San Francisco: Places to go, people to see

Now through Aug. 31, Hackett-Freedman Gallery presents “The Passionate Gesture,” a show focusing on the development of gestural abstraction in postwar painting and sculpture.

The exhibit showcases works by some of the 20th century’s most prominent abstract artists, including Giorgio Cavallon, Herbert Ferber, Franz Kline, Hans Hofmann, Louise Nevelson, Joan Mitchell, Ad Reinhardt, Esteban Vicente, Frank Lobdell, Manuel Neri and Emerson Woelffer.

Gallery director and show curator Michael Hackett describes this postwar era of American abstraction as unique because it combines traditions of European modernism with private emotions associated with individual experience.

American artists learning lessons of cubism, fauvism and surrealism in turn translated them into personal idioms expressed in painting and three dimensions.

The widely varying results can be seen in, for example, Mitchell’s bravura brush strokes contrasted to the whirling forms of Ferber’s metal sculptures.

The gallery is at 250 Sutter St., San Francisco; hours are 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; call (415) 362-71154 or visit www.hackettfreedman.com.

Merriment, olde style

Craft vendors, madrigals, country dancers, historical reenactments, a rowdy tavern, jousters, jesters and jugglers are among the attractions on tap for the Golden Gate Renaissance Faire. The performance troupe Bella Donna Venetian Courtesans is pictured. The two-day period fete runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Partial proceeds benefit a local high school. It’s in Speedway Meadow, along John F. Kennedy Drive, west of Crossover/Transverse Drive in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. Tickets are $5 to $15.

Call (415) 354-1773 or visit www.ggfaire.com.

Textile lecture

Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada gives a talk on Japanese boro art. Boro, whose aesthetics are evident in contemporary fiber art as well as in folk textiles, involves objects that have been used, broken or worn to tatters. They are extensively repaired and lovingly further used. The lecture is today at 7:30 p.m. at the Chinese Seventh Day Adventist Church, 7777 Geary Blvd., San Francisco.

Tickets are $3. Visit www.sfqg.org.

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