February 5, 2003
It's funny in Kansas
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 12-17, free children under 11 (free Tues). "Casting a Spell: Winslow Homer, Artist and Angler." Works by Winslow Homer. Through Sun/9. "Max Ernst: Surrealism in Artists' Books." Through Feb 23.
Cartoon Art Museum 655 Mission; CAR-TOON. Tues-Sun, 11am-5pm. $2-5. "Small Press Spotlight." Work by comic artist Jason Shiga. Through April 20. "Hate Mail: Comic Strip Controversies," works by top cartoonists of the past 30 years, including Scott Adams, Berkeley Breathed, Frank Cho, Aaron McGruder, and Wiley Miller. Through June 8.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art 151 Third St; 357-4000. Fri-Tues, 11am-6pm; Thurs, 11am-9pm. $10, $7 seniors, $6 students, free for 12 and under and members (free first Tues; half-price Thurs, 6-9pm). "August Sander: People of the 20th Century." More than 200 vintage prints of Sanders's photographic works. Through Feb 23. "No Ghost Just a Shell." Masterminded by contemporary French artists Pierre Huyghe and Philippe Parreno, "No Ghost Just a Shell" is a digital-age meditation on life and death, animation and vacuity, art and consumerism. It began in 1999 when Huyghe and Parreno purchased the copyright to a manga character named Annlee. They and their artist friends proceeded to bring her to life through a series of artworks, using sculpture, painting, and animated videos to give her a voice and a personality. The project raises some fascinating moral questions, for instance, about the buying and selling of a "person" like Annlee and her status as a money-making tool for the entertainment industry. Through March 16. (Westbrook) "Body Design." Works by various designers. Through March 23.
San Francisco Performing Arts Library and Museum 401 Van Ness, Fourth fl; 255-4800. Tues and Thurs-Sat, 11am-5pm; Wed, 11am-7pm. Free. "Kronos@30: Thirty Years of Kronos Quartet." An exhibition dedicated to the musical legacy of the Kronos Quartet. Through June 21.
Museum of Children's Art 538 Ninth St, Oakl; (510) 465-8700. Tues-Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, noon-5pm. Free. "Salon of the Independents." Work by Bay Area youth. Through Sat/8.
UC Berkeley Art Museum 2626 Bancroft Way, Berk; (510) 642-0808. Wed-Sun, 11am-7pm. $8, $5 seniors and youths, $4 members and UC Berkeley students and faculty (free Thurs). "Fast Forward II." Susan Magnus's Lifetime stretches out 14 feet from the gallery wall. Made up of a stack of National Geographic magazines, the sculpture might seem more at home in a library than in a museum, but Magnus turns this work into something more than the sum of its parts. She has collected every issue since 1957, the year of her birth. Magnus marks the years of her life by adding to the sculpture annually. It's a visual representation of one woman's life, an homage to an old-fashioned manner of timekeeping, and a subtle gibe at museums, libraries, and other institutions that, like grandparents' basements, house and preserve what we'll one day think of as "stuff that takes up space." Also check out a collection of 15 handmade books by James Castle, a deaf artist who never learned to speak, read, or use sign language, but whose art reveals an uncanny understanding of words as symbols and objects. Through Sun/9. (Westbrook) "The Subject Is Art: 1400-1800." Paintings, drawings, prints, and sculpture by southern and northern European artists. Through Sun/9.
Adobe Books 3166 16th St; 864-3936. Daily, noon-10pm. New works by Sarah Cain and Kyle Knobel (reception Fri/7, 7-10pm). Feb 7-March 7.
Bonnafont Gallery 946A Greenwich; 431-7546. Sat-Sun, 2-5pm, and by appt. Work by Holly Downing (reception Thurs/6, 6-8:30pm). Feb 6-March 9.
Braunstein/Quay 430 Clementina; 278-9850. Tues-Sat, 11am-5:30pm. "Yellow," work by Bean Finneran. Through Sat/8. "Paintings from the Last Five Years," works by Gordon Onslow Ford (reception Feb 15, 3-5pm). Feb 11-March 8.
City Art 828 Valencia; 970-9900. Wed-Sun, noon-9pm. "Back Room Erotic Art Show," fourth annual event featuring works by San Francisco artists (reception Fri/7, 7-9pm). Feb 7-28.
Culture Cache 1800 Bryant, Ste 104; 626-7776. Thurs-Sun, noon-5pm, and by appt. "Scrap: Retrofuturism revisited by Tom Thewes," airbrushed paintings (reception Sat/8, 7-11pm). Feb 8-March 2.
Ebert Gallery 49 Geary, Fourth fl; 296-8405. Tues-Fri, 10:30am-5:30pm; Sat, 11-5pm. Paintings by Dan Nadaner. Feb 6-March 15.
Galería de la Raza 2857 24th St; 826-8009. Tues-Sat, noon-6pm. "Somoson," work by Patrick "Pato" Hebert (reception Sat/8, 7-10pm). Feb 11-March 22.
Goodman 2 Arts Building 1695 18th St; 642-4891. Sat-Sun, 2-6pm. "Mystical Landscapes," paintings by Anahid (reception Sun/9, 3-6pm). Feb 9-28.
Hackett-Freedman 250 Sutter, fourth fl; 362-7152. Tues-Fri, 10:30am-5:30pm; Sat, 11am-5pm. "Mature Works 1944-1963," works by Milton Avery; new work by Stuart Shils. Through March 1. "Part II: Marble and Bronze Sculpture 1980-2000," works by Manuel Neri (reception Thurs/6, 5:30-7:30pm). Feb 6-March 29.
Hang 556 Sutter; 434-4264. Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, noon-5pm. "Can't Sleep: Creative Moments Between Dusk and Dawn," a group show (reception Thurs/6, 6-8pm). Feb 6-24.
Hang Annex 567 Sutter; 544-0610. Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm. "Air and Matter: Ute Zuanbauer, Mark Soderstrom, and Cybele Lyle (reception Thurs/6, 6-8pm). Feb 6-24.
Hotel Cosmo 761 Post; 673-3080. Daily, 24 hrs. "Visual Voice," images incorporating text, language, and symbols by 25 local artists (reception Thurs/6, 5-7pm). Feb 6-April 24.
Istituto Italiano di Cultura 425 Washington; 788-7142. Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm. "Jacopo Barozzi da Vignola: Landscape Architect in 16th-Century Italy," photographs by Marina Schinz (reception Mon/10, 6:30pm). Feb 10-March 10.
Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery 49 Geary; (415) 625-1350. Tues-Fri, 11am-5:30pm; Sat, 11am-5pm. "Thinking about Expansion," recent work by Sergio De La Torre (reception Thurs/6, 5:30-7:30pm). Feb 6-March 1.
Luggage Store Gallery 1007 Market; 255-5971. Wed-Sat, noon-5pm, and by appt. "Pavil: Wick," works by Osgemeos (reception Fri/7, 7-9pm). Feb 7-March 8.
Meyerovich 251 Post, fourth fl; 421-7171. Mon-Fri, 9:30am-6pm; Sat, 10:30am-5:30pm. "A Salute to Spain," a group show featuring works on paper by Picasso, Miró, and Tapies. Feb 6-April 5.
Michael Martin 101 Townsend, Ste 207; 543-1550. Tues-Sat, 11am-5:30pm; Sun, by appt. "Subtil(e)," a group show featuring works by seven artists (reception Fri/7, 6-8pm). Feb 7-March 25.
New Black Gallery 2120 Bryant; 648-7784, www.thenewblack.org. Works by Michael Purdy and Holly Reeves. Fri/7, 6-10pm.
Photoworks 2077 Market; 626-6800. Call for hours. "Red," a group photography show by employees of Photoworks (reception Fri/7, 6-8pm). Feb 6-April 3.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artists Gallery Fort Mason, Bldg A, Marina at Laguna; 441-4777. Tues-Sat, 11:30am-5:30pm. "February 2003 Exhibition," works by Josephine Coniglio, Susan Light, and Matthew Silverberg (reception Wed/5, 5:30-7:30pm). Through Feb 28.
San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery 401 Van Ness; 554-6080. Wed-Sat, 11am-5:30pm; Tues, by appt. "Town and Country," works by Janet Delaney, Maizie Gilbert, Elvira Hufsmid, and Paula McArtney (reception Fri/7, 5:30-8pm). Through March 15.
Sanitary Fill Company 401 Tunnel; 330-1415. Call for hours. "Odyssey," works by Dana Albany. Fri/7, 5-9pm.
600 Townsend 600 Townsend; (510) 527-8715. Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm. "Winter 2003 Member's Exhibition," works by the Pacific Rim Sculptor's Group (reception Thurs/6, 5:30-7:30pm). Feb 6-March 21.
66 Balmy 66 Balmy Alley; 648-1760. Thurs-Sun, 11am-6pm. "Strangers," works by Gage Opdenbrouw (reception Feb 15, 7-10pm). Feb 8-23.
SomArts Cultural Center 934 Brannan; 552-2131. Call for hours. "Bindings: Two Artists Explore Interior and Environmental Spaces," works by Daniel McCormick and Jacqueline Mallegni (reception Thurs/6, 5:30-7:30pm). Feb 6-26.
Student Center Art Gallery SFSU, Cesar Chavez Student Union, 1650 Holloway; 338-2580. Mon-Wed, 10am-6pm; Thurs-Fri, 10am-3pm. "In the Dark," black-and-white photographs (reception Thurs/6, 5-8pm). Feb 6-March 5.
Dolby Chadwick 266 Sutter, fourth fl; 956-3560. Tues-Fri, 10am-6pm; Sat, 11am-5pm. "Warm Shift," paintings by Lance Morrison (reception Thurs/6, 5:30-8pm). Feb 6-28.
John F. Kennedy University Arts and Consciousness Gallery Berkeley Business Center, 2956 San Pablo, Berk; (510) 649-0499. Mon-Fri, 11am-5pm. "Soul Shadows," works by Ryl Brock Wilson (reception Feb 15, 5-8pm). Feb 10-21.
21 Grand 449B 23rd St, Oakl; (510) 444-7263. Thurs, 4-8pm; Fri-Sun, 1-6pm. "Ebullient Miasma," recent painting by Dara Santhai and recent sculpture by Ben Hirschkoff (reception Feb 14, 7-11pm). Feb 6-March 2.
Academy of Art College Gallery 410 Bush; 567-3606. Mon-Sat, 9am-5pm. "Craig Nelson: Promotional Show and Book Signing" (reception Thurs/6, 6-9pm). Through March 1.
Academy of Art College Gallery 625 Sutter; 274-2229. Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm. Paintings by Jimmy Lu and Yuki Nakagawa (reception Thurs/6, 5:30-7:30pm). Through Feb 28.
American Institute of Architects SF Gallery 130 Sutter, Ste 600; 362-7397. Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm. "Eichler: Modernism Rebuilds the American Dream," photographs by Ernest Braun. Through Fri/7.
Ampersand International Arts 1001 Tennessee; 285-0170. Thurs-Fri, 11am-5pm; and by appt. "Henrick Kam: Spaces/Traces." Photographer Henrik Kam, a longtime Potrero Hill resident, has made it a project to record on film a sort of ghost town that's right here within San Francisco's city limits: the once thriving Hunters Point Naval Shipyard. Kam casts himself as an intrepid adventurer-archaeologist the Howard Carter of San Francisco trespassing through the stale air of dusty, forgotten rooms and documenting for posterity a nearly forgotten piece of American military-industrial history. When is garbage just garbage, Kam seems to be asking with his images, and when does it point outside itself? When does it begin to tell important stories about the culture that produced it and about the objects own individual history? Maybe the most illuminating clues to understanding ourselves, he suggests, are the things we've cast away and the spaces we've left behind. Through Fri/7. (Westbrook)
Baxter Chang Patri Fine Art Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason; 397-2000. Tues-Sat, 11am-6pm, and by appt. "Contemporary Spanish Artists: The Passion of Color," works by Maria Jesus Burgos Alonso, Josefina Fernandez Dopico, Celina Perez Arauna, and Regina Rubio de Ulloa (reception Wed/5, 6-9pm). Through March 19.
Caldwell Snyder Gallery 341 Sutter; 392-2299. Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, noon-5pm. Works by Keith Miller (reception Thurs/6, 6-8pm). Through Feb 28.
Gallery Paule Anglim 14 Geary; 433-2710. Tues-Fri, 10am-5:30pm; Sat 10am-5pm. Work by Eva Hesse. Through Sat/8.
Heather Marx Gallery 77 Geary, second flr; 627-9111. Tues-Fri, 10:30am-5:30pm; Sat, 11am-5pm. "Flair," work by Tim Bavington, Alex Blau, Gregory Dennis, Jennifer Faist, Stephen Giannetti, Terry Haggert, Gary Szymanski, Sharon Weiner, and Yek. Through Sat/8.
John Berggruen 228 Grant; 781-4629. Mon-Fri, 9:30am-5:30pm; Sat, 10:30am-5pm. Recent paintings by Enrique Martinez Celaya; "Bombast: Return to Dr. Strangelove," work by Maria Porges. Through Sat/8.
Linc Real Art 1632 Market; 503-1981. Wed-Sat, noon-6pm. "Kageki Metonymics: Subversions and Transformations from the Japanese Fringe," a group show focusing on the influence of manga on Japanese culture. Through Mon/10.
Lucky Tackle 6608 San Pablo, Oakl; (510) 484-4373. Fri-Sun, 1-5pm, and by appt. "Sarah Cain: New Work." Through Feb 15. See Critic's Choice.
New Langton Arts 1246 Folsom; 626-5416. Tues-Sat, noon-6pm. "Dark Horse," work by Michelle Rollman. Through Sat/8.
ODC Theater Gallery 3153 17th St; 626-6745. Thurs, 3-5pm; Sat, 3-6pm. ""Dress As," a group show of fashion design as art. Through Sat/8.
Parlor Projects 1311 Church; 824-1311. Tues-Fri, 11am-6pm; Sat, by appt. "Finally Together at Last," paintings by Nick Czap and wood-burnings by Joe Ben Plummer. Through Sat/8.
Patricia Sweetow Gallery 49 Geary, fourth flr; 788-5126. Tues-Fri, 11am-5:30pm; Sat, 11am-5pm. Work by Michael Toenges and Peter Tollens. Through Sat/8.
San Francisco Center for the Book 300 De Haro; 565-0545. Mon-Fri, noon-5pm. "XOXOX: AN Exhibition of Heart Art, Valentines and Love Letters," a showcase of handmade billets-doux (reception Sat/8, 6-8pm). Through Feb 28.
Shenson Memorial Gallery 900 Hyde; 353-6650. Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm. "Border Reach: The Colors of Mexico," paintings by Sali Mour. Through Thurs/6.
Southern Exposure 401 Alabama; 863-2141. Tues-Sat, 11am-5pm. "Altoids Curiously Strong Collection," the fourth annual exhibit showcasing works by emerging visual artists; "The Things We Are/Were Beauty Too," new painting by Michael Hall. Through Sat/8.
364 Hayes Street Gallery 364 Hayes; 431-0364. Tues-Wed, noon-6pm; Thurs-Sat, noon-7pm. "roygbp," work by Jen Pack (reception Sat/8, 6-7:30pm). Through Sat/8.
Velvet da Vinci 508 Hayes; 626-7478. Tues-Sat, noon-6pm; Sun, noon-4pm. "RISD on the Road: Jewelry and Light Metals," a traveling exhibition featuring works by 25 Rhode Island School of Design alumni (reception Fri/7, 6-8pm). Through Feb 28.
Ardency Gallery 709 Broadway, Oakl; (510) 836-0831. Tues-Sat, 11am-5pm. "Excavations," works by Gage Opdenbrouw and Mim Weisburd. Through Sat/8.
Berkeley Art Center 1275 Walnut, Berk; (510) 644-6893. Wed-Sun, noon-5pm. "Berkeley Art Center's Annual Members' Showcase," work by local, regional, and national artists. Through Feb 15.
Cricket Engine Gallery 499 Embarcadero, Bldg C, Oakl; (510) 522-0471. Painting by Justin Cooper, Trane DeVore, and Tahzay Jones. Through Sun/9.
Oakland Art Gallery 199 Kahn's Alley, Broadway and 14th St, Oakl; (510) 637-0395. Tues-Fri, 11am-6pm; Sat, 11am-5pm. "Visual Alchemy" mixed-media works by Lynn Beldner, Enrique Chagoya, Richard Shaw, and Mary Snowden. Through Sat/8.
Pacific Art League of Palo Alto 668 Ramona, Palo Alto; (650) 321-3891. Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm; Sat, 10am-4pm. "Valentine," works on the topic of Valentine's Day (reception Fri/7, 5-6pm). Through Feb 26. "Out of My Mind; Out of My Heart," work by Donna Orme (reception Fri/7, 5-6pm) Through Feb 28.
San Pablo Arts Gallery San Pablo Civic Center, 1 Alvarado Square, 13831 San Pablo; (510) 836-2663. Sat-Sun, noon-4pm. "Special Art Show," mixed-media works. Through Sun/9.