ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 - Berkeley Art Center - February 18th - March 14th <p><strong>Young Artists: An Exhibition featuring&nbsp;Berkeley Unified School District Students</strong></p> <p>Featuring work by Berkeley K-8 Students<br /> Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 18, 2015 5-7 pm<br /> Exhibition Dates: February 18&nbsp;- March 14, 2015</p> <p>Participating Schools:</p> <p>Berkeley Arts Magnet at Whittier</p> <p>Cragmont Elementary</p> <p>Emerson Elementary</p> <p>Jefferson Elementary</p> <p>John Muir Elementary</p> <p>LeConte Elementary</p> <p>Malcom X Elementary</p> <p>Oxford Elementary</p> <p>Rosa Parks Elementary</p> <p>Thousand Oaks Elementary</p> <p>Washington Elementary</p> <p>Longfellow Middle School</p> <p>Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School</p> <p>Willard Middle School</p> <p><strong>Family Days: Free Artist Run Activities for Families</strong></p> <p><strong>Saturday, February 28, noon - 3 pm</strong></p> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 21:03:23 +0000 - Asian Art Museum - February 26th 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Miryam Sas, Professor of Comparative Literature and Film &amp; Media at UC Berkeley, explains why people loved and copied Edo period style and (sometimes deviant) gender arts, with examples from Edo comics, from the great "how-to" style book (<em>The Structure of Iki </em>[Style] by Kuki Shūzō), from experimental theater (Kara Jūrō) and Superflat art, and from recent anime that reveal the workings of celebrity and sexuality today. </p> <p>Seductive Idea talks are informal, impromptu in-gallery conversations facilitated by scholars, artists, filmmakers and writers who explore ideas arising from the artwork on view in the exhibition <em>Seduction: Japan&rsquo;s Floating World</em>.</p> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 21:08:37 +0000 Lily Havey - Asian Art Museum - February 21st 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM <p>Author Lily Havey will read from her memoir, "Gasa Gasa Girl Goes to Camp," combining storytelling, illustrations and personal photographs to recount her youth in two Japanese American prison camps during World War II. Havey will present watercolors and other artwork from her book, followed by a Q&amp;A session.</p> <p>Book signing after the reading in South Court outside the store entrance.</p> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 21:04:16 +0000 - Asian Art Museum - February 19th 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM <p class="Default">&ldquo;Seduction&rdquo;reveals the urban pleasures of Edo-period Japan (1615-1868) through more than 60 works of art, including paintings, kimonos and an almost 58-foot-long handscroll vividly portraying a visit to the <em>Yoshiwara</em>&mdash;Edo&rsquo;s most celebrated pleasure district. </p> <p><strong>Join us Thurs, Feb 19, 7&ndash;11 pm for <em>Seduction</em>&rsquo;s opening party</strong>: <em>Courtesans, Cooks, Samurai and Servants</em>.Interdisciplinary artist <strong>Midori </strong>will return with cardboard props, wigs and a frisky cast of characters to pepper the party and bring the art of <em>Seduction </em>to life.</p> <p>Drink and dance to sexy beats by <strong>Proof (Massive Selector) </strong>as the bold and bawdy evening unfolds.</p> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 21:00:51 +0000 - Asian Art Museum - February 8th 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM <p>Roll in the Year of the Ram with talented dancers, musicians and stilt walkers at the Asian Art Museum&rsquo;s annual Lunar New Year Celebration. Students from the Chinese American International School and China Dance School and Theatre present traditional and modern music, as well as dances from China to kick off the Lunar New Year. Join in with a playful student-arranged version of the lion dance, which is believed to scare away evil spirits and ensure a bright beginning to the year. To round up the day&rsquo;s activities, learn to walk on stilts and dance with ribbons in fun interactive demonstrations.</p> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 20:56:56 +0000 - Asian Art Museum - February 20th - May 10th <p><em>The Printer&rsquo;s Eye </em>introduces 88 works from the Grabhorn Collection, which was donated to the Asian Art Museum in 2005. Ukiyo-e, or &ldquo;pictures of the floating world,&rdquo; is the term for woodblock prints made to celebrate the myriad pleasures and activities available to urban residents during Japan&rsquo;s long Edo period (1615&ndash;1868). The exhibition unpacks the oft-arcane subject matter of ukiyo-e, particularly celebrities of the pleasure quarters and stage: courtesans, geisha, and Kabuki actors.</p> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 20:52:36 +0000 - Asian Art Museum - February 20th - May 10th <div class="WordSection1"> <p><em>Seduction: Japan&rsquo;s Floating World</em> explores the creative explosion unleashed by the new entertainment districts established in Edo (present-day Tokyo) during the late 1600s. Both a state of mind and a locale, the term &ldquo;floating world&rdquo; refers to the pleasures available in brothel districts and Kabuki theaters of the city, whose population approached a million by the end of the century. Including more than 60 works, the majority from the John C. Weber Collection, the exhibition takes a new lens to the floating world and its representation in art, juxtaposing paintings and woodblock prints with textiles, ceramics, lacquers and other daily-life objects from the Edo period (1615&ndash;1868).</p> </div> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 20:42:00 +0000 Molissa Fenley - Mills College Art Museum - February 7th 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM <p>FEB 7, 2015<br />2:00 PM, ART MUSEUM<br /><br />Molissa Fenley and Company (Christiana Axelsen, Rebecca Chaleff, and Molissa Fenley) performs three phenomenal works in the museum&mdash;Dance an Impossible Space (2013), On the Other Ocean (2000), and Entrance (2014)&nbsp;<br /><br />Molissa Fenley founded her dance company in 1977 and has created over 80 dance works during her continuing career. Her work has been presented throughout the United States, South America, Europe, Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Molissa is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, a Fellow of the Bogliasco Foundation, a recipient of two Asian Cultural Council residencies in Japan, and a Master Artist of the Atlantic Center for the Arts. She is Danforth Professor of Dance at Mills College in Oakland, California in residence during the spring semesters only.<br /><br />For more information, please visit&nbsp;<a href=";h=-AQGWfcGe&amp;enc=AZMLk2uQpJNuQDSqyeSkvDFtjgdWRXX45KJlUyukxNV_ZMeuVSZqYIYt9aIxfVYVUtQ&amp;s=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 21:32:53 +0000 Tomas Nakada - Gallery Paule Anglim - February 11th - March 21st <p><strong>Reception</strong>- Thursday, Febuary 12, 2015 &nbsp;<em>5:30-7:30pm</em></p> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 18:48:12 +0000 Pamela Wilson-Ryckman - Gallery Paule Anglim - February 11th - March 21st <p><strong>Reception</strong>- Thursday, Febuary 12, 2015 &nbsp;<em>5:30-7:30pm</em></p> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 18:46:57 +0000 Alec Soth - Fraenkel Gallery - February 5th - April 4th <div class="entry-content"> <p style="text-align: justify;">Fraenkel Gallery is pleased to announce our first solo exhibition of the work of Alec Soth. On view from February 5 &ndash; April 4, 2015, <em>Alec Soth: Songbook</em> will feature approximately 20 new and never-before-seen photographs.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Celebrated for his haunting and influential portraits and landscapes in such acclaimed books as <em><a title="Sleeping by the Mississippi" href="" target="_blank">Sleeping by the Mississippi</a>,</em> <em><a title="Broken Manual" href="" target="_blank">Broken Manual</a>,</em> and <a title="NIAGARA" href="" target="_blank"><em>NIAGARA</em></a>, Alec Soth has recently turned his lens toward community life in the country. From 2012 to 2014 Soth traveled the United States looking for signs of social life in our era of virtual social networks. To aid in his search, Soth assumed the increasingly obsolescent role of community newspaper reporter. From upstate New York to Silicon Valley, he attended hundreds of meetings, dances, festivals and family gatherings.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">With Songbook, Soth has stripped these pictures of their news context in order to highlight the longing for connection at their root. Fragmentary, funny, and sad, Songbook is a lyrical depiction of the tension between American individualism and the ongoing desire to be united.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Alec Soth (b. 1969) is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His work has been presented at numerous museums, including solo exhibitions at the Jeu de Paume, Paris; Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Among his many publications are <em>Dog Days, Bogot&aacute;; The Last Days of W; Fashion Magazine;</em> and the <em>LBM Dispatch</em> series, with writer Brad Zellar.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Soth has been represented by Fraenkel Gallery since May 2013. In conjunction with his exhibition at Fraenkel Gallery, photographs from <em>Songbook</em> will be presented concurrently at Sean Kelly, New York, and Weinstein Gallery, Minneapolis. To accompany the exhibitions, Mack Books in London has published the hardcover book A<em>lec Soth: Songbook,</em> featuring 75 tritone plates.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">There will be a book signing with the artist at the opening reception for the exhibition, on Thursday, February 5, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. As a complement to the exhibition, Alec Soth will post new cameraphone photos on Fraenkel Gallery&rsquo;s Instagram feed (<a href="" target="_blank">@fraenkelgallery</a>).</p> </div> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:49:15 +0000 Ze’ev Aleksandrowicz - The Contemporary Jewish Museum - February 26th - March 24th <p style="text-align: justify;">An exhibition of portraits made in the 1930s by photographer Ze&rsquo;ev Aleksandrowicz (b. 1905, Krakow; d. 1992, Tel Aviv).&nbsp;After his death, his family discovered his life&rsquo;s work&mdash;over 15,000 negatives.&nbsp;These images show their subjects in two distinct cultural contexts&mdash;in the streets of Krak&oacute;w and in distant Palestine. In turn, the photographs become the starting point for telling stories about the relationship between these two worlds, full of contrasts and contradictions.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Poland and Palestine: Two Lands and Two Skies</em> is an exhibition of approximately fifty images made in the 1930s by photographer Ze&rsquo;ev (Wilhelm) Aleksandrowicz. The images selected for this exhibition depict everyday life for Jews in Poland and the British Mandate before the Founding of the State of Israel in 1948.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Aleksandrowicz was born in Krak&oacute;w in 1905 and became interested in photography as a young man. In the 1920s and 30s, he began work on a series of photography projects that took him around Poland and Europe as well as to Japan, the United States, Egypt, Hong Kong, and Singapore. He visited the Holy Land three times between 1932&ndash;1935 and took hundreds of photographs of life in Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Haifa, Jerusalem, Tyberias, Hadera, and the Jezreel Valley. Aleksandrowicz died in Tel Aviv in 1992, his photography unknown. Eleven years after his death, his family discovered a suitcase full of his life&rsquo;s work&mdash;over 15,000 negatives. The collection has since been scanned and catalogued in Israel&rsquo;s National Library.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The images paint a powerful picture by showing their subjects, Polish Jews, in two distinct cultural contexts&mdash;in the streets of their home city and in distant Palestine. In turn, the photographs become the starting point for telling stories about the relationship between those two worlds, full of contrasts and contradictions. The exhibition also illustrates the highly personal journey of Aleksandrowicz between two essential capitals of Jewish culture in the twentieth century, with a focus on the vibrancy of Krak&oacute;w, once known as the &ldquo;Paris of the North,&rdquo; and the rapidly-changing land that would soon become the State of Israel.</p> <p><em>Organized by the Galicia Jewish Museum, Krakow.&nbsp;</em></p> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 18:07:55 +0000 Péter Forgács - The Contemporary Jewish Museum - February 26th - March 24th <p>Budapest-based filmmaker and video-artist P&eacute;ter Forg&aacute;cs, along with the New York City-based band The Klezmatics,&nbsp;revisit&nbsp;amateur movies made by Jewish immigrants from the US who visited their hometowns in Poland during the 1920&ndash;30s.&nbsp;Several decades later,&nbsp;Forg&aacute;cs&nbsp;rewrites these &ldquo;visual postcards&rdquo; of poignant family reunions and everyday life in small towns as an immersive video art installation that brings to life a lost world in startling and moving detail.</p> <p><em>Commissioned by the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, New York.</em></p> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:59:10 +0000 Elizabeth L. Tracy - 425 California Lobby Gallery - January 5th - March 27th Sat, 24 Jan 2015 03:37:13 +0000