November 20, 2002
Arts and Entertainment
Art listings are compiled by Sarah Han. Because of space limitations, new art shows are listed the week they open (thereafter, shows are listed on a rotating basis), and we cannot list café exhibits. For information on how to submit listings to this section, see 8 Days a Week. Reviews are by Lindsey Westbrook.
California Palace of the Legion of Honor Lincoln Park (near 34th Ave and Clement); 863-3330. Tues-Sun, 9:30am-5pm. $8, $6 seniors, $5 for 12 to 17, free for 11 and under (free Tues). "Poor Richard." More than 70 drawings on paper by Philip Guston. Through Jan 26, 2003.
Exploratorium 3601 Lyon; 563-7337. Thurs-Tues, 10am-6pm; Wed 10am-9pm. $10, $7.50 students and seniors, $6 youths. "Seeing." Installations on the topic of sight and vision. Through Jan 31, 2003. "Traits of Life: A New Living Laboratory." More than 30 exhibits explore the definition of what it means to be alive. Through March 2003.
Museum of Craft and Folk Art Fort Mason Center, Bldg A, Marina at Laguna; 775-0991. Tues-Fri and Sun, 11am-5pm; Sat, 10am-5pm. $1-3 (free Sat, 10am-noon, and first Wed, 11am-7pm). "Fusing Traditions: Transformations in Glass by Native American Artists." Glass artwork by 18 artists. Through Sun/24.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art 151 Third St; 357-4000. Fri-Tues, 11am-6pm; Thurs, 11am-9:30pm. $10, $7 seniors, $6 students, free for 12 and under and members (free first Tues; half-price Thurs, 6-9pm). "Numbers." New video work by Kristin Oppenheim. Through Sun/24. "Ellsworth Kelly in San Francisco." More than 20 works by Kelly. Through Jan 5, 2003. "Gerhard Richter: Forty Years of Painting." Nearly 140 paintings from the early 1960s to the present by Richter. Through Jan 14, 2003.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts 701 Mission; 978-ARTS. Tues-Sun, 11am-6pm (first Thurs, 11am-8pm). $6, $3 seniors, students, and youths, free for members (free first Tues). "Bay Area Now 3." visual, film/video, and performance art by over 50 local artists and filmmakers. Through Jan 12, 2003.
Magnes Museum 2911 Russell, Berk; (510) 549-6950. Mon-Thurs, noon-5pm; Sun, 10am-5pm. $4 donation, $3 seniors and students, free for 12 and under and members. "Hidden in the Walls: The Time Capsule from San Francisco's Lost Sanctuary." This exhibition is devoted to the discovery of a time capsule in the cornerstone of his Congregation Ohabai Shalome. Viewed through the lens of the 19th-century time capsule the congregation offers all kinds of fascinating insights into the history of Judaism in the West and life in young San Francisco. Recovered a little more than a year ago, the capsule contained eight newspapers, a number of coins, pamphlets containing constitutions and bylaws for various Jewish organizations, and even a few charmingly antique business cards from members of the congregation, including one for a plumber and another for a dairyman. (Westbrook) "Hamakom (The Place)." An installation by Stephanie Snyder. "Sharing the Screen: Israeli and Palestinians in the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, 1981-2002." Video and film clips from the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. All exhibits through Feb 16, 2003.
Oakland Museum of California 1000 Oak, Oakl; (510) 238-2200. Wed-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, noon-5pm (first Fri, 10am-9pm). $6, $4 seniors and students. "Espíritu Sin Fronteras: Ofrendas for the Days of the Dead." Mexican-inspired altars and artworks. Through Dec 1. "Solo Flights: The Aerial Photographs of Robert Hartman." Aerial photographs by Robert Hartman. Through Jan 12, 2003. "Arte Latino: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum." More than 60 paintings, sculptures, and photographs by artists of Latin heritage who live in the United States and Puerto Rico. Through Jan 26, 2003.
UC Berkeley Art Museum 2625 Durant, Berk; (510) 642-0808. Wed-Sun, 11am-7pm. $6, $4 seniors and youths, free for 12 and under, members, and UC Berkeley students and faculty (free Thurs). "MicroPainting." Miniature paintings by various artists. Through Dec 22. "Matrix 200: Yehudit Sasportas: By the River." More than 70 hand-painted wood panels by Sasportas. Through Jan 19, 2003.
Academy of Art College Gallery 625 Sutter; 274-2229. Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm. Abstract painting group show. Nov 26-Dec 13.
Academy of Art College Gallery 688 Sutter; 931-5892. Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm. Abstract painting group show. Nov 26-Dec 13.
Alliance Française 1345 Bush; 775-7755. Mon-Thurs, 9am-9pm; Fri, 9am-7pm; Sat, 9am-1pm. "La Folie Paris: City of Inspiration," paintings by Teresa Moore (reception Dec 5, 6pm). Nov 25-Dec 21.
Ampersand International Arts 1001 Tennessee; 285-0170. Thurs-Fri, 11am-5pm; and by appt. "En Passant," new work by Lynn Marie Kirby (reception Fri/22, 5-8pm). Nov 22-Dec 20.
Hang at the Canvas 1200 Ninth Ave; 504-0070. Mon-Wed, 11am-7pm; Thurs-Fri, 11am-9pm; Sat-Sun, 10am-9pm. "The View from Here," works by Anna Conti, Kenney Mencher, and Joel Tarbox (reception Thurs/21, 7-9pm). Nov 21-Dec 22.
Intersection for the Arts 446 Valencia; 626-3311. Wed-Sat, noon-5pm. "The Multiplication of Bread," works by Marcos Ramírez (reception Wed/20, 6pm). Nov 20-Jan 11, 2003.
John Berggruen 228 Grant; 781-4629. Mon-Fri, 9:30am-5:30pm; Sat, 10:30am-5pm. "Pietrasanta Paintings," painting by Caio Fonseca (reception Wed/20, 5:30-7:30pm). Through Dec 28.
Melting Point Gallery 1340 Bryant; 769-2939. Wed, Fri-Sat, 1-6pm; Thurs, 1-8pm; and by appt. "Blade-drawings + Urbantraces," work by Julio César Martínez and Kurt Stoeckel. Through Sat/23. "Embedded Environments," works by Bella Laeyendecker, Jeannie Pettigrew, and Elisabeth Scheidl (reception Sat/23, 6-9pm). Nov 23-30.
Octavia's Haze 498 Hayes; 255-6818. Wed-Sat, noon-6pm; Sun, 11am-5pm. Photographs by Steven Starfas. Through Jan 12, 2003.
San Pablo Arts Gallery San Pablo Civic Center, One Alvarado Square, 13831 San Pablo; (510) 836-2663. Sat-Sun, noon-4pm. "Reflections," new works by Rosalie Cassell, Diane Rusnak, and Kim Thoman (reception Sat/23, 1-3pm). Nov 23-Jan 26, 2003.
66 Balmy 66 Balmy Alley; 648-1760. Thurs-Sun, 11am-5pm. "Just Bazaar," annual gift exhibit featuring paintings, jewelry, clothing, knickknacks, and more by local artists. Nov 22-Dec 23.
Student Center Art Gallery SFSU, Cesar Chavez Student Union, 1650 Holloway; 338-2580. Mon-Wed, 10am-6pm; Thurs-Fri, 10am-3pm. "Intervention: A Cause for Action," works by five women artists (reception Thurs/21, call for hours). Nov 21-Dec 18.
Vorpal 393 Grove; 397-9200. Tues-Sat, 11am-6pm. "Contact Is the Only Love," electronic, sonic, poetic, and collage works (reception Fri/22, 6-9pm). Nov 22-Dec 8.
Cecile Moochnek 1809D Fourth St, Berk; (510) 549-1018. Wed-Sun, noon-5pm. "The Gift of Art," new works by various artists (reception Fri/22, 6-8pm). Nov 22-Jan 19, 2003.
21 Grand 449B 23rd St, Oakl; (510) 444-7263. Thurs, 4-8pm; Fri-Sun, 1-6pm. "Unavoid: Perception in a Continuum," works by Luther Thie, Jakub Kalousek, and Kathrine Worel (reception Sat/23, 7-11pm, $3). Thurs/21-Sat/23.
Academy of Art 410 Bush; 567-3606. Mon-Sat, 9am-10pm; Sun, 9am-9pm. "Digital America: Capturing Life in the Digital Age," works by 16 photographers. Through Dec 13.
Bucheon 540 Hayes; 863-2891. Wed-Sat, 11am-6pm; Sun, noon-5pm. Paintings and drawings by Andrew Schoultz; paintings and installations by Megan Wilson. Through Sun/24.
Creativity Explored 3245 16th St; 863-2108. Mon-Fri, 10am-3pm; Sat, 11am-6pm. "Don't Call Me Retard," works by various artists on the theme of disability. Through Sat/23.
Galería de la Raza 2857 24th St; 826-8009. Tues-Sat, noon-6pm. "Viology: Cultures of Violence/Violence of Culture." This exhibit is one of the most fascinating and effective group shows you'll see this year. The topic is somber, but the contributing artists approach it in all kinds of ways, often leaning more toward the poetic than the gory. Even when you come face-to-face with a dead body, as in Claudia Bernardi's Silently (a photograph of the bones of a mother and her nine-day-old child massacred in El Salvador in 1981), the artist shows it to you through a plate of paraffin wax that shelters the body and keeps prying eyes at a protective distance. The descriptions next to each artwork are indispensable, providing lots of useful background information about the artists and their work, not to mention a kind of crash course in the history of violence in Latin America. Besides the sculptures, installations, and photographs by 20 different artists living in the United States and Latin America, "Viology" also includes video PSAs by San Francisco youth and two digital murals. Through Sat/23. (Westbrook)
Glama-Rama! 417 South Van Ness; 861-4526. Call for hours. "The Timmy Show!," works by various artists in tribute to the memory of Josh Ryan Evans. Through Sun/24.
Haines 49 Geary, fifth flr; 397-8114. Tues-Fri, 10:30am-5:30pm (first Thurs to 7:30pm); Sat, 10:30am-5pm. Work by Andy Goldworthy (reception Sat/23, 5:30-7:30pm). Through Nov 30.
Heather Marx Gallery 77 Geary, second flr; 627-9111. Tues-Fri, 10:30am-5:30pm; Sat, 11am-5pm. "Pedigree," works by Matt Gil; "Brink," new work by Madeline Silber. Through Jan 4, 2003.
Hospitality House 146 Leavenworth; 749-2132. Call for hours. "Art Spin: Turning the World Around," works by homeless and low-income individuals. Through Jan 7, 2003.
John Pence 750 Post; 441-1138. Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm; Sat, 10am-5pm. "Automata," recent hand-carved sculpture by Steve Armstrong. Through Dec 14.
Kings Gallery 1187 Franklin; 776-4580. Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm; Sun, noon-2pm. "Va/eins," black-and-white photographs by Karolina Kuellmer. Through Sat/23.
Lo-Fi Customs Gallery 1776 Mission; 503-1655. Wed and Sun, 2-6pm; Thurs-Sat, 1-7pm. "Deliverance," San Francisco bike messenger art show. Through Dec 17.
Marcel Sitcoske 20 Hawthorne; 434-4804. Tues-Sat, 10am-6pm; Mon, by appt. New paintings by Linda Geary. Through Nov 27.
Market Street Kiosks along Market Street between Van Ness and Embarcadero; 252-2559. Original posters by Synne Bull and Dragan Miletic. Through Feb 14.
Michael Martin 101 Post; 543-1550. Tues-Sat, 11am-5:30pm; Sun, by appt. Grand-opening exhibition. Through Sat/23.
Modernism 685 Market; 541-0461. Tues-Sat, 10am-5:30pm. "Five Times Four," works by Sam Tchakalian, James Hayward, Richard Allen Morris, Dennis Hollingsworth, and Michael Reafsnyder; new paintings and works on paper by Mel Ramos. Through Dec 21.
National Product 1845 Market; 255-1920. Wed-Sat, 11am-7pm; Sun, noon-5pm. "Fiesta Plana," works by El Rey. Through Nov 30.
ODC Theater Gallery 3153 17th St; 626-6745. Thurs, 3-5pm; Sat, 3-6pm. Mixed-media works by Faith Ringgold and Keba Konte. Through Sat/23.
Paxton Gate 824 Valencia; 824-1872. Mon-Thurs, noon-7pm; Fri, noon-8pm; Sat, 11am-8pm; Sun, 11am-7pm. Bird paintings by Liz Ross. Through Jan 15, 2003.
Place Pigalle 520 Hayes; 552-2671. Sun-Wed, 4pm-midnight; Thurs-Sat, 4pm-2am. "Psyche's Realm," nudes by Amy Sass. Through Sat/23.
San Francisco City Hall 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl; 252-2568. Mon-Fri, 8am-8pm; Sat-Sun, noon-4pm. "Nicaraguan Art in San Francisco," work by 28 Nicaraguan artists. Through Sun/24. "Through Cuban Eyes/A Través de Ojos Cubanos," photographs by Raul Cañibano and Cristóbal Herrera. Through Sun/24.
San Francisco LGBT Community Center 1800 Market; 554-4297. Call for hours. "Low Trash Equals High Art," photographs, paintings, collage works, and memorabilia celebrating the "Summer of Love" era in San Francisco from 1967-1972. Through Fri/22.
SomArts Cultural Center 934 Brannan; 552-2131. Call for hours. "From Oaxaca to Aztlan," works by artists from Oaxaca, Mexico and San Francisco. Through Sat/23.
Toomey-Tourell Fine Art 49 Geary; 989-6444. Tues-Fri, 11am-5:30pm; Sat, 11am-5pm. Works by Roland Reiss. Through Nov 30.
Walter Adams Gallery 355 Presidio; 346-1860. Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, noon-5pm. "Astronomical Archways," paintings by Dean Gustafson. Through Sun/24.
Washington Square Gallery 1821 Powell; 291-9255. Wed-Sat, noon-5:30pm. "Bizzarery," mixed-media installation. Through Sat/23.
Cafe 817 817 Washington, Oakl; (510) 271-7965. Mon-Fri, 7:30am-4pm; Sat, 9am-4pm. Collages and prints by Joan Schulze. Through Jan 31.
Kala Art Institute 1060 Heinz, Berk; (510) 549-2977. Tues-Fri, noon-5:30pm; Sat, noon-4:30pm; and by appt. "Imaging/Imagining," works by Cheryl Calleri, Kate Farrall, Amy Nelder, and Carol Selter. Through Dec 6. See Critic's Choice.
Oakland Art Gallery 199 Kahn's Alley, Broadway and 14th St, Oakl; (510) 637-0395. Tues-Fri, 11am-6pm; Sat, 11am-5pm. "Art of Eastern Cuba," recent paintings by artists from Santiago de Cuba (reception Thurs/21, 5-8pm). Through Jan 4, 2003.
Osceola Gallery 4053 Harlan, Ste 305, Emeryville; (510) 658-1440. By appt only. "Long Span of Time," group show of paintings by Irving Marcus, Jack Ogden, James Albertson, and Sayako Dairiki. Through Sat/23.
Pro Arts 461 Ninth St, Oakl; (510) 763-4361. Wed-Sat, 11am-5pm. "Box Art/Art Box," work by East Bay artists. "Thinking outside the box" is quite a literal matter for the nearly 100 East Bay artists who donated their time and creativity to this silent auction. Presented with a plain, nine-by-nine-by-seven-inch wooden box, each artist laboriously transformed it into a unique work of art, utilizing everything from concrete to feathers, hacksaws, and paint. To place a bid, stop by Pro Arts Gallery and fill out an application form. Most of the minimum opening bids range from $50 to $250. The closing party and final bidding take place Nov. 21, 6-8:30 p.m. All proceeds benefit the gallery. Through Sat/23. (Westbrook)
Thelma Harris Gallery 5940 College, Oakl; (510) 654-0443. Tues-Fri, 11am-6pm; Sat, noon-5pm. "Ties, Wraps, and Poles," sculptures by Kevin Cole and Alonzo Davis. Through Dec 31.