Arts & Culture :: Art

Making Music -- and Gay History

Making Music -- and Gay History

  • by Sura Wood
  • Dec 8, 2013

The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus is now a well-established mainstream city institution with an international reputation, but 35 years ago it was quite another story.

Spectacular Ruins of Motor City

Spectacular Ruins of Motor City

  • by Sura Wood
  • Oct 13, 2013

Absent habitation, care and tending, even the greatest architectural achievements can degenerate into deserted shrines to human aspiration and crumbling grandeur.

What’s Up At the August Galleries?

What’s Up At the August Galleries?

  • by Sura Wood
  • Aug 11, 2013

We now live in a 24/7 world, but in days of yore, August was when art dealers shuttered their doors and left for summer vacation. Based on empirical evidence (see below), however, local galleries are in full swing this month.

Out There :: Impresario Extraordinaire

Out There :: Impresario Extraordinaire

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Aug 4, 2013

Currently on show at the National Gallery of Art, the large exhibition Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, "1909-1929: When Art Danced with Music" is a celebration of the Russian impresario Serge Diaghilev.

Diebenkorn’s Berkeley of the Mind

Diebenkorn’s Berkeley of the Mind

  • by Sura Wood
  • Jul 9, 2013

"The Berkeley Years, 1953-1966," at the de Young Museum, is a definitive survey and the first to focus on the fertile 13-year period the artist spent in Berkeley when "Diebenkorn really became Diebenkorn."

Bridging the Gay / African American Divide

Bridging the Gay / African American Divide

  • by Sura Wood
  • Jun 30, 2013

For Ramekon O’Arwisters, a San Francisco-based, gay African American artist, racial and gender politics are realities, not abstract constructs, and they are never far from his mind or his work, where he merges his identities.

Her Discerning Eye :: Annie Leibovitz’s ’Pilgrimage’

Her Discerning Eye :: Annie Leibovitz’s ’Pilgrimage’

  • by Sura Wood
  • Jun 16, 2013

"Sometimes you have to please your own sweet self" could be the tagline for Annie Leibovitz’s latest show "Pilgrimage," now at the San Jose Museum of Art.

Dream & Vision

Dream & Vision

  • by Sura Wood
  • Jun 5, 2013

Still cool after all these years, the Beat Generation of the 1950s exerts a powerful hold on the romantic cultural imagination a half-century later. One need look no further than "Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg."

It’s Time For Arts

It’s Time For Arts

  • by Kevin Mark Kline
  • Apr 21, 2013

It may be a coincidence or simply "good timing," but artists have ol’ father time on the mind this month, as evidenced by work at three city venues.

The Bay Lights

The Bay Lights

  • by Chris Sosa
  • Apr 10, 2013

Its 25,000 LED lights strung along suspension cables along a 1.8 mile span of the bridge make this the biggest public artwork we can think of.

In Garry Winogrand’s Viewfinder

In Garry Winogrand’s Viewfinder

  • by Chris Sosa
  • Mar 19, 2013

A portion of his prodigious output, 300 black & white photographs, is included in the show, which assembles iconic images of New York City, Texas and Southern California, and at least 100 images that haven’t been published or exhibited before.

China’s Terracotta Warriors: The First Emperor’s Legacy

China’s Terracotta Warriors: The First Emperor’s Legacy

  • by Chris Sosa
  • Mar 5, 2013

Although the warriors are certainly the headliner, the bulk of the exhibition is comprised of 110 objects taken from the burial chambers of the First Emperor’s ancestors and areas surrounding his eminence’s tomb.

Kehinde Wiley/The World Stage: Israel

Kehinde Wiley/The World Stage: Israel

  • by Chris Sosa
  • Feb 26, 2013

This particular body of work is based on traditional 18th- and 19th-century European portraiture of the landed gentry, but the artist gave the enterprise a significant twist and shout by adding the seasoning of contemporary youth and hip hop.

Migrating Archives: LGBT Delegates from Other Collections

Migrating Archives: LGBT Delegates from Other Collections

  • by Chris Sosa
  • Feb 18, 2013

A new and unusual exhibition has landed at the GLBT History Museum.