Rage against the ‘Machine’

Open Studios kicks off; SF Cameraworks shows off its new Mission Street space

Perhaps it’s the fact that the fall season is upon us and coffee houses around The City are finally offering steaming cups of hot apple cider, with the requisite bobbing cinnamon stick. Maybe it’s the guilty pleasure we find in the pitter-patter of fresh rain on our roofs. Or, could it be that the S.F. Annual Open Studios spectacular is finally here that’s making us so darn giddy?

Now in its 31st year, the Open Studios extravaganza invites practically every artist, from the fledgling to the extremely established, to fling open the doors to their coveted work spaces and invite all of San Francisco inside to ogle their collections and even purchase pieces, if so moved.

Each weekend throughout October, a neighborhood highlights its working artists. The event also includes a bevy of workshops and lectures and culminates in a closing party at Public Glass, the city’s very own glass-blowing studio.

Space ‘Ghost’

Also on your radar should be the wonderful reopening of SF Cameraworks, the nonprofit gallery devoted to supporting the works of emerging and semi-professional photographers. The gallery unveiled its new space at 657 Mission St. this week as well as a killer new exhibit titled “Ghosts in the Machine.”

More than a nod to the supernatural, the haunting that goes on in this group exhibition stems from history, rather than those who’ve left the physical world. What happens when history fails to recognize or unabashedly overlooks significant events? Or what are the consequences of forgetting even noted pages out of our history; pages that have since gone dusty and worm-eaten? “Ghosts in the Machine” reawakens our cultural conscious with powerful elegance.

In his collection titled “The Greater Good” artist Tony Hooker imposes archival images taken from the famous Tuskegee experiments and fuses them with more current photographs that depict the hospital, where these experiments took place, in ruins. Those experiments allowed the U.S. Public Health Service to test and “treat” black men in the late stages of syphilis without ever telling the men what ailed them.

And if you haven’t snatched up your tickets to the biannual fundraiser “Artists Ball Six: Inside Stanlee’s Brain,” then hop to it. Inspired by The City’s designer phenom, Stanlee Gatti, the event benefits Yerba Buena Center For the Arts.

Tickets for the dinner have already been sold out, but you can still nibble on designer hors d’oeuvres from Bix, Town Hall and Quince, among a slew of others.

State of the Arts

Open Studios

When: Running through Oct. 29

Info: Visit www.artspan.org.

SF Cameraworks

When: Running through Nov. 18

Where: 657 Mission St., San Francisco

Info: Call (415) 512-2020 or visit www.sfcamerawork.org

Artists Ball Six: Inside Stanlee’s Brain

When: Friday

Where: 700 Howard St., San Francisco

Info: Call (415) 978.ARTS (2787) or visit www.ybca.org/artistsballsix

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