Michele Pred's Me Too purse is part of an artistic examination into feminism this month. (Courtesy of State Space)

The Art Lover's To-Do This January

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Mark your calendar for these art shows, performances and more.

Oborozuki by Miya Ando Courtesy of Nancy Toomey Fine Art


What: Oborozuki (Moon Obscured by Clouds)

When: January 4 through February 17, 2018

Where: Nancy Toomey Fine Art, 1275 Minnesota St. (Dogpatch), nancytoomeyfineart.com

Why: You have read Murasaki Shikibu's novel The Tale of Genji and you are in love with Lady Oborozuki. Inspired by the novel and the word Oborozuki, which means "the moon obscured by clouds," this solo show of artist Miya Ando includes a series of paintings on aluminum, as well as works on paper that investigate the transitory aspect of time and temporality.


What: Object Action: The "F" Word in a Post-Truth Era

When: January 6th through February 16th, 2018

Where: State Space, 1295 Alabama St. (Mission), statespacesf.com

Why: Because you too. See the sculptures, installations, paintings and videos of badass women artists—including Ana Maria Fernandez, Michele Pred, Angela Hennessy and Sanaz Mazinani—who offer their unique takes on the topic of feminism in the Trump era. The opening marks the debut of the charitable initiative Collect for Change; sales from this show will benefit nonprofits including Art & Abolition, Girls Garage and more.


Toilet Paper booth.(Courtesy of Untitled)

What: Open House

When: January 8th through February 24th

Where: Jessica Silverman Gallery, 488 Ellis St. (Tenderloin), jessicasilvermangallery.com

Why: Amuse and Artsy magazines named her booth—with works by Judy Chicago, Matthew Angelo Harrison, Julian Hoeber, Dashiell Manley, Nicole Wermers—as one of the best at Art Basel Miami last year; Amuse describing it as "ever so topical." Jessica Silverman brings to San Francisco 13 International emerging art stars from Glasgow's The Modern Institute. Look for a site-specific mural by Nicolas Party, Monika Sosnowska's Pipe, and more.

Pipe by Monika Sosnowska (Courtesy of Jessica Silverman Gallery)

What: A [4CH VERSION]

When: January 9-21, 2018

Where: Ars Citizen temporary space (Gallery 200) @ Minnesota Street Project,1275 Minnesota St. (Dogpatch), arscitizen.org

Why: Sound is everything. Here Paris-based composer and artist Ryoji Ikeda transforms the gallery into an immersive musical landscape that is both physically and personally interactive and too complex to explain. Hear it to believe it.


What: SF Sketchfest

When: January 11-28, 2018

Where: 16 venues across San Francisco, sfsketchfest.com

Why: You need a laugh. The 17th year of everyone's favorite comedy festival will bring more than 700 performers to the stage. Eat light and get ready to bust a gut with the likes of Louie Anderson and Martha Kelly, Julie Benz, David Cross, Broken Lizard, cast members from Twin Peaks and more.


What: Untitled Art Fair

When: January 12-14, 2018

Where: Palace of Fine Arts, 3601 Lyon St. (Presidio), untitledartfairs.com

Why: You either went to last year's debut fair and know better than to miss it. Or you missed it and then felt totally lame. This year's contemporary art fair will gather together 50 galleries and exhibitors from around the world—unless you are a globetrotter with quite deep pockets, expect to see art you can't see anywhere else.


Kohey Nawa: Trans-figure. Pixcell-Double Deer#7(Courtesy of Scai The BathHouse, Photo by Nobutada Omote | Sandwich)

What: Kohey Nawa: Trans-figure

When: January 18 through February 25, 2018

Where: Pace Gallery, 229 Hamilton Ave. (Palo Alto), pacegallery.com

Why: Because technology and science can be quite artful. The first U.S. solo exhibition for Japanese artist Kohei Nawa will wow you with his collection of pixelated sculptures made out of toys, taxidermy and musical instruments.

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