Thursday, July 15, 2010

Friday Wrap-Up - Free weekend for SF Museums

David Hockney at the SFMOMA - part of the Fisher Collection currently on display.

If you are a Francophile or love Impressionist painting, there are two glorious shows in town - one at the De Young and the other at the Legion. But if you want something different, then there's plenty in town to satisfy all tastes.

Target is sponsoring free admission to six San Francisco museums with family-friendly art making events and performances. From the Fisher Collection at SFMOMA, crafts built around the exhibit featuring Maira Kalaman at the Contemporary Jewish Museum to tours of Art of the African Diaspora to Zeum, it's a great weekend to get out and about. Even if you don't have a family, get a group of friends together and sample this cornucopia of artistic riches.

Friday, 5-8:45 PM at the De Young:

Saturday: 10 AM-5 PM at the Asian Art Museum: Asian Art Museum

Sunday: 11 AM - 4 PM at the Contemporary Jewish Museum: Contemporary Jewish Museum

Museum of the African Diaspora:,


Enrique Chagoya at GalerĂ­a de la Raza: On display are 38 etchings, codices, serigraphic prints and drawings created over the past decade. The exhibition includes works inspired by the format of political satire and editorial cartoons that reference current events, works that poke fun at the politics of the artworld, and multi-panel visual narratives presented in the tradition of the accordian-folded books of the Aztec codices.
Galeria de la Raza: 2857 24th Street, San Francisco, United States, 94110

Museum of Performance and Design:  "Toy Theaters, Worlds in Miniature"
Twenty-one rare toy theaters from around the world. Christine Ciarti, one of the co-founders of the blog Venetian Red, wrote an earlier and very comprehensive post on this topic:
She has also reviewed the current show (with a gorgeous image that only hints of the show's riches):
Review by: Anna Conti up at BAAQ:
Veterans Building / 401 Van Ness Avenue / 4th floor/open Wed - Sat, 12 - 5pm
ps: I went to see the show today and it deserves every word of praise.

 SFMOMA Artists Gallery (Windows at street level at 147 Minna and 150 Natoma) features the work of Oakland-based artist, Jesse Hazelip.  Using animals synonymous with the American frontier, such as the buffalo, the bison, and the Great Blue Heron, Hazelip intricately drafts, renders, and recreates these creatures into hybrids at monumental scale, incorporating mechanisms of war like World War II bomber airplanes and artillery.

Sandow Bird at The San Jose Museum of Art

The San Jose Museum of Art will present a special screening of Dante’s Inferno (2007, 88 minutes) on Saturday, July 17, at 12 p.m., at Camera 12 Cinema, 201 South 2nd Street, San Jose. The program, part of the San Jose Museum of Art’s “Creative Minds” series, will include a Q&A session with artist Sandow Birk, writer and producer of the film. The feature length movie was made with hand-drawn paper puppets in the tradition of “Toy Theatre,” a European style of puppetry from the 1700s. Tickets are $10 ($6 for Museum members), which includes admission to the Museum on July 17. Tickets are available at

"Before Sita Sang the Blues" at the Cartoon Museum
The first comprehensive exhibition of award-winning cartoonist and animator Nina Paley, creator of the critically acclaimed animated feature Sita Sings The Blues. This retrospective will feature a selection of Paley’s syndicated comic strips, illustrations, and a series of prints, paintings and behind-the-scenes materials from Sita.

Paley will attend a screening of "Sita Sings the Blues" at 7 p.m. July 20 to benefit the Cartoon Art Museum and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The show will be at the Delancey Street Theater (600 The Embarcadero, S.F.).
through - Oct. 24. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun. $3-$7 (5 and younger free). Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission St., S.F. (415) 227-8666.

Bernice Bing. Mayacamas.

Luggage Store: Rehistoricizing Abstract Expressionism in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1950s-1960s” which includes a gorgeous piece by Asian-American artist Bernice Bing. (through July). Read more at the San Francisco Examiner:
Luggage Store Gallery, 1007 Market St., San Francisco
12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays; closes July 31
Contact: (415) 255-5971,


Liz Hager said...

Thanks for the call out on Toy Theaters as covered by Venetian Red. I just wanted to make a correction—Christine Cariati covers that beat for VR, so both articles by her. But an honor to be mistaken for her!

namastenancy said...

I did point out that Christine had written a review of the current show as well as a link to your earlier post.

"Christina Ciarti, who also contributes to Venetian Red"

I always try to give credit where credit is due and I had to resist snatching one of your gorgeous images and posting it on my blog - but I feared that I could have time to get permission and I don't take images and post without permission.

namastenancy said...

Oooppsssss..I stand corrected. I am going to correct this immediately. Me Bad.