Friday, September 4, 2009

Friday Fish Wrap: September 5-6

Judy Chicago, The Dinner Party: Georgia O'Keefe; SFMOMA website

The bridge may be down but it’s a busy weekend in SF with lots to do – new work up on Market Street, a new exhibit at SF MOMA, a new artist-in-residence at the De Young and plenty of cultural events to enjoy during the Labor Day Weekend.

The Sentinel writes about the new kiosk posters on Market Street
“Wilson-Ryckman begins the Program with Taking In, a series of watercolors exploring the act of looking and the various means by which people find respite or refuge within the urban landscape of San Francisco. The posters reinterpret archival images of people engaged in various activities in the City’s parks, from enjoying a moment of quiet reflection to singular activities such as bicycle riding to finding community, using strong color and abstract shapes that resolve into a recognizable image upon closer examination. On view October 5 to December 31, between Van Ness and the Embarcadero”
At SFMOMA, " Not New Work"
 Local sculptor Vincent Fecteu is invited to curate a show by taking old and/or underexposed out of storage and combining it in intriguing ways. Kenneth Baker is all jazzed about it:
 "On another level, "I'm almost embarrassed by how sexualized the show is," Fecteau said, "but that's one of those things that just happened" when "panning for gold," as he described the culling process. Some of the erotic content comes veiled, as in a Wayne Thiebaud watercolor of two globes of ice cream melting together on a plate. Some of it comes blatant, as in the barely abstracted pudenda of Judy Chicago's glazed ceramic "Georgia O'Keeffe Plate #1" (1979), from Chicago's notorious installation "The Dinner Party."
 Lovely selection of images from SFMOMA’s web site:

at the De Young:
September Artist-in-Residence Susan Freda: Line into Form
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Susan Freda invites visitors to explore the intricate and graceful workings of line. She works by drawing with wire to create two- and three-dimensional environments that refer to the animal, vegetable, and mineral worlds. Visitors are invited to bring bits of nature for inspiration and to weave, crochet, twine, and draw with wire to create "ecosystems" based on the forms we find in nature.
Friday Night: September 4, 2009, 5:00 PM - 8:45 PM,
Cultural Encounters: Friday Nights at the de Young presents live Cuban music, featuring the John Santos Sextet, and "Mummies Victorious!," a lecture by Jonathan Elias
Contemporary Jewish Museum: There's a Mystery There: Sendak on Sendak
COMING SOON: September 8, 2009 - January 19, 2010
This major retrospective sheds light on the many mysteries of his life and art by exploring the intensely personal undercurrents in his work; and it does so using Sendak's own words, insights, and remarkable stories.
Film at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts: Bigger Than Life (1956). Directed by Nicholas Ray. Starring James Mason, Barbara Rush and Walter Matthau.
The tale of a schoolteacher and family man whose life spins out of control upon becoming addicted to cortisone was a flop when it was first released. It is now seen by modern critics as a masterpiece and an indictment of the conformist 1950’s suburbia.
Sep 10 & 12, 2009, 7:30 pm; Sep 13, 2009, 2 pm
Asian Art Museum: This weekend, you can meet modern a modern samurai and watch Japanese artist Natsusaka demonstrate and present his his original narrative sculpture work “A

Carved Strip,” inspired by traditional samurai stories. Natsusaka mixes contemporary art, storytelling, kitsch images and text to create this crossover art form. Kids of all ages can download a PDF file to create their own comic book character and even make their own teahouse.


Maggie said...

Loved the reviews, but why is the bridge down on a holiday weekend? :)

namastenancy said...

Caltrans is moving a huge section of the new bridge into place; it's supposed to be finished in time for Tuesday's commute but they already hit a snag: