April 2, 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.
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.
Exploratorium 3601 Lyon; 563-7337. Tues-Sun, 10am-5pm. $10, $7.50 students and seniors, $6 youths, free for 3 and under.
"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 Thurs/3. (Westbrook)
"Folkall Project." A sculpture made out of donated eyeglasses by Eto Otitigbe. Through May 4.
Museo Italo Americano Fort Mason Center, Bldg C, Marina at Laguna; 673-2200. Wed-Sun, noon-5pm (first Wed, noon-7pm). $3, $2 students and seniors, free for 11 and under.
"Colore Ideale/Ideal Colours." More than 30 recent paintings by Franco Viola.
"Crosscuts Tagli Trasversali." Woodcut prints and an overview of the woodcut process. Both exhibits through April 19.
Museum of Craft and Folk Art Fort Mason Center, Bldg A, Marina at Laguna; 775-0991. Sun and Mon, 11am-5pm; Tues-Fri, 11am-6pm; Sat, 10am-6pm.
"Quilted Journeys: Immigration Stories by Australian Artists." More than 20 quilts on the theme of the immigration experience. Through April 27.
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).
"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.
"2002 SECA Art Award: John Bankston, Andrea Higgins, Chris Johanson, Will Rogan." Works by the recipients of the Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art awards. Through July 27.
"Earthly Bodies: Irving Penn's Nudes, 1949-50." Silver and platinum prints by Irving Penn. Through July 27.
"Reel Sculpture." Film installations by Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Abbas Kiarostami, and Atom Egoyan. April 5-Aug 3. See 8 Days a Week.
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.
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 Sun/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 Anthropology 103 Kroeber Hall, Room 3712, UC Berkeley; (510) 643-1193. Wed-Sat, 10am-4:30pm; Sun, noon-4:30pm.
"The World in a Frame: Photographs from the Great Age of Exploration, 1865-1915." Over 30 images by Carleton E. Watkins, Timothy O'Sullivan, Edward S. Curtis, John Hillers, William Henry Jackson, Frederick Monsen, Maison Bonfils, and Felice Beato. Through March 2004.
Museum of Children's Art 538 Ninth St, Oakl; (510) 465-8700. Tues-Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, noon-5pm. Free.
"Salon of the Independent: Original Artwork by Bay Area Children." Works by children from Piedmont Schools and Montessori Family School. Through April 20.
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.
"Shaping Possibility: Pacific Rim Sculptors Group Invitational." Works by Jerry Ross Barrish, Jane Grimm, Cynthia Handel, Margaret Herscher, Richard Knight, and Nikki Schrager. Through Wed/2.
"State of Emergency: Disaster Response in California." A survey of California disasters since 1906 through photographs by Maggie Hallahan. Through April 27.
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).
"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. Through June 29.
"Matrix 203: Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba Memorial Project, Vietnam." Three films by the artist. April 6-June 29.
"Aftermath." A new installation by Fred Wilson. Through July 20.
"Everything Matters: Paul Kos, A Retrospective." More than 20 works spanning thirty years of the artist's career. April 2-July 20.
Aloft 25A McLea Court; (510) 967-9343. "Klownerotika," a photography exhibition by Glenn Campbell. Sun/6, 3-8pm.
Anthony Meier 3007 Jackson; 351-1400. Tues-Fri, 11am-5pm; Sat, by appt. Work by Miroslaw Balka (reception Fri/4, 6-8pm). April 4-May 16.
Braunstein/Quay 430 Clementina; 278-9850. Tues-Sat, 11am-5:30pm. Work by Cynthia Ona Innis. Through Sat/5. "Monachromatic," work by Tom Bolles; "Notions of Landscape," work by Alberta Mayo (reception April 11, 5:30-7:30pm). April 8-May 10.
Brian Gross Fine Art 49 Geary; 788-1050. Tues-Fri, 10:30am-5:30pm; Sat, 11am-5pm. "Echo: Recent Paintings and Sculpture," work by Sono Osato (reception Thurs/3, 5:30-7:30pm). April 3-May 17.
Bucheon 540 Hayes; 863-2891. Wed-Sat, 11am-6pm; Sun, noon-5pm. "Even Though," works by Riley McFerrin (reception Fri/4, 6-8pm). April 4-May 20.
Canessa 708 Montgomery; 296-9029. Mon-Fri, 11am-5pm. "Art and Inspiration," work by Jyotish Novak (reception Sun/6, 5-8pm). April 6-30.
Creativity Explored 3245 16th St; 863-2108. Mon-Fri, 10am-3pm; Sat, 11am-6pm. "Japanese Rock 'N' California Roll," works by Creativity Explored artists, artists with disabilities from Japan, and visiting artists Junko Kamata and Kenji Koyasu (reception Wed/2, 7-9pm). April 2-May 10.
Dolby Chadwick 210 Post; 956-3560. Call for hours. A group show with gallery artists (reception Thurs/3, 5:30-9pm). April 3-26.
Ebert Gallery 49 Geary, Fourth fl; 296-8405. Tues-Fri, 10:30am-5:30pm; Sat, 11-5pm. Painting by Fred Martin (reception Thurs/3, 5-7pm). April 3-26.
871 Fine Arts 49 Geary; 543-5155. Tues-Sat, 10:30am-5:30pm. "The Art of ZYZZYVA," work by various artists (reception Wed/2, 5:30-7:30pm). April 2-July 5.
Eleonore Austerer 565 Sutter; 986-2244. Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm. "International Contemporary," works by various contemporary artists. April 3-30.
Elins Eagles-Smith Gallery 345 Sutter; 981-1080. Call for hours. New works by Kenjilo Nanao, Bob Nugent, and Dirk de Bruycker (reception Thurs/3, 5:30-7:30pm). April 3-26.
Hackett-Freedman 250 Sutter, fourth fl; 362-7152. Tues-Fri, 10:30am-5:30pm; Sat, 11am-5pm. "Recent Works from Italy," landscape and figure paintings by Richard Piccolo; portraits by Elaine de Kooning (reception Thurs/3, 5:30-7:30pm). April 3-26.
Haines 49 Geary, fifth flr; 397-8114. Tues-Fri, 10:30am-5:30pm (first Thurs 10:30am-7:30pm); Sat, 10:30am-5pm. "True Mirror," work by Max Gimblett; "Continuum," work by Linda Connor (reception Thurs/3, 5:30-7:30pm). April 3-May 17.
Hang 556 Sutter; 434-4264. Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, noon-5pm. "Out of the Darkness," abstract painting by Addie Shevlin (reception Thurs/3, 6-8pm). April 3-29.
Hang Annex 567 Sutter; 544-0610. Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm. "English Gardens," new paintings by Stephanie Jucker and Sandra Russell (reception THurs/3, 6-8pm). April 3-29.
Hespe 1764 Union; 776-5918. Mon-Sat, 11am-6pm; Sun, noon-5pm. "Hespe Gallery 10th Anniversary Exhibit," work by nine artists (reception April 12, 6-8pm). April 8-May 11.
Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery 49 Geary; (415) 625-1350. Tues-Fri, 11am-5:30pm; Sat, 11am-5pm. "The Allure of Obsolescence," recent works by Reanne Estrada (reception Thurs/3, 5:30-7:30pm). April 3-26.
New Langton Arts 1246 Folsom; 626-5416. Tues-Sat, noon-6pm. "The Pretendlings," work by Martine Corompt, Tamara Fites, Frank Haines, Desirée Holman, Paulina Wallenberg-Olsson (reception Thurs/3, 6-8pm). April 2-May 3.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artists Gallery Fort Mason, Bldg A, Marina at Laguna; 441-4777. Tues-Sat, 11:30am-5:30pm. Painting by Cham Hendon, Lori Hanson, Lawrence Lincoln, and Cynda Valle (reception Wed/2, 5:30-7:30pm). April 2-25.
600 Townsend 600 Townsend; (415) 458-3535. Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm; Sat, noon-4pm. "The Enduring Hand: Design for the New Century," work in metal, glass, fiber, furniture, jewelry, and wood by 45 local artists (reception Fri/4, 5-7pm). April 4-25.
SomArts Cultural Center 934 Brannan; 552-2131. Tues-Sat, noon-4pm. Paintings by Denise Satter-Gore and David Lippenberger (reception Thurs/3, 5:30-7:30pm). April 3-23.
Toomey-Tourell Fine Art 49 Geary; 989-6444. Tues-Fri, 11am-5:30pm; Sat, 11am-5pm. Work by Philip Badenhorst and Joris Ghekiere (reception Thurs/3, 5:30-7:30pm). April 3-30.
Traywick 1316 10th St, Berk; (510) 527-1214. Tues-Sat, 11am-6pm; Sun, noon-5pm. Work by Dennis McLeod and Amanda Marchand (reception Sat/5, 5-7pm). April 5-May 10.
Variety Preview Room 582 Market; 781-3894. "Everything I Know ... I Learned in the Movies," work by Ann P. Meredith. Wed/2, 5-7pm.
Washington Square Gallery 1821 Powell; 291-9255. Thurs-Sun, 1-6pm. "Three Person Show: New Works Paintings and Sculpture," works by Vikki del Rosario, Servando Garcia, and Christine Wolheim (reception Sat/5, 5-8pm). April 5-May 4.
Zendo 256 Sutter; 901-1053. Call for times. Photographs by Steve Leopold (reception Thurs/3, 6-10pm) April 3-May 19.
Liminal Gallery 2000 Myrtle, Oakl; www.nonchalance.org. "Global Aerosol Dominion," a graffiti exhibition. Tues/8, 8pm.
Sway Gallery 2569 Telegraph, Berk; (510) 486-9940. Daily, 11am-7pm. A group exhibition featuring painting and photography (reception Sat/5, 7:30-1pm). April 5-May 11.
21 Grand 449B 23rd St, Oakl; (510) 444-7263. Thurs, 4-8pm; Fri-Sun, 1-6pm. "The.Kitty.Hat.Train.Show," work by Adrienne Miller and Yuri Kilburg (reception April 10, 7-10pm). April 3-27.
Academy of Art College Galleries 410 Bush; 567-3606. Mon-Sat, 9am-5pm. "California Watercolor Associations Juried Group Show" (reception April 10, 5:30-7pm). Through April 30. 625 Sutter; 274-2229. Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm. "BFA Painting Show," works by Seema Mehta and Vijay Pavani (reception Thurs/3, 6-8pm). Through April 30. 688 Sutter; 931-5892. Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm. "Collective Unconscious: Abstract Painting Group Show," works by Kate Protage, Matt Ryan, and Jessica Whiteside (reception Thurs/3, 5:30-7:30pm). Through April 30.
Baxter Chang Patri Fine Art Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason; 397-2000. Tues-Sat, 11am-6pm, and by appt. "Nature Morte," flora photographs by Ed Martin (reception Thurs/3, 6-9pm). Through May 14.
Chinatown Community Arts Program Gallery Holiday Inn, 750 Kearny, third fl; 957-1146. Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm. "Female As Vessel As Female (Journey of Elevation," work by six Bay Area artists (reception April 12, 2-4pm). Through May 9.
City Picture Frame Gallery 524 Third St; 543-4105. Mon-Sat, 8:30am-5pm. "Punctum," works by Arthur Krakower. Through Fri/4.
Gallery Paule Anglim 14 Geary; 433-2710. Tues-Fri, 10am-5:30pm; Sat 10am-5pm. Works by Louise Bourgeois. Through April 12.
Gallery Sanchez at Noe Valley Ministry 1021 Sanchez; 822-9581. Mon-Sat, 9am-5pm. "Artifacts of Life," paintings and drawings by Phyllis Rockne and Patricia Westergard. Through April 11.
Gregory Lind Gallery 49 Geary, fifth floor; 296-9661. Tues-Sat, 10:30am-5:30pm (first Thurs, 10:30am-7:30pm). "Sewn Together: Graphic Uses of Thread," works by Lauren Dyer, Seth Koen, Christian Maychack, Ulrike Palmbach, Becky Schaefer, Tucker Schwarz, Lisa Solomon, and Anna Von Mertens. Through April 19. See Critic's Choice.
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." The Capp Street Project was the first internationally recognized program to focus solely on installation art. The California College of Arts and Crafts' Wattis Institute took over the project in 1998 and is celebrating CPS's 20th anniversary with a special four-part exhibition featuring Roni Horn, Ann Veronica Janssens, Mike Kelley, and Mike Nelson. Nelson's Pumpkin Palace is a former Green Tortoise Adventure Travel bus that the artist totally gutted and reconstructed into a claustrophobic, mazelike residence. Climb aboard and you're suddenly in a windowless anxiety dream that spits you back out with sensory overload and oxygen starvation. Kelley presents Light (Time)-Space Modulator, a room-sized, motorized contraption with an entire spiral staircase extricated from his Los Angeles home. A cleverly crafted slide show creates a kind of time-bridge between Kelley's current remodeling job and the house as it looked when the previous owners lived there, casting the artist as a kind of Shining-esque Jack Nicholson character (but without the murder part) and asking probing questions about spaces and their histories, and how a residence can retain bits of its past lives and even exert influence on its current occupant. Through May 10. (Westbrook)
Lola Gallery 2517 Mission; 401-6800. Tues-Sat, 2-8pm, and by appt. "Hibernia of the New Millennium," Irish art, design, and installation. Through May 8.
Lucky Tackle 6608 San Pablo, Oakl; (510) 484-4373. Fri-Sun, 1-5pm; and by appt. New work by Amanda A. Hendricks. Through Sat/5.
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. Through Sat/5.
Parlor Projects 1311 Church; 824-1311. Tues-Fri, 11am-6pm; Sat, by appt. "Made to Serve: Functional Art by Andrew DeWitt." Andrew DeWitt is a clay artist who makes functional things: items like plates, cups, and spoons, art you can look at and eat from. If you wanted to be highfalutin about it, you could call his work "interactive installation art." Working in clay allows DeWitt to trespass across the traditional art-world boundaries separating mass-produced from handmade, fine art from craft, and even complete from in-progress. Clown Plate is a good example; it's fired, glazed, and "finished" as a functional ceramic object, but DeWitt has decorated it to look like a paint-by-number kit that someone left only halfway complete. It declares itself a product of creative effort, and then denies it in the next breath. It is art or not-art? And more important, do you hang it on the wall or put food on it? Through April 12. (Westbrook)
Plaza Gallery Bank of America Center, 555 California; 834-2394. Mon-Fri, 8am-5:30pm. "The Surreal Netherworlds of Donald Traver and William Swanson," various works. Through May 3.
Rena Bransten Gallery 77 Geary; 982-3292. Tues-Fri, 10:30am-5:30pm; Sat, 11am-5pm. "Ten Pictures," work by Anthony Hernandez; "Paradise," work by Candida Alvarez (reception Thurs/3, 5:30-7:30pm). Through April 26.
Shenson Memorial Gallery 900 Hyde; 353-6650. Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm. "Pastel Impressions of San Francisco and France," works by Michele Manning. Through Fri/4.
Shooting Gallery 839 Larkin; 931-8035. Call for hours. "For Your Pleasure," black-and-white photographs by David Perry. Through Thurs/3.
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. Through April 9.
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 Fri/4.
Berkeley Art Center 1275 Walnut, Berk; (510) 644-6893. Wed-Sun, noon-5pm. Photographs on canvas by Katherine Westerhout. Through Sat/5.
Gallery 555 555 City Center, Oakl; (510) 238-2200. Mon-Fri, 7am-6pm. "Shaping Possibility: Pacific Rim Sculptors Group Invitational," works by Ed Clapp, Al Honig, Meadowsweet Dairy, Silvia Poloto, and Susan Leibovitz Steinman. Through Wed/2.
John F. Kennedy University Arts and Consciousness Gallery Berkeley Business Center, 2956 San Pablo, Berk; (510) 649-0499. Mon-Fri, 11am-5pm. "River Stories," recent paintings by Judi Miller (reception Sat/5, 4-7pm). Through April 11.
Nexus 2701 Eighth St, Berk; (510) 486-8118. Call for hours. "4Paris," work by four artists. Through Sun/6.