There is something so uplifting and fresh about the art of Sister Corita that you may find yourself going through the exhibit again and again.Her brightly colored serigraphs, with words written backwards, sideways and upside down, must be read carefully. From far away, viewers see messages like “HOPE” and “POWER UP.” If you think that’s all, look again. Read More
The mystical work of artist and world traveler Suzanne Benton will feel like familiar territory for those who prefer remote villages to big cities. Using layers of texture, vibrant colors and classic images, Benton draws upon her own journeys to create art that feels both old and new.“World Piece,” on display through March 26 at ArtHaus in San Francisco, includes 16 of Benton’s monoprints. Also in the show are three welded metal masks that Benton has used as performance art. Read More
The rows of black-and-white photographs, each slightly different, feel like a slow-motion film: two men boxing, a horse and rider galloping, a cockatoo in flight. Read More
Fifty years ago, a group of ordinary people did an extraordinary thing: They sat together in bus and train stations, risking their lives to end segregation.The first Freedom Ride began with 13 people headed from Washington, D.C., to New Orleans in May 1961. The Riders, black and white, were attacked and beaten in Alabama, making headlines around the world. The efforts continued, with more Riders coming from all over the country to Jackson, Miss. More than 300 people were arrested. Read More
Fifty years ago, a group of ordinary people did an extraordinary thing: They sat together in bus and train stations, risking their lives to end segregation.
The first Freedom Ride began with 13 people headed from Washington, D.C., to New Orleans in May 1961.
The Riders, black and white, were attacked and beaten in Alabama, making headlines around the world. The efforts continued, with more Riders coming from all over the country to Jackson, Miss.
More than 300 people were arrested. Read More
Book lovers from all over the world are gathering in San Francisco this weekend for the largest rare book fair in the world.The California International Antiquarian Book Fair, which starts Friday, is expected to draw thousands of book buyers and dealers from all over the world. More than 200 booksellers will be on hand, offering everything from 11th-century illuminated manuscripts to rare children’s books. Read More
Picture George Bush dressed as Luke Skywalker. Sarah Palin as Alice in Wonderland. President Barack Obama sitting like The Thinker — on a map of Afghanistan.These are some of the images in “Drawn From The Economist: The Editorial Art of KAL.” The show at the Cartoon Art Museum includes more than 40 cartoons by Kevin “Kal” Kallaugher, who has drawn for the London-based magazine for more than 30 years. Read More
Cartoon fans are in for a treat: Bugs Bunny is in town for the holidays.The famously cheeky rabbit and his friends are the subject of “Overture: Looney Tunes Behind the Scenes” at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco.Porky Pig and Tweety look blissfully content. Daffy Duck and Foghorn Leghorn look ready for mischief. It’s hard to view the drawings without hearing the voice of Mel Blanc in your head. Read More
Imagine a room full of glass bowls that rotate slowly, each making hauntingly beautiful tones with not a performer in sight.“Transference” is the creation of Oregon artists Andy Paiko and Ethan Rose. Together they have taken a dinner-party trick — rubbing a wet finger around the rim of a glass to make a sound — and elevated it to a new art form.“It’s a ritual, a tradition we’re all familiar with,” says Mariah Nielson, a curator at the Museum of Craft and Design. “They’ve taken that experience and reinterpreted it to create something surprisingly stunning.” Read More
Artists Gwen Terpstra and Leigh Barbier became friends when their daughters attended kindergarten in Noe Valley more than a decade ago. Their children have grown up and moved away — and the artists have a lot to say about it.“Empty Nest” opens Saturday at 60SIX in San Francisco. The show celebrates the transition that occurs when children — with their abundance of energy — are suddenly gone. Read More