April 9, 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. "Folkall Project." A sculpture made out of donated eyeglasses by Eto Otitigbe. Through May 4. "Seeing." Exhibitions on the topic of sight. 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.
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. Through Aug 3. "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). "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 Sun/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. "A Century of Collecting." Artifacts from the museum's various collections. Ongoing.
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. "State of Emergency: Disaster Response in California." A survey of California disasters since 1906 through photographs by Maggie Hallahan. Through April 27. "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. Through Sept 21.
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. Through 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. Through July 20. "Turning Corners." Innovative masterworks from the UC Berkeley Art Museum collections. Through summer 2004.
Aurobora Press 147 Natoma; 546-7880. Mon-Sat, 11am-5pm. New monotypes by Ricardo Mazal. Through Sat/12. New works by Brad Durham. April 14-May 31.
Bonnafont Gallery 946A Greenwich; 431-7546. Sat-Sun, 2-5pm; and by appt. Recent paintings by Alan Silver. April 10-May 4.
California College of Arts and Crafts 1111 Eighth St; 551-9251. Daily, 10am-9pm. "CCAC Graduate Exhibition," works by graduating students in CCAC's MFA programs in design, fine arts, and writing, and its MA program in visual criticism (reception Fri/11, 6-8pm). April 10-18.
Chatter Box 1195A Church; 647-0900. Oil paintings and three-dimensional art by Mark Ellen Hamel (reception Sat/12, 3-7pm). April 12-30.
509 Cultural Center 509 Ellis; 255-5971. Fri-Sat, noon-5pm; and by appt. "Photography in Cohen Alley," original black-and-white photographs by Sixth Street Photography Workshop (reception Fri/11, 7:30-9pm). April 11-May 4.
Gallery 16 1616 16th St; 626-7495. Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm; and by appt. "Mark: Contemporary Drawings," works by various artists (reception Fri/11, 6-9pm). April 11-May 28.
Mission Cultural Center 2868 Mission; 821-1155. Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm. "Grabado sin Fronteras/Printmaking Without Borders," works by printmakers from Berkeley's Kala Art Institute and the Estamperia of Quito in Equador (reception Fri/11, 7-9pm). April 10-May 16. "Youth Exhibition/Exposition de la Juventud," works by young emerging artists ages 16 to 26 (reception Fri/11, 7-9pm). April 11-May 16.
Photoworks 2077A Market; 626-6800. Mon-Fri, 9am-8pm; Sat, 10am-8pm; Sun, 10am-6pm. "My Beloved Dog Series," photographs of dogs by Alice Patterson (reception Fri/11, 6-8pm). April 11-June 5.
66 Balmy 66 Balmy Alley; 648-1760. Thurs-Sun, 11am-6pm. "Jetstreams," works by Courtney Booker and Jane Mount (reception Fri/11, 7-10pm). April 11-27.
Babilonia 1808 1808 Fifth St, Berk; (510) 549-1808. Wed-Sat, 11am-6pm. "Power and Poetics: Remembering Santiago Bose (1949-2002)," works by Bose from private Bay Area collections (reception Sat/12, 6-8pm). April 12-June 28.
Black Box 1928 Telegraph, Oakl; (510) 451-1932. Wed-Sat, 1-6pm. "A Tribute to Ben Lindgren," works by the Bay Area artist. Sun/13, 6pm.
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. Through Fri/11. "Dream Art Exchange," works by 30 Bay Area artists (reception April 19, 7-10pm). April 15-May 7.
Kala Art Institute 1060 Heinz, Berk; (510) 549-2977. Tues-Fri, noon-5:30pm; Sat, noon-4:30pm; and by appt. "Grabado sin Fronteras/Printmaking Without Borders," works by printmakers from Kala Art Institute and the Estamperia of Quito in Equador (reception Thurs/10, 6-8pm). April 10-May 16
Academy of Art College Galleries 410 Bush; 567-3606. Mon-Sat, 9am-5pm. "California Watercolor Association Juried Group Show" (reception Thurs/10, 5:30-7pm). Through April 30.
Atelier of Famous Melissa and Co. 545 Sutter; 788-1866. Wed-Sat, 1-6pm. "Love's Mysteries Revealed Second Annual XOX," works by local artists. Through April 26.
Catharine Clark 49 Geary; 399-1439. Tues-Fri, 10:30am-5:30pm; Sat, 11am-5:30pm. "Sprout," works by various artists celebrating new growth. Through April 19.
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 Sat/12, 2-4pm). Through May 9.
Chinese Culture Center 750 Kearny, Third fl; 986-1822. Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm. "Chinese Fauve," work by Lin Feng-mien. Through April 26.
Crown Point Press 20 Hawthorne; 974-6273. Tues-Sat, 10am-6pm. "Spring Fever V: Group Exhibition," woodcuts and etchings by various artists. Through April 19.
Culture Cache 1800 Bryant, Ste 104; 626-7776. Thurs-Sun, noon-5pm; and by appt. "Robots Have Feelings Too," a group show featuring works by more 50 artists including Jordan Crane, Dalek, Levon Jihanian, Tara McPherson, and David Choe. Through May 18.
Dolby Chadwick 210 Post; 956-3560. Call for hours. A group show with gallery artists. Through April 26.
Ebert Gallery 49 Geary, Fourth fl; 296-8405. Tues-Fri, 10:30am-5:30pm; Sat, 11-5pm. Painting by Fred Martin. Through April 26.
Eleonore Austerer 565 Sutter; 986-2244. Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm. "International Contemporary," works by various contemporary artists. Through April 30.
Elins Eagles-Smith Gallery 345 Sutter; 981-1080. Call for hours. New works by Kenjilo Nanao, Bob Nugent, and Dirk de Bruycker. Through April 26.
FiftyCrows Gallery 1074 Folsom; 551-0091. Wed-Sat, noon-6pm. "Defining Moments," selected photographs from the Fine Print Collection. Through April 19.
Fraenkel 49 Geary, 981-2661. Tues-Fri, 10:30am-5:30pm; Sat, 11am-5pm. "Not Exactly Photographs," works by Bellmer, Cornell, Duchamp, Gober, and others. Through April 26.
Gallery Paule Anglim 14 Geary; 433-2710. Tues-Fri, 10am-5:30pm; Sat 10am-5pm. Works by Louise Bourgeois. Through Sat/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 Fri/11.
George Krevsky Gallery 77 Geary; 397-9748. Tues-Sat, 11am-5:30pm. "Crack of the Bat: The Art of Baseball," work by various artists. Through April 26.
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." This exhibition features eight Bay Area artists, all of whom incorporate some aspect of sewing into their art. A couple of the artists work in a heavily conceptual mode, especially Seth Koen with his two red circles, titled Circles No. 4 (+1), but the nature of this medium the texture of the cloth and the hours of manual labor invested in even the smallest piece keeps them all at least somewhat grounded in the realm of reality. Christian Maychack's untitled leather-vinyl-satin creation rides that same line. It's inspired by ordinary domestic furniture and made out of upholsterylike materials, but it perches on the gallery wall and serves none of the ordinary functions of furniture. With its eccentric conglomeration of fabrics and geometry, it declares in no uncertain terms that it's a subject for discussion, not a substrate for sitting. Through April 19. (Westbrook).
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. Through April 26.
Hang 556 Sutter; 434-4264. Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, noon-5pm. "Out of the Darkness," abstract painting by Addie Shevlin. Through April 29.
Hang Annex 567 Sutter; 544-0610. Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm. "English Gardens," new paintings by Stephanie Jucker and Sandra Russell. Through April 29.
Hang at the Canvas 1200 Ninth Ave; 504-0070. Mon-Wed, 11am-7pm; Thurs-Fri, 11am-9pm; Sat-Sun, 10am-9pm. "Variable High Cloudiness," paintings by Carolyn Meyer. Through April 22.
Harvey Milk Photography Center 50 Scott; 554-9522. Tues-Thurs, 3-10pm; Fri-Sat, 11am-5pm. "One Shot," works by members of the Bay Area Photographers Collective. Through April 30.
Heather Marx Gallery 77 Geary, second flr; 627-9111. Tues-Fri, 10:30am-5:30pm; Sat, 11am-5pm. Recent paintings by Gregory Dennis. Through April 26.
Hespe 1764 Union; 776-5918. Mon-Sat, 11am-6pm; Sun, noon-5pm. "Hespe Gallery 10th Anniversary Exhibit," work by nine artists (reception Sat/12, 6-8pm). Through May 11.
Hosfelt Gallery 430 Clementina; 495-5454. Tues-Fri, 11am-5:30pm. "White Paintings," works by Ron Griffin; "Seeking Subtleties," works by Nelleke Beltjens. Through April 19. See Critic's Choice.
Hotel Cosmo 761 Post; 673-3080. Daily, 24 hrs. "Visual Voice," images incorporating text, language, and symbols by 25 local artists. Through April 24.
Kings Gallery 1187 Franklin; 776-4580. Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm; Sun, noon-2pm. "Suites for Unaccompanied Paintbrush," works by Mercie Harris (reception Sun/13, noon-2pm). Through April 26.
Market Street Gallery 1554 Market; 290-1441. Call for hours. "MesArt's Artists," a group show. Through April 27.
Modernism 685 Market; 541-0461. Tues-Sat, 10am-5:30pm. "Telling Paint: Paris, Oakland," works by Naomie Kremer; "Drawings, Collages, and Gouaches: 1928-1962," works by Le Corbusier. Through April 19.
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 Fri/11.
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 Sat/12. (Westbrook)
Space 743 743 Harrison; 777-9080. Wed-Sat, noon-5pm; and by appt. "Unlikely Saints," new work by Gregg Cassin. Through May 10.
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 Wed/9.
Whitney Young Cultural Center Mansion 1101 Masonic; 346-8323. By appt. "Irish Art," works by Sherry Sims, America Meredith, and Jill McLennan; "Green Before Spring: Variations on Landscape Painting," works by various artists. Through Sat/12.
Ardency Gallery 709 Broadway, Oakl; (510) 836-0831. Tues-Sat, 11am-5pm. "Shipwrecks and other good stuff out back," works by Alexander Cheves. Through April 19.
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. Through April 18.
Third Street Grind Gallery 464 Third St, Oakl; (510) 832-5282. Mon-Fri, 6:30am-2:30pm. "Yesterday and Today," mixed media by Vani Chandra Sayeed (reception April 17, 6:30-8:30pm). Through April 24.
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 Thurs/10, 7-10pm). Through April 27.