Winter 2019 Arts Preview: Museums and Galleries

Monet, Calder and kimono fashion are on the winter exhibition slate.


Mildred Howard’s TAP-Investigation of Memory: Howard, a Berkeley artist, activist and former dancer, looks at identity, church culture, gentrification and tap dance in the multimedia installation. Components include a shoeshine stand from Oakland’s historic California Hotel, a center for Bay Area African-Americans in the mid-20th century, and an arrangement of shoes and shoe taps. Feb. 2–Sept. 1. $6.95-$15.95. Oakland Museum, 1000 Oak St., Oakland,

Show Me as I Want to Be Seen: Exploring the portrayal of fluid identity, the exhibition contains works by 20th-century French Jewish artist and activist Claude Cahun and her longtime partner, Marcel Moore, and pieces by 10 contemporary artists. Cahun and Moore are known for their collaborative photographic portraits of Cahun, which feature various personas and representations of gender. Feb. 7-July 7.. $12-$14. Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F.,

Kimono Refashioned: The kimono is the subject of the latest museum show devoted to the topic of fashion as art. Containing a range of designs, the exhibit looks at forms, fabrics and other fundamentals and reveals how Japanese fashion, for more than 150 years, has been influencing international designers. Feb. 8-May 5. $20-$25. Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., S.F.,

Monet-The Late Years: This exhibition follows the artistic evolution of impressionist master Claude Monet from 1913 to his death in 1926 — a period when Monet, painting increasingly abstract and otherwise boundary-pushing art, was entering modernist terrain. Approximately 50 paintings, including the much-loved water-lily works, are on view. Feb. 16–May 27. $20-$35. De Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, S.F.,

Elemental Calder: Incorporating unseen physical forces into his work, 20th-century sculptor Alexander Calder created groundbreaking art. This exhibition explores how natural elements, like the wind and the sea, inspired the creation of his mobiles. Opens Feb. 16, $19-$25. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third St., S.F.,

Hans Hofmann-The Nature of Abstraction: While known largely for his color-plane compositions created during the postwar abstract-expressionist era, Hofmann was active in the European avant-garde of the early 20th century before emigrating to the United States, and he often combined European and American style. Containing about 80 works, the retrospective examines the influential artist’s four-decade career. Feb. 27–July 21. $11-$13. UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St., Berkeley,


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 stretching 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. Through Feb. 24. $19-$25. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third St., S.F.,

The World of Charles and Ray Eames: Partners in work and life, Charles and Ray Eames embraced discovery and trial and error in their collaborations and were among the 20th century’s most influential contributors to furniture and architectural design. With furniture, installations, photography, films, drawings, letters and toys, the interactive exhibit looks at their careers and creative spirit. Through Feb. 18. $10.95-$19.95. Oakland Museum, 1000 Oak St., Oakland,

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. Through Feb. 24. $13-$28. Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 100 34th Ave., 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 sought as he traveled to the Pacific, and at the people who influenced his work. Through April 7. $13-$28. de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, S.F.,

Black Refractions-Highlights from the Studio Museum in Harlem: The major traveling exhibition contains work by artists of African descent and reveals the quality and scope of the Studio Museum’s permanent collection. Works by more than 50 modern and contemporary artists — Glenn Ligon, Kerry James Marshall, Mickalene Thomas and James VanDerZee, to name a few — are on view. Through April 14, $5-$10. Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St., S.F.,


Masako Miki-Shapeshifters: Berkeley-based Miki creates abstract and representational art inspired by folkloric and religious traditions of her native Japan. Coinciding with her solo exhibition in the MATRIX program at BAMPFA, the exhibit contains enticingly strange sculptures and ink and watercolor drawings reflecting the Japanese folk belief in yokai (shape-shifters) and exploring the concepts of transitional space. Through Feb. 23, free. CULT Aimee Friberg Exhibitions, 1217 B Fell St., S.F.,

The Street Philosophy of Garry Winogrand: Coinciding with recent releases of Geoff Dyer’s monograph and Sasha Waters Freyer’s documentary film, this exhibition features images by Winogrand, the 20th-century street photographer known for his distinctive and often socially themed portraits of American life. Feb. 21–March 16. Free. Fraenkel Gallery, 49 Geary St., Suite 450, S.F.;

Charley Brown: Shapes vividly express emotion in the abstract paintings of local artist Brown, who died last November and whom this exhibition salutes. Sharply delineated, and containing intentional imperfections resulting in an intimate feel, Brown’s shapes form graceful, harmonious compositions that have been compared to mobiles; Brown sometimes described them as “visualized music.” March 7-30, Free. Dolby Chadwick Gallery, 210 Post St., Suite 205, S.F.,

Then They Came for Me: The Incarceration of Japanese-Americans During World War II and the Demise of Civil Liberties: The terrifying era in U.S. history when the government imprisoned thousands of people of Japanese ancestry is the topic of this multimedia exhibition, whose theme of discrimination is disturbingly applicable to current times. Photography by Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams and works by incarcerated Japanese-American artists Toyo Miyatake and Mine Okubo are on view. Through May 27. Free. Futures Without Violence, 100 Montgomery St., Presidio of S.F.,

Vanguard Revisited: Poetic Politics and Black Futures: First shown at the de Young Museum in 1968, Ruth-Marion Baruch and Pirkle Jones’ photographic essay “Black Panthers” anchors this exhibit, which inspires discussion of documentary photography, social activism and the relevance today of 1960s black liberation movements. Works by four contemporary African-American artists and art collectives accompany archival photographs. Through April 7. Free. S.F. Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St., S.F.,

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