Museums and Galleries

“Whisper, the Waves, the Wind,” Suzanne Lacy and Sharon Allen’s 1984 performance piece with mature women in Southern California, is pictured in “We Are Here” at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. (Courtesy Suzanne Lacy; photo by Edith Kodmur)

Up close with performance pioneer Suzanne Lacy

SFMOMA, YBCA spotlight California conceptual artist

“Whisper, the Waves, the Wind,” Suzanne Lacy and Sharon Allen’s 1984 performance piece with mature women in Southern California, is pictured in “We Are Here” at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. (Courtesy Suzanne Lacy; photo by Edith Kodmur)
Erik Kessels’ thought-provoking installation “24HRS in Photos” compiles prints of images uploaded to Flickr in one day. (Courtesy Erik Kessels)

Photo play

Fun SFMOMA show explores changing methods of image delivery

Erik Kessels’ thought-provoking installation “24HRS in Photos” compiles prints of images uploaded to Flickr in one day. (Courtesy Erik Kessels)
A Parasaurolophus and its young are at the California Academy of Sciences during “Dino Days.” (Courtesy California Academy of Sciences)

Where the dinosaurs roam in Golden Gate Park

Cal Academy’s ‘Dino Days’ continue through May 5

A Parasaurolophus and its young are at the California Academy of Sciences during “Dino Days.” (Courtesy California Academy of Sciences)
“Tomorrow Will Be Fine II” reflects Wanxin Zhang’s humor and spirituality. (Courtesy Wanxin Zhang)

Sculptor Wanxin Zhang pushes clay’s boundaries

Inspired by the late Robert Arneson and his friend Ai Weiwei, internationally…

“Tomorrow Will Be Fine II” reflects Wanxin Zhang’s humor and spirituality. (Courtesy Wanxin Zhang)
Participants in the Night Owl Ceremony outside the de Young Museum. (Jonathan Ross/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Enjoying the weirdness of San Francisco that remains

The instructions were to meet some “distributors of magic” at the corner…

Participants in the Night Owl Ceremony outside the de Young Museum. (Jonathan Ross/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco artist Kristine Mays, whose sculptures expressing the human form through hundreds of individual pieces of wire are featured at the African American Arts and Culture Complex in the display "Brutally Soft" through March 24, at the complex's Sargent Johnson Gallery in the Fillmore District. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

An artist wired for humanity

“I love San Francisco,” wire sculptor Kristine Mays laughed, realizing she had…

San Francisco artist Kristine Mays, whose sculptures expressing the human form through hundreds of individual pieces of wire are featured at the African American Arts and Culture Complex in the display "Brutally Soft" through March 24, at the complex's Sargent Johnson Gallery in the Fillmore District. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
“Weeping Willow” (1918–19) in "Monet: The Late Years," loaned from Kimbell Art Museum in Texas, displays Monet’s ability to conjure emotion. (Photo courtesy Robert LaPrelle)

Monet as modernist: Impressionist master changes style in final years

Having helped change how artists depicted the world in the late 1800s,…

“Weeping Willow” (1918–19) in "Monet: The Late Years," loaned from Kimbell Art Museum in Texas, displays Monet’s ability to conjure emotion. (Photo courtesy Robert LaPrelle)
Curator Kathy Zarur at the California College of the Arts San Francisco main campus on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

For a roving and well-traveled local, there’s no place like home

“I spent my entire adult life trying to run away from here…

Curator Kathy Zarur at the California College of the Arts San Francisco main campus on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
The 1894 oil “Reclining Tahitian Women” is a centerpiece of the deYoung Museum exhibition. (Courtesy Ole Haupt © Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen/ FAMSF)

Gauguin’s changing styles reflect a spiritual journey

Paul Gauguin, the French post-impressionist painter and rule-breaker whose flattened imagery, bold…

The 1894 oil “Reclining Tahitian Women” is a centerpiece of the deYoung Museum exhibition. (Courtesy Ole Haupt © Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen/ FAMSF)
Huang Yong Ping’s “Theater of the World” and “The Bridges,”  installations originally with living animals that prompted protests at New York’s Guggenheim Museum, are on view in “Art and China After 1989: Theater of the World” at SFMOMA. (Courtesy Huang Yong Ping/David Heald)

Contemporary conceptual Chinese art urges inquiry

Provocative and conceptual Chinese artists from three turbulent decades address globalism and…

Huang Yong Ping’s “Theater of the World” and “The Bridges,”  installations originally with living animals that prompted protests at New York’s Guggenheim Museum, are on view in “Art and China After 1989: Theater of the World” at SFMOMA. (Courtesy Huang Yong Ping/David Heald)
San Francisco Symphony’s Michael Tilson Thomas is among many Bay Area arts leaders stepping down in the not-too-distant future. (Courtesy Art Streiber)

Bay Area arts organizations see changes at the top

After years, sometimes decades, of steady leadership, major Bay Area arts organizations…

San Francisco Symphony’s Michael Tilson Thomas is among many Bay Area arts leaders stepping down in the not-too-distant future. (Courtesy Art Streiber)
Poet-writer-activist Chinaka Hodge appears on Saturday at the 2018 YBCA 100 Summit, a gathering of people and groups dedicated to making change and social justice. (Courtesy YBCA)

Activists unite for change at YBCA 100 Summit

For each one of the 100 people and organizations being honored at…

Poet-writer-activist Chinaka Hodge appears on Saturday at the 2018 YBCA 100 Summit, a gathering of people and groups dedicated to making change and social justice. (Courtesy YBCA)
Eritrean-American artist Ficre Ghebreyesus' vivid “City With a River Running Through” is on view at the Museum of the African Diaspora. (Courtesy Estate of Ficre Ghebreyesus)

Colorful abstracts at Museum of the African Diaspora

Paintings by Eritrean-American artist Ficre Ghebreyesus, whose colorful landscapes reflect life in…

Eritrean-American artist Ficre Ghebreyesus' vivid “City With a River Running Through” is on view at the Museum of the African Diaspora. (Courtesy Estate of Ficre Ghebreyesus)

Galeria de la Raza to lose main art space after major rent hike

A major rent hike is forcing longtime Latino art gallery Galeria de…

Dulari Devi’s 2015 “Prime Minister Modi arriving in a village via helicopter” is among the eye-catching works in “Painting Is My Everything: Art from India’s Mithila Region.” (Courtesy Asian Art Museum)

Lively Mithila village art graces museum walls

Qamar Adamjee laughed when asked how much travel was involved in her…

Dulari Devi’s 2015 “Prime Minister Modi arriving in a village via helicopter” is among the eye-catching works in “Painting Is My Everything: Art from India’s Mithila Region.” (Courtesy Asian Art Museum)
John Roddam Spencer Stanhope’s 1877 “Love and the Maiden” is a highlight of “Truth and The Pre-Raphaelites and the Old Masters” at the Legion of Honor. (Courtesy Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco)

Pre-Raphaelites take inspiration from Old Masters in Legion exhibition

Radicals in their day, the pre-Raphaelites in mid-19th-century England adopted the styles…

John Roddam Spencer Stanhope’s 1877 “Love and the Maiden” is a highlight of “Truth and The Pre-Raphaelites and the Old Masters” at the Legion of Honor. (Courtesy Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco)
“Les valeurs personnelles” (“Personal Values”), from 1952, is a classic example of the René Magritte’s famed whimsy. (Courtesy SFMOMA, Charly Herscovici, Brussels/Artists Rights Society)

The many phases of René Magritte

Perennially popular for his surrealist works featuring apples, bowler hats and bizarre…

“Les valeurs personnelles” (“Personal Values”), from 1952, is a classic example of the René Magritte’s famed whimsy. (Courtesy SFMOMA, Charly Herscovici, Brussels/Artists Rights Society)
Fernando Reyes' 1995 “Self Portrait”on view at the Mexican Museum is a charcoal drawing on gray paper. (Courtesy Fernando Reyes)

‘Artist’s Evolution’ showcases Fernando Reyes’ breadth

Local artist Fernando Reyes -- a banker turned painter and printmaker --…

Fernando Reyes' 1995 “Self Portrait”on view at the Mexican Museum is a charcoal drawing on gray paper. (Courtesy Fernando Reyes)
The Miles Brothers’ “A Trip Down Market Street” was filmed in 1906. (Courtesy Rick Prelinger)

Wild, wonderful ‘Way Bay’ at BAMPFA puts local art in spotlight

“Way Bay,” an expansive new exhibition at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific…

The Miles Brothers’ “A Trip Down Market Street” was filmed in 1906. (Courtesy Rick Prelinger)
Casanova: The Seduction of Europe, opening Feb. 10 at the Legion of Honor , showcases the life and times of the Italian author and chameleonic libertine Giacomo Casanova. (Courtesy Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco)

Winter 2018 Arts Preview: Museums and Galleries

Museum and gallery exhibitions offer insight into past, present and future. Casanova:…

Casanova: The Seduction of Europe, opening Feb. 10 at the Legion of Honor , showcases the life and times of the Italian author and chameleonic libertine Giacomo Casanova. (Courtesy Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco)