Friday, July 3, 2009

Museum going this weekend

Georgia O'Keefe: Black Mesa
SFMOMA: The show featuring affinities between Ansel Adams and Georgia O’Keefe is still up along with the Kerry Marshall mural in the atrium and an on-going small but exquisite show of Paul Klee in the permanent collection.

Asian Art Museum
Lords of the Samurai at the Asian:
On Sunday, July 5th, they are showing two films with the iconic Toshio Mifune: Yojimbo at 11 am and Sanjuro at 2 PM. Both movies are in black and white with English subtitles.

Yojimbo: The incomparable Toshiro Mifune stars in Akira Kurosawa’s visually stunning and darkly comic Yojimbo. To rid a terror-stricken village of corruption, wily masterless samurai Sanjuro turns a war between two evil clans to his own advantage. Remade twice, by Sergio Leone (A Fistful of Dollars) and Walter Hill (Last Man Standing), this exhilarating genre-twister remains one of the most influential films ever produced.

Sanjuro: 2:00 pm: This show opens with one of the most famous scenes in all samurai movies but I'm not going to spoil you by describing it. Mifune swaggers and snarls to brilliant comic effect in Akira Kurosawa’s tightly paced Sanjuro. In this sly companion piece to Yojimbo, the jaded samurai Sanjuro helps an idealistic group of young warriors weed out their clan’s evil influences, and in the process turns their image of a “proper” samurai on its ear.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
This will be your last chance to the see the Nick Cave exhibit as it ends July 5th. I reviewed the show when it opened at:

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco:

Of course, Tut reigns supreme at the de Young but their permanent collections, including the African and Oceanic arts collections are always worth a visit.

Legion of Honor: Drawn from the collection of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Waking Dreams highlights the dream-like etchings of Max Klinger (1857–1920), the German Symbolist artist best known for his enigmatic portfolio Paraphrases About the Finding of a Glove (1881).

Museum of the African Diaspora
MoAD's permanent exhibitions allow visitors of all ages to explore cultural traditions in an immersive, interactive environment. Organized both geographically and thematically, the exhibits are designed to raise curiosity and bring recognition to the genius of Africa and the civilizations, which arose from it. The current show “American Icons: Bay Area” honors the accomplishments of two legendary San Franciscans: Willie Mays and Willie Brown.

Introduction to the Jewish Theater, 1920, tempera, gouache, and opaque white on canvas. State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow. © 2008 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

The Contemporary Jewish Museum is showing “Chagall and the Artists of the Russian Jewish Theatre (up till September 7, 2009).

If (or when) you’ve had enough of “high” culture, you can always visit the Wax Museum at Fisherman’s Wharf which features a new tribute to Michael Jackson

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