In one corner is Cindy Shih’s Bill O’Reilly-inspired, impish watercolor. In the other, Mido Lee’s upside-down, nude self-portrait with a riveting personal message.
They are on view at SOMArts Cultural Center in “underCurrents and The Quest for Space,” featuring a wide variety of works by 30 Asian-American women.
The exhibit aims to counteract common stereotypes about Asian-American women, artists say, and their “continued invisibility.” Read More
South Africa’s infamous apartheid regime is often considered one of the worst human-rights injustices of the 20th century. During the segregation policy’s early days, it had few opponents in government, but there was a lone female who spoke against it, making her mark on the South African history books.
That woman was Helen Suzman, and she is honored in “Helen Suzman: Fighter for Human Rights,” a pictorial history exhibit at the Katz Snyder Gallery at the Jewish Community Center. Read More
As the trend for quality, local craftsmanship continues to grow in The City, the local nonprofit SFMade celebrates the burgeoning “maker” scene with SFMade Week. Read More
Oak trees, snow geese, night herons eating Chinese takeout, a mastodon excavation, a brilliant coral reef, redwoods, roadkill, river otters and creeks are just a few of the wonders about to fill the Oakland Museum of California’s newly renovated natural science gallery.
Director Lori Fogarty, senior curator Douglas Long and exhibit developer Don Pohlman recently led a nifty behind-the-scenes preview tour of the 25,000-square-foot space, where plenty of work still needs to be done before the gallery’s reopening May 31-June 2. Read More
Packed with photographs, a diverse selection of paintings and other contemporary fine art, as well as historic papers, a mind-blowing exhibit showcasing hundreds of years of black Americans’ rich cultural contributions to the United States is at the Museum of the African Diaspora in The City.
A copy of the Emancipation Proclamation from 1862 is just one among dozens of fascinating, heartrending and thought-provoking objects, documents and artworks on view through May 19 in “The Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey — Where Art and History Intersect.” Read More
War is hard, but it is especially hard on children. If you view the photographs of Kael Alford and Thorne Anderson, now at the de Young Museum, be prepared.
“Eye Level in Iraq: Photographs by Kael Alford and Thorne Anderson,” which runs through June 16, looks at the impact of the U.S.-led coalition’s invasion of Iraq in 2003 through the lens of everyday life.
The 62 digital inkjet prints, on loan from the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, were taken during a two-year period. Read More
Oakland-based artist Hung Liu is a quiet pioneer.
The 65-year-old painter and installation artist has gone from hiding paintings in her pockets to establishing herself firmly in the West, creating an artistic legacy of more than 40 years and remaining relevant and revered in China, her home country. Read More
The head of a large stag, with enormous golden, rocket launcher-shaped horns, greets guests visiting White Walls gallery’s 10-year anniversary show.
The stag, Peter Gronquist’s “A History of Violence,” is one of more than 60 works on display in the group exhibition at White Walls at its new, 5,000-square-foot location in San Francisco’s Tenderloin. Read More
There are many gems in “Rembrandt’s Century,” but perhaps none quite as charming as the engraving of a dozing tabby cat oblivious to the panicky mouse behind him.
“The Large Cat” by Cornelis Visscher is one of the most famous animal prints of the 17th century. It is one of more than 200 rarely seen prints and drawings, taken largely from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s collections, in “Rembrandt’s Century,” on view at the de Young Museum through June 2. Read More
The troubled Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco may soon name a new director to fill the position, which has been vacant since the death of John Buchanan in December 2011. Read More