March 12 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 for 10 and under (free Tues). "Leonardo da Vinci and the Splendor of Poland." works by the master. Through May 18. "Flora and Pomona." Tapestries by William Morris and Sir Edward Burne-Jones. Ongoing.
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. "An Exploration of Cartoon Art." Ongoing.
De Young Art Center 2501 Irving; 750-7640. Tues-Sat, 10am-4:45pm. Free. "Sirron Norris." Recent paintings. Ongoing.
Exploratorium 3601 Lyon; 563-7337. Tues-Sun, 10am-5pm. $10, $7.50 students and seniors, $6 youths, free for 3 and under. "Traits of Life: A New Living Laboratory." More than 30 exhibits explore the definition of what it means to be alive. Through March 31. "LED Images: Studies in Motion and Rest." Jim Campbell's LED images use photography to distill the "essentials" of motion. Starting with high-contrast digital video footage of people walking and sitting, he reduces the resolution of each frame until it contains, in some cases, as few as 48 pixels. The images are replayed in the gallery on a grid of LED lights, and you have to back up a ways before your eyes can resolve the blinking lights into the form of a moving person. Through April 3. (Westbrook) "Folkall Project." A sculpture made out of donated eyeglasses by Eto Otitigbe. Through May 4. "Seeing." Though the title of the show is "Seeing," you'll probably be most surprised at what you don't see in some of the installations. Change Blindness is a huge computer screen showing a quiet storefront-sidewalk scene. Every few seconds the screen goes black for a moment, then flashes back to what appears to be the same picture. It actually changes significantly each time, but the intervening black screens prevent your eyes from perceiving the differences. Dozens of other installations explore the social aspects of seeing. Paul Kaiser's Inkblot Perceptions analyzes the ways in which interpretations of Rorschach-like blots vary with age and cultural background. Go to www.exploratorium.edu for complete information. Through Sept 1. (Westbrook)
Mexican Museum Fort Mason Center, Bldg D, Marina at Laguna; 441-0404. Wed-Fri, 11am-5pm, free. "Objects of Devotion, Colonial and Popular Religious Art in Latin America." Retablos, ex-votos, and religious sculptures. Through May 30.
Pacific Heritage Museum 608 Commercial; 399-1124. Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm. Free.
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). "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 Sun/16. (Westbrook) "Body Design." Works by various designers. Through March 23. "Architecture + Water." Models, drawings, and video animations by various architects. Through March 23. "Richter 858." Eight paintings by Gerhard Richter. Through April 1. "Andreas Gursky." More than 40 photographs by the artist. Through June 1. "A Passion for Paul Klee: The Djerassi Collection at SFMOMA." A comprehensive display of Klee's works from high school until his death in 1940. Through June 8. "Treasures of Modern Art: The Legacy of Phyllis Wattis at SFMOMA." More than 80 works acquired by SFMOMA through patron Phyllis Wattis. Through June 24. "Paul Klee: Wit and Wordplay." Fifteen works focusing on Klee's sense of humor. Ongoing. "Zambezi." Twenty-three paintings by Frank Stella. Ongoing.
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. "San Francisco 1900: On Stage." Ongoing. "San Francisco in Song." Ongoing. "Maestro: Photographic Portraits of Tom Zimberoff." Portraits of national and international conductors. Ongoing.
Seymour Pioneers Museum 300 Fourth St; 957-1849. Wed-Fri, 10am-4pm (also first and third Sat, 10am-4pm). $3, $1 seniors and students. "California: This Golden Land of Promise," almost 40 paintings from the 1860s to 1920s, including works by William Coulter, Edwin Deakin, Percy Gray, and Charles Rollo Peters. Through May 3.
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). "Charles LeDray, Sculpture 1989-2001." Contemporary sculptures by the artist. Through April 6. "5ive Projects: Contemporary Art from Sweden." Works by Eva Ek-Schaeffer, Roger Andersson, Peter Geschwind, Johan Zetterquiest, Maria Lindberg, Jon Brunberg, Annika Larsson, Anneè Olofsson, and Annika Ström. Through April 13.
Museum of Children's Art 538 Ninth St, Oakl; (510) 465-8700. Tues-Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, noon-5pm. Free. "Thornhill School Exhibition." Works by students of Thornhill School. Through Sat/15.
Oakland Museum of California 1000 Oak, Oakl; (510) 238-2200, www.museumca.org. Wed-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, noon-5pm (first Fri, 10am-9pm). $6, $4 seniors and students. "State of Emergency: Disaster Response in California." A survey of California disasters since 1906 through photographs by Maggie Hallahan. Through March 30. "Wild Wings: The Waterfowl Art of Harry Curieux Adamson." Oil and tempera paintings and sketches by Adamson. Through March 30. "Shaping Possibility: Pacific Rim Sculptors Group Invitational." Works by Jerry Ross Barrish, Jane Grimm, Cynthia Handel, Margaret Herscher, Richard Knight, and Nikki Schrager. Through April 2. "The Art of Seeing: Nature Revealed Through Illustration." More than 60 works celebrating plant and animal life. Through June 15. "Quizzical Eye: The Personal Photography of Rondal Partridge." Photographs, photo cubes, collages, and mixed-media works by Partridge. Through June 22. "Iconic to Ironic: Fashioning California Identity." More than 100 articles of clothing and accessories. March 15-Sept 21. See 8 Days a Week, page 52.
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). "Intaglio Prints by John Cage." Works on paper by John Cage. Through Sun/16. "MATRIX 202: Berni Searle A Matter of Time." Works by Searle. Through March 23. "Fred Wilson: Objects and Installations, 1979-2000." More than 20 works by Wilson. Through March 30. "The Black Panthers 1968: Photographs by Ruth-Marion Baruch and Pirkle Jones." Vintage photographs by Barush and Jones documenting the early days of the Black Panther Party in the Bay Area. "Aftermath." A new installation by Fred Wilson. Through July 20. "Turning Corners." Innovative masterworks from the UC Berkeley Art Museum collections. Through summer 2004.
440 Haight 440 Haight; 552-6907. Call for hours. "Prolific," art show and craft market. Sat/15, 1-10pm.
Lola Gallery 2517 Mission; 401-6800. Tues-Sat, 2-8pm, and by appt. "Hibernia of the New Millennium," Irish art, design, and installation. March 13-May 8.
Parlor Projects 1311 Church; 824-1311. Tues-Sat, 11am-6pm; and by appt. Functional ceramics by Andrew DeWitt (reception Fri/14, 6-9pm). March 14-April 12.
Student Center Art Gallery SFSU, Cesar Chavez Student Union, 1650 Holloway; 338-2580. Mon-Wed, 10am-6pm; Thurs-Fri, 10am-3pm. "Chronicle: Taiwanese Art and Artists Past, Present and Future," works by Wu Mali, Ah Leon, and Chiang Ming-Shyan. March 14-April 9.
Craft and Cultural Arts Gallery Elihu M. Harris State of California Office Bldg, 1515 Clay, Oakl; (510) 238-6952. Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm. "Oakland Vibrant Arts," artwork by Oakland elementary and secondary students (reception March 20, 5-8pm). March 17-April 18.
Mills College Art Museum 5000 MacArthur Blvd, Oakl; (510) 430-2164. Tues, Thurs-Sat, 11am-4pm; Wed, 11am-7:30pm; Sun, 1-4pm. "All Apart," works by 10 artists (reception March 22, 5-6:30pm). March 18-April 10.
Alliance Française 1345 Bush; 775-7755. Mon-Thurs, 9am-9pm; Fri, 9am-7pm; Sat, 9am-1pm. Paintings by Xavier Castellanos. Through March 29.
Blue Room Gallery 2331 Mission; 282-8411. Wed and Sun, noon-9pm; Thurs-Sat, noon-10pm. "Carnaval," works by Hector Wamboldt. Through Sun/16.
Canessa 708 Montgomery; 296-9029. Mon-Fri, 11am-4pm. "Works by Ed Handelman and Peggy Huff. Through March 28.
Chatter Box 1195A Church; 647-0900. "Dreaming of the Floating World," photographs from Burning Man by James A. Derr (reception Sat/15, 3-8pm). Through March 31.
Dolby Chadwick 266 Sutter, fourth fl; 956-3560. Tues-Fri, 10am-6pm; Sat, 11am-5pm. Drawings by Stephen Namara. Through March 29.
Ebert Gallery 49 Geary, Fourth fl; 296-8405. Tues-Fri, 10:30am-5:30pm; Sat, 11-5pm. Paintings by Dan Nadaner. Through Sat/15.
Eleonore Austerer 565 Sutter; 986-2244. Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm. "Flower Power," lithographs, watercolor, oil on canvas, and ceramic sculpture works. Through March 29.
Focus Gallery 2423 Polk; 567-9067. Wed, Fri-Sun, noon-6pm; Tues and Thurs, noon-9pm. Works by members of Bay Area photography group, icontact (reception Thurs/13, 6-9pm). Through March 30.
Galería de la Raza 2857 24th St; 826-8009. Tues-Sat, noon-6pm. "Somoson," work by Patrick "Pato" Hebert. Through March 22.
Glama-Rama! 417 South Van Ness; 861-4526. Call for hours. "Character Heaven and Other Works," sculpture and prints by Scott and Satoe Haile. Through Sat/15.
Hang at the Canvas 1200 Ninth Ave; 504-0070. Mon-Wed, 11am-7pm; Thurs-Fri, 11am-9pm; Sat-Sun, 10am-9pm. "Terraincognita," work by Tim Yankosky. Through Mon/17.
Heather Marx Gallery 77 Geary, second flr; 627-9111. Tues-Fri, 10:30am-5:30pm; Sat, 11am-5pm. Drawings by Daniel Brice. Through Sat/15.
James C. Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin, third flr; 557-4400. Mon, 10am-6pm; Tues-Thurs, 9am-8pm; Fri, noon-6pm; Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, noon-5pm. Mixed-media work by Gregg Cassin. Through Thurs/13.
Jewett Gallery San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin, lower level; 557-4277. Sun, noon-5pm; Mon and Sat, 10-6pm; Tues-Thurs, 9am-8pm; Fri, noon-6pm. "The Hidden World of Caves: Caves of the Guadalupe Mountains," photographs by Stuart Kogod, Micahel Queen, and Jack Soman. Through May 18.
John Pence 750 Post; 441-1138. Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm; Sat, 10am-5pm. Recent oil paintings and drawings by Juliette Aristides; "Minerva J. Chapman: Selections from the Estate," more than 30 paintings by Chapman. Through March 22.
Linc Real Art 1632 Market; 503-1981. Wed-Sat, noon-6pm. Video and prints by Ira Schneider. Through Sun/16.
Lo-Fi Customs Gallery 1776 Mission; 503-1655. Wed and Sun, 2-6pm; Thurs-Sat, 1-7pm. "The Lo-Fi Lowbrow Roundup: A Demolition Derby of Lowbrow Art," hot rod- and custom car-inspired artwork. Through Sat/15.
Logan Galleries California College of Arts and Crafts, 1111 Eighth St; 551-9210. Wed, Thurs, Sat, 11am-6pm; Tues, Fri, 11am-8pm. "Capp Street Project: 20th Anniversary Exhibition," installations by Roni Horn, Ann Veronica Janssens, Mike Kelley, and Mike Nelson. Through May 10. See Critic's Choice.
Luggage Store Gallery 1007 Market; 255-5971. Wed-Sat, noon-5pm; and by appt. "Pavil: Wick." OsGemeos ("the twins") are 29-year-old brothers and self-taught artists from São Paolo, Brazil. This is only their second visit to the United States, and it's their first-ever show on the West Coast. They spent almost three weeks putting together this amazing installation, which includes dolls, paintings, graffiti, and mixed-media sculptures, all made with found materials from San Francisco. Their work is incredibly beautiful and crosses every genre boundary you can think of; just a single black line calls to mind a hundred different images, from urban spray-painted graffiti to the cave drawings of Lascaux. After your visit, remember to cross the street and check out the mural OsGemeos painted on the adjacent building (1005 Market). Through Sat/15. (Westbrook)
Marcel Sitcoske 20 Hawthorne; 434-4804. Tues-Sat, 10am-6pm; Mon, by appt. New photographs by Anne Deleporte. Through Sat/15.
Martin Eng Gallery 1100 Montgomery; 412-4959. Call for hours. A group show featuring photography and fine art. Through Fri/14.
Meridian Gallery 545 Sutter; 398-7229. Tues-Sat, 11am-5pm. "Intangible Voyage," work by Bryan Keith Thomas. Through Sat/15.
Meyerovich 251 Post, fourth fl; 421-7171. Mon-Fri, 9:30am-6pm; Sat, 10:30am-5:30pm. "Cover Stories: Love and Romance," contemporary cover art from New Yorker magazine. Through March 21. "A Salute to Spain," a group show featuring works on paper by Picasso, Miró, and Tapies. Through April 5.
Mills Building 220 Montgomery; 399-0333, ext 15. Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm; Sat, by appt. Works by seven CCAC alumni artists. Through March 21.
Mission Cultural Center 2868 Mission; 821-1155. Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm. "Corazonada: Quinceañera/Fifteen Years of Women's Work," an exhibition commemorating Latina artists. Through March 21.
National Product 1845 Market; 255-1920. Wed-Sat, 11am-7pm; Sun, noon-5pm. "Sidetracked: Art in between the Time of Industry," works by Jay Hakkinen, Jamison Hunt, Seth Mulvey, and Chris Pew. Through April 11.
ODC Theater Gallery 3153 17th St; 626-6745. Tues-Sat, 2-5pm. "Acception: No Exception," work by Bay Area Youth (reception Wed/12, 5-8pm). Through March 29.
111 Minna Gallery 111 Minna; 974-1719. Tues-Fri, noon-5pm; Sat-Mon, by appt. "Sci-Fi Western," a group exhibition featuring works by Robert Williams, Mark Ryden, Todd Schorr, Gary Basemen, Isabel, Samaras, Clayton Bailey, Ron English, Jeff Soto, and Eric White. Through March 29.
Rena Bransten Gallery 77 Geary; 982-3292. Tues-Fri, 10:30am-5:30pm; Sat, 11am-5pm. "Another Look, the 1960s and 1970s," works by Rupert Garcia; "New photographs," works by Candida Höfer. Through March 22.
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. Through Sat/15.
SF Black and White Gallery 619 Post; 929-9424. Call for hours. "Sex in the City," works by more than 35 photographers. Through March 27.
Sargent Johnson Gallery African American Art and Culture Complex, 762 Fulton; 771-AFRO, www.afrosolo.org. Tues-Sat, noon-4pm, and by appt. "My Race My Grace 2003: The Art of Living Black," works by Casper Banjo, Lorraine Bonner, Bill Dallas, Quella Mikell, Leslie Printis, and Hilda Robinson. Through March 29.
Shooting Gallery 839 Larkin; 931-8035. Call for hours. "For Your Pleasure," black-and-white photographs by David Perry. Through April 3.
SomArts Cultural Center 934 Brannan; 552-2131. Tues-Sat, noon-4pm. "Punto de Conversión," works by Marta Ayala, Catarina Gonzales, Gabriela Lujan, and Elba Rivera; "Our Eyes: Origen y Pasion," photos by Lucero González Montes, Maru de la Garza, and Lorena Alcaraz Minor. Through March 26.
Spanganga 3376 19th St; 307-0109. Tues, Fri-Sat, 8-10pm, and by appt. "An Uncertain Line." This exhibition features works by Tucker Nichols and three other local artists with dramatically different approaches to the art of drawing. Whereas Nichols uses stolid black lines for his haiku-like poetics and minimal imagery, the work of Libby Black reveals a delicate hand that's more in keeping with the show's title. Lee Walton's drawings utilize elaborate systems of shorthand to record activity on Market Street or baseball plays in the 2001 World Series. They have a certain internal logic, but they're more like meditations on life's randomness than actual decipherable codes. Rounding out the show is Jennifer Kaufman, whose drawings are by far the most abstract and, like Walton's, incorporate elements of chance into a structure of mark-making. Through March 21. (Westbrook)
Stephen Wirtz Gallery Bankers Investment Bldg, 49 Geary; 433-6879. Call for hours. "Floor Plan, New Work," installations by Castaneda/Reiman. Through March 29.
Tangent Contemporary Art 355 Bryant, Ste 307; 977-0920. By appt. "Cities and Memory," works by Gina Joy Holmberg, Kathryn Kenworth, and Mela M. Through April 4.
Triangle Gallery 47 Kearny, fifth fl; 392-1686. Tues-Sat, 11am-5pm. Watercolors by Lynn Sondag. Through Sat/15.
Walter and McBean Galleries San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut; 749-4563. Mon-Sat, 11am-6pm. Drawings and paintings by James Siena; "Not in My Backyard," works by Micol Hebron. Through Sat/15.
Richmond Art Center 2540 Barrett, Richmond; (510) 620-6772, www.therichmondartcenter.org. Tues-Fri, 10am-4:30pm; Sat, noon-4:30pm. "The Art of Living Black 2003," a group exhibition of 85 Bay Area artists; "Cool, Calm, and Collected," works by Margaret Realica, Jane Grimm, Teri Claude Dowling, and Bambi Waterman; "Foam," works by Robin Dintiman and Luther Thie; "In Memoriam," photo essays by students and faculty of El Cerrito High School; "Young Black, and Upwardly Mobile," works by Bayeté Ross-Smith; "30 Years of Excellence," work by artists from Creative Growth Center. Through March 22.