF finalists and to select artwork for the finalist exhibition. The artists where selected by Artadia's 2013 Jurors.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:13:47 +0000 Nikolas Weinstein - CCA San Francisco Campus - February 13th, 2013 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Presented by the Glass Program </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Nikolas Weinstein was born in New York in 1968. His aesthetic derives from a long-standing interest in the natural world, established at a young age during internships at the American Museum of Natural History and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. After graduating college with a degree in comparative literature, he moved to San Francisco, where he briefly worked as an assistant to a prominent graphic designer before founding his studio in 1991. His site-specific installations leverage new technologies to build glassworks that lie at the intersection of art, architecture, and the natural world.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Nikolas Weinstein Studios is a place where art, architecture, technology, design, and engineering come together in large-scale, site-specific glass installations. With an aesthetic drawn from the natural world, Nikolas's work appears animated and unrestrained but at the same time each piece must be a strictly controlled and carefully engineered system. These opposing imperatives, and the artistic and technical challenges they pose, have drawn a rich and idiosyncratic mix of artists, engineers, craftspeople, gadgeteers, and other creative problem solvers to the studio team. In a very real sense, the studio is defined by the team's willingness, even eagerness, to take on new and unusual challenges.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Solutions to these challenges include: building a room-size kiln from scratch for a one-off project; shipping containers packed with flat-folded glass "fabric" that can be unfurled and shaped on site like origami; harnessing gravity to lend a gentle curve to a piece of glass the size of a tree trunk; or sometimes a magnet on a stick is all that's needed.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">This evening the artist will be sharing videos, images, and stories from a number of recent projects, illuminating the problems they posed and the processes and solutions that made them possible.</span></p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 17:57:23 +0000 Eduardo Pineda, Favianna Rodriguez, Camille Utterback, Pamela Ybañez - Pro Arts Gallery - February 13th, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>What does it take to make it as an artist? An opportunity to learn from 3 local successful artists. Panel discussion with Q&amp;A.</p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 16:40:14 +0000 Kehinde Wiley - The Contemporary Jewish Museum - February 13th, 2013 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">The Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM) presents <i>Kehinde Wiley | The World Stage: Israel,</i> the first major exhibition in San Francisco of African American artist Kehinde Wiley—one of the most significant young artists working today. Wiley is known for vibrant, large-scale paintings of young, urban, T-shirt clad men of color he encounters on streets around the world and renders in the heroic poses typical of classical European portraiture.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The exhibition<i> </i>is part of the artist’s ambitious and multifaceted series, <i>The World Stage</i>, that has taken him to China, India, Brazil, and beyond, in an exploration of diasporas, identity, cultural hybridity, and power.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For <i>The World Stage: Israel</i>, Wiley scouted for subjects in the discos, malls, bars, and sporting venues of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Lod. The eighteen portraits in the exhibition depict men of diverse religions and ethnicities influenced by urban culture, who Wiley met in Israel—Ethiopian Jews and Jewish and Arab Israelis.  He places his subjects against vivid, ornate backgrounds inspired by Jewish textiles and papercuts, and finishes each with a hand-carved wooden frame crowned with emblems borrowed from Jewish decorative tradition. As part of the exhibition, the CJM is including a selection of historical textiles and works on paper, like those from which Wiley draws inspiration, borrowed from The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life at UC Berkeley, and the Skirball Museum, Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles.</p> Sat, 12 Jan 2013 16:36:57 +0000 Kehinde Wiley - The Contemporary Jewish Museum - February 14th, 2013 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Passion and art collide for this Valentine’s Day-inspired talk with world-renowned artist Kehinde Wiley and Emmy-nominated actress CCH Pounder.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Kehinde Wiley is known for vibrant, large-scale paintings of young, urban, T-shirt clad men of color he encounters on streets around the world and renders in the heroic poses typical of classical European portraiture. His paintings are in the collections of over forty museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Hammer Museum, High Museum of Art, and Brooklyn Museum. His work has been the subject of numerous monographs including a comprehensive Rizzoli publication released in 2012.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">CCH Pounder is an film and television actress. From 2002 to 2008, she starred as Detective Claudette Wyms in the FX Networks police drama<em> The Shield</em>. In 2009, she starred in James Cameron's film, <em>Avatar</em> as Mo'at. She currently appears on the TV series Warehouse 13 in a recurring role as Mrs. Irene Fredric. She is also active in charity and philanthropy work in Africa.  As one of the founders of Artists for a New South Africa, Pounder has energized awareness of post-apartheid and HIV/AIDS issues.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"> Presented in conjunction with the exhibition <em>Kehinde Wiley<i> <a href="">The World Stage: Israel </a> </i></em>.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><a href="" class="button-blue button-small">Get Tickets</a><strong><strong><br /></strong></strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em><span style="font-size: small;">Public Programs and New Media Initiatives at the CJM are made possible with major support from the Leavitt Family and supporting sponsorship from The Toole Family Charitable Foundation and Alyse Mason Brill and Nathan Brill</span></em></p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 10:32:47 +0000 - Yerba Buena Center for the Arts - February 14th, 2013 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">The programs assembled for “Fragments of Japanese Underground Cinema 1960-1974” are a selection of radical highlights with historical significance from Tokyo’s counterculture during a politically fervent and socially subversive period of its recent history. Tracing an entire decade of rarely screened works, the programs together examine early experiments in collective filmmaking with the Nihon University Cinema Club; home-movie formats adapted for the purposes of artistic expression with the Group of Three; the redefinition of collage-film with Motoharu Jonouchi’s and Michio Okabe’s film-documents; an expansion of cinematic vision with a multi-projection program; and all-out anarchy with poet Shuji Terayama’s foray into film expression. The eclecticism of the titles is a testimony to the ways in which the limits of film were pushed in all directions in the hands of these artists who perceived cinema to be pregnant with possibilities. At times a document of an era and at other times absolutely timeless, the program looks back whilst looking forward to what cinema once was and what it could still be.<br /> <br /><br /> Concurrent to the <a href="">“Chronicles of Inferno: Films from the Art Theater Guild of Japan”</a> series at the Pacific Film Archive, February 7-27, and the academic conference <a href=";date=2013-02-07">“Media Histories/Media Theories and East Asia”</a> organized by Miryam Sas at UC Berkeley, February 7-8. Thanks to the Japan Foundation, Museum of Modern Art, UC Berkeley, and Pacific Film Archive.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"></p> <div style="text-align: justify;" class="event-venue">Screening Room</div> <div class="event-description"> <p style="text-align: justify;">Nihon University Cinema Club holds a unique and significant role in the history of Japanese experimental film, not only for its association with student politics but also for its explicit stance against authorship. The Club, whose members included Motoharu Jonouchi and Masao Adachi, would present films in unconventional settings, and indeed, Jonouchi would often reedit his films and insist on projecting them in different ways for each screening. (1960-1974, 76 min, 16mm and digital)<br /> <br /> <em>PuPu</em> (Nihon University Cinema Club, 22 min)<br /> <em>WOLS</em> (Motoharu Jonouchi, 18 min)<br /> <em>Tatsumi Hijikata</em> (Motoharu Jonouchi, 1 min)<br /> <em>Gewaltopia Yokokuhen</em> (Gewaltopia trailer) (Motoharu Jonouchi, 13 min)<br /> <em>Shinjuku Station</em> (Motoharu Jonouchi, 14 min)</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Co-curated by Go Hirasawa and Julian Ross</strong><br /> <strong>Co-presented by San Francisco Cinematheque</strong></p> </div> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 16:41:00 +0000 Christopher De Leon and Eric “Emagn1” Nodora - 1AM SF - February 15th, 2013 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM <p>1AM is pleased to present, “<b>Street Dreams</b>”, opening February 15th, 6:30-9:30pm, and featuring new works by local artists Christopher De Leon and Eric “Emagn1” Nodora. Inspired by the city’s numerous addicts, vagrants, and homeless, “<b>Street Dreams</b>” will showcase a variety of mixed media paintings, hand-wood engravings, drawings and installation.</p> <p>“<b>Street Dreams</b>” is a conceptual show that sheds commentary on our willful ignorance of looking past those who reside in the street as though they are commonplace items such as dented garbage cans or fire hydrants. Many of them are empty shells, some in worse decay than others but inside them a human spirit still seeks to live. Emagn1 and Christopher De Leon aim to capture this “energy”, or life force, that either once drove the people or continues to allow them to survive. Expect to see moody, dark and dismal works with splashes of color that resemble the hope and light still alive in the street community.</p> <p>After being classically trained at the Art Institute of San Francisco and the Academy of Art University, Christopher De Leon burst into the art scene with live painting at clubs. His passion and talent was soon recognized, granting him the opportunity to demo at the de Young Museum and the Museum of Asian Art. For Street Dreams, De Leon returns for a collaborative exhibition with artist Eric “Emagn1” Nodora, who’s love for painting also led him to study drawing and fine arts at the Academy of Art University. With two educations, one from the streets and one from the academy, Nodora has a uniquely strong background that continues to further his creative style.</p> <p>Join us February 15th, 6:30-9:30pm for the opening of “<b>Street Dreams</b>”! If you have any questions or would like to request media related material, please email <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a>.</p> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 15:35:31 +0000 Anna Halprin, San Francisco Dancer's Workshop - Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive - February 15th, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>“There was no chance in <i>Parades and Changes</i>,” recalls composer Morton Subotnick. “Everything was done by choice, but there was a freedom in choice.”<br /><br />First performed in 1965, Anna Halprin's<i>Parades and Changes</i> pioneered the use of everyday movements and domestic rituals in dance, marking the onset of postmodern choreography. The dance revolves around a set of mundane tasks—unrolling giant sheets of plastic, stomping, interacting with the audience, handling objects, tearing paper, dressing and undressing. <b>MATRIX 246</b>presents the final performances of <i>Parades and Changes</i> and displays scores, photographs, and other documentation of the history of the dance. (<a href="" rel="nofollow">Click here to view scheduled performances and buy tickets.</a>)<br /><br />Before each staging of <i>Parades and Changes</i>, Halprin shuffles index cards that contain separate instructions for the dancers, crew, lighting and scenic designers, composers, and even the audience, and then posts the results. With so much left unrehearsed, each performance is an exercise in collaborative problem solving. Responses to the dance have varied from an outright ban on the work by the New York City Police Department in 1967 to adoring fan mail from a cattle farmer in Sweden. <br /><br /><i>Parades and Changes</i> opened the current BAM/PFA facility more than forty years ago, and the new production—Halprin’s final staging of the piece—celebrates the architecture and history of our building as we prepare to move to our new downtown location in 2015. <br /><br /><br /><b><br /></b></p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 19:57:56 +0000 Apichatpong Weerasethakul - Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive - February 15th, 2013 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">As three ghostly voices share their stories, Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s 2007 video installation <i>Morakot</i> <i>(Emerald)</i> lingers on dust, light, and memory in the empty rooms and hallways of a defunct Bangkok hotel. The Morakot Hotel was a haven for Cambodian refugees fleeing the Vietnamese invasion in the 1980s. By the late 1990s, however, the Thai economy had collapsed and the Morakot was forced to close its doors. Weerasethakul, a Thai artist best known for his feature-length independent movies, breathes life back into the abandoned hotel, using cinema as a vehicle for reincarnation and transformation.<i>Morakot</i> features the same fugitive memories that have given shape to over a decade of the director’s films, but here they are given space to roam. A green light hanging in the center of the installation casts an ethereal glow over the gallery, but the moving images onscreen exist in a more fantastical, absent world, a dreamscape for wandering in and out of time and consciousness.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Weerasethakul took inspiration for this installation from a 1906 Buddhist novel, <i>The Pilgrim Kamanita</i>,<i> </i>by Danish author Karl Gjellerup. The <i>Kamanita’s</i> protagonists, reborn as stars, tell one another tales over the course of centuries until they reach nirvana. Likewise, in <i>Morakot</i>, three actors (who frequently appear in Weerasethakul’s films) recount dreams, reminisce about hometowns, articulate regrets, and recite love poems. Although we hear them talking and laughing, we almost never see the actors on the screen, an absence that endows the work with a haunting sense of loss. </span></p> Sat, 09 Mar 2013 14:31:16 +0000 Anna Halprin, Morton Subotnick, Jim Cave, Shinichi Iova-Koga - Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive - February 15th, 2013 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM <p>Visionary choreographer Anna Halprin performs a new version of her iconic work<i>Parades and Changes, </i>her final staging of the piece that formed the foundation for her subsequent career. For this last staging, Halprin is reunited with her original composer, electronic music pioneer Morton Subotnick, longtime collaborator and lighting designer Jim Cave, and choreographer and associate director Shinichi Iova-Koga.<br /><br /><i>Parades and Changes</i> will also be performed on both <a href="" rel="nofollow">Saturday, February 16</a> and<a href="" rel="nofollow">Sunday, February 17</a> at 7:30 p.m.<br /><br />This performance is part of <a href="" rel="nofollow"><b>Anna Halprin /</b> <b>MATRIX 246</b></a>, which also presents scores and ephemera related to the history of <i>Parades and Changes</i> in Gallery 1.<br /><br />Doors open at 6:30. Please arrive early; only a limited number of chairs will be available and no one will be admitted after the start of the performance. Regular museum admission fees apply. Capacity is limited, so get your tickets today. Please note that photography is not allowed during the performance.</p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 20:30:20 +0000 Ann Diener - Electric Works - February 15th, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">In <em>Tapestries</em> Ann Diener continues her ongoing investigation of place and time. Her faceted interpretation of the urban landscape transposes into a multi-dimensional weave of patterns and space. Diener’s mixed media works on paper focus on Los Angeles where she currently works and lives.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Diener’s interest lies not only in the historical configuration of the city and land, but also with the juxtapositions and interactions of the myriad of cultures that live there. The drawings are concentrated meditations on place, complex tapestries of information, fractured narratives that combine personal history, architecture, sociology, patterning and objects.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Diener has an MFA from UC Santa Barbara and has shown her work in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Southern California.</span></p> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 09:05:15 +0000 Noam Rappaport - Ratio 3 - February 15th, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Ratio 3</strong> is pleased to present its debut exhibition of<strong> Noam Rappaport</strong>, which will open on February 15th and continue through March 23rd, 2013. This will be the first solo exhibition of Rappaport’s work on the West Coast.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">This exhibition will feature a series of new works which simultaneously reside between painting, sculpture, assemblage, and drawing. One predominant motif within Rappaport’s work is the representation of image through minimal compositions, color, and mark making. With Rappaport's discerning use of simplified geometric shapes and refined color palates, the compositions reflect elements of the human form, landscape, and architecture. This suggestion of imagery is balanced with concepts of objecthood as expressed through constructions of commonplace materials and shaped canvases. The peripheries of these objects become the focus as color fields divide the shallow relief canvases, aluminum sheets drape over the edge of plywood panels and graphic lines appear to float in front of the surface.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">These hybrid painting supports create a physical and perceptual relationship to the viewer. Negative spaces and blocks of color begin to suggest doorways, windows, and various characteristics that mirror the human figure. The attention to the space between the viewer and the work reinforces the idea that not only does a viewer look but he or she is also looked upon to play an active role in the object's function.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Some works within the exhibition offer sharp, near pristine finished qualities, while others present softer, more rough-hewn dispositions. Through careful consideration of material application, Rappaport incorporates fields of color composed from many layers of under-painting and drawing. Further elaborations of the seemingly straightforward compositions are explored with the use of divergent materials such as aluminum sheeting, lumber, painted reeds, and canvas wrapped frames. The use of these methods exemplify the artist’s willingness to approach the studio process as a continued experiment.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Noam Rappaport</strong>, born 1974 in Sweden currently lives and works in Los Angeles. Previous solo exhibitions include: James Fuentes Gallery, New York, 2012; White Columns, New York, 2010, and ATM Gallery, New York, 2008.  Recent group exhibitions include: <em>Beyond The Object</em>, Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy, 2013; B. Wurtz &amp; Co., Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles, 2012; <em>Robert Overby/Erik Frydenborg/John Henderson/Noam Rappaport</em>, Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, 2012;<em>Chopped and Screwed</em>, MKG127, Toronto, 2011; <em>Out of Practice</em>, Art Blog Art Blog, New York, 2011;<em>Straw</em>, Hannah Barry Gallery, London, 2011; <em>Noam Rappaport, Tracy Thomason, Daniel Subkoff, Adam Marnie</em>, James Fuentes, New York, 2010.</span></p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 16:30:03 +0000