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Fall 2018 Arts Preview: Museums

The museum scene is boasts global offerings, from Indian Mithila painting to Chinese social art and works by Paul Gauguin to African-American printmaking — and more.


Veiled Meanings-Fashioning Jewish Dress From the Collection of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem: Containing more than 100 articles of 19th- and 20th-century clothing from countries from Denmark to Israel to Turkey to Uzbekistan, the exhibition reflects varied aspects of Jewish history and identity through apparel and illustrates how cultures from around the world influence each other. Aug. 30-Jan. 6. $12-$14. Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F.,

Painting Is My Everything-Art From India’s Mithila Region: Contemporary artists from India’s Bihar state combine traditional subject matter with 21st-century perspectives in an exhibit of works on paper created in the style of Mithila painting, a centuries-old women’s domestic decorative art. Since the 1960s, Mithila painting — with bright colors, and detailed, stirring compositions — has been a movement addressing social and personal issues. Sept. 7-Dec. 30. $20-$25. Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., S.F.,

Second Look, Twice-Selections From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation
: Works by 15 major contemporary artists of African descent who explore gestural composition, abstraction and the expressive possibilities of color through the craft of printmaking make up the show. Artists include Louisiana Bendolph, Glenn Ligon, Martin Puryear, Mickalene Thomas and Kara Walker. Sept. 19-Dec. 16. $5-$10. Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St., S.F.,

Contact Warhol-Photography Without End: With images by Andy Warhol that have never before been shown publicly, the exhibition looks at the pop artist’s photographic process, from contact sheets to developed silkscreen paintings; portraits of celebrities and art-world figures — Michael Jackson, Dolly Parton and Jean-Michel Basquiat among them — are on the bill. Sept. 29–Jan. 6. Free. Cantor Arts Center, Palm Drive at Museum Way, Stanford University, Stanford,

Wesley Tongson-The Journey: Recognized posthumously as a significant contemporary ink artist with a singular style, Hong Kong-based Wesley Tongson was diagnosed with schizophrenia at age 15 and, in his later decades, worked with his fingers and nails instead of brushes. His techniques included ink rubbing, marbling and paper crumpling. This approximately 25-piece show follows his evolution over three decades. Oct. 12-Dec. 15. Free. Chinese Culture Center, 750 Kearny St., third floor (inside Hilton Hotel), S.F.,

The World of Charles and Ray Eames: The life and work partners who embraced discovery and trial and error in their collaborations were among the 20th century’s most influential contributors to furniture and architectural design. Featuring furniture, installations, photography, films, drawings, letters and toys, this interactive exhibition looks comprehensively at the Eames’ careers and creative spirit. Oct. 13–Feb. 17. $6.95-$15.95. Oakland Museum, 1000 Oak St., Oakland,

Harvey Quaytman-Against the Static: Harvey Quaytman took abstract art to new places in the decades following its golden era. This retrospective contains approximately 75 paintings, including curvilinear canvases from the late 1960s and 1970s, geometric works from the 1980s and cruciform canvases from the 1990s. Oct. 17–Jan. 27. $11-$13. UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St., Berkeley,

East Meets West-Jewels of the Maharajas From the Al Thani Collection: The exchange of culture and goods between India and Europe is examined in this exhibition of precious objects, many of which belonged to Mughal emperors, maharajas and their courts. Dating from the 17th century to the present, the exhibit’s more than 150 items include ceremonial jewelry, jewels owned by royalty and swords and daggers. Nov. 3-Feb. 24. $28. Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 100 34th Ave., S.F.,

Art and China After 1989-Theater of the World: Artwork by individuals and groups addressing China’s transformation into a world power make up this exhibition, which covers the period from 1989, the year of the protests in Tiananmen Square, to 2008, when Beijing hosted the Olympics. The show contains paintings, installations, videos and social projects that question China’s domestic policies and global role. Nov. 10–Feb. 24. $19-$25. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third St., S.F.,

Gauguin-A Spiritual Journey: Paintings, carvings and ceramics by French postimpressionist artist Paul Gauguin from the collections of the Copenhagen-based Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek appear alongside Oceanic art and Gauguin works on paper from the Fine Arts Museums’ collections. The show looks at what Gauguin was seeking as he traveled to the Pacific, and at the people who influenced his work. Nov. 17-April 7. $28. de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, S.F.,


Truth and Beauty-The Pre-Raphaelites and the Old Masters: The pre-Raphaelites, in mid-19th-century England, adopted the styles and principles of early-Renaissance Italian and Netherlandish artists in an aim to reform the art of their own time, which they found aesthetically and spiritually inferior. Containing nearly 100 masterworks from two time periods, this exhibit explores the still-fascinating pre-Raphaelite movement. Through Sept. 30. $28. Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave., S.F.

Rene Magritte-The Fifth Season: Perennially popular for surrealist works with apples, bowler hats and bizarre juxtapositions, Magritte worked in a vastly different style in the 1940s, creating brightly colored impressionistic and cartoonish paintings. Twenty works and dozens of pictures painted in the artist’s familiar surrealist style are on view. Through Oct. 28. $27-$35. SFMOMA, 151 Third St., S.F.,

A Treasury of Animation: Tracing the evolution of animation from the 1920s though the current CGI age, the exhibition contains background paintings, cels and production art from the Cartoon Art Museum collection. Images include Walt Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” and “Fantasia”; shorts starring Popeye and Bugs Bunny; and animated TV fare ranging from “Crusader Rabbit” to “The Simpsons.” Through Jan. 8. $4-$10. Cartoon Art Museum, 781 Beach St., S.F.

Cecilia Vicuna-About to Happen: Working in conceptual, land-based and other modes, Chilean artist Cecilia Vicuna creates sculptures, installations, performances, drawings and videos addressing feminist, environmental and community issues. The exhibition includes a collection of the artist’s precario sculptures — works containing lyrically assembled found objects, with social and political themes. Through Oct. 14. $11-$13. BAMPFA, 2155 Center St., Berkeley,

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