Friday, February 19, 2010

Weekend Wrap Up for Feb 20-21st.

A meditation on Darwin, two cartoon shows and a new exhibit of Chinese Ink painting opening at the Cantor Museum in Stanford - something for everyone.

San Francisco Center for the Book: Gail Wight - Restless Dust

 Image from the exhibit; used with permission

"This exhibition explores the making of “Restless Dust,” created during Wight's one-year residency at the Center. The source of the book title is a quote from Mary Wollstonecraft (author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman and mother of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, author of Frankenstein):

It appears to me impossible that I should cease to exist, or that this active, restless spirit, equally alive to joy and sorrow, should be only organized dust.”

In addition to the completed limited-edition book and documentation of Wight's residency, the exhibition will include earlier referential work. Wight states: “These images became a way for me to think about deep time and the Earth's crust as a crowded record of that time, a conduit of information about the past, and the space upon which we draw our present lives."

 The Bodies Are Back  - at Intersection for the Arts through March 27.

Margaret Harrison's take on what was originally an astute feminist commentary on women and sexuality in the 1970's has morphed into cartoon images, the adult children of a misalliance between Tom's of Finland and Vargas.  That this is touted as gender bending feminism in San Francisco (of all places) - on a street with Good Vibrations and a community thrift store that has an open porn section, shows how the meaning of feminism has been devalued in the last two decades. The police shut down her original show and she abandoned the work for years; it should have stayed that way. The work from 1971 and SOME of the reworked pieces maintain their critical edge but the bulk of the current work is little more than another rift (albeit skillful) on cartoons, leather bustiers, high heels and Superman in drag.

Through March 27. Noon-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat. Intersection for the Arts, 446 Valencia St., S.F. (415) 626-2787.

Drawing the Sword: Samurai in Manga and Anime explores the changing face and interpretation of the samurai as seen through two of Japan’s most creative and expressive artistic forms. Now on display at the Cartoon Art Museum (in the heart of San Francisco’s South of Market museum district), the exhibition traces this evolution from historic 19th century woodblock prints to leading-edge 21st century animation production cels and drawings.

Cantor Museum: The Lobdell show closes and a new exhibit opens: Tracing the Past, Drawing the Future Master Ink Painters in 20th-Century China
Calligraphy and paintings from artists known in China as the "Four Great Masters of Ink Painting."

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