Paintings of peasant life by French siblings Antoine, Louis and Mathieu Le Nain come to the Legion of Honor in "The Brothers Le Nain: Painters of 17th Century France." (Courtesy Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco)

Paintings of peasant life by French siblings Antoine, Louis and Mathieu Le Nain come to the Legion of Honor in "The Brothers Le Nain: Painters of 17th Century France." (Courtesy Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco)

Fall 2016 Museums and Galleries Preview

Classical treasures and contemporary art stars share the spotlight.


Anthony Hernandez: Approximately 160 works make up the retrospective of the photographer, whose 45-year career reflects his fondness for shooting in Los Angeles, his hometown. Highlights include black-and-white images taken on the streets of downtown in the 1970s, color photos shot on Rodeo Drive in the 1980s, and pictures from his “Landscapes for the Homeless” series, completed in 1991. Sept. 24-Jan. 1, $19-$25. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third St., S.F.,

The Brothers Le Nain: Painters of 17th Century France: Active in Paris in the 1630s and 1640s, Antoine, Louis and Mathieu Le Nain are known for religious pieces and down-to-earth genre pictures of peasant life. Containing more than 40 works, the show is the first major exhibition in the U.S. devoted to the brothers, considered among the top French painters of their time. Oct. 8-Jan. 29, $7-$22. Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave., Lincoln Park, S.F.,

All Power to the People: Black Panthers at 50
: Presented from multiple perspectives, the exhibition takes a contemporary look at the legacy of the Black Panther Party 50 years after it came into being in Oakland. The show contains artifacts, first-person accounts and contemporary artwork reflecting how the Panthers influenced culture and activism. Oct. 8-Feb. 12, $6.95-$15.95. Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St., Oakland,

Highlights from the Marmor Collection: Movements and styles in the art world after World War II are the focus of the ongoing exhibition of works from the Cantor Arts Center’s Marmor collection. Featured artists include Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Kienholz, Bruce Nauman and Ellsworth Kelly. Opens Oct. 12, free. Cantor Arts Center, Palm Drive at Museum Way, Stanford University, Stanford,

Japanese Photography from Postwar to Now: Nearly 200 works from SFMOMA’s collection highlight Japan’s significant contributions to photography. The images date from the 1960s, when artists such as Shomei Tomatsu and Daido Moriyama were examining Americanization and industrial expansion, to the current century, artists are looking at contemporary culture and serious issues like the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Oct. 15-March 12, $19-$25. S.F. Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third St., S.F.,

The Rama Epic: Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe: The exhibit of paintings and other works explores the 2,500-year-old Rama literary epic and the timeless human struggles the adventure classic reflects. Spanning from ancient times to today, the show focuses on four main characters, including a shape-shifting monkey. Oct. 21-Jan. 15, $10-$25. Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., S.F.,

Bruce Conner: It’s All True: Conner created realist, surrealist and punky assemblages, films, paintings, sculptures and photographs in a 50-year career and consistently bucked the norms applying to genre. This retrospective contains more than 250 works, from paintings Conner made in the 1950s to photos of the 1970s punk scene to videos created in the 21st century, in the last decade of his life. Oct. 29-Jan. 22, $19-$25. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third St., S.F.,

Frank Stella: A Retrospective
: Some 50 works surveys the prolific, influential career of the artist, who has been exploring the possibilities of abstraction since the 1950s. Represented are Stella’s “black paintings,” “Aluminum” and “Copper” series (including the artist’s first shaped canvases), “Exotic Bird” and “Circuit” series (in which Stella extended the surfaces of his paintings outward with sheets of cut metal), and large-scale “Moby-Dick” painted reliefs and sculptures. Nov. 5-Feb. 26, $15-$25. de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.,

Danny Lyon: Message to the Future: Containing 175 photographs and related films and ephemera, this exhibition covers the career of the major figure in the American street-photography movement of the 1960s, who immerses himself in the worlds of his subjects, including inmates and others who rarely receive serious consideration in the mainstream media. Nov. 5-April 30, $10-$20. de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, S.F.,


The Grace Jones Project: Jacolby Satterwhite, Xaviera Simmons, Simone Leigh and others the honor the singer, actress and model known for her androgynous appearance, angular padded clothing and distinctive vocal style in a show featuring album covers and performance videos. Through Sept. 18, $5-$10. Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St., S.F.,

Ed Ruscha and the Great American West: The show includes nearly 100 works by the painter and photographer known for his gas-station pictures, word paintings, and other pop, conceptual, romantic and sometimes absurd pictures of the modern American landscape. Through Oct. 9, $7-$22. De Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.,

Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition: The 800-piece traveling show covers the director’s career from his 1940s work as a magazine photographer through the singular films he directed over the five ensuing decades: “Dr. Strangelove,” “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “The Shining” among them. Film clips, research papers, annotated screenplays, actor photos, cameras, costumes, props, and items seen onscreen (the survival kit from “Dr. Strangelove,” for starters) are on view. Through Oct. 30, $8-$15. Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F.,

Approaching American Abstraction
: Abstract art enjoyed a golden age during the nation’s postwar years, and this 70-piece exhibition examines the explosion of creativity that occurred during that time as well as abstract art’s longevity and diversity. Featured artists include Lee Krasner, Ellsworth Kelly, Joan Mitchell, Agnes Martin, Cy Twombly and Brice Marden. Ongoing, $19-$25. S.F. Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third St., S.F.,


Gonzalo Fuenmayor: Picturesque: The Colombia-born artist explores being an outsider in the U,S., and the coming-together of colonial European culture and Third World nature, in an exhibit of charcoal drawings. Combining satire, ethnic pride and drawing ability, he creates dramatic pictures featuring surreal cultural juxtapositions and absurd hybrid scenarios, such as a tropical palm tree piercing two European armchairs. Through Oct. 1, free. Dolby Chadwick Gallery, 210 Post St., S.F.

Hiroshi Sugimoto: Remains to be Seen: In a new series of large-scale photographs shot in old movie houses, the artist has supplied the films projected on the screens, creating images that have a poetic tone and inspire the consideration of time’s passage. Sept. 8-Oct. 22, Free. Fraenkel Gallery, 49 Geary St., S.F.,

Home Land Security: Sixteen artists and collectives consider the complexities and implications of national security in an exhibition of commissioned and recent works at a former U.S. military site; among the pieces are on are a Syria-themed triptych painting by Tamman Azzam; surveillance-themed work by artist-geographer Trevor Paglen; and a sculpture by the Bay Area’s Al Farrow, addressing religious extremism. Sept. 10-Dec. 18, free. Fort Winfield Scott, Long Avenue and Marine Drive, Presidio of S.F.

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