The exhibition Summoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu, on display at the Oakland Museum through June 30, is the first comprehensive survey of the artwork of pioneering Chinese-American artist Hung Liu. The exhibition explores the evolution of Liu’s artistic practice, and investigates the complex interactions between individual memory and history, and documentary evidence and artistic [more...]
If you’re in New York this September, do whatever it takes to get yourself to Bryant Park on Wednesday, September 19 at 7:00 pm. Live from the NYPL will host legendary director Werner Herzog in conversation with UC Press author Trevor Paglen for a special presentation on The Last Pictures—a golden disc of images created by Paglen, [more...]
Nathan Oliveira, an acclaimed printmaker, painter, sculptor, and retired Stanford art professor well known for his contributions to the Bay Area Figurative Movement, passed away on November 13 the age of 81, according to an obituary in the Stanford Report. Widely regarded as a key figure in American art, Oliveira’s paintings, monoprints, drawings, watercolors, and [more...]
Contributors, friends, and fans gathered to celebrate the release of Rebecca Solnit’s Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas at the McCroskey Mattress Co. earlier this month. Not even a World Series game could keep them away, although the San Francisco Chronicle’s Leah Garchik did show up with with an earpiece in tuned to the game.
Utne Reader has named Rebecca Solnit one of its 25 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World, praising Solnit for telling a different story than the one told by mainstream media in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina—”a story of strength and resilience” that revealed “the courage and humanity displayed by the millions of volunteers who helped [more...]
To celebrate the publication of Radical Light: Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945-2000, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive present an evening of light shows, multiple projection pieces, and film loops by Craig Baldwin, Gibbs Chapman, Scott Stark and the Overdub Club (Thad Povey, Lucio Menegon, [more...]
Ever wonder about the back story behind Walker Evans’ iconic image of an Alabama tenant farmer’s wife? Or the camera technique Berenice Abbott used to capture such striking images of New York City’s skyscrapers? In American Modern, an illustrated companion guide to the photography exhibition of the same name, Sharon Corwin, Jessica May, [more...]