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FALL ARTS PREVIEW: Our visual arts column Hairy Eyeball sizes up fall's gallery and museum shows

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Whitney Bedford's Houdini (Upside Down), 2007, from "Houdini: Art and Magic."
BEDFORD IMAGE COURTESY OF CHERRY AND MARTIN SUSANNE VIELMETTER

"The Air We Breathe" I have some serious reservations about the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's decision to organize their first major contemporary group show in a long while around "the cause of marriage equality" (for starters, why not host "Hide/Seek," the previously censored and now traveling exhibit about same-sex desire and American portraiture currently at the Tacoma Art Museum, instead?). That said, something truly queer, politically risky and aesthetically challenging has gotta happen when you put specially commissioned works by the likes of John Ashbery, Dodie Bellamy, Raymond Pettibon, Ann Hamilton, and Robert Gober (and many others) under one roof, right? For now, consider my tongue held and eyebrow raised. (Nov. 5–Feb. 20, 2012; SFMOMA, www.sfmoma.org.)

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